Google this week announced an important update for its Google Home smart speakers. You can control other Bluetooth speakers on your network and stream directly to them from the Google Home device. Before this update, you could only stream audio from a Bluetooth-enabled device like your phone to the speaker. If you have more than one Google Home device, you can already set up a group to enjoy multi-room audio, similar to how you can with Amazon Echo. But now, you can stream audio from the Google Home speaker to another Bluetooth speaker in another room.
Pair Bluetooth Speakers with Google Home
To set it up, open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet and head to Device Settings and follow the onscreen pairing instructions and make it your default speaker. Find the “Default Music Speaker” menu and you’ll find the option to pair another Bluetooth speaker.
There are several scenarios when you might want to use this new feature. For example, the Google Home Mini isn’t known for its incredible sound (although it’s probably best for smart speakers in its class). But, you could use the Mini to control the larger Bluetooth-enabled speakers in your living room. In fact, in its announcement, Google wrote: “We brought this feature to life after hearing how much you wanted to amp up the sound with your Google Home Mini.”
When I set this up, I had the Google Home Mini in my office send audio to Logitech’s MX Sound Bluetooth speakers in another room. Of course, when I am in the other room with those speakers I can’t talk back to the Mini, but the sound is better and it’s a nice feature to have. However, if you have multiple Google Home devices, you can still setup multi-room audio for listening to music or podcasts with other speakers.
New features are being added to these smart speakers all the time. If you are you a Google Home user what are some of your favorite new features? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.