How to Set Up and Use Your Google Home or Nest Hub as a Bluetooth Speaker
Did you know you can play music on Google smart speakers directly from your phone? You can even connect a Bluetooth speaker to Google Home for better sound quality.
Nowadays, using a smart speaker in your home is not that uncommon. Being the most sought-after smart home device, these speakers provide lots of interesting features. When you connect other smart devices into a smart home ecosystem, you can control them simply by using your voice.
Although it’s possible to play music directly from a smart speaker, sometimes it’s much more convenient to use your smartphone to play the content you like. Be it your own private music library or your favorite TV show, chances are you’ll have many more options to choose from when using your mobile phone or tablet than a smart speaker.
Looking to satisfy the various needs of their users, Google Home smart speakers come with a Bluetooth connection as well. This allows you to transfer your smartphone’s audio output from its internal speakers directly to your smart speaker, making the music sound better this way. If you’re not sure how to do so, this article is here to help.
Using a Google Smart Home Device as a Bluetooth Speaker
Turning your Google Home or Nest Hub smart speaker into a true Bluetooth speaker is a quick and simple task.
The process involves two distinct phases:
Setting Up Your Google Home Smart Speaker
To connect your smartphone or tablet to the Google Home smart speaker, the first step is to turn on the Bluetooth connection. There are two ways you can do this, either by using your voice or through the Google Home app on your smartphone.
If you want to use a voice command, you can try one of these:
To activate Bluetooth using the Google Home app, follow the steps below. Before you proceed, however, make sure you’ve updated the app to the latest version. For Android devices, visit Google Play, and for iOS go to Apple’s App Store.
Setting Up Your Smartphone or Tablet
Now that you’ve prepared your Google Home smart speaker, the next step is to activate the Bluetooth connection on your smartphone and connect the two. Since there are some differences between the Android and iOS devices, in the sections below you’ll find a guide for both.
Enabling Bluetooth on Android Devices
On most Android devices, this process is super simple.
If you don’t see the Bluetooth icon in the quick access menu, you can also do this from your phone’s Settings menu.
Please note that depending on the Android version on your smartphone, you can see either “Scan” or “Pair new device.” Both of these options do the same thing, so tap whichever option you see.
Enabling Bluetooth on iOS Devices
Now, whichever media you choose to play on your smartphone, the audio will come out of the Google Home smart speaker.
Connecting Google Home to an External Bluetooth Speaker
It comes as no surprise that the sound you get from a Google Home smart speaker is significantly better than what you get from your phone’s integrated speaker. Although that’s true, this still might not be good enough for anyone looking for a decent sound when listening to music or watching some video content.
Luckily, this issue is easy to solve. Simply connect your Google smart home device to an external Bluetooth speaker. Please note that there are some slight differences in this process depending on whether you have a Google Home smart speaker or a Nest Hub device with a display.
Another thing to point out is that you can also use Bluetooth headphones to listen to music (or any other content) that’s playing on your Google Home or Nest Hub device. If you have a Bluetooth available on your Hi-Fi amplifier or audio/video receiver, you can even enjoy listening to music on your home speaker system. Of course, the instructions below will work for any external Bluetooth device, be it a stand-alone speaker, a set of headphones, or a Hi-Fi device.
Using Google Home Smart Speakers
Now that you’ve paired your speaker with your Google Home device, next time simply turn on your Bluetooth speaker to establish the connection. If you don’t want your Google Home to use the Bluetooth speaker, use the Google Home app to disconnect it.
This will disconnect the speaker from your Google Home device, but the two will remain paired so you can easily connect them next time.
Using Nest Hub With a Display
Just like with the Google Home smart speakers, your Nest Hub device is now paired with your Bluetooth speaker, making future connections a breeze.
To temporarily disconnect your speaker from Nest Hub, follow the instructions at the end of the previous section.
Enjoying a Better Sound With Google Home and Nest Hub
Hopefully, this article has shown you how to use your Google smart speakers to listen to the content you play on your smartphone or tablet. As you can see, the process is quite simple. You just need to enable Bluetooth on your devices and pair them.
If you’re looking for a better sound quality, you can always connect your Google smart speaker to any Bluetooth-enabled device, such as stand-alone speakers, home stereo systems, and even headphones.
Have you managed to play something from your phone on a Google Home or Nest Hub device? Do you find it useful that you can connect your Google smart speaker to an external speaker? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.