How To Play Music On Google Home Devices

One of the strong suits of any smart speaker is its ability to stream music from a plethora of services & Google Home Devices are no less in the category. Apart from playing your favorite tracks, Google Home devices are capable of controlling smart home kits, get things done like making calls, order for shopping or planning your day among other tasks.

This guide will focus on playing, controlling music on Google Home & Google Home Mini, as well as common problems & solutions when the device stops playing music.


Google Home Mini

So, without further ado, let’s learn how to link and stream music on Google Home Devices:

Listening To Music On Google Home Devices

Before starting up, make sure whatever music service you use is compatible with the Google Device. By default, Google Play Music comes along, but you can also link up to other music streaming services like Spotify, Deezer+, Pandora and more.

How To Link Music Streaming Service To Your Google Home Device?

Follow the step by step method to link any music streaming service with your Google Home Device.

Note: Make sure you have an active subscription to the music streaming service, which you are about to link with the Google Home Speakers.

Step 1- Open the Google Home app on your device. (Make sure your mobile device is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Home device)

Step 2- Tap on the Account option, located at the top-right corner.

Step 3- Make sure you use the Google Account that is linked with your Google Home Device. Or you can go for creating one.

Step 4- On the Home Screen, tap on the (+) icon, located at the top-left corner. Tap on Music and audio option to add and link the music streaming service of your choice.

How To Link Music Streaming Service

Select the Music Streaming Service you wish to link & tap on Link Account. Next, you have to log in with the specific music streaming service for successful linking.

How To Play Music On Google Home/Mini?

Once you have linked the music streaming service through the Google Home app, the next step is to learn how to control it. To ask Google Home/Mini to play your favorite music, follow the commands mentioned below:

For Google Home:

  • To Play/Pause/Stop Alarm or Timer
       Tap once on the top of the device.
  • To Increase The Volume
       Brush your fingers clockwise on the top of your Google Home.
  • To Decrease The Volume
       Brush your fingers in an anti-clockwise direction on the top of your device.
  • To Start A Request
       Press & Hold The Top Of Google Home Device.

For Google Home Mini:

  • To Play/Pause/Stop Alarm or Timer
        Use your voice to instruct the device.
  • To Increase The Volume
        A simple touch on the right side of the Google Home Mini.
  • To Decrease The Volume
        A simple touch on the left side of the Google Home Mini.
  • To Start A Request
       Use your voice to instruct the device.

Useful Commands To Play Music On Google Home Devices

Listed are some of the basic commands for all content providers:

To Perform Action Say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” & then Say. . .
Play a Song Play <song name>, play <song name by artist name from album>, Play <song name> on <music service>


Play a Song From a Specific Artist Play <artist name>, Play music by <artist>, Play songs like <artist name>, Play <artist name> on <music service>


Play a Song From a Specific Album Play <album name>, Play <album name by artist> , Play <album name> on <music service>


Request a Song Based on Genre/Mood/Activity Play classical song, Play happy music, Play music for driving, Play <genre>, Play <genre> on <music service>


Play Personalized Content From Particular Service Play some music, Play <genre> music on <music service>
Shuffle Songs Shuffle, Shuffle <album>, Shuffle some music, Play <album name> and shuffle/shuffled/on shuffle, Play <artist name> and shuffle/shuffled/on shuffle


Pause a Song Pause, Pause the song


Stop Music Resume, Continue Playing


Resume a Song Stop, Stop the song


Play Next Song In The Queue Next, Skip, Next Song


Know What’s Playing What song is playing, What artist is playing, What’s playing
Play Music On Speakers, Television, etc.  Play <genre> <song> <album name> <artist name> in my living room

(Note:  Make sure your Chromecast or Assistant built-in TV is linked to Google Home)

Control Music Volume Set volume to 50%, Set volume to 10


To know more advanced voice commands for Google Play Music and other subscription-based services like Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora & Deezer, check out the full list here!

What To Do If Google Home Devices Stops Playing Music?

There can be several reasons which can stop playing music on Google Home Devices, some of them are listed below, along with a few fixes to Start Playing Music Again.

  • Volume Issue – Your Google Home Device’s volume might be down, or you might have accidentally turned it down.
  • Bandwidth Issue – Several devices connected to the same network, might make your Google Home Device have low bandwidth. Hence, resulting in not playing music.
  • Caches – Temporarily stored files in respective music streaming apps can prevent your Google Home devices for playing music.
  • Playback Support – Probably your music streaming service supports only one-device playback at a time. Hence, Google Home device can stop playing music if you’re playing a song of the same account on a different device.

How To Fix Google Home Not Playing Music Issue?

Now that you have a basic idea of Google Home Device Stops Playing Music, you can try the following methods to fix the issue:

  • Reboot Google Home Device
    Launch Google Home App > Menu > Device > Three-Dots Icon at top-right corner > Reboot
    How To Fix Google Home
  • Turn Volume Up
    Increase the volume by saying, “Hey Google, OK Google <Volume Up, Louder, Maximum Volume>
  • Clear Caches
    Go to Settings on your phone > Apps > Locate & Tap the Music app > Clear Cache
    Clear cache
  • Check If Your Music Streaming Service Supports Only One-Device Playback
    If so, then you’re required to upgrade your account to a plan that supports simultaneous playback on multiple devices.
  • Reset Google Home Device
    Locate the Microphone On/Off button on the device > Press and hold the button for 15 seconds until you hear the Assistant confirming that it is resetting the device.

We hope you found this article useful to link and Play Music On Google Home/Mini. Using these basic commands would help you to get the most out of your Google Home Devices. If you have any feedback or suggestion, please feel free to share with us in the comment section below. Follow us on social media – FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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