Listed: All the Google Home and Assistant Music Commands and Compatible Services
Voice commands for music | Which music services (Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify?) are Google Home compatible with | Multi-room commands | Can you listen to free music | and more...
Published: 24th Jan 2020
As Google and Amazon continue to develop digital voice assistants, smart speakers are rapidly growing popular in many countries. One of the most famous smart speakers on the market is Google Home, which is powered by Google’s proprietary AI voice assistant.
Google Home is Google’s smart speaker with a digital assistant and is available as either a standard Google Home or Google Nest mini version (formerly Google Home Mini). This smart speaker makes your life much easier by performing a wide range of tasks such as playing music and managing your favourite songs.
Read on to learn more about all the Google Home and Assistant music commands that you should know to fully maximise the available music services on Google Home.
Available music services on Google Home
Google Play Music
Google Play Music is one of the biggest music services in the world, with an extensive library of over 40 million songs. Moreover, there is a wide variety of genre/activity/mode stations available for free. If you have not yet subscribed to YouTube Music Premium and want to access Google Play Music, it will tell you that you are not subscribed but will provide other accessible stations by saying ‘Choosing songs/album is only available for YouTube Music Premium subscribers, but here is a similar station’.
YouTube Music Premium
Subscribing to YouTube Music Premium will give you admission to personalised stations. In fact, you will be able to play any track on your favourite list. Additionally, you will be able to play advert-free videos and even download music for offline listening. The good news is that YouTube Music Premium is available on a 30-day free trial for first-time subscribers.
Spotify Premium is another popular music service with a library of more than 30 million songs. The good part is that it is supported by Google Home. You can play whichever playlist you like, even those specifically designed for activities, moods, etc.
Since some music services, such as Pandora and iHeartRadio, are like radio services, they have certain limitations on Google Home. For instance, you can’t select specific songs or playback.
Can You Play Apple Music on Google Home? (Here’s How You Can Play Apple Music on Google Home)
Although Google Play Music is the default music service on Google Home, it supports other services such as Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube Music. Unfortunately, Apple Music is not featured on Google Home.
So, if you have an Apple Music subscription, how do you stream your favourite Apple Music songs?
There are two main ways to play Apple Music on Google Home:
Method 1: Play via Bluetooth
If you successfully pair your device, the Google Home speaker will play music like any other Bluetooth speaker.
Method 2: Convert Apple Music to Google Home
Using Apple Music on Google Home is a possible method of listening to your favourite music. However, this method has some limitations. For instance, you cannot use voice commands to control your music. This means that you will need to manage the music manually, which can be annoying.
Since all songs on Apple Music are encrypted, you will have to use a converter. A converter will enable you to change Apple Music songs to audio formats, which you can easily upload to your Google Play Music.
Can You Play Amazon Music on Google Home? (Here’s How You Can Play Amazon Music on Google Home)
Amazon Music is one of the biggest direct competitors to Google Play Music. It is a popular streaming service with over 40 million songs. The subscription is also more affordable than others on the market.
If you are an Android user, it is now possible to stream your favourite songs on your Google Home speakers via the Amazon Music app.
First, you have to download the Amazon Music app, which is available for free on the Google Play store. After installing the app, sign in with your Amazon account. Take note that if you have installed Amazon on your phone, your account will sign in automatically.
Look for the ‘Cast’ icon at the upper-right corner on the home screen display in the app. If the icon is not present, ensure that your mobile device is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Home. Tap on the icon and select Google Home from the list. A jingle will be produced when the devices connect.
The Google Assistant on Google Home works excellently for Google’s ecosystem. However, with the Amazon Music app, Google Assistant is limited. For instance, if you use a command such as ‘Okay Google, play (song) on (app name)’, you will get a response that voice actions are not available. Although the voice commands may not be accessible, conventional options for controlling playback are still available.
Here are some basic commands to play Amazon Music on your Google Home:
How to Play Free Music on Google Home
If you have a paid subscription to Google Music, Deezer, or Spotify, it is extremely easy to play your favourite songs on Google Home. You will only need to say, ‘Okay Google, play me (any song)’.
On the other hand, if you don’t have a subscription, there are alternative ways you can play music on your Google Home. These are:
Use the free version of YouTube Music
The free version of YouTube Music has the same functionality as the paid version. However, it is full of ads, which can be annoying. It is like a radio that allows you to choose the playlist.
To select the free YouTube Music as your playback service, follow these steps:
Use Spotify free version
Apart from the premium version of Spotify, Google Home also supports the free option. Although it comes with limited features, you can still use basic commands like shuffle, skip, etc. Just like the YouTube Music free version, the Spotify free option is also full of adverts.
Listen to Internet radio
On your Google Home, you can stream music from compatible online radio services. Even though you can't control the type of music played, you will be able to listen to the latest songs without paying a cent. Just say ‘Okay Google, play (radio station name)’.
Set up a playlist in Google Play Music
Google Play Music is an excellent music manager, whether you are subscribed to the service or not. You can use it to create a playlist of the songs saved in the internal storage of your device. To play the playlist, say ‘Okay Google, play (playlist name)’.
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How to set your default music service on Google Home
By following the steps below, you’ll be able to set your favourite music service as the default service to play your preferred songs/artists/genres//playlist.
How to listen to music on Google Home
On Google Home, you can enjoy music services by artist, song, genre, album, playlist, or activity. Whether you are using the Google Home alone or with other people, each individual can only link a single account per streaming service. Also, each person will hear different music based on their partners and subscription.
Note that some of these partners may not be available in your region. Contact the partner to check whether they are available in your area.
Common voice commands for all content providers
To request a song, say:
To request an artist, say:
To request an album, say:
To play music based on genre/mood/activity, say:
To play personalised suggested content from chosen service:
To shuffle, say:
How to control Google Home’s music volume
You can use the following commands to control the volume:
If you want to put the volume on precise levels, say:
To verify the volume level, say:
To mute, just say:
How to control Google’s music playback
Use the following commands to stop and resume a playback:
If you want to navigate through an album, record, or playlist, you can say:
To control a particular song:
To shuffle or repeat a song:
Google Home music commands on Spotify
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services, with over 70 million subscribers. If you have subscribed to this service, you can access your favourite songs by using the right commands. However, you first need to link your Spotify account to Google Home.
Here are some common commands you can use:
How to navigate the equaliser on your Google Home
It is important to note that there are no equaliser commands on Google Home. However, you can access the equaliser setting in the Google Home app.
How to go through Google Home’s music database
Below are the common commands to play music by title, album, or artist.
If you know the exact song you wish to hear, you can say:
Several commands to choose your music by genre:
Note that you must first let Google know your favourite genres and artist. To access the genre list, go to Google Play Music settings and tap ‘improve recommendations’. Available genres include:
How to control your music by activity or mood
There are various activities related to songs that are available on Google Assistant. So, you can request Google Home to play music to match what you are doing or the mood you are in. Simply say:
Here are some of the activities available on Google Home:
Some of the available moods include:
Commands to combine activities, moods, and genre:
How to play the latest songs on Google Home
To play new songs, you can say:
To play new songs from your preferred artist, say:
To request the new album from your favourite artist, say:
However, Spotify does not have the feature to play the latest album by an artist.
How to play famous songs on Google Home
Common commands to play popular songs:
How to like/dislike a song and play your preferred songs
For Google Play Music:
To add a song into your favourite list, just say:
If you dislike a song, just say:
How to play tracks by lyrics
If you don’t remember the title of your preferred song but only some snippets lyrics, you can retrieve the song by the lyrics. You will only need to say:
How to play a song by describing the cover
Apart from requesting a song by its lyrics, you can also request a record by describing the album cover. You can say:
Here are examples of some of the most common album covers.
How to play music by location
There are many factors that Google takes into consideration to personalise music for you. For instance, your smartphone location is one example of your data that Google considers.
On your Google Music App’s home screen, there are various station suggestions based on your location data. Google will propose and play appropriate songs for you when you are at the gym, airport, or office.
There are various ways Google can figure out what you are doing or the mood you are in to play the music accordingly. In most cases, it is not necessary to tell Google what you are doing or where you are for it to select the most appropriate songs. Google uses all the data it has collected from you to provide a personalised music experience.
These are some of the ways Google collects your information:
How to control your music library and playlist
You can add particular songs to your library or playlist by saying:
Also, you can control what you want to hear by saying:
To listen to you your playlist, you can say:
How to get information about the songs
There are numerous ways you can ask your Google Home questions when a song is playing. For example, you can say:
How to listen to podcasts
You can listen to your favourite podcasts on your Google Home from anywhere in your home. On the downside, this feature is only available in English.
Note that currently, it is not possible to request podcast players from partner podcast players like Spotify, Google Play Music, and TuneIn.
Popular commands to control podcast:
How to control music playback on another speaker using your Google Home
To control another speaker connected to your Google Home, you can say:
How to form a synchronised Google Speakers Group
To get synchronised music in all the rooms in your house, you can make a grouping of Google Home and Google Nest and other speakers with built-in Chromecast. All your favourite songs from Chromecast-enabled apps can be streamed.
Some of the matching devices are Google Nest Mini (2nd gen), Google Home, Google Home Max, and Google Home Mini (1st gen), as well as speakers with built-in Chromecast.
Common commands to control music on Google Speaker group:
It is essential to know that changing the volume of an individual speaker in a group will change the volume in the entire group.
How to shift music to a different speaker or group in your house
It is possible to move a song playing on your Google Home to another speaker group or device. Just say:
It is important to note that you can tap on the cast button on your Google Home app to choose where you would like to move a song or podcast.
Furthermore, the cast button can also be found on the bottom left during playback. Click on the button to choose the group or device to move the music or podcast to. Also, you can move YouTube videos from Nest Hub to the Chromecast. Just say: ‘Hey Google, play the video on (Chromecast name).’
How to control the radio on Google Home
Use the following commands to play local music, news, and talk radio stations. You can also choose by the specific name of the radio or frequency:
How to set sleep time and music alarm on Google Home
You can use the following commands to set a sleep timer:
To indicate the exact time the music should play, you can say:
To confirm the time left on the sleep timer, you can say:
To stop the sleep time, say:
To manage your music alarm, say:
After setting the time, Google Assistant will ask which music to play. In fact, you can specify the music to be played at a particular time of day. Just say:
To stop the alarm, say:
To stop the alarm or time, you don’t need to say ‘Hey/Ok Google’. You can just say:
How to create your own music commands with Google Assistant’s routine
Google Home features a routine that is triggered with a custom phrase or on a custom schedule. For instance, you can create a routine that dims the lights in the house, adjusts the temperature, plays some music, and locks all the doors when you say ‘Hey Google, good night’.
Alternatively, you can have a routine that runs every weekday that starts with the alarm playing the latest news, turns on the lights, warms the shower, makes your coffee, and sets the timer to let you know the exact time to leave the house.
Google Home comes with six ready-made routines. These include good morning, bedtime, leaving home, I’m home, commuting to work, and commuting home routines. To use these routines, follow the steps below:
Note that you can adjust individual routines by tapping the setting button next to the routine icon.
Apart from using the pre-set schedule, you create your own routine. To create a custom routine:
With a routine, you can combine various actions:
The good thing is that you can indicate what you want to be played:
Note that the schedule custom routine is only available in the US.
How to control your music in multiple languages
Apart from English, the Google Assistant on your Google Home supports other languages. To access the language settings;
Some of the supported languages include:
ADDED EXTRA: How to control your smart home with Google Home
Currently, Google Home works with a wide range of devices and brands. Here are some of the most common commands.
To control smart lights, say:
To control smart thermostats, say:
To control smart plugs and switches:
To control smart home security:
To control appliances, say:
There are hundreds of Google Home commands you can use to make your life easier. Even though most of the commands are ready-made, Google allows you to create custom routines and commands.
Furthermore, if you don’t remember the title of a song, you can request it by lyrics or by describing the album cover. Google Routine is another helpful feature that makes complicated schedules into simple steps. All in all, Google Home is a great device to have in your house.