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How to listen to music on Google Home

Google Home has a great set of speakers, making it fully capable of filling the room with music. All you need to do is link up a music account, and you'll be good to go. With options like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music and Google Play Music, you'll always be able to listen to the music you're craving, and all you have to do is ask Google Home to play what you want to hear.

We've got the details on setting up music with Google Home!

How to connect a music app to Google Home

By default, Google Home connects to a Google Play Music account, but if you want to play music or podcasts from somewhere else — Spotify, for instance — you have to connect it.

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap the menu button (it looks like three horizontal lines).
  3. Tap Music.

  1. Tap the music service you want to link.
  2. Tap link account.
  3. Log in to the account you want to link.

If you don't want a service connected anymore, you can simply unlink it from your profile!

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap the menu button (it looks like three horizontal lines).
  3. Tap Music.

  1. Tap Unlink on the app you want to disconnect.
  2. Tap unlink account.

How to change your default music service

If you want to use something other than Google Play Music, but don't want to keep saying, "Play X on Spotify," then you should change your default music service.

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap the menu button (it looks like three horizontal lines).

  1. Tap Music.
  2. Tap the circle next to the music service you want to change to.

Questions?

Have you been using Google Home to play music for you? Is there a preferred music app when listening to music with Google Home? Do you still have questions? Drop us a comment below and let us know about it!

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16 Comments
  • One flaw - which I assume is more of a Google Play Music problem - is that Google Home will not play any song that is on your device that isn't on Play Music. That somehow feels weird because I'd assumed Google Home was playing the actual version of the song on my device as opposed to streaming the one on Play Music's servers. Sucks if you have a lot of foreign/non-mainstream songs on your phone or tablet that aren't on Play Music...
  • If you upload your music to your Google Play Music library you might be able to play this music your talking about. With music stored locally on your phone Google Play Music just acts as a music player just like any other music player you may have on your phone. If you use Google Play on any other device it's not going to know about the music that's locally on your phone. The same is true for using Google Cast because the Cast enabled device is actually running Google Play to play the music and not your phone.
  • That's totally stupid, why upload a song, only to stream it back to where it came from in the first place!
  • The whole point of Google Home is to not have to use your mobile device. It's an independent device. " I'd assumed Google Home was playing the actual version of the song on my device as opposed to streaming the one on Play Music's servers." This is an incorrect assumption. Google Home streams everything from the internet unless you choose to cast it from your phone. As another poster said, just upload your foreign/non-mainstream songs to your GPM Account.
  • Yes, my assumption was wrongly based on the fact that I thought casting retransmitted whatever was on your device. Thankfully Google Home will get the Bluetooth playback feature as promised during Google I/O and I can just use it to play music that way rather on upload on GPM which I'd rather not do because my catalog is too large and it would be cumbersome organising them.
  • There you go: http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/06/29/bluetooth-streaming-rolling-goog...
  • Do you still need to Play Music subscription for this? I don't have a Play Music subscription, but I have uploaded my own collection to Play Music. I'd heard that you could not play individual tracks that you had uploaded, but only playlists that you generate, even for music that had been matched against Play Music tracks.
  • No. It will play songs you upload as well: http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/07/12/google-home-can-now-play-uploade... Even without Bluetooth now.
  • That was good timing :)
  • You don't need a paid subscription to Play Music, but playing from an uploaded library with the free "service" is not a good user experience. It isn't the voice recognition, but the Google server engine that is lacking at this time. 1. Playlists aren't recognised.
    2. If you ask it to play an album from your library, it MAY recognise it, or say it requires "a subscription". Albums in a library are unconsistently recognised.
    3. If you ask very carefully, "play album <x> from my library", it plays at most one random song from that album.
    4. If you ask for a song from an album and it plays it, nand you then ask it "what album is that from?", if you gave the album a unique name, it will say that name. It can find the song in your library, but can't/won't play the album!
    5. When it can't match what you ask for, it will pick something similar.
  • Our first Google Home came with a free trial of YouTube Red. Had not used it before but the music selection is a lot more than the other services and maybe bigger than all of them combined. There has been a couple of songs I can not get on any other service that is on YT Red. Love this song JD Blackfoot Crazy horse and there it is. Not on any other service. This song Mummers Dance is on other service but 1 version and maybe 2. On YT Red there is like 15 different versions with some covers that I really like and like even more than the original. YT Red is not talked about much and not sure how popular. But surprising.
  • Overall I'm happy with Play Music on my Home. I play most of the stuff from the service and have a few playlists. Have not really uploaded anything of my own. It can actually find the Filipino tracks that my wife and I love when i request them, but it always cracks me up when it tries to pronounce the titles.
  • I prefer TuneIn over all the others. I especially love Cinemix FM
  • What case is that on the s8 in the picture?
  • Question for those that have a good DAC on their phones. How is the quality going from streaming on your phone over an audio jack vs the streaming directly through Home?
  • What I'd like to know is, how do I play my OWN music on my Google Home Mini?
    i.e. How can I link the Mini to my iTunes library on my laptop?