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Do you own a Google Home Mini? Then you surely know how versatile and useful it is. Did you know you can turn your Google Home Mini into a Bluetooth speaker? Many people will tell you that you need a separate Bluetooth speaker for this to work, but that’s not quite true.

You will need a mobile device or a computer for this to work, though. You’ll be able to control the Google Home Mini and use it as a Bluetooth speaker with an app installed on any of those devices. We’ll guide you through the process step by step.

Requirements

Besides the Google Home Mini, you will need another device that will serve as a mediator and enable the Bluetooth speaker function of this smart home device. You can use any device that can run the Google Home app for Android, or any compatible iOS device that can run the iOS version of the app.

These are Android and Apple tablets and smartphones. You can actually use a macOS or Windows device as well, if you prefer computers. We’ll show you the steps for those devices too, but let’s start with the Google Home app method.

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How to Use Google Home Mini as a Bluetooth Speaker on Android and iOS Devices

Since Android and iOS devices are the most popular, let’s start with them. This is how you turn your Google Home Mini into a Bluetooth speaker using the mentioned devices:

  1. Make sure you have installed and updated the Google Home app, using the links provided in the previous paragraph. The process is the same for Android and iOS devices.
  2. Launch the Google Home app on your device.
  3. Select the Devices option from the top-right corner of your screen.
  4. Choose Settings, and scroll down until you find Enable Pairing mode. Tap on that, it should be located within the Paired Bluetooth Devices tab.
  5. Using this method, you can pair as many devices to your Google Home Mini as you want. However, only one of the devices will be able to control your speaker at a time.

Alternatively, you can use the Bluetooth settings on your device to enable pairing with Google Home Mini. Go to Settings, then choose Bluetooth settings, and move the slider to the right to enable pairing. Finally, select Google Home Mini from the list of available devices.

These instructions should work with all iOS and Android devices, though minor differences in steps and the names of menu items and tabs might happen.

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How to Use Google Home Mini as a Bluetooth Speaker on Mac

Enabling Bluetooth pairing on a Mac is rather easy. Follow the steps:

  1. Open the Apple menu.
  2. Select System preferences.
  3. Click on the Bluetooth option.
  4. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  5. Choose your Google Home Mini from the list of devices available for pairing.

How to Use Google Home Mini as a Bluetooth Speaker on Windows

On Windows devices, pairing is even easier. Do this:

  1. Click on the Start menu, or press the Windows key on your keyboard to bring up the menu.
  2. Type in Bluetooth in the search bar.
  3. Click on Bluetooth settings which should appear first on the list.
  4. Select Add Bluetooth or another device. Click on Bluetooth.
  5. Select your Google Home Mini to pair your devices.

If you want to disconnect a Bluetooth device, simply click on the device in the Bluetooth and other devices menu, and select Remove.

Actually, you will have to do this on any device, not just a Windows computer. Follow the same steps you used for connecting a Bluetooth device to disconnect it. You can even use voice commands for your Google Home Mini to disconnect it, just say “Disconnect Bluetooth”.

How to Play Music on Google Home Mini

If you have properly paired up your Google Home Mini with the device of your choice, you can play music in multiple ways. There are many music streaming services available on Google Home, but you can also play the music that’s stored on your device.

Some of the most popular music services include: Deezer, Spotify, YouTube, Google Play Music, Pandora, etc. Not all the services are available everywhere, although, in the U.S. and Canada, they are.

Voice Commands for Google Home Mini

Remember to always say Ok Google, or Hey Google to activate your Google Home Mini. Here are some of the most useful Google Home voice commands for playing music:

  1. “Play [name of the song, artist, or album].”
  2. You can also say “Play Adele on Spotify” or “Play songs like Smells like Teen Spirit.”
  3. “Play music by The Beatles” works as well.
  4. “Play artists similar to Led Zeppelin” works too.
  5. You can request a specific genre too. Just say “Play country music.”
  6. Also, you can choose mood or activity-specific music. Say “Play sad music” or “Play workout music” and your Google Home Mini will search for such songs, albums, and playlists.
  7. You can mix it up with shuffle. “Shuffle We Are Not Your Kind by Slipknot” will do the trick.
  8. You can also use pause, resume, stop, next, skip, commands. Just say those commands and Google Home will take action. Also, you can order it to “set volume to 50%.”
  9. Finally, you can play music on other devices too. Just say “Play music on my bedroom TV,” for example.

Play Some Funky Music

That is how to set up and use your Google Home Mini as a Bluetooth speaker. No separate speakers are necessary, although it is possible to connect multiple devices at the same time using the Bluetooth pairing advice we gave you.

What is your favorite music genre or artist? Did you have any trouble settings up your Google Home Mini? Let us know in the comments below.

Cameron Summerson is ex-Editor-in-Chief of Review Geek and served as an Editorial Advisor for How-To Geek and LifeSavvy. He covered technology for a decade and wrote over 4,000 articles and hundreds of product reviews in that time. He’s been published in print magazines and quoted as a smartphone expert in the New York Times. Read more.

Google Home’s speaker sounds pretty good, but the Home Mini is a little lacking. Now, you can pair any Home or Home Mini with a Bluetooth speaker for a better audio experience.

Note: We’re using Android for in our examples here, but the process is the same on iOS.

Adding a Bluetooth speaker to your Google Home is simple. Fire up the Google Home app, and then tap the devices button in the top right corner.

On the Devices page, tap the menu button (the three-dots) in the top right corner, and then choose the “Settings” command.

Scroll down, and then tap the “Paired Bluetooth Devices” option.

This opens the default speaker menu. To add a Bluetooth speaker, first make sure the speaker is in pairing mode. If you’re not sure how to do that, consult the website of your speaker’s manufacturer—most of the time, you’ll just long-press the Bluetooth button, though.

With the speaker itself in pairing mode, tap the “Pair Bluetooth Speaker” button on your phone. The Google Home app starts scanning for speakers; when it finds yours, tap it to pair.

When the devices are paired, Google Home sets this as its default speaker.

From that point forward, your Home should stay connected to the Bluetooth speaker and use it as the default audio device. Questions and other communications will still be handled through the Home device itself—so, for example, if you ask it to set a timer, that won’t happen through the newly-added Bluetooth speaker.

This is an awesome feature, because it almost allows you to add voice control to any Bluetooth speaker. Let’s say you have a single Home in the kitchen, but you want to control music in the living room. We all know how sensitive Home’s ears can be, so now you should be able to ask Home to play some tunes and poof—there it is on your paired Bluetooth speaker in the living room. You can also control the volume of the Bluetooth speaker by using the Home’s volume control—just like if the speaker were paired with a phone.

And if you have multiple Homes set up in a group, the same rule applies—your Bluetooth speaker continues to handle all the audio duties for the Home it’s paired to. Super solid.

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What to Know

  • Turn on the speakers and the device with the Google Home app on it.
  • In the app, choose Settings >Audio >Default music speaker. Put the speakers into pairing mode.
  • Select Pair Bluetooth Speaker and choose the speaker.

This article explains how to connect Google Home to Bluetooth speakers using the Google Home app. It includes troubleshooting tips to help with any problems that occur during the initial pairing.

Google Home Bluetooth Setup Directions

When you connect Google Home to Bluetooth speakers, all music that you command through Google Home plays on the Bluetooth device. However, other things, like Google Assistant responses, alarms, and timers, continue to play through the Google Home’s built-in speaker.

Here’s how to hook up Google Home to some Bluetooth speakers:

With both devices turned on, open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet. It’s available for Android, iPhone, and iPad users.

From the home tab, select the Google Home device to connect to the Bluetooth speaker.

Select the Settings button (the gear).

Scroll down and select Audio > Default music speaker.

Put your Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode. It might have a button that you have to press once or press-and-hold for a few seconds. Others might be connected to an app where you can enable pairing mode. Consult the speaker’s documentation for specifics.

Return to the Google Home app and select Pair Bluetooth speaker, and then select the speaker when you see it appear on the screen.

Troubleshooting Tips

If Google Home can’t find your speaker, verify the speaker is in pairing mode and, if there’s a physical switch to enable Bluetooth, that the switch is in the on position.

If you see an error in the app that no devices were found, press Rescan to try looking again. It might take a few tries.

If your Google Home is having trouble hearing you after you’ve paired the Bluetooth speaker, make sure you’re talking to the Google Home itself and not the newly paired Bluetooth speaker. The microphone is on the Google Home device.

You can connect Google Home to several Bluetooth speakers simultaneously. Either add multiple speakers through the app so you can pick which one to play music on, or create a speaker group to play the same music across multiple speakers at once.

There’s no reason to reconnect the Bluetooth speaker each time you want to use it. The directions above let you pair and connect the speaker to Google Home just once, so every time after that, music will continue to play through the Bluetooth speaker until you turn it off or it gets disconnected.

Your Google Home is a great device for requesting the weather, setting alarms , controlling your smart home or even creating a network of connected speakers , but you might not have an extra Google Home speaker to create an awesome sound setup in your home or apartment. That’s fine: You can just route your music through any decent-sounding Bluetooth speakers you might have—who needs your Google speaker, after all?

Get your Bluetooth speaker and Google Home ready to connect

First, switch on your Bluetooth speaker and leave it in pairing mode. Then open the Google Home app and tap on the Google Home speaker you want to sync to your Bluetooth speaker. Tap on the Settings icon—the gear—in the top-right corner, and then scroll down and tap on “Default speaker.”

Tap “Pair Bluetooth speaker,” and your Google Home speaker will scan for your to-be-paired speaker.

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When your Bluetooth speaker pops up, tap to select it, and then tap “Done.”

You’ll be returned to the previous screen, where you’ll want to make sure your newly added Bluetooth speaker is selected as your default. (You can change your default speaker—where the music comes out when you talk to this particular Google Home speaker—at any time.)

The next time you ask Google Home to play your favorite song, the music should come through your paired Bluetooth speaker. More Google Assistant-specific commands like “what’s the weather?” should come out of your Google Home speaker. Don’t forget that you still need to direct your voice commands to the actual smart speaker for any of this to work.

If you want to get wild, you can also add multiple Bluetooth speakers across separate rooms; follow this same process and pair each Bluetooth speaker to a separate Google Home device. Then, lump the Google Home speakers together as a group and set the group as the default target for your audio. It’s a more complicated way to get multi-room audio, but a decent option if your Bluetooth speakers sound way better than your Google Home speakers.

This story was originally published in 2018 by Jacob Kleinman and was updated on May 3, 2020 by Emily Long. Our updates include the following: revised the steps to match the current Google app interface, added screenshots, and rewrote the first paragraph.

By Mike Prospero published 2 April 18

The Google Home could sound better. Fortunately, you can pair it with a Bluetooth speaker to get better audio.

The Google Home Mini is a cost-effective way to get Google Assistant into your house or apartment, where you can use it for all sorts of things, from controlling smart-home devices to looking up the weather, recipes, movie times and more. The one thing the Mini is not known for, though, is audio quality. Fortunately, you can pair the Mini (as well as any other Google Home speaker) to a Bluetooth speaker, letting you crank out your tunes in high fidelity. Here’s how to do it.

1. Place Your Bluetooth speaker in pairing mode. This will depend on the speaker you have. but in most cases involves pressing and holding a button indicated with the Bluetooth logo, as on this UE Megaboom.

2. Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet, and Select Devices by pressing the icon in the upper right corner.

3. Select the Google Home device with which you’d like to pair the Bluetooth speaker.

4. Press the three little dots to the upper right of the Google Home card. You should see three items: Settings, Guest Mode and Reboot. Select Settings.

5. Scroll down the page, and under Sound Settings, select Default Speaker (Choose a speaker)

6. Press “Pair Bluetooth speaker.”

7. Your Google Home will then search for Bluetooth speakers. The ones it finds will appear in a list.

8. Choose the speaker you want to pair with your Google Home.

9. You should be all set. Start jammin’!

What You Can Say

You will still have to speak your commands to the Google Home device in order for it to play music, etc. — and Google Assistant will respond to you from the Google Home Device — but music should now come out of the paired Bluetooth speaker.

You can also group the Bluetooth speaker with others, so that you can set up audio for multiple rooms, without needing a Google Home device in every room.

Michael A. Prospero is the deputy editor at Tom’s Guide. He oversees the Homes, Smart Home, and Fitness/Wearables categories, but also tests out the latest standing desks, webcams, drones, and electric scooters. He has worked at Tom’s Guide for many a year; before that, he was the Reviews Editor for Laptop Magazine, a reporter at Fast Company, and, many eons back, an intern at George magazine. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, electric scooter, or skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine, smoker, or pizza oven, to the delight or chagrin of his family.

Here’s a complete step by step guide on how to pair iPhone, iPad or Android with Google Home over Bluetooth for streaming music.

Google Home is Not Just an Assistant, You Can Also Use it as a Bluetooth Speaker for Streaming Music from Your Phone or Tablet

At Google I/O last year, the company announced that it was bringing Bluetooth pairing support to Google Home. And it did so by pushing a software update to Google Home over the air. This meant that you were not limited to what the Google Home offered out of the box as you could use the device as a Bluetooth speaker too. So, with that being said, in today’s guide we’ll show our readers how they can pair their phone or tablet with Google Home and stream some tunes the way they like.

How to Pair with Google Home Using Bluetooth

There are two ways you can go about this process. Either you can use the Google Home app (iOS/Android) or you can use your voice to initiate the pairing process. We are going to cover both.

Using the Google Home App

Note: You must be on the asme WiFi network as your Google Home in order for this to work.

1. Assuming you have downloaded the app and you are signed in with your account, launch Google Home from your home screen.

2. Now tap on the ‘Devices’ button on the top right hand corner. It’s the little icon that looks like a small speaker.

3. If you have multiple Google Home devices at home, find the one to which you want to pair with. Now tap on the three ‘dots’ icon on the top right hand corner.

4. Now tap on ‘Settings.’

5. Now select ‘Paired Bluetooth Devices.’

6. Select ‘Enable Pairing Mode’ from the bottom right.

7. On your phone or tablet simply go to the Bluetooth options and select Google Home. The pairing will happen instantly.

You can now listen to anything on your Google Home speaker.

Pair Using Voice

1. Say ‘OK Google.’

2. Now say ‘Enable Bluetooth pairing.’

3. On your phone or tablet just select ‘Google Home’ and you are good to go.

Wrap up

If you’re asking me, I’d go with the second option of using your voice to pair with Google Home. It’s easy, quick and gets the job done in a matter of seconds. But, eventually, you will turn towards the Google Home app if you are going to manage your paired devices. There’s no getting around it.

If you own a Google Home device, you may already know about its incredible features. But what makes this Google Assistant-powered smart speaker stand out from the rest is its ability to play songs online.

While you have to enable an assortment of third-party skills on Amazon Alexa, the Google Home takes the speaker experience to a whole new level as it supports most of the major music streaming apps that have the option to cast.

However, that’s not all this smart speaker is capable of. Your Google Home can also double up as a Bluetooth speaker. This feature, introduced in August 2017, gets rid of the hassles of connecting to the Wi-Fi network or enabling the Guest mode and turns your Home device into a Bluetooth speaker in a jiffy.

So, let’s see how to play music through Bluetooth on the Google Home.

Step 1: Enable Bluetooth Pairing

Go to the Device settings at the upper-right corner of the Google Home app and tap on the three-dot menu.

Tap on Settings, scroll down and hit the Enable Pairing Mode option located inside the Paired Bluetooth Devices settings.

The Enable Pairing Mode lets you pair any number of smartphones at a given time. However, when it comes to playing songs, only one device will be able to play songs.

Step 2: Search for the Device

One it’s switched on, any phone will be able to connect to the Google Home device.

All you have to do is enable the pairing mode using the smartphone just as you’d do with any other Bluetooth device.

Step 3: Connect and Enjoy

Once done, sit back and play your locally saved songs, podcasts or even YouTube videos via Bluetooth. It’s as easy as pie.

You can also use voice commands to control the playback on Google Home. Just say “Hey Google, enable Bluetooth pairing”.

Plus, you can also adjust the Bass and Treble of the speaker through the app. Just head over to the Equaliser option and modify the settings as per your choice.

How to Unpair a Connected Device

Unpairing a smartphone is also an easy process. Just hit the tiny cross (x) icon at the upper-right corner on the card beside the particular device.

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Try Google Home’s Nifty Shortcuts

Another cool trick of the Google Home is its Shortcuts. Located under More Settings (left menu) in the Google Home app, it lets you replace long and complex voice commands with short and easy ones.

For instance, “Play workout music on Google Play Music” can simply become “Exercise” or “Cancel all alarms for tomorrow” can be replaced by “Alarms off”.

What’s more? You can also enter your choice of alternate phrases for the same shortcut. Take my Google Home Mini for instance, it plays music the instant I say “Good morning” or “Workout’.

Get the Most Out of Your Google Home Mini

Smart speakers bring parties to life because, at the end of the day, parties are the result of a collaborative effort. After all, you wouldn’t want to play the songs from your playlist alone, right?

Besides, these speakers only need a power cable and a Wi-Fi network and they are all set to make your life easier. The smart home concept isn’t a myth after all.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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A world without Google is incomplete. Google is not a search engine; it’s the dictionary of worldwide information as technology evolves with each new day. Huge companies such as Google are developing smart home devices that turn our lives easier and provide comfort at our hands with just one tap on the Smartphone. A Google smart speaker is the most trending device these days. Google keeps updating their devices every day. Google smart speaker has been made to be paired with a Bluetooth speaker that offers a wide range of assistance. It is available in all three new models of smart speakers by Google.

As Google assist and handle your home under your given instructions. Like Alexa, Google smart speaker is designed that way to connect with Bluetooth speakers easily. So while you are working on a kitchen and listening to some music, you can listen to it very quickly by just connecting with a Bluetooth speaker and just commanding the Google assistant. It’s not unusual for people to have various smart speakers at home, and if you want to pair up with all smart speakers to the Bluetooth speaker, it can be done very quickly. Through this, you can change the whole experience of taking a shower or while doing dishes.

With the pairing of a Bluetooth speaker with your Google smart speaker, you can get easy access to the weather, podcast, interviews and many more. Through Google voice assistant, you can communicate with your loved ones through a Google home mini that lets you call from any corner of your home. To connect a Bluetooth speaker, you need to open the Google Home app and click on the devices icon in the right-hand corner, then select a home speaker that you want to pair. Then click on the Settings icon, scroll down to the default music speaker, then select the Bluetooth speaker you want to connect.

Creating A Multi-Room Audio

A smart home speaker can able to create Multi-room audio. If you want to create multi-room audio, then you can create it by connecting various Google devices at one time. This speaker will let you connect to the device that works at a particular time you want. You can even combine these devices altogether and can relate to the Bluetooth speaker as well.

If you have various Google devices such as Google Assistant, Google smart speaker, you can control them with a separate Bluetooth speaker. In this way, you can easily create your multi-room audio. You have to follow a few instructions to pair up with Bluetooth speakers and make sure that these devices are connected with your smartphones, and it works.

How To Pair A Bluetooth Speaker With Google Home?

  • Open the Google Home app.
  • Then, tap on the add button and click on the plus sign at the top corner of the screen.
  • Choose or create a speaker group
  • You can select an entire group
  • Select all the home devices that you want to merge in a particular group.
  • Then add the group name and save it.
  • Whenever you want to play audio on the entire group, then use the following command:
  • Google, please play (music name) on the (name) homegroup.

If you are experiencing a bad Bluetooth connection, then you are not alone. These devices get lots of glitches by the time, but it gets resolved soon as well. So these devices are not harmful at all. Google Home and Nest users have reported these glitches. In 2020, Google recognized that they were aware of the connectivity issue and worked hard to fix it. In the meantime, other users have found victory by using the Google home application that can be paired with external speakers through which the connection seems more stable.

Can I Connect Multiple Bluetooth Devices To My Google Home?

Yes, you can connect it by following few instructions, and if you want to have an entire device synced to play similar audio throughout your home, you will need to use your Google multi-room audio function. Through this function, you can achieve the desired audio throughout your home. You can also link your Google Home to a soundbar with Bluetooth capabilities because without Bluetooth; you cannot pair it.

Better Audio

As Google smart speakers come with several functions simultaneously, these home speakers sound pretty good, and you can connect several devices with a separate Bluetooth speaker. Google is launching various intelligent home speakers with the latest features that can turn your home alive. All Google Home devices support almost every Bluetooth speaker. If you have a high-quality speaker, you can connect it to get an energetic vibe.

Ask Assistant To Play Your Favourite Audio.

With Google Assistant, you can ask this Assistant to play your favourite audio or even control the audio volume according to your mood. The audio should automatically play on your Bluetooth speaker. You can ask this Assistant to control your home ; whether it is a news update or a weather update, you can ask anything. Other than your Bluetooth speakers, you will need to talk to your Google Home or Nest device to ask assistant questions about everything you want.

Conclusion

Google is not just a search engine to find information about anything. But as technology is progressing, Google is creating smart devices that are turning everyone lives more convenient. With the smart speakers build by Google, you can listen to your favourite music all through your home. By pairing up with the Bluetooth speaker , these smart speakers are enhancing the beauty of your home and creating a stress-free environment for your loved ones. With one tap, you can manage your home with Google mini; with one step towards the concern for the environment, you can change the world.

One of the chief complaints about the Nest Mini is its poor audio. The Nest Audio and the Nest Hub Max certainly offer superior sound, but the Mini was designed to be a cheap entryway into the smart home world rather than an audiophile’s dream. Thankfully, you can skip upgrading from the Nest Mini if you have a decent Bluetooth speaker sitting around and even play music from multiple rooms simultaneously.

QUICK ANSWER

To pair a Nest Mini with a Bluetooth speaker, open the Google Home app, and go to the Mini’s Audio options under Settings (the gear icon). Select Paired Bluetooth devices followed by Enable pairing mode, then go back to the Audio menu and tap Default music speaker to choose your Bluetooth output. To create a multi-room group, tap the plus icon from the front page of Google Home, and choose Create speaker group.

JUMP TO QUESTIONS

How do you pair a Google Nest Mini with a Bluetooth speaker?

Let’s say you have a Nest Mini in the kitchen. You can pair a Bluetooth speaker located in the living room with the Mini and have audio play from both at the same time. Depending on the size of your home and the number of smart and Bluetooth speakers you already own, you could have the same song play throughout every area.

To get started, follow these steps to pair a Nest Mini with a Bluetooth speaker:

  • Turn on your Bluetooth speaker, and put it in pairing mode. Methods differ but often this involves holding down a dedicated pairing button.
  • Open the Google Home app for Android, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Select your Nest Mini from the app’s homescreen.
  • Tap the gear icon, then Audio.
  • Select Paired Bluetooth devices, followed by Enable pairing mode.
  • Go back to the Audio menu, and tap Default music speaker.
  • Once you hit Pair Bluetooth speaker, the Mini should run a quick scan. Select your Bluetooth speaker to complete the pairing.

Now when you ask Google Assistant to play music, it will automatically kick over to Bluetooth. Be sure, of course, that the Bluetooth speaker is always on and in range.

How do you use multi-room audio with a Google Nest Mini?

To get a multi-room configuration going:

  • Repeat the steps above for any other Google-compatible speakers you want to link to Bluetooth. Note that you can only have one active Bluetooth output per Google speaker, so you may want more Minis.
  • Open the Google Home app, and tap the plus icon in the upper-left.
  • Choose Create speaker group.
  • Select every Google speaker that you want to use. Once you’re done, tap Next.
  • Enter a name for the group, and hit Save. Make the name easy and memorable, because you’ll have to use it in voice commands — for instance, “Hey Google, play The Crow by DJ Food on Downstairs Speakers.”

Note that you’ll have to talk to your Nest devices to issue commands — the mics on your Bluetooth speakers won’t help. Some music apps, like Spotify, may let you select a group visually. Either way, this is a great way to experience multi-room audio without having to buy expensive smart speakers for every room.

If you own a Google Home device, you may already know about its incredible features. But what makes this Google Assistant-powered smart speaker stand out from the rest is its ability to play songs online.

While you have to enable an assortment of third-party skills on Amazon Alexa, the Google Home takes the speaker experience to a whole new level as it supports most of the major music streaming apps that have the option to cast.

However, that’s not all this smart speaker is capable of. Your Google Home can also double up as a Bluetooth speaker. This feature, introduced in August 2017, gets rid of the hassles of connecting to the Wi-Fi network or enabling the Guest mode and turns your Home device into a Bluetooth speaker in a jiffy.

So, let’s see how to play music through Bluetooth on the Google Home.

Step 1: Enable Bluetooth Pairing

Go to the Device settings at the upper-right corner of the Google Home app and tap on the three-dot menu.

Tap on Settings, scroll down and hit the Enable Pairing Mode option located inside the Paired Bluetooth Devices settings.

The Enable Pairing Mode lets you pair any number of smartphones at a given time. However, when it comes to playing songs, only one device will be able to play songs.

Step 2: Search for the Device

One it’s switched on, any phone will be able to connect to the Google Home device.

All you have to do is enable the pairing mode using the smartphone just as you’d do with any other Bluetooth device.

Step 3: Connect and Enjoy

Once done, sit back and play your locally saved songs, podcasts or even YouTube videos via Bluetooth. It’s as easy as pie.

You can also use voice commands to control the playback on Google Home. Just say “Hey Google, enable Bluetooth pairing”.

Plus, you can also adjust the Bass and Treble of the speaker through the app. Just head over to the Equaliser option and modify the settings as per your choice.

How to Unpair a Connected Device

Unpairing a smartphone is also an easy process. Just hit the tiny cross (x) icon at the upper-right corner on the card beside the particular device.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Bluetooth 5.0 quadruples the range of its predecessor? Check more awesome Bluetooth 5.0 facts

Try Google Home’s Nifty Shortcuts

Another cool trick of the Google Home is its Shortcuts. Located under More Settings (left menu) in the Google Home app, it lets you replace long and complex voice commands with short and easy ones.

For instance, “Play workout music on Google Play Music” can simply become “Exercise” or “Cancel all alarms for tomorrow” can be replaced by “Alarms off”.

What’s more? You can also enter your choice of alternate phrases for the same shortcut. Take my Google Home Mini for instance, it plays music the instant I say “Good morning” or “Workout’.

Get the Most Out of Your Google Home Mini

Smart speakers bring parties to life because, at the end of the day, parties are the result of a collaborative effort. After all, you wouldn’t want to play the songs from your playlist alone, right?

Besides, these speakers only need a power cable and a Wi-Fi network and they are all set to make your life easier. The smart home concept isn’t a myth after all.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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The Google Home speaker sounds pretty good, but the Home Mini is a bit lacking. Now you can pair any Home or Home Mini with a Bluetooth speaker for a better audio experience.

Note:We’re using Android in our examples here, but the process is the same on iOS.

Adding a Bluetooth speaker to your Google Home is simple. Launch the Google Home app, and then tap the devices button in the top right corner.

On the Devices page, tap the menu button (the three dots) in the upper right corner, and then choose the “Settings” command.

Scroll down and then tap on the “Paired Bluetooth Devices” option.

This brings up the default speaker menu. To add a Bluetooth speaker, first make sure the speaker is in pairing mode. If you’re not sure how to do this, check your speaker manufacturer’s website; however, most of the time, just press and hold the Bluetooth button.

With the speaker in pairing mode, tap the “Pair Bluetooth Speaker” button on your phone. The Google Home app starts searching for speakers; when you find yours, tap on it to pair it.

When the devices are paired, Google Home sets it as your default speaker.

From then on, your home should stay connected to the Bluetooth speaker and use it as the default audio device. Questions and other communication will still be handled through the Home device itself, so for example, if it asks you to set a timer, that won’t happen through the newly added Bluetooth speaker.

This is an amazing feature, because it almost allows you to add voice control to any Bluetooth speaker. Let’s say you have a single house in the kitchen, but you want to control the music in the living room. We all know how sensitive Home’s ears can be, so now you should be able to ask Home to play some tunes and poof, there it is on your paired Bluetooth speaker in the living room. You can also control the volume of the Bluetooth speaker using the Home volume control, just as if the speaker were paired with a phone.

And if you have multiple homes set up in a group, the same rule applies: your Bluetooth speaker continues to handle all the audio functions of the home it’s paired with. super solid

Google Home is of course another one of these virtual assistant devices. This is not unlike Echo or Alexa.

Some would say that Google Home is in fact the most useful, reliable, and user-friendly virtual home assistant out there right now. It certainly is a cool little device.

After all, you can ask it literally any question, and as long as there is an answer online, you’ll know it within seconds.

Moreover, Google Home can be used to do so much more as well. You can use your voice to make reservations, get news updates, and so much more.

Yes, Google Home also plays music. However, with that being said, various versions of the Google Home, while they certainly are quite useful, they do not have the best speakers.

If you are planning to listen to your favorite tunes using the Google Home speaker, you might be a bit disappointed with the sound quality.

You might, therefore, be tempted to connect a much better Bluetooth speaker to the Google Home. So, can you hook up a Google Home to Bluetooth Speakers?

  • Can Google Home be Paired with Bluetooth Speakers?
  • How to Connect Google Home to Bluetooth Speakers
  • Why use Bluetooth Speakers with your Google Home Smart Speaker?
  • Conclusion

Can Google Home be Paired with Bluetooth Speakers?

Yes, indeed the Google Home can be paired with your favorite Bluetooth speakers. Now, what is interesting to note is that in the beginning, the first generation of Google Home did not have this ability, but the newer models do.

To be exact, many of the older models of the Google Home assistant were only able to pair with Bluetooth speakers from the Google brand name, a good marketing ploy no doubt.

However, due to complaints, Google decided to upgrade the newest version of Google Home to be compatible with all Bluetooth speakers. In case you are wondering, yes, all modern Bluetooth speakers should now be compatible and pairable with the Google Home Smart Speaker.

What is pretty neat is that you can also connect a Bluetooth speaker to a group of Google Home smart assistant speakers.

How to Connect Google Home to Bluetooth Speakers

Connecting your Google Home Smart Speaker to external Bluetooth speakers is done very easily. The process here is not unlike pairing Bluetooth speakers with any other device.

Let’s go through a quick step by step tutorial on how to connect your Google Home Smart Speaker to your favorite Bluetooth speakers.

  1. Turn on the Google Home Smart Speaker and turn on the Bluetooth speaker you wish to pair with it.
  2. Using the connected phone or tablet, the one connected to your Google Home Speaker, open up the Google Home application.
  3. Once you are on the “home” tab, select the specific Google Home device you wish to connect to the Bluetooth speakers.
  4. Now, select the “settings” button, and at this point, scroll down and select the “default music speaker”.
  5. You will not have to put the Bluetooth speaker you wish to pair with your Google Home Smart Speaker into pairing mode. Most Bluetooth speakers should come with a pairing button that you just need to press. You may need to read the owner’s manual for specifics on this.
  6. You can now return to the Google Home application on your phone or tablet, and select “pair Bluetooth speaker”. Your Bluetooth speaker should now appear on the pairing screen. Select the speaker and pair it. You should now be able to listen to music and hear your Google Home assistant on your newly paired Bluetooth speaker.

Why use Bluetooth Speakers with your Google Home Smart Speaker?

What is important to note here is that using an external Bluetooth speaker for your Google Home Smart Speaker may be a good thing if you plan on listening to a lot of music.

The fact is that the speaker itself, the Google Home Speaker, is not exactly top quality in terms of audio. If you really want to enjoy your tunes to the fullest, and external speaker of sorts is definitely recommended.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that you can pair virtually any and all Bluetooth speakers with your Google Home assistant speaker.

If you plan on listening to lots of music, and you like the music to actually sound good, it is recommended that you pair an external speaker to your Google Home system, whether Bluetooth or otherwise.

The fact of the matter is that while Google Home is really neat, the integrated speakers don’t really cut it, but luckily you can easily and quickly connect your own Bluetooth speakers to it.

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So you’re looking to use Google Home as a Bluetooth speaker to stream audio … you’re in the right place! Step by step instructions are below. Let’s get started!

Enabling Pairing Mode on Google Home

Before connecting your phone to your Google Home speaker via Bluetooth, you have to put the speaker in Pairing Mode.

You can do this in two ways. You can either use a Google Voice assistant command or the Google Home app. Let’s run through both ways.

Using the Google Voice Assistant

This is the simplest method – just use the voice command “OK Google” and then say “Enable Bluetooth Pairing.”

Your device will automatically switch to Bluetooth Pairing Mode.

Via the App

  • Go into Google Home on your phone.
  • Choose the Google Home device you want to pair with your phone.
  • Touch on the Settings icon .
  • Navigate to Audio > Paired Bluetooth Devices.
  • Press Enable Pairing Mode.

Your Google Home speaker is ready to pair and connect with your mobile, or any other Bluetooth enabled device. Once the speaker is in Pairing Mode, you can now connect your smartphone to the speaker.

Let’s look at how you can do this for various devices.

Connecting Google Home to iPhone

You can connect your iPhone or iPad to your Google Home speaker after you’ve enabled Pairing Mode. Here’s a quick guide on how you can pair both devices.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate down to the Bluetooth option and select it.
  3. Make sure the Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. Your device will start searching for Bluetooth devices around it.
  5. Once it’s done searching, look for your Google Home device under Other Devices.
  6. It’s usually named Google Home by default, but if you’ve changed the name, look for the new name.
  7. Select your device and pair both of them together.
  8. Once they finish pairing, you can play music via the Google Home speaker.

Connecting Google Home to Android

You can also connect your Android smartphone to a Google Home speaker via Bluetooth. Here’s how you can do it.

  1. From your phone’s home screen, swipe down from the top to open the action centre.
  2. Locate the Bluetooth icon and long-press it to open the Bluetooth settings.
  3. If the Bluetooth setting isn’t here, you can access it by clicking on the Settings app, then navigating to Bluetooth.
  4. Make sure you switch on the Bluetooth.
  5. Depending on your device, scroll down to Available Devices > Pair New Devices > Search for New Devices.
  6. Tap on it and let your smartphone search for new devices.
  7. Look for your Google Home speaker’s name on the list of devices. When you find it, click on the speaker.
  8. Wait for the two devices to pair. After this, you can use your Google Home speaker to play music just like a Bluetooth speaker.

Using Google Home as a Computer Speaker

Your Google Home speaker can also double as your laptop or PC’s speaker via Bluetooth. You can set it up using these simple steps.

  1. Make sure you enable Bluetooth Pairing on the Google Home device.
  2. On your Windows PC’s search bar, search for Bluetooth Settings. Click on the Bluetooth System setting that comes up.
  3. Under the setting, make sure the Bluetooth feature is turned on.
  4. Click on Add Device.
  5. In the menu that appears, select Bluetooth Device.
  6. The PC will scan for available devices. When it’s done scanning, select your Google Home speaker from devices the PC discovers.
  7. Wait a few seconds for the pairing to finish. Once the pairing is complete, you can now use your Google Home speaker as a PC speaker.

Playing Content from Google Chrome on Google Speakers

You can play content directly from your Chrome browser to your Google speaker using the Chromecast feature. Here’s how you can enable this feature.

First, make sure you connect your PC and your Google Home speaker to the same Wi-Fi network. Also, the chrome browser should be installed and up to date.

  • Click the three dots at the top right corner to check for Chrome updates. From the menu, navigate to Help > About Chrome.
  • If any Chrome updates are available, install them.

To play content directly from any webpage:

  • Right-click on the page and select Cast.
  • Select the Google Home speaker you want to use for playing the audio.

To put the Cast icon permanently on the toolbar:

  • Click on the icon at the top right corner and select Cast from the options.
  • The Cast icon will temporarily appear on the toolbar.
  • To make it permanent, right-click on the icon and check Always Show Icon.

Some online pages usually have the Cast button embedded on their pages. You can find the button near other media controls. So, hit the Cast button and select your Google Home speaker from the menu that shows up.

The Verdict

Google Home speakers can double as decent Bluetooth speakers for playing your music around the house.

Once you set them up and pair them correctly using our guide, you can enjoy premium sound in addition to wireless control.

One of the most baffling decisions Google made with its otherwise excellent Google Home Mini is to not include an audio out socket. That’s meant, until now, you’ve either had to rely on its weedy speaker or connect it to a Chromecast audio device. However, this week Google made a big concession: it’s now possible to pair a Google Home Mini with a Bluetooth speaker.

Finally, you can enjoy the full benefits of Google’s superior voice controls and not have your music sound like it’s been put through a strainer, extracting all the juicy bits. You can even create a Sonos-like multiroom music setup.

Here’s how to pair a Google Home Mini with a Bluetooth speaker.

Pair a Google Home Mini with a Bluetooth speaker

The first thing to note is that you need both the latest version of the Google Home app AND for your Google Home Mini to have the latest firmware (the software that runs on the device itself). You can’t force the Google Home Mini to install the latest firmware, but rebooting the device seems to trigger the upgrade for some people.

According to this Reddit post, you need firmware version 114510. Check which version of firmware you have by opening the Google Home app, clicking on your device, choosing Settings and scrolling to the bottom of the screen.

As the good folk at Google’s Twitter support point out, the firmware is being rolled out gradually, so those of us in the UK are having to wait.

Thanks for checking that. Yes, it’s still running an older version — the feature has just started rolling out and will soon be available for all supported regions. In the meantime, just keep your Google Home Mini turned on so it will automatically get the update.

If you’re lucky enough to have the correct firmware, here’s how you pair the Bluetooth speaker. First, turn on the speaker and put that in pairing mode – normally by pressing the Bluetooth button on the speaker.

Now go into the Home app and choose your device, click Settings and scroll down to Default Music Speaker. Do not choose Paired Bluetooth devices.

In the Default Music Speaker menu, click Pair Bluetooth Speaker and you should be able to select your speaker.

Once it’s paired, all audio from the Google Home Mini should be routed through the speaker. Remember, you’ll still need to issue voice instructions to the Google Home Mini itself. Think of it now as a microphone for the speaker.

You can also add your Bluetooth speaker to audio groups, letting you listen to the same music or podcast as you move from room to room.