Play media from Chromecast-enabled apps to Google Home

Playing music on Google Nest or Google Home device is a simple way to enjoy your favourite audio apps optimised for your speaker. You can even use your mobile device or tablet as a remote and control everything from playback to volume.

Step 1. Cast from Chromecast-enabled apps to speaker or display

  1. Make sure that your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your speaker or display.
  2. Open a Chromecast-enabled app.
  3. Tap the Cast button .
  4. Tap the speaker or display for which you'd like to cast.
  5. When you're connected, the Cast button will turn from light to dark grey, letting you know that you're connected.
  6. You can now cast audio and video to Google Home from your device.
  7. at the top of your device. Tap Stop Casting in the box that appears.

Note: Some music providers, like Spotify, require a subscription to play music from its Chromecast-enabled app. Also, YouTube content is only supported from the YouTube Music app (not the YouTube app) and you must have a YouTube Premium account. YouTube Music is only available in the US and Australia.

Step 2. Control Chromecast-enabled apps using voice commands

The following commands should work with almost all Chromecast-enabled apps.

To do this…

Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google", then…

Pause Pause

"Pause", "Pause the music", “Pause music”

Resume

"Resume", "Continue playing"

Stop Stop

"Stop", "Stop the music", “Stop music”

What’s playing

“What’s playing?”, “What song is playing?”, “What artist is playing?”

Control volume

"Set volume to 5", "Set volume to 40%"

Don't forget! Take a look at the advanced voice commands for Chromecast-enabled apps like Spotify, Google Play Music and more.

Other ways to control your music

You can also control music by touching the top surface of the device or by using the Google Home app Google Home app.

From the Google Nest or Google Home device
Google Home Google Home
To do this: Touch Google Home like this: Image
Play, pause, or stop alarm or timer   Tap once on the top of the device.
Turn up the volume 

Swipe clockwise on the top of the device.

Note: This only adjusts the volume of media. You can adjust alarms and timers volume anytime in the Google Home app.

Turn down the volume

Swipe counterclockwise on the top of the device.

Note: This only adjusts the volume of media and your Google Assistant. At volume level 0, all media will be muted but your Google Assistant will still speak at a minimum level.  It doesn’t adjust the volume of alarms and timers.

Start your request  Press and hold down on the top of the device.
Mic on/off

Press the microphone mute button on the back of the device.

Note: Muting the microphone prevents Google Home from listening or responding. To interact with Google Home, the microphone must be on. 

Factory reset the device Press and hold the factory reset button located on the back of Google Home. 
Turn off power Unplug power cable from Google Home.
Google Home Mini Google Home Mini (1st gen)
To do this: Touch Google Home Mini like this: Image

Play, pause, or stop media or end a current phone call 

Press and hold either side of Home Mini. 

Stop a ringing alarm or timer  

Press and hold either side of Home Mini. 

Turn up the volume 

Tap on right side of Home Mini.

To reach maximum volume, tap to volume level 10.

Note: This only adjusts the volume of media and your Google Assistant. At volume level 0, all media will be muted but your Google Assistant will still speak at a minimum level.  It doesn’t adjust the volume of alarms and timers.

Turn down the volume 

Press and hold left side of Home Mini. 

10 total taps will mute all audio except your Google Assistant.

Note: This only adjusts the volume of media and your Google Assistant. At volume level 0, all media will be muted but your Google Assistant will still speak at a minimum level.  It doesn’t adjust the volume of alarms and timers.

Turn mic on/off

Toggle the mic on/off switch found next to the power cord. The switch will display orange when the microphone is turned off. 

Note: Turning off the microphone prevents Home Mini from listening or responding. To interact with Home Mini, the microphone must be on. 

Factory reset the device

Press and hold the factory reset button located below the power cord on the bottom of Home Mini. Look for a circle etched into the base.

Hold for about 12 seconds. 

Turn off power Unplug the power cable from Home Mini.
Start your request 

Note: You can't press and hold the top of Home Mini to start a request with your Assistant.

Instead, say "Ok Google" to start your request.

 

From the Google Home app

  1. Make sure that your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your speaker or display.
  2. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Tap the device that’s playing media. On the top of the screen, you will see the following information for the current music session:
    • Equaliser settings
    • Device settings
    • Help and feedback

Turn up the volume

Swipe clockwise on the volume slider. You can swipe all the way to 100%.

Turn down the volume

Swipe anticlockwise on the volume slider. You can swipe all the way to 0%. This will mute all music but will not turn off the mic.

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