For example, who needs a dedicated
when a pair of
Google Nest Minis
, Google Homes or
Google Home Maxes
can give you sound that's just as crisp and clear and broadcast a bedtime reminder to your family? Or how about this -- whether you use a Mac, PC or Chromebook, a pair of Google Homes will sound just as good if not better than dedicated computer speakers.
For these uses and more, here are some ideas for taking advantage of Google Home's new stereo pairing feature as well as how to set them all up.
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How to pair Google Home or Nest Home Minis
First things first -- Nest Home is Google's new name for Google Home, so your speakers may be called either. By pairing the two speakers in stereo, what you're actually doing is creating what's called left/right pairing. That means that you'll get more three-dimensional sound compared to what you'd hear from only one speaker (or two speakers paired in mono).
Before any of these will work, the first thing you'll have to do is create a speaker pair with two Google Home devices assigned to both left and right channels. Here's how to do it:
1. Open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet and tap on one of the two speakers you want to pair.
2. Tap the settings icon (the gear symbol) in the upper right corner.
3. Scroll down to Device settings and tap Speaker pair.
4. Choose the second device for your speaker pair and tap Next.
5. The first device you selected will start blinking -- in the app, select whether the blinking device should be used as the right or left channel (it doesn't matter which) and tap Next. The other speaker will automatically become the opposite channel you choose.
6. Name your new pair something (like "Google Home Speaker Pair") and tap Next.
7. Choose which home and room the speakers belong in, for example "Home" might be the name of your home and "Living room" may be the room where you're putting the speakers.
The pair will now show up as a single speaker on your Google Home app as well as broadcast a single
signal, so that you can connect to a computer or TV, as detailed below. Note also that only the left speaker will listen for "Hey, Google" or "OK, Google" commands, as the right speaker's microphone will be muted.
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The best way to connect a TV or computer to the Google Home speaker group you just created is with Bluetooth. If your TV can't connect with Bluetooth, you can give it that ability by adding a Google Chromecast streaming media player (which also will allow you to operate some TV controls with your voice – a win-win). If your computer doesn't have Bluetooth, there's a workaround for that too: You can stream audio from the Chrome browser to your Google Home over Wi-Fi.
Here's how to connect pretty much any Bluetooth-enabled device to your Google Home stereo speaker pair:
1. Say, "Hey, Google, pair Bluetooth" to put your speakers into pairing mode.
2. Go to your Bluetooth settings on the device you want to pair and look for "Google Home Speaker Pair" (or whatever you named your stereo pair).
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