Play YouTube TV using Google Home and Chromecast

Ready to start watching content with Google Home and YouTube TV? Learn how to set up and use YouTube TV with your Google Home. This feature is only available in the US. 

Before you start: If you haven't already, make sure that you've signed up for a YouTube TV membership. 

Use your Google Home to control YouTube TV | US only

Step 1. Set up Chromecast and your Google Home device

  1. Set up Chromecast.
  2. Set up Google Home or Google Home Mini. 

Step 2. Link Chromecast using the Google Home app

Link TVs using the Google Home app
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. In the bottom-right corner of the Home screen, tap Account .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
  4. Make sure that your Chromecast is set up and on the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
  5. Tap More settings and then TVs and speakers TVs and speakers. You'll see a list of linked devices.
  6. To link a new Chromecast or TV with Chromecast built-in, tap  in the bottom-right corner of the screen.  
  7. The Google Home app will search for voice-supported TVs on the same Wi-Fi network as your Google Home. 
  8. To add a device, tap the tick box next to the device name. You can select multiple devices. Tap Add
  9. You'll see all of your linked devices within the 'TVs and speakers' section of the Google Home app Google Home app.

Step 3. Control YouTube TV using voice commands

Once you've linked your devices, you're ready to begin using voice commands to control YouTube TV.

Important notes:

  • To use YouTube TV and Google Home together, sign in to the same Google Account on YouTube TV and Google Home. 
  • If you're part of a YouTube TV family plan or sharing your Google Home with other YouTube TV members, make sure that you sign in to your personal Google Account on Google Home to use your own YouTube TV library and viewing preferences. Learn more about linking your Google account and your voice to Google Home.

Common voice commands

Ready to watch? Here are some things that you can say to your Google Assistant on Google Home:

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google", then...
Play a live TV channel "Play MSNBC on YouTube TV"

Play a TV show
Play the most recent episode of a TV show

"Play 'This Is Us' on YouTube TV"
"Play the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy on YouTube TV"
Play a movie "Play <movie> on YouTube TV"
Play a sports match "Play the <MLB game> on YouTube TV"
"Play the <sports team> match on YouTube TV"
Record a show "Record Empire"
Pause/resume/stop "Pause"
Turn off closed captions "Turn off closed captions"
Rewind or fast forward "Rewind [xx mins yy seconds]"
"Fast forward [xx mins yy seconds]"

Tips and tricks for playing content on your TV 

Troubleshoot voice commands

If Google Home is having trouble with accuracy, try being more specific. For example, try saying the entire name of a show, the service (e.g. "…on YouTube TV") or the name of your device, (e.g. "…on Chromecast").

Simple ways to control media using your voice
When you start playing a TV show or movie using your voice, like "Ok Google. Watch 'This Is Us'", all of your next control commands (pause, next, etc.) will control that TV. You won't need to specify the TV after the viewing session begins.
Use your voice to control media that you're casting from your phone or tablet
If you're casting to a TV from your phone or tablet, you'll need to say "on [device name]" (e.g. "Pause the Warriors' game on the living room TV"). After you specify the device for the first time, you won't need to say "on the living room TV" again. 
Control your TV when media is playing on Google Home
When media is playing on Google Home at the same time as your remote device, all control commands will control Google Home, not your remote devices. To control your remote device, you always have to say, "Ok Google, [do X] on [device]".

If you want to stop playing content on Google Home, say "Ok Google, stop". If you want to start controlling the remote device that is playing, you must first add "on [device]" to the next command that you make to this remote device. For example: "Ok Google, next video on TV".
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