Google Home’s multi-room audio will now play through other Bluetooth speakers

It’s fair to say that smart speakers such as the Google Home and Home Mini have taken off in a big way in the last year or so, but there are still some notable frustrations to be experienced. One of these niggles was the inability to pair your Google Home, Home Mini, or Home Max with standard Bluetooth speakers. You needed to have a Google Home device in every room if you wanted music to play everywhere in your home. As of today, this is no longer the case, though, because it is now possible to pair your Google Home device to other Bluetooth speakers. 

This means you can listen to your music, an audio book or perhaps a podcast in every room. Setting the devices up is easy, you just need to follow the steps below:

  • Open the Google Home app
  • Navigate to Device Settings
  • Follow the Pairing Instructions and pair the Google Home device with the Bluetooth speaker

Once the Bluetooth speaker is paired up with the Google Home, you just need to issue a command to the Google Assistant in the normal way like so – “Hey Google, Play AC/DC’s greatest hits.” Music will then begin blaring out of every paired up speaker in the house without any extra prompting. You can also add a Bluetooth speaker to a group in the Google Home app to get multi-room audio. And by turning on background music, you can have music that will follow you from room to room.

The only thing you have to remember is that you aren’t able to issue commands to the Bluetooth speaker, you will still have to direct your questions to your Google Home device.

Source: Google

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  • artinvent

    Only it doesn’t work. Updated app to . Rebooted. Followed instructions to the letter. Can see BT speaker from phone, but still no option to pair to BT anywhere in the Home app. It would be nice if G made sure this stuff actually works or say which v of app supports this stuff. G is constantly trumpeting new features like this and then slowly moseys about getting it to work . . . sometime . . . later.

    • Ok, have just got around to testing it out. I have version of Google Home app installed, and I have successfully paired to a Bluetooth speaker. Open up the Google Home app, Select Devices, then click on the menu button on the Google Home device you want to set up with the Bluetooth speaker and click Settings.
      Scroll down, click on Paired Bluetooth devices and then enable the Pairing Mode.
      Click back, and then tap on Default Music Speaker and then Pair Bluetooth Speaker, wait for your preferred device to show up (remember to make sure it isn’t already actively paired with a different device).
      Click the preferred Bluetooth speaker and it will become the preferred default speaker.
      To get all the speakers playing music simultaneously, you’ll need to create a group.

      Let me know how it goes.