Play music on Bluetooth speakers or headphones

Stream music playing on Google Home to your favorite Bluetooth speakers or headphones.

Note: All media playback will play on the external speaker that’s paired with the Google Home. Alarms, timers, and Google Assistant responses will play on Google Home.  

Step 1. Pair and connect a Bluetooth speaker & Google Home

Complete these steps if it’s the first time you’re connecting your speaker to Google Home. 

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth speaker and make sure it’s in pairing mode. This is typically done by pressing the pairing button on your speaker, if possible. 
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Make sure you are in the right home. The name of the home is at the top of the screen. To change homes, tap the arrow next to the home name.
  4. Tap the Google Home device you would like to pair the Bluetooth speaker to.
  5. In the top right corner, tap SettingsSettings and then Default music speaker
  6. Tap Pair Bluetooth speaker. Your Google Home device will then scan for Bluetooth devices.
  7. Tap the device once it appears on the screen. Your Bluetooth device will now pair with your Google Home device.
  8. Tap DONE.

Tips for pairing and connecting devices 

  • You can only have one connected speaker or headphone to play music through at a time.
  • Once you pair and connect your speaker to a Google Home, it will auto-connect unless the speaker gets disconnected or turned off.
  • You can pair a Google Home to multiple Bluetooth enabled speakers or headphones, but it will only connect to the most recently connected device.
  • Here's how to check which mobile devices are connected to Google Home.  

Step 2. Play music

Once your Bluetooth speaker is paired and connected to Google Home, use basic and advanced music commands to listen to music and playlists.

Using audio groups

If you're using speaker groups to listen to media like music, podcasts, and audiobooks from multiple speakers at once, you can continue to do that with your Bluetooth speaker. Just add the Google Home speaker that's connected to the Bluetooth speaker to any speaker group. Here's how to create or add your speaker to an audio group.

Note: You may need to adjust for the playback delay that can happen when using a Bluetooth  device. Here’s how to correct group playback delay.

Disconnect a speaker & Google Home 

You can disconnect a speaker from Google Home but leave it paired. 

Using the Google Home app

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap Default music speaker.
  3. Tap the device you want to disconnect.
  4. The speaker will disconnect from Google Home, but it will still be paired.

Using your voice 

Say "Hey Google, disconnect Bluetooth."  

Note: Your speaker will stay connected to Google Home until you disconnect.

Reconnect a pre-paired speaker & Google Home

Once you pair and connect your speaker to Google Home using the steps above, Google Home will automatically reconnect unless the speaker gets disconnected or turned off. 

If your speaker doesn't auto-connect, complete these steps. 

Using the Google Home app

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth speaker (or make sure it's in a state to accept connections) .
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Tap Default music speaker.
  4. Tap the device you want to reconnect.
  5. The speaker will reconnect to Google Home.

Using your voice 

  1. Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is on (or in a state to accept connections).
  2. Say “Hey Google, connect Bluetooth.” 

Unpair a speaker & Google Home

This will remove your speaker from the paired device list. You'll need to pair and connect this speaker to use it again.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Find the device you want to unpair with Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the device.
  4. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu, tap SettingsSettingsand then Paired Bluetooth devices. 
  5. Find the device you want to unpair.
  6. Tap X and then UNPAIR.

Fix a problem 

My  Bluetooth speaker is connected but audio isn't playing

If your speaker is fully paired and connected but you can't hear audio, try these steps: 

Step 1. Check the volume of your devices

  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Google Home device
  • By voice: Say "Hey Google, turn it up" to adjust the volume. 

Step 2. Reconnect your devices

  1. Unpair devices
  2. Pair and connect




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