How to stream any music on Google Home using Bluetooth
At its launch last November, Google Home was missing several important features found on Amazon's Alexa's speakers.
One important feature in particular was bluetooth.
Instead of bluetooth, users had to use Cast to stream music, podcasts, and other audio from their phones to Google Home.
While you can Cast any audio from an Android device, users on iOS were limited to apps that officially support Cast.
However, a recent update enabled Bluetooth capabilities for the speaker.
Here's how to pair your phone and stream any audio with Google Home.
There are two ways to put Google Home into pairing mode.
The easiest and fastest way is by saying, Okay, Google, Bluetooth pairing.
The other way requires the Google Home app on Android or iOS.
Once you've opened the app, tap the devices button in the top right corner or in the left menu.
For the Google Home speaker you wish to pair, tap the action overflow button in the top right corner of the card and select Settings.
Scroll to the bottom and tap Paired Bluetooth Devices, then in the bottom right corner, tap Enable Pairing Mode.
Once the speaker is in pairing mode, open bluetooth settings on your phone and look for the Google Home speaker which will appear as the name you have given it in the Google Home app.
After you paired your phone with Google Home, it will work like any other bluetooth speaker.
You can play audio from unsupported music streaming services, YouTube videos, audio books, and even locally stored music from any capable device To remove a paired device, return to the paired bluetooth devices menu in the Google home app and tap the X to the right of one of the devices.
Then also remove Google Home from the bluetooth settings on that device.
For more Google Home tips and tricks and other how-to's, go to cnet.com/how-to.