How to synchronize podcasts between Google Podcasts and Google Home

A Google Home Mini next to a Pixel phone with the Podcasts app displayed
A Google Home Mini next to a Pixel phone with the Podcasts app displayed (Image credit: Android Central)

There are a lot of reasons to use Google Podcasts, with one of the main ones being its direct tie-in with Google Home / Google Assistant.

In addition to the Google Podcasts app on your phone, you can also tune-in to your favorite shows by simply asking Google Home. And, because everything is tied into your Google account, your Home speaker will pick up where you stopped listening on your phone.

The best part of this integration is that it just happens in the background for you.

For example, let's say you started listening to the Android Central Podcast on Google Podcasts on your phone. You listen for a few minutes on the way to work, but have to stop before heading into the office.

When you get home, just say "Hey, Google, play the Android Central Podcast" and your Google Home will say "Sure, Android Central Podcast, here's where you left off."

Alternatively, if you start listening to a podcast on your Google Home, the episode should resume in the Google Podcasts app right where you stopped listening.

The kicker to all this? You don't have to manually set anything up in order for this to work! All of the synchronization is done in the background for you, meaning that all you have to worry about is which podcast you're going to listen to.

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • I don't know about you, but for me Google is so much better than iOS. Google=Freedom!
  • That it doesn't work with Android auto seems like a huge omission to me. Far too many features missing to be worth me using it at the moment.
  • Looking forward to the Auto-download of podcasts like GPM currently does.
  • I love Pocketcasts but Google Podcasts is working for me, especially when continuing with Google Home. If it gets a widget, then I'd make this my primary podcast app.
  • I get that it's supposed to be built purely for use by the Google Assistant, but I REALLY hate that it doesn't include support for Google Cast and Android Auto. That's just so damn infuriating to me. So far, I've just stuck to Pocketcasts. The lack of support for auto-downloading would be incredibly frustrating as well if I were still using a capped data plan (Thanks, T-Mobile!)