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How to Play Music on Multiple Google Home Speakers

Posted by Arch on December 2, 2019
how to tell google home to play music on all speakers

Google Home is more than just a speaker – it can act as a hub through which you can connect multiple speakers at the same time.

Imagine your favorite song starts playing on the radio, and with one voice command, you blast it on all speakers in your house. Well, that’s entirely possible with the Google Home’s speaker group feature.

If you want to know how to make Google Home play music on all speakers at once, read on. This article will explain how to create and manage a speaker group.

Playing Music on All Speakers: Things to Know

Making a speaker group with Google Home will allow you to play music on all speakers in your home. However, not all speakers are compatible with the device.

All Google speakers are supported (Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Nest Mini, Google Home Max, Chromecast (except 1st generation), and even some third-party speakers.

Before you start, you should also make sure that all your audio devices are connected to the same network as Google Home. Otherwise, the device won’t recognize them and you won’t be able to add them to the speaker group.

Furthermore, you’ll need a smart device and the Google Home app. You can get the app in the Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS).

First Step: Create a Speaker Group

An audio group combines multiple audio devices together. Therefore, every time you tell Google Home to play music on that group of speakers, all the selected speakers will start playing it.

You can easily make an audio group with the Google Home app. Here, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the “Home” button on the bottom-left of the screen.
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  2. Select “Add” (plus sign).
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  3. Tap “Create speaker group” on the following menu.
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  4. Select the devices that you want to add to the group.
    Note: You should see a checkmark next to every selected device. If you want to play music on all speakers, you need to add all of them to your speaker group.
  5. Tap “Next.”
  6. Give a name to your group.
  7. Select “Save.”

Now that you have a speaker group, you can use a single voice command to start playing music on multiple speakers at once. Moreover, you can edit the existing groups or remove them entirely.

How to Modify Existing Speaker Groups?

No speaker group is set in stone. You can add new devices and remove them just as easily. In the end, you can even remove a speaker group and start over.

Editing a Speaker Group

To edit the speaker group, do the following:

  1. Launch your Google Home app.
  2. Choose your speaker group from the app’s Home screen.
  3. Select “Settings” (gear icon).
  4. Tap “Choose devices”
    Tap a particular device that you want to add to the speaker group. A checkmark should appear next to it to indicate that it’s added to the group. On the other hand, if you want to remove a device, tap the device and the checkmark should disappear.
  5. Tap “Next” when you’re done to save the settings.
    Tip: You can’t edit a speaker group while it is playing music. When you start editing, the music will stop until you’re done. Then you’ll need to issue a voice command to have it start again.

Deleting a Speaker Group

You can permanently remove a speaker group with a few simple steps:

  1. Launch the Google Home app.
  2. Choose the speaker group that you want to remove.
  3. Select “Delete Group.”
  4. Tap “Remove” to confirm.

Second Step: How to Control Speaker Groups

Now that you have a speaker group, you can tell your Google Home to play music on all the speakers in that group with a single command.

The process is the same as with any other device powered by Google Assistant. However, instead of saying “OK Google, play music on Google Home,” you should say “OK Google, play music on [your group name].”

So, let’s say your group’s name is “All Speakers” and you want to listen to some jazz. Your instruction should be: “OK Google, play jazz on all speakers,” and the music will start playing on all speakers in the group.

Other voice commands, such as setting volume, pausing, resuming, etc. should be the same as for the regular playback. You can control the playback from the Google Home app, too.

Move Music to a Single Speaker

Google recently added a new feature that allows you to transfer sound from one speaker to another. So, if you want to switch from your speaker group to an individual speaker, you can do it with your voice.

Just say: “OK Google, move music to [speaker name]”. For example, if you say: “OK Google, move music to the living room,” all speakers will stop playing, except the one in the living room.

Your Entire House Is a Stage

With Google Home, you can make your entire house a stage or a dance arena. Additionally, you may move the sound around the house the way you see fit.

If you have a two-story house, you may also create two separate groups (ground floor and second floor, for example), and then activate them as needed. There are plenty of possibilities as long as you have multiple speakers.

How did you organize your speaker groups? Did you connect all your speakers to your Google Home? Have your say in the comments section below.

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