Pick a preferred TV or speaker for video and audio playback

You can choose a media playback device that will always play your video and audio without having to include the device's name in your voice command.

Why pick a preferred TV or speaker?

VIDEO: Benefits of picking a preferred TV

By default, If you have more than one linked TV (using Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra or a Chromecast Built-In TV), you need to explicitly say the name of the TV/Chromecast to be used for playback. (i.e. Living room TV) to play YouTube videos and TV programmes and movies on Google Nest or Google Home speakers or displays. 

Now you can choose a preferred device for all video voice commands that you use with your speaker or display. These voice commands will play on your preferred device without having to specify its name. 

If you want to play media on a device that's not your preferred TV,  you can still explicitly ask to play media on that device (i.e. on <xx TV>).

Supported video cast devices

  1. Chromecast (1st gen), Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra
  2. Android TV
  3. TV with Chromecast Built-In
AUDIO: Benefits of picking a preferred speaker

By default, when you ask your Google Nest or Home speaker or display to play audio and music, it will play music on its built-in speaker. If you use premium sound Chromecast Built-In audio devices or audio cast groups, you need to explicitly say the name of the speaker/group to be used for playback. (i.e. "Bedroom speakers", "Home Group"). 

Now you can choose a preferred device for all audio voice commands that you use with your Google Nest or Home speaker or display. These voice commands will play on your preferred speaker/group without having to specify its name. 

If you want to play media on a device that's not your preferred speaker,  you can still explicitly ask to play media on that device (i.e. on <xx speaker>).

Supported Cast devices

  1. Chromecast Audio
  2. Cast audio groups 
  3. Chromecast Built-In audio devices 
  4. Chromecast (1st gen), Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra
  5. Android TV
  6. Chromecast Built-In TV

Set your preferred TV or speaker

To reset your preferred device, tap Reset.

Tips and tricks 

  1. To play media on your speaker or display and not your preferred TV or speaker, say "Ok Google, play <media> on <speaker or display name>".
  2. Unsupported features:
    1. Podcasts will play locally on your Google Nest or Home speaker or display, not on a TV or speaker.
    2. News won't play on TV devices, so if you set a TV as your preferred "Listen on" device, the Google Nest or Home speaker or display will play it locally instead.
  3. You must be linked to the Google Nest or Home speaker or display to be able to set its preferred TV or speakers.
  4. You can set as preferred audio or video output any device/group that's linked to any of the users linked to the specific Google Nest or Home speaker or display.
  5. When the preferred device is not available (offline, powered off) you'll hear a message letting you know that it's unavailable. 
  6. When you factory reset your Google Nest or Home speaker, display or your preferred TV/speaker, you will need to reapply the setting.
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