How to Improve Google Home Sound Quality

Find the best equalizer settings for your Google Home

Google Home devices sound good fresh out of the box, but there are ways to improve their sound quality. For example, you can use the Google Home app to find the best equalizer settings for your Google Home. You can even pair your Google Home with a Bluetooth speaker or Chromecast device.

Instructions in this article apply to all Google Home smart speakers including the Google Home Max and Mini.

How to Adjust the Google Home Sound Equalizer

Google included an equalizer tool in the Google Home app that you can use to adjust your smart speaker's treble and bass.

  1. Open the Google Home app on your Android or iOS device and tap the Google Home device you'd like to adjust.

    Google Home device screen
  2. At the top of the device display, you'll see three icons. The furthest to the left is the equalizer icon. Tap it to open the equalizer controls.

    The Equalizer button
  3. In the Equalizer Settings screen, you can increase or lower the bass and treble. Once you've adjusted the equalizer settings, you'll notice an immediate change in the sound quality on that Google Home device.

    Bass and treble settings on the Google Home equalizer screen

Best Google Home Mini Equalizer Settings

If you have either a Google Home hub or a Google Home Mini, you might have noticed that your Google Home speaker has too much base. That's fine for the voice that responds to your queries, but it may not be ideal for playing music or videos.

If you plan to listen to a lot of music with your Google Home device, lower the base to one-fourth, and increase the treble to three-fourths. For better results, you should pair your Google Home with Bluetooth speakers.

How to Pair a Bluetooth Speaker With Google Home

If tweaking the sound settings with the equalizer just doesn't cut it, another option is to pair your favorite Bluetooth speaker with your Google Home device:

  1. Open your Google Home app and tap the Google Home device you want to pair with a speaker, then tap the settings gear to access the Device Settings page.

    The Settings gear in Google Home
  2. Scroll down and tap Default music speaker.

    The Default Music Speaker setting
  3. Tap Pair Bluetooth speaker. Google Home will start scanning for nearby Bluetooth speakers and list them on this screen.

    Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is turned on and that pairing mode is enabled so that the Google Home device can detect it.

    The "Pair Bluetooth Speaker" command
  4. Tap your Bluetooth speaker when it shows up in the list. You'll see the speaker's icon turn blue with a checkmark. You may also see a pop-up message that the Bluetooth speaker has been set as the default speaker. Tap Done to close the Device Settings.

    The checkmark showing a device is synced
  5. If the Bluetooth speaker isn't working right away, go back to the Default Speaker screen. You may see that the Google Home device is still enabled as the default speaker for music and video. To set the paired Bluetooth speaker as the default speaker, tap the speaker in this list. You'll see it turn blue and change to a checkmark. Tap Done to close the Device Settings.

    Bluetooth speaker set as default in the Google Home app
  6. Now, when you go back to the Device Settings screen, you'll see the Bluetooth speaker set as your default music and video speaker.

    If you ever want to set the Google device speaker as the default again, go back to the Default Speaker screen and select it so that it turns blue with a checkmark icon.

    The new Default music speaker

How to Boost Google Home Sound With Chromecast

To take your Google Home sound quality to a whole new level, consider casting music or video to a Chromecast device connected to a television with a premium sound system.

  1. Open your Google Home app and tap the Google Home device you want to cast from, then tap the settings gear to access the Device Settings page.

    The Settings gear in Google Home
  2. Scroll down the Device Settings page and tap Default TV.

    The Default TV setting
  3. On the Choose a Default TV screen, you'll see the Chromecast-enabled TV on the list of options. When you tap it, the Google Home app will set the device as your Google Home's default TV option.

    Choose a default TV screen in the Google Home app settings
  4. You'll see a pop-up message confirming the Chromecast is now enabled as the default TV. Tap Done to close the Device Settings.

    A Chromecast TV as the default TV in the Google Home app settings
  5. Now you can say something like, "Hey Google, play Bruno Mars on TV" and your Google Home will play music on your Chromecast-enabled television.

How to Create a Google Home Speaker Group

Another way to improve your Google Home sound quality is by creating a speaker group and casting music or video to multiple speakers throughout the house.

  1. Open the Google Home app and tap the speaker you want to add to the speaker group. Tap on the settings gear to open the Device Settings.

    The Settings gear in Google Home
  2. Scroll down and tap Groups.

    The Groups settings
  3. On the Choose Group screen, tap Create device group.

    The Create device group command
  4. Type a name for the speaker group and tap Save to create the group.

    The Save button
  5. Go back to the Google Home main page and select the next speaker you want to add to the group, then repeat the steps above until you get to the Choose Group screen. When you tap the group name that you just created, the group name will display a blue checkmark. Tap Save to finish adding the speaker to the group.

    Selecting the Google Home speaker group in the app settings
  6. Once you've created a speaker group, you can control it in the following ways.

    • Say "Hey Google, play Ariana Grande on speaker group name"
    • On the main Google Home screen, tap Play music, then select the group and tap Open Google Play Music to control the music that's playing.