How to pair your Google Home with better sounding Bluetooth speakers

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Pair Google Home with Bluetooth speakers

It wasn't always this way but as of spring 2018 you can pair your Google Home smart speaker with any Bluetooth speaker.

That's great if you want to grab an affordable entry into Google Assistant but you're happy with the sound quality of your existing speakers. Follow these easy steps to get going.

Pair with a Bluetooth speaker

To get started, turn on the Bluetooth speaker then stick it in pairing mode - probably via pressing and holding a dedicated button on the top or back of the device.

Then all you have to do is head to the Google Home app on your phone, go to Devices (the gadget-y icon in the top right of the screen) and find the Google Home speaker you want to pair.

Hit the three dots (again top right) then Settings. In Paired Bluetooth devices, you can add the Bluetooth speaker. Almost done.

Because you can now also set the Bluetooth speaker as your default Google Assistant speaker and then test it out by telling Google to turn on the jams. Go to Device settings, then Default speaker and pick the one you want.

Once they're paired and the speaker you want is set as default, just use any regular Google Assistant command and the audio and music will be played on the Bluetooth speaker instead.


Chat to Google Home, listen via Bluetooth

The new feature works across the Google Home family, all the way from the cute Mini to the powerful Max. Obviously, this feature is probably most going to benefit Mini owners, as Google's tiny smart speaker doesn't deliver a great performance in sound quality.

Be aware that all your Google Home's audio will route through your Bluetooth speakers if you do this. So if you ask for the weather, your Bluetooth speakers will play the answer - not your Google Home.

You will still have to actually speak to the Google Home too, as your Bluetooth speakers can't hear your commands and route them through the Home. So it's not necessary but it makes sense to place them relatively near to each other in the room as you'll no doubt look towards the speaker you're trying to control.


How to pair your Google Home with better sounding Bluetooth speakers

Group more than one speaker

Yes, we said speakers - as in more than one. All you have to do is add a second Google Home/Chromecast built in or Chromecast Audio-connected speaker in a group and you'll automatically enable multi-room audio, voice controlled by the Google Home smart speaker.

So, just like a Sonos system, you can walk from room to room and they'll all play the same thing so that you don't miss a melody or word of your podcast.

The tricky thing here is that it's the Google Home smart speaker that you add to the multi-room group, not a Bluetooth speaker. It is possible to connect Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speakers around the house, though.

If you haven't set up Google Assistant groups yet, in the Google Home app, go to Devices then hit the three dots in the top right of the menu card for your Google Home speaker.

Tap 'Create group' then name the group. Once they're all added to the same network (see above), you can then tick other speakers you want to add to that group.

Then you can voice control all speakers with one command. So long as the Bluetooth speaker is paired to the Google Home, it will be added to the group, there's just one more step.


Correct the group delay (if there is one)

You might need to adjust for the playback delay on the Bluetooth or Chromecast Audio speaker/s if you hear a substantial delay regularly.

To do this, go to Devices then the device card for the speaker with the delay, tap Menu then Settings then go to Group delay correction.

You need to then play music on the problem speaker and a speaker with no delay, at similar volume then move the slider left and right to correct the delay. (Google recommends to always increase the correction for the speaker that plays last not the other way round.) That will then be applied to all the speakers in the group.


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