Google Home was first released in the U.S in November 2016. It is a wireless speaker with a digital assistant that allows users to speak voice commands and control various services such as YouTube, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Netflix. Google Home is the biggest competitor to Amazon’s Echo smart speakers. Did you know that you can connect more than one Google Home speaker in your house? Here’s how to link Google Home speakers to play as one unit.
The most commonly used feature in Google Home is playing music. What many people don’t know is that you can have multiple Google Home speakers in your house. But how do you link these speakers to function as one unit?
Launch Google Home App
Google Home app allows you to access the speakers and even make changes to them. If you don’t have a Google Home app, you can download it from the Google Play (for android users) or the App Store (for iPhone and iPad). After downloading the app, launch it, and sign in using your Gmail address. Also, if you don’t have a Google account, you can register for free. If you already have the Google Home app, ensure that it’s running on the latest version. It’s crucial to ensure that all the speakers and your smartphone are connected to the same WIFI network.
Click on the Plus Button
After launching the Google Home app, click on the plus sign at the top left corner. It will reveal a menu that includes, set up the device, invite home members, create a speaker group, create a new home, among others.
Select “Create Speaker Group”
When you tap on “Create speaker group,” it will bring a list of all smart speakers on your WIFI network. Now, select each smart speaker that you want to be linked together.
Name the Group
After selecting the speakers that you want to be linked together, give the group a name that’s easy to remember. In choosing a name for the group, try to be brief. Give your speakers a name that’s easy to pronounce and remember in the future so that you won’t have problems giving commands. When you are done, hit the save button.
Your speaker group is now ready. You can play music by speaking commands to your Google Home. You can create as many speaker groups as you want, and the Google Assistant will help you to control them all. You can play music by selecting the speaker group from a broadcast-enabled app such as Google Play Music or Spotify.
Editing a Speaker Group
Sometimes, after you’ve set up your speaker group, you may want to adjust the group. For instance, when you buy a new speaker, you will need to adjust the speaker group to add the new member. Here’s how you can edit an existing speaker group.
Adding and Removing Speakers
To make adjustments to an existing speaker group, you will need to follow the same steps as when you created the group. Firstly, launch the Google Home app and make sure your smartphone is on the same WIFI network as the speaker group. After launching the app, tap on the plus button, and scroll down to “Create speaker group.”
This is where you will access the speaker groups you created. Tap on the speaker group you want to adjust. To adjust the speakers, tap on the gear icon at the top right corner indicating settings. From here, you make all the changes you want to your speaker group, including changing the name, deleting speakers, adding new speakers. Once you’ve made the changes, hit the save button at the bottom of the screen.
What Can You Do with a Speaker Group?
A Google Home speaker group lets you play music on multiple speakers simultaneously. You can set speakers in the bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and other places around your home. To get started, you can say “Hey Google” or “Okay Google” play (music title) on (speaker group name). Also, you can adjust the volume of a speaker group. For instance, you can say, “Hey Google, set the volume of (speaker group name) to 30%. You can also pause, play, or even ask Google assistant to play the next song in the queue.
A google home speaker has limited capabilities. You can only use it to stream music. You can set timers or alarms on a speaker group. Also, you can’t send audio from the TV to a speaker group. Hopefully, Google will add more features to a speaker group in the future.