How To Play Music On Google Home

By Steve Hall

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In our house we have become a huge fan of using Google Home, in fact, it’s all we use for music now. A lot of my friends are making the switch from Alexa to Google Home and want to know how to play music on Google Home. Since I’ve had to explain it a few different times and there are a lot of music services and devices out there I thought I’d write an in-depth article so that you know how to play music on your Google Home devices.

To play music from any device or any service like Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora, or Deezer you need to pair it to Google Home via Bluetooth. You can do this by opening the Google Home app and tapping “devices” in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Then find the Google Home device that you’d like to pair with and tap > Settings > Paired Bluetooth devices > Enable Pairing Mode. You can also pair from your mobile device under its Bluetooth settings.

How To Play Music On All Google Home Speakers At The Same Time

So, most likely, if you are listening to music on your Google Home Mini, there is a good chance that you will want to listen to music on all your Google Home devices throughout the house at the same time.

Multiroom audio is a dream come true for most audiophiles and Google Home handles this flawlessly. All you need to do is launch the home app and add your speakers to your existing Home Group. Once you add all your speakers you can say “Okay Google, play [song name] on Home group.”


How Long Will Google Home Play Music?

Google has stated that it does not limit how long you can play music on your Google Home device. However, there are other factors that can stop your device from streaming music in the middle of a stream. One of those factors is if you are having WiFi connection problems or lack of bandwidth on your internal network due to it being used up by other people that are streaming or gaming.

It can also be caused by known issues with your specific music provider. I have read that Pandora has had some issues with connectivity on Google Home, but have never experienced it myself, nor do I know anyone that has been affected by this.

Is There Music For Google Home That Doesn’t Require A Subscription?

You can use Google Music Manager and upload your entire music collection to your library. Then you do not need a subscription of any kind to play your music. You can also find some free radio stations as well. Two of the largest internet radio providers TuneIn and iHeartRadio are both available via Google Home and probably have radio stations near you that you can listen to.

You can also check out some of the free versions of the paid services, for example, Spotify, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, and Deezer all offer free versions that will allow you to get some music without paying a dime!


What Music Services Work With Google Home?

There are several music services (both premium and free) that work with Google Home. The largest and most well-known services are Google Play Music, YouTube Music Premium, Spotify Premium, Pandora, and Deezer.

Of course, there are always new ones coming down the pike, so I’ll make sure I update this article as necessary.

Google Home Music Commands You Need To Know

To request a song, say:

  • Okay Google, play (song name).
  • Okay Google, play (song name) by (artist name).
  • Okay Google, play (song name) from (album name).
  • Okay Google, play (song name) on (music service).
  • Okay Google, play songs like (artist name).

To request an artist, say:

  • Okay Google, play (artist name).
  • Okay Google, play music by (artist name).
  • Okay Google, play (artist name) on (music service).
  • Okay Google, play songs like (artist name).

To request an album, say:

  • Okay Google, play (album name).
  • Okay Google, play (album name) by (artist name) on (music service).

To play music based on genre/mood/activity, say:

  • Okay Google, play classical music.
  • Okay Google, play music for cooking.

To play personalized suggested content from your service of choice:

  • Okay Google, play some (genre) music on (music service).

To shuffle, say:

  • Okay Google, shuffle.
  • Okay Google, shuffle (album name).
  • Okay Google, shuffle some music.
  • Okay Google, play (album name) and shuffle.

How To Listen To Podcasts On Google Home

If you love listening to a particular podcast, just ask Google Home to play it by name. For example, you could say, “Hey Google, listen to ‘The Joe Rogan Experience,'” or “Hey Google, play ‘The DIS Unplugged'”, and your Google Home will start playing the newest episode of that podcast.

There are a lot of different podcasts out there and as such there are a lot of different podcast platforms out there. Luckily, Google has a section called “Google Podcasts” where you can centrally locate, add, and listen to all of your favorites.

How To Listen To Sirius XM On Google Home

Some people are used to listening to their Sirius XM subscription throughout their home and wonder if you can use Sirius XM’s streaming service with Google Home. My father in law is one of those people.

Yes, you can listen to Sirius XM on your Google Home device. You’ll want to start by going to Sirius XM’s website and getting set up to stream. Then all you need to do is say “Hey Google, play SiriusXM.” and you are good to go.


How To Set A Music Alarm On Google Home

If you are anything like me, then you like to have some awesome music to wake up to and get your day started off on the right foot. You can do this with any of your Google Home Devices by saying “Ok Google, set a music alarm” and it will walk you through the rest.

The music will default to whatever default streaming service you have set up in Google Home, if none is set then it will default to the Google Play Music Service which will only allow you to pick an artist, not a particular song.


After reading this article you should have a better idea of how to play music on your Google Home. I hope you found this helpful and I hope you come back for more informative content about your smart home and all of your device’s little intricacies.

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Steve Hall

Steve Hall is the founder of this website, a certified technology professional and a smart home tech enthusiast fascinated by the power of connected devices.

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