Google Home can now pair with other Bluetooth speakers for better audio

Posted: 29 March 2018 8:25 am

The weaker sound of the Google Home Mini doesn't need to be a problem any more.

Google's Home speakers are highly affordable entries in the smart speaker space, but they are not exactly blessed with the best quality audio. That's fine when you're managing your smart home needs such as automatic lighting, but less compelling if you want multi-room audio with real punch.

Thankfully it's no longer a problem for Google Home owners who also happen to own any other Bluetooth speaker because it's now possible to pair that speaker with your Google Home setup.

The one caveat here is that Google isn't magically adding Google Assistant or any speech features to your otherwise "dumb" speaker. It's simply acting as a conduit for the audio you're putting through your Google Home speaker, so to start playing music, fine podcasts or an audiobook, you'll need to kick start it from your actual Google Home.

In competitor smart speaker terms, Google lags behind Amazon. Its Alexa-powered Amazon Echo speakers already have multi-room Bluetooth speaker compatibility. Conversely Apple's competing Apple HomePod is still awaiting an update to enable even simple stereo modes, expected later this year.

How do I set up my Bluetooth speaker with Google Home?

  1. Put your Bluetooth speaker in pairing mode – this will vary by speaker, but is usually indicated by a pulsing light somewhere on the speaker.
  2. Open the Home App on your smartphone and head to the Devices tab.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Scroll down until you find "Paired Bluetooth Devices".
  5. Tap "Enable Pairing Mode".
  6. You should see your pairing-ready speaker named. Tap it, and you're good to go!

If you want to use your Bluetooth speaker as your only audio output source, you can do so within the Home app by setting it as your default music speaker.

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