How to Use the Google Home App for PC

Control your Google Home devices from your desktop or laptop

The Google Home app sets up and manages Chromecast, Google Home, and other smart devices compatible with Google Home. While it's designed to only work with iOS and Android devices, use an Android emulator or Google Chrome to access the app from a desktop computer.

Information in this article applies to Windows PCs. Use the Google Home app on your Mac.

Google Home Smart Speaker Line with Google Home Logo
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Use the Google Home App on PC With an Android Emulator

Install an Android emulator for Windows to run Android apps on your PC. For example, Bluestacks installs and runs several Android applications, including the Google Home app. The overall functionality will be similar.

Linux-based operating systems also support Android emulators, such as GenyMotion.

Use Google Chrome to Control Google Home Devices

Google Chrome mimics some of the functionality of the Google Home app, but it's 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. Chrome can, however, cast or stream to any of your Google Home or Chromecast devices.

Update to the latest version of Chrome and verify that your PC and Google Home device connect 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 offer built-in cast buttons that stream media directly to your Google Home or Google Home Mini smart speakers.

Can You Control All Google Home Devices From Your PC?

With an emulator, you'll have full access to all Google Home features. However, with the browser, you cannot set up new devices.

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

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