How to play music on Google Home

Learn how to control your tunes and link your different accounts

How to play music on Google Home
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We like music, you like music, everybody likes music. But how do you play music on your Google Home? It may seem like a basic question, but with plenty of different streaming services available, there’s actually a few things you'll want to be aware of.

The first thing you’ll need, naturally, is a Google Home smart speaker — including the original Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max (available in the US, though not in the UK). The guide below will focus on the immediate Home family, but there are also a bevy of Google Assistant devices that follow a similar path when it comes to playing music.

Missing manual: Complete guide to your Google Home

Below, we’ll guide you through playing and controlling music on Google Home, as well as offer tips on setting your default service and which commands to bark at your smart speaker.

Listening to music on Google Home

The first thing to clear up is just what services are compatible with Google Home. Of course, this being a Google device, Google Play Music is the default here, but you can also link up your Spotify (both Spotify Free and Spotify Premium), Deezer+ and Deezer Family account to tap into your library and make more personalised voice requests. And, no, there's no room at the inn for Apple Music subscribers or Amazon Music Unlimited users.

Once you've set up how you're going to listen to your music through the Google Home app, you're going to want to know how to control it. And while we'll go through some basic commands below and how to link your different accounts (note: Google Home currently supports a single account per streaming service), let's clear up the manual music control first.

Google Home:

  • Play/pause/stop alarm or timer - tap once on the top of the device
  • Turn up the volume - swipe clockwise on the top of the device
  • Turn down the volume - swipe counterclockwise on the top of the device
  • Start a request - press and hold the top of the device

Google Home Mini:

  • Play/pause/stop alarm or timer - must use your voice
  • Turn up the volume - tap on the right side of the device
  • Turn down the volume - tap on the left side of the device
  • Start a request - must use your voice

Google Home app:

  • Connect your phone or tablet to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Home device
  • Open the Google Home app
  • In the top-right corner of the Home screen, tap 'Devices'
  • Scroll to find the device card for the Google Home
  • From here, you can see information regarding the current music session (provider, artist, song, etc) and pause/resume, stop and control the Google Home.

Set your default music on Google Home

There's nothing worse than asking Google to play you some music and it not recognising your request because it's still linked to the default, free version of Play Music. Here's how to set your Spotify or Deezer account as the default on your Google Home.

  1. First, open the Google Home app
  2. Verify that the Google Account that's listed is the one linked to Google Home
  3. Tap 'Music', then choose your default service by tapping the radio button on the left
  4. Google Play Music is automatically synced when you link your Google Account to Google Home, but Spotify/Deezer requires you to tap 'link', sign in/sign up to the service

Playing music on Google Home: Useful commands

Whether you want to request an artist, play music based on your mood or shuffle things around, check out the commands below for some inspiration for controlling your Google Home. However, be aware that there also much more advanced commands tailored to each streaming service.

"Hey Google, play music by Oasis."
"Hey Google, play music for cooking."
"Hey Google, shuffle music from Arctic Monkeys."
"Hey Google, pause the music"
"Hey Google, continue playing"
"Hey Google, skip this song."
"Hey Google, what artist is playing right now?"
"Hey Google, play music on my living room TV."

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