How to Use the Google Home App for PC

Control your Google Home devices from your desktop or laptop

The Google Home app is used to set up and manage Chromecast, Google Home, and other smart devices compatible with Google Home. While it's designed to only work with iOS and Android devices, there are workarounds for using the Google Home app on PC.

Information in this article applies to Windows PCs. You can also use the Google Home app on your Mac.

Use the Google Home App on PC With an Android Emulator

You can install an Android emulator for Windows to run Android apps on your PC. For example, Bluestacks is an Android emulator that allows you to install and run several Android applications, including the Google Home app. The overall functionality will be similar, but there's some extra work required to get the emulator set up.

There are also Android emulators available for Linux based operating systems such as GenyMotion.

Use Google Chrome to Control Google Home Devices

Google Chrome can mimic some of the functionality of the Google Home app, but it's very limited. For example, you cannot set up Google Home devices using the Chrome browser, so you still need a mobile device or Android emulator for that. You can, however, cast or stream to any of your Google Home or Chromecast devices.

Another way casting in Chrome is different than casting with the Home app is that it lets you cast a browser tab, the whole desktop, or a particular audio/video file.

Before you begin, make sure you are running the latest version of Chrome and that your PC and Google Home device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. To cast or stream to a Google Home device, either select the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of Chrome or right-click an empty area of the page, and then choose Cast followed by your device.

Some websites, like Google Play Music, have built-in cast buttons that let you stream media directly to your Google Home or Google Home Mini smart speakers.

To cast or stream to a Google Home device, select the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of Chrome and choose Cast, then select your device.

Can You Control All Google Home Devices From Your PC?

Google Home functionality depends on the method you're using. When using an emulator, you'll have full access to all features. However, when using only your browser, there are certain things you won't be able to do, such as setting up devices for the first time.

It is also possible to install Google Assistant on Windows to take full advantage of Google's virtual assistant; however, voice support is rather limited when streaming media from Chrome to Google Home devices, so you can only use a few simple commands such as "Stop" and "Max volume."

Turn off Cortana if you want to use Google Home voice commands to avoid conflicts with Microsoft's virtual assistant.