Connect Your Google Home to Bluetooth Speakers

Google Home
This Google Home device sound okay, but don't settle for just okay.

For a so-called smart speaker, the Google Home does little for lovers of music. While the Google Home doesn't have terrible sound, it's really only mediocre.

Fortunately you can pair a Google Home with any Bluetooth speaker of our choosing, or even multiple Bluetooth speakers, for enhanced fidelity and better audio playback. Here's how to take advantage of that feature:

  • Turn on your Bluetooth-compatible speaker. For this to work, the speaker in question must support Bluetooth 2.1 and above.
  • Put your speaker in pairing mode.
  • Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Head to the Devices tab.
  • Select the Google Home device you wish to pair with your Bluetooth speaker.
  • Tap on the icon represented by three dots aligned vertically.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Scroll down till you reach Paired Bluetooth Devices. Select that.
  • Tap the button that says Pair Bluetooth Speaker.
  • The app will now run a search for all Bluetooth-compatible speakers available in the vicinity. Once that's done, select the one that you wish to connect to your Google Home device.

If you'd like to use this bluetooth speaker as your Google Home's main speaker, go back to Devices (see above) and Default speaker and pick the speaker you just set up.

Troubshooting Tips

If Google Home isn't seeing your speaker(s), make sure that the speaker is in pairing mode and, if there's a physical switch to enable Bluetooth, that Bluetooth is enabled. If your Google Home is having trouble hearing you after you've paired the Bluetooth speaker, make sure you are talking to the Google Home itself and not the newly paired Bluetooth speaker. The Google Home device is where the microphone is still located.