How to Pair a Bluetooth Speaker with Google Home

You can pair any Home or Home Mini with a Bluetooth speaker for a better audio feel.

Note: We’re using Android for in our examples here, but the process is the same on iOS.

To add a Bluetooth speaker to your Google Home,

  • Fire up the Google Home app, and then tap the devices button in the top right corner.

  • On the Devices page, tap the menu button (the three-dots) in the top right corner, and then choose the “Settings” command.

  • Scroll down, and then tap the “Paired Bluetooth Devices” option.This opens the default speaker menu.

To add a Bluetooth speaker, make sure the speaker is in pairing mode. If you don’t know how to do that, consult the website of your speaker’s manufacturer. But most of the time, you just need to long-press the Bluetooth button.

With the speaker in pairing mode, tap the “Pair Bluetooth Speaker” button on your phone. The Google Home app starts scanning for speakers; when it finds yours, tap it to pair.

When the devices are paired, Google Home sets this as its default speaker.

From that point forward, your Home should stay connected to the Bluetooth speaker and use it as the default audio device. Questions and other communications will still be handled through the Home device itself—so, for example, if you ask it to set a timer, that won’t happen through the newly-added Bluetooth speaker.

This feature almost allows you to add voice control to any Bluetooth speaker. You can also control the volume of the Bluetooth speaker by using the Home’s volume control. If you have several Homes set up in a group, the same rule applies – your Bluetooth speaker continues to handle all audio duties for the Home it’s paired to.

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