How to Pair a Bluetooth Speaker with Google Home
Google Home devices typically produce formidable audio. However, some smaller devices like Google Home mini are lacking in this department.
This can be particularly frustrating for those who like all the other convenient options of Google Home. For instance, you can play music only using your voice commands and navigate your audio libraries smoothly.
But what if you could pair any Google Home with a first-rate Bluetooth speaker?
Luckily, you can do this fairly easily. Let’s dive right in and explain how to enhance your Google Home speaker.
Pairing Google Home Device with Bluetooth Speaker
Google Home supports third-party Bluetooth speakers on all of its devices. So if you have a Google Home app on your smartphone, you can set everything up in a few minutes. Just do the following:
- Launch the Google Home app on your smartphone.
- Select the “Devices” button at the top-right of the screen.
- Choose the “More” option (three vertical dots) on the top right of the Devices screen.
- Tap “Settings.”
- Go to the “Paired Bluetooth devices” option. This option will list all the available speakers that your Google Home device can connect to.
However, there’s a possibility that you won’t see your Bluetooth speaker among the results. In that case, make sure that your speaker is in pairing mode. If you’re unaware of how to do this, you should check your device’s instructions before you continue.
When your Google home app recognizes the device, select the “Pair Bluetooth speaker” button. Find your speaker and pair it.
Afterward, Google Home will recognize your Bluetooth speaker as the default speaker. Whenever you play audio over your Home device, the sound will go through the paired speaker (if it’s switched on).
Creating a Multi-Room Audio
Multi-room audio is an option that enables you to connect multiple Google devices. As a result, your entire home can simultaneously play your favorite song.
Or you can choose which Google devices you’ll merge and group them together. But how does this relate to Bluetooth speakers?
Well, if you have several Google Home devices, you can connect each to a separate Bluetooth speaker. Thus, you can enhance the audio of your multi-room system throughout your home.
First, use the instructions above to pair Google Home devices with their Bluetooth speakers. Then make sure all Home devices are on the same wireless network as your smartphone.
After that, just follow these instructions:
- Launch the Google Home app.
- Tap the “Add” button (plus sign) at the top left corner of the screen.
- Select “Create speaker group.”
Here you can choose all Home devices that you want to combine in a specific group. Add the group name (e.g. “First floor”) and save it.
Now, whenever you want to play audio on the entire group, you can use the following command:
“OK Google, play [name of the audio] on [name] Home group.”
Don’t worry, if you still want to use a single speaker, just follow the same process as before.
Are You Experiencing a Bad Bluetooth Connection?
If you’re having trouble keeping a connection between your Home device and Bluetooth speaker, you’re not alone.
Google Home and Nest users have long reported issues regarding Bluetooth connection.
Many users said that their devices weren’t maintaining a steady connection in particular situations. Specifically when they streamed something from their smartphone to the device, which then transferred audio to the speaker.
In March of 2020, Google acknowledged that they were aware of the connectivity issue and are working hard to fix it.
In the meantime, other users have found success using the Google Home app paired with the external speakers. The connection seems to be more stable and reliable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some more answers to your questions about Google Home’s Bluetooth capabilities.
Can I connect multiple Bluetooth devices to my Google Home?
Yes! Following the instructions above you can connect one at a time. But, if you want to have all of your devices synced to play the same audio throughout your home you’ll need to use Google’s Multi-Room Audio functions.
Can I connect my Google Home to a soundbar?
Absolutely! As long as your soundbar has Bluetooth capabilities you can follow the same steps as above to pair the two devices.
Better Sound in a Few Taps
Although Google Home speakers sound pretty good, some audio aficionados want to take it up a level. That’s why the Bluetooth feature seems so essential.
Fortunately, all Google Home devices support almost all Bluetooth speakers. So if you have a top-quality speaker around, you should definitely connect it for boisterous vibes.
Also, make sure to try out the Multi-Room audio option for your own house party experience.
Have you managed to connect your Google Home to a Bluetooth speaker? Is the sound more enjoyable? Leave a comment below and share your experience with the TechJunkie community.