If you have more than one Google Home or Nest device, it’s easy to pair the speakers to play audio from all devices at once, and to quickly transfer your tunes from one Google Home to the next.
If you have not yet set up a Home group launch the Google Home app, tap the plus sign at the top left of the home screen and choose ‘Create speaker group’. Select the speakers you wish to include (these must be on the same Wi-Fi network as your phone or tablet), click Next, then give it a name and click Save.
If you have already set up a Home group but want to add new speakers to it, launch the Home app, select the icon for the speaker you wish to add, then tap the cog wheel icon to enter the device settings. Scroll down to and select Groups, then assign it to your existing Home group and press Save.
To play audio on a single speaker you speak the usual command. But to play audio on all speakers simply say “Okay Google, pay [song name] on Home group.”
Google has now introduced a new feature that lets you move music from one speaker to another, without it having to play on all devices in the Home group. The new ‘Stream Transfer’ feature accepts this command when Google Assistant devices are configured within certain rooms of the house – just say “Okay Google, move music to the lounge,” or kitchen, or wherever.
If you haven’t already told Google in which room the device lives you’ll need to specify the name of the device, for example, “Okay Google, move music to Bedroom speaker.”
Nest Hub control
Thanks to an update in August 2020, users with a smart display can get a lot more control over the multi-room audio of Nest products, speakers and Chromecasts.
The interface is available on the
Google Nest Hub and
Nest Hub Max as well as other Assistant-enabled
smart displays and will be brought to the Google Home app later ‘this fall’.
For now, the smart displays will enable you to add or remove devices from the live group as well as adjust the volume of each individually. Simply tap the icon in the bottom-left corner when you’re playing audio from the likes of YouTube Music and Spotify.
Now you’ll see all the devices around your home and can easily manage what’s going on. For example, you can transfer the audio from one room to another or create a party by sending it to every device.
Another feature of the update means YouTube Music and Spotify Premium subscribers can ask, “Hey Google, recommend some music” to get recommendations.
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