How to Connect Google Home to Bluetooth Speakers

Amplify your Google Home by pairing it with external speakers

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 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. Also included are troubleshooting tips to help with any problems that might 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:

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

  2. From the home tab, ensure that you've selected the correct home if have multiple, and then select the Google Home device to connect to the Bluetooth speaker.

  3. Select Settings (the gear icon).

  4. Go to Audio > Default music speaker.

    Google Home Android app home screen and device settings
  5. 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.

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

    Google Home pair bluetooth speaker button

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, tap Rescan to try looking again. It might take a few tries.

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

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.

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