How to lower the volume of Cast devices when talking to Google Home
Sometimes Google Home can't hear you when you're casting to a Chromecast or speaker. A new feature fixes that.
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There's a problem, however. If your TV or speakers are just loud enough, Google Home can have trouble hearing your commands.
Fortunately, Google recently rolled out a new feature to address that particular issue. Here's how to use it.
Lower Cast audio when talking to Google Home
When the noise level of a room is extra high, like when you're watching a movie or streaming
, Google Home can definitely have trouble hearing the wake word. But usually, if you say it loud enough, you can get the speaker to hear the short wake phrase. In that specific scenario, the real problem lies with what you say after the wake words. Movie or music audio can jumble your commands, making it difficult for Google Home to understand what you're saying.
However, if that music or movie happens to be playing through a Chromecast device, you will notice them acting differently in the future -- if you haven't already.
The new feature is called Lower volume when listening, and it does exactly what you'd expect. After you say the wake word, the volume of the Cast devices will be lowered while Google Home listens to your command. Once you're finished with your command, the volume goes back to normal.
You will, however, still have to speak the wake work loud enough for Google Home to hear you. So if your Cast volume is too high to begin with, the new feature still may not help.
The setting is toggled on by default, but if you find the functionality to be disruptive, you can disable it.