As far as digital voice assistants go, I adore Google Home ($99 at Target), I really do, but that doesn't mean our relationship is always coming up roses. You might even say the honeymoon phase is pretty much over at this point. I'm not saying we need relationship counseling just yet, but my list of pet peeves has grown frustratingly long. And worse, it's starting to come across in my attitude when I talk to Google Assistant. We just need to talk.
I know you can never expect anyone to change just for you, but that's one thing I love about Google Assistant -- Google is constantly evolving the technology. Maybe things will eventually get better.
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Until then, here are my top three Google Home pet peeves what I do to work around them.
Hey, Boo Boo, can I get a different wake word?
The problem: "OK, Google" just feels awkward and clumsy to me, and "Hey, Google" is no better. Don't even get me started on Google being the name of the device (Google Home Max), the AI (Google Assistant), the technology that powers the AI (Google search and services) and the company that owns it all (Google). Alexa lets you choose from several wake word options ("Amazon," "Computer," "Echo"). Why not Google?
The fix: Even though Google won't let you choose a different wake word, you can manipulate Google Home's imperfect ear by using similar-sounding words to summon Google Assistant. "Hey, Boo Boo" remains my go-to, but I've also used "OK, Frugal," "Egg Noodle," "Go Lay Doo-Doo" and my all-time favorite: "Cocaine Poodle."
Update: Google appears to have caught on to some of these alternative pronunciations, specifically the one invoking an original ingredient of Coca-Cola. This is especially apparent when using them with a Google Home smart display like a Nest Hub, which lets you know it's listening with an onscreen animation. Basically, it hears you and wakes up to listen, but then promptly ignores whatever command you issue if you use some of these alternatives.
Where are the (other) Google Home location triggers?
The problem: You can set up a Google Home Routine to do just about anything, and for awhile the only way to trigger it was with a voice command. Then, finally, Google added home and away routines. Problem is there's only one home routine and one away routine, and that's the extent of location triggers. Alexa lets you set up as many routines as you want with location triggers for pretty much any coordinates on the globe. So when you leave work, for example, or arrive at school, you can have Alexa execute a sequence of commands like adjusting your thermostat or turning on the lights.
The fix: A good assistant should know where I am -- wherever I am -- and behave accordingly, so until Google implements full-blown location-based triggers I'm furtively using the Alexa app on my iPhone. Whether you have any Amazon Echo devices or not, you can download the Alexa app and set up location triggers on your Android phone or iPhone.
No AUX port? That's jacked
The problem: Even though phone-makers have all but eliminated the humble 3.5mm headphone jack from smartphones, Amazon Echo devices still have an audio output port for delivering audio to a more capable stereo system. Google Home devices have no such ports, which means the only way to connect them with an external audio source is via Bluetooth.
The fix: I hate to lean on Alexa again, but this works about as well (and for as little money) as anything: I picked up a couple of older second-gen Echo Dots ($25 at Amazon) from Amazon Warehouse Deals, which I plugged into two sets of high-quality speakers. From there, it's a breeze to connect your Google Home to the Echo Dot with Bluetooth.
Just open the Google Home app and tap Settings > Device settings > Default music player > Enable pairing mode. From there, pair your Google speaker with your Amazon speaker to enjoy hi-fidelity sound from your stereo speakers.
Nest Audio review: The Google Home successor has serious audio chops
The replacement for Google’s original, now discontinued smart speaker is here, and after listening to it for a few days, I’m not missing the old Google Home one bit. The rectangular Nest Audio delivers truly impressive sound considering its $100 price tag, and its sturdy, fabric-covered design looks handsome in person. With Google Assistant on board, the Nest Audio can also respond to voice commands and take charge of smart home devices. Waiting in the wings, however, is Amazon’s refreshed Echo speaker, which also costs $100 and packs in stereo (rather than mono) sound, plus a Zigbee smart home hub.
Design and specifications
From the moment pre-announcement photos of the speaker appeared online, the Nest Audio’s industrial design provoked furrowed brows and even some derision; indeed, I wrote that it looks like a “potato sack” or “a pillow standing on end.” Well, shame on me. Seeing it in person, the Nest Audio looks smaller than I imagined, and certainly more stylish and elegant than a crumpled pillow.
Placing it next to a red vase on a shelf near my dining room table, I actually thought it looked pretty sharp. The Nest Audio’s design makes even more sense when you see how its two front-firing drivers (a tweeter and a mid-woofer, which we’ll discuss in more detail momentarily) are vertically stacked, just like a conventional speaker.
Measuring 6.89 x 4.89 x 3.07 inches (HxWxD), the Nest Audio is more than an inch taller than the Google Home speaker it’s replacing, but it’s a half inch shorter than the biggest Google speaker, the Google Home Max. Weighing in at 2.65 pounds, the Nest Audio feels reassuringly substantial, and given its heft along with its broad, rubberized base, the speaker never felt in danger of tipping over.
The Nest Audio’s tight, tactile fabric covering, which comes in “chalk”, “charcoal,” “sage,” “sand,” and “sky” flavors (I tested the chalk version), should feel familiar to anyone who has a Google Home Max or a Nest Mini. The fabric wraps around the entire shell of the Nest Audio, save for its base. The front of the Nest Audio is featureless, save for the four telltale LEDs that peek through the fabric when you’re chatting up Google Assistant or adjusting the speaker volume.
Ports and connectors
As for ports on the Nest Audio, there’s only the barrel-shaped DC power port in back. That port connects to a roughly five-foot power cord with a 24V adapter, necessary to accommodate the Nest Audio’s 30W power draw. That adapter comes in the form of a chunky, 1.5 x 2-inch wall wart, which will block any outlet that’s directly beneath it.
Notably, there’s no 3.5mm audio jack for connecting an external speaker, although one could argue that with its improved speakers (compared to the Google Home), the Nest Audio doesn’t need an analog audio output. In any case, if you do want to connect the Nest Audio to an external speaker, you can always do so via Bluetooth 5.0. (It’s worth noting that most of Amazon’s competing Echo speakers do come with 3.5mm audio outputs.)
As with Google’s other smart speakers, getting the Nest Audio connected to Wi-Fi is a snap. If you’re already using the Google Home app, a “Set up Nest Audio” banner simply appears at the top of the app’s main interface. Tap it, and the app connects the Nest Audio to your Wi-Fi network; I had to pick my network from a list of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but I didn’t need to enter my network password. If this is your first Google speaker and you’re new to the Google Home app, you’ll need to install the application and sign in with your Google account to get started.
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While connecting the Nest Audio to your home wireless network will likely be done in less than a minute (it was for me), you’ll spend considerably more time navigating a parade of opt-ins and disclaimers for Google’s various services and privacy policies. For example, the Google Home app will give you the option of activating Voice Match, a feature that lets Google Assistant identify you according to the sound of your voice. You’ll also need to decide whether the Assistant can save recordings of your voice (a flashpoint in last year’s brouhaha over the “human review” of recorded voice assistant interactions), as well as whether you’d like personalized results when you ask to hear your agenda or look up a contact. To enable many of these options, you’ll need to agree to lengthy privacy agreements.
Once you’ve waded through the thornier Google Assistant options, you’ll get the option of linking music and video services, as well as setting up voice calls via Google Duo. Finally, you pick which room of your home the Nest Audio will occupy (“Dining Room, “Entertainment Room,” “Kitchen,” and so on), firmware updates (if any are needed) are automatically installed, and you’re ready to go.
While the Nest Audio doesn’t have any obvious audio playback controls, you can control music on the speaker by tapping it.
If you tap the very top of the speaker, you’ll pause any music that’s playing; tap the top again, and playback will resume. You can also adjust the volume by tapping the left top corner (volume down) or the right top corner (volume up). When you tap any of the capacitive buttons, the four LEDs on the speaker will light up, with the number of bright dots corresponding to the volume level. Pretty cool, but unless you’ve happened to read the instructions, there’d be no way to know that the invisible buttons are there, and unlike last year’s Nest Mini, there are no proximity LEDs that light up when your fingers are near the buttons.
Besides the capacitive-touch playback and volume buttons, there’s also a microphone mute switch in back of the Nest Audio. When you engage the switch, Google Assistant will say “The mic’s off,” and the four front LEDs will glow orange.
Because the mic mute switch sits in the back of the Nest Audio, it’s easy to miss unless you know it’s there; we’d prefer that the switch were placed a little more prominently, perhaps on the top side of the speaker.
Chatting with Google Assistant
Google Assistant remains one of the most intelligent voice assistants around, and since it’s backed by Google search, the Assistant is tough to stump. You can also ask the Assistant to set alarms, check your schedule, tell you the weather, read headlines, play music, or even call one of your contacts (thanks to the Nest Audio’s support for the Google Duo voice- and video-calling app).
As with last year’s Google Nest Mini, the Nest Audio comes equipped with its own dedicated machine-learning chip that processes your questions locally, versus sending them to the cloud, which speeds the Assistant’s responses. Google Assistant still takes a moment or two to mull your queries before doling out its answers, but it’s nonetheless relatively quick to respond, and Google says the chip can also help the Assistant learn your favorite commands and requests.
The Nest Audio is outfitted with a trio of far-field microphones designed to catch your voice even when you’re across the room. Standing in one corner of my dining room while the Nest Audio was in the other, a good 20 feet away, Google Assistant was able to answer my questions even when I spoke in a quiet voice. Nice, but the three-mic array does have its limits, as I learned when my calls to the Assistant went unheeded after I backed into an adjacent room a few more feet away.
Controlling your smart home devices
Google Assistant has long trailed Amazon’s Alexa when it comes to smart home compatibility, but it’s catching up fast. At last count, the Assistant can control more than 50,000 smart home devices from 5,500 brands, including such prominent names as Philips Hue, TP-Link/Kasa Smart, Harmony, LG, Samsung, August, Arlo, and Wyze. Naturally, Google Assistant also integrates with Nest-branded smart-home devices, including security cameras, doorbells, and thermostats.
Add a Nest Audio to your compatible smart home system and you’ll be able to control your home with voice commands. Say “Hey Google, turn downstairs lights off,” for example, to douse the light in your basement, or “OK Google, I’m home now” to activate a routine that (say) switches on your kitchen lights, tees up your favorite playlist, and opens your drapes. And if you’re a Nest Aware subscriber (starting at $6 a month), the Assistant can even alert you if it hears the sound of smoke alarms or breaking glass.
Click here to read about the Nest Audio’s sound performance
Improving on the original Google Home in every way, the Google Nest Audio is the new $100 smart speaker to beat.
- Great sound for a $100 smart speaker
- Handsome rectangular design (it grows on you)
- Google Assistant aided by on-device AI chip
- Google Assistant’s smart home compatibility falls short of Alexa’s
- Capacitive touch controls and mic mute switch are well hidden
Introduction: Google Home Mini Aux Jack Mod
If you think Google should have added an Aux Out to the Google Home Mini, then you agree with me!
Well here is how it's done :D
The Google Home Mini Speaker Hack - Aux Out Mod!
This will allow you to add an external speaker or headphones to your Google Home Mini via a headphone jack.
I have to give credits to SnekTek on YouTube for his video on this Google Home Mini Aux Out Mod, as my project is based off his idea.
1x Aux Out Port
1x 300 Ohm Resistor
1x 3K Ohm Resistor
Heat Gun or Hair Dryer
Torx or Flat Bladed Screwdriver
Glue Glue (Optional)
Step 1: Make a Coffee!
I find a coffee always helps me focus on projects better :)
Step 2: Remove the Silicone Cover & Bottom Screws
We need to disassemble the unit, but to access the screws, we need to get past the silicone pad on the bottom of it that covers them. It is held on by a very strong adhesive.
The method I seen in the tutorial I watched, used hot water to soften the adhesive - but I don't like the idea of putting electronics near water when it can be avoided, so I used my trusty heat gun - you can use a hair dryer as it will do the same job!
Don't keep the heat direct on one spot, move it around and heat the bottom evenly so you don't burn anything. I demonstrate this correctly in the video tutorial.
Once the adhesive is warm and softened, you can use a flat tool to get under the silicone and slowly separate it from the device. Once removed, set it aside somewhere dust free so you can reapply it at the end with the original adhesive.
You can now use a torx or flat bladed screwdriver to remove the 4 bottom screws. Please read the next step before opening the device!
Step 3: Begin Opening the Google Home Mini
Next we need to open the Google Home Mini but before we do, I would highly recommend referring to the photos or the video to see what it looks like inside and where the cables are, as you could easily damage a cable when you open the device if you are not careful.
There is a ribbon cable held in by a crocodile clip, you will need to lift the pull tab on the crocodile clip first, and then carefully slide the ribbon cable out.
Once the ribbon cable is released, you can unscrew the 4 screws that hold the rest of the unit together. Remove those screws and then be sure to read the next step before you continue to open your Google Home Mini to avoid damage...
Step 4: Continue the Disassembly
Before continuing with the disassembly, observe the photos and see the connection for the speaker. This can be easily torn from the board and is not a simple repair, so carefully lift the speaker and disconnect by gripping as close to the connector as possible and gently pulling on it.
Step 5: Prepare the Resistors and Wires
Now to prepare for the soldering.
First get both resistors, and twist them together at one end, as shown in the photos and trim the wires to a suitable size for the next step.
Next we need to prepare the wires. About half way up the black and red wires you need to remove some insulation. I did this with scissors and have demonstrated it in the video. This is where we will solder each resistor to.
I recommend pre tinning all connections before the next step
Step 6: Circuit & Soldering
I have provided detailed images of how this has been wired up, please comment below if it is hard to understand or watch me solder it together in the video.
You will need to attach the resistors as listed below:
3k Ohm to RED Wire
300 Ohm to BLACK Wire
The resistor ends you twisted together are soldered to the AUX Port Left or Right Channel Connector
GROUND of AUX Port to Speaker GROUND
As this is my first instructable I have done my best to explain the circuit in writing. Again, please comment if you need any assistance or check out the video for more clarity.
Step 7: Prepare the Hole for the Aux Port
You will need to drill a hole for the AUX Port - this will fit nicely between the charger and mute switch if you get a small AUX Port, I however, did not, and had to do a bit more customizing but I got there without too much hassle.
Step 8: Reassemble the Google Home Mini
Now just reassemble the Google Home Mini. The wiring you have added will tuck away nicely in the side of the unit, and you can glue the AUX Port with araldite if you like, I didn't need to as the jack wedged in nicely once everything was screwed back together.
When putting the silicone cover back on at the end - be sure to line up the factory reset dot with the factory reset button on the unit, I forgot about this and it's so annoying having to heat and remove this thing again!! (I have shown this button in the photos)
Step 9: Test & Enjoy the Feeling of Achievement
Now you are ready to test your DIY headphone jack! Plug it in and feel a sense of achievement!
I will note there is a slight delay between the speaker in the Google Home Mini and the external speaker.
If you like the project, or could think of any improvements you would make - add them to the comments below, and you can also see more projects on my YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/tinkermanmick
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Google Nest Mini review: Google's smallest smart speaker keeps getting better
With Google and Nest back under the same roof, the second generation of the Google Home Mini is called the Google Nest Mini. At first glance, it looks just like its predecessor, but a handful of new features make the still-$49 (£49, AU$79) Nest Mini an even better value.
The Nest Mini looks very similar to the Google Home Mini, and that's on purpose. Google didn't seem keen to fix what wasn't broken, and you'll get a nearly identical aesthetic placing the Nest Mini around your home. There are four colors, swapping the Home Mini's teal, which was called aqua, for a darker, gray-blue shade called sky. The coral, charcoal and chalk colors still remain.
On the outside of the speaker, you'll find the same muting switch as before. However, there's now a DC power jack instead of the Micro-USB that powered the Home Mini, so don't assume your old Home Mini power cords will work interchangeably with the Nest Mini.
The team at Google spent hours testing the audio transparency of dozens of fabrics to create a more eco-friendly cover for the Nest Mini. The speaker's top fabric is made from 100% recycled plastic, and the external enclosure is made from 35% recycled plastic. Google told me that one half-liter plastic bottle makes enough fabric to cover a little bit more than two speakers. That's a small design detail that could tip the scales for an environmentally conscious consumer trying to decide between the Nest Mini and an Echo Dot.
You'll also get a wall mount on the back of this new smart speaker, something Google said was inspired by all the different ways users are placing, mounting and attaching smart speakers to surfaces in their homes. Ironically, the company that's created the perfect way to mount your smart speaker as a wall clock isn't the company with a clock display on its smart speaker. That title goes to Amazon and the new Echo Dot with Clock.
While the Nest Mini looks nearly identical to the Google Home Mini, there are plenty of updates inside.
The Google Home Mini has two microphones for recognizing your voice across the room. The Nest Mini has three to improve that far-field detection. In my testing, the third mic did increase the range at which the assistant could hear me, and it did particularly well at hearing me over music playing from other speakers nearby. Of course, a lot of that will depend on your home's acoustics and layout.
The microphones are also making use of a new feature Google calls ultrasound sensing. The speaker emits tiny inaudible chirps, which bounce off objects in the environment, reflect back to the microphones and tell the device if someone is near. This is turned on when music is playing, but you can opt out of it if you like in the Home app. There's also the option to call your home speakers from the Home app if your mobile device has Google Duo installed.
With ultrasound sensing enabled, two LEDs will illuminate when you hover your hand over the Nest Mini to show you where the volume adjustment touch points are on each side of the speaker. That's a thoughtful add given that I've always had trouble finding the touch controls on the Google Home Mini. Touch controls for playing and pausing music are on top.
The Google team also redesigned the speaker inside the Nest Mini, making it larger and just a bit heavier with more space around the components to create a fuller bass sound.
Inside the Nest Mini is a machine learning chip with up to one TeraOPS of processing power. This chip helps the speaker learn which commands are commonly repeated so it can respond to them without needing the cloud at all. Let's say you turn on your kitchen lights or ask to play a specific song every day of the week at the same time. The Nest Mini learns those actions, stores that data locally and processes those commands without sending any information to Google's servers.
This is part of Google's push toward what the company calls "ambient computing," the idea that your Google-powered smart home can begin to anticipate your needs. Ambient computing reduces how often you need to talk to your smart speaker to get information, making your assistant a more behind-the-scenes, seamless part of your home.
One of my favorite updates to the Nest Mini is ambient IQ. When you're listening to news, podcasts or other audio streaming where people are talking (it doesn't work with music), the Nest Mini can adjust for ambient noise in the background, like an exhaust fan in the kitchen.
I tested this out with a hairdryer, and the Nest Mini automatically upped the volume as soon as I added that extra noise. The feature doesn't work with music, but it's one of those tiny updates that makes it feel like Google is really trying to solve those mundane, annoying moments in everyday life.
On the music front, Google's redesigned speaker promises to deliver twice the bass of the Home Mini. There's still a 40-millimeter driver powering the speaker, but more extra space between components gives the bass a definite boost. The latest Echo Dot still produces more sound at each volume level, but it feels distorted and busy compared with the Nest Mini, especially at higher volumes.
Dot or Mini?
That's a tough question to answer these days. Both speakers have evolved into very good, affordable products. In terms of sound, the Nest Mini delivers a bit more clarity and the Echo Dot a bit more punch. I wouldn't let sound be the deciding factor on these smaller, budget-friendly speakers.
The Nest Mini comes in four colorful options, while the Echo Dot comes in varying shades of gray. The Echo Dot with Clock will cost $10 more than the Nest Mini and you won't be able to mount it on your wall (at least not without some creativity). However, you will get a practical LED display and the tactile joy of whacking the top of a smart speaker to snooze the alarm.
You can play and pause music via touch controls on the Nest Mini, but the Echo Dot offers the option to connect to a larger speaker setup easily with a 3.5mm cable. Both speakers can be paired for stereo sound.
Read more: Google Nest Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot with clock: Battle of the budget smart speakers
Of course, some services are platform-specific. The Nest Mini has Chromecast capability built in, so you can start shows on your TV with your voice. Streaming directly from YouTube Music works only on Google's smart speaker. If you use Amazon Music, you should stick with the Echo Dot. Google did recently announce the addition of Apple Music to its streaming music providers, so if you're a subscriber to that service both Google and Amazon devices will work for you.
For me, Google's Nest Mini just edges out the Echo Dot. I think Google Assistant is better at answering life's everyday queries, and the Home app is easier for setting up and managing smart home devices. With better sound than the Home Mini and a new machine-learning chip for faster responses, I'd recommend the Nest Mini if you're not yet firmly in one voice assistant camp.
What it's still missing
A lot of audio and smart home enthusiasts were hoping for an auxiliary jack for audio output on Google's new smart speaker, but it doesn't have one. You could use a Bluetooth adapter plugged into the auxiliary jack of your other speakers, but I doubt many consumers would go to the trouble.
Google gave us more LEDs, but no added functionality for the ones that were already there. You won't get the clock option on this smart speaker, even though you can now hang it on your wall. Sure, nobody probably wanted a clock option until we saw it on the latest Echo Dot, but now that it's out there, that feature could be a deciding factor for some consumers.
Aside from those minor, niche wishlist items, Google delivered an improved speaker. Keeping it at the affordable $49 entry-level price makes the Nest Mini an even better value than the Google Home Mini that came before it. The Google Home Mini was a great first smart speaker for anyone looking to add Google Assistant to their homes without spending a lot, and the Nest Mini is even better.
Google didn't totally redesign the Nest Mini. Amazon hasn't totally redesigned the latest Echo Dot, either. It looks like both companies are seeing the value in their existing designs and adding small tweaks and features to improve upon what they've already built.
Ultimately, your smart speaker decision is probably going to be heavily skewed by which assistant you want in your home. You won't get the premium sound of the larger Echo speakers or the Google Home Max, but if you want Google Assistant powering your smart home at a great price, I'd fully recommend the Nest Mini.
Nest out aux google mini
Everyone’s favorite technology company, Google has created an advanced line of smart home products that are beneficial to individuals and families alike. What makes them so great is that Google Home devices are compatible with many other smart products that allow you to seamlessly integrate the devices in your home. And although these devices are speakers, they have the power to do so much more. But let’s start with the speaker features for now.
Does the Google Home have an aux input? Only the Google Home Max comes with an aux port. Other devices like the Google Home Smart Speaker and Google Home Mini do not have this connectivity.
Read on to learn more about connecting an aux cord to your Google device, as well as some alternative tips to play media through your Google Home.
Can I Plug in an Aux Cord to My Google Home Device?
Depending on which version of the Google Home you have, you may or may not be able to connect an aux cord. The Google Home Max is the only Google Home device that comes with an aux input. This allows you to play media from various devices like your laptop, phone, CD player, or vinyl record player on your smart speaker. While your device is connected to another device via an auxiliary cord, you can still use your Google Assistant while you listen to this audio.
To use this feature on the Google Home Max, simply plug in an auxiliary cord to your smart speaker’s aux port. Connect that cord to whatever device you’d like to play audio from. Then, press play on the media device. For the best listening experience, turn the volume all the way up on your media device. Then, you can control the volume settings through your Google Home.
Read our post where we cover over 200+ google home commands here!
If you experience any issues hearing your media on your Google Home, setup is simple. Say the voice command, “Ok Google, switch to aux.” That should make sure the media starts playing on your Google Home Max. The smart device is designed to check for a signal from anything you plug in. Thus, it will automatically switch to aux as long as nothing else is playing or casting.
Can I Create an Aux Port on My Google Home Mini?
There is no aux input on the traditional Google Home Smart Speaker or the Google Home Mini. However, there are some ways you can “hack” the system to create your own aux input. If you decide to take this route, err on the side of caution when opening up and messing around with your device. If you’re not as tech-savvy as the creators of this hack, try some of these alternatives below.
Other Ways to Play Music on Your Google Home
Pair Your Google Home to Your Smartphone via Bluetooth
If you want to listen to music, audiobooks, or podcasts on your Google Home Smart Speaker, you can simply connect your smartphone to your Google Home device via Bluetooth.
- In the Google Home app, find the device you want to pair with Bluetooth.
- Tap Settings, then find Paired Bluetooth Devices and enable Pairing Mode.
- In your smartphone’s Bluetooth settings, turn on Bluetooth.
- Tap on the name of the Google Home you’d like to pair with.
You can also pair your devices with your voice by saying, “Ok Google, Connect to Bluetooth.” Once the pairing is complete, you can play music from your phone that will play on your Google Home speaker.
Can you have Google Home and Alexa in the same house? Find out in our article here!
Pair Your Google Home with Your Bluetooth Speaker
The lack of an aux port on certain Google Home devices can pose some issues to users who already have a speaker system they’d like to use in their home. An alternative—yet simple—solution is to connect your Bluetooth speaker system to your Google Home device.
- Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is in pairing mode.
- In the Google Home app, tap Devices.
- Find the Google Home device you’d like to pair with your Bluetooth speaker.
- Go to the menu and tap Settings. Then, select Default Music Speaker.
- Select Pair Bluetooth speaker.
- Tap the speaker you want to pair.
- Select Done.
Once these steps are complete, any media you command your Google Home to play will output through the connected speaker you chose.
What Else Can You Connect with Google Home?
Google has released a line of products that are changing the smart home game. Their Google Home products are able to seamlessly integrate with many different types of smart home technology, allowing you to control them all with your voice through the Google Assistant. It’s a great advancement in smart home technology, and it’s time for you to explore the possibilities and grow the ways you connect with your home.
Read more articles to learn about other smart home devices that are compatible with Google Assistant.
How to Add an Aux Port to Your Google Home Mini
The Echo Dot’s best feature (aside from Amazon Alexa voice controls) may just be its built-in aux port, which makes it easy to plug your old speakers into the puck-shaped device. Unfortunately, Google didn’t include an aux port in its similarly-sized Home Mini, meaning you’ll need a Chromecast Audio to connect it to another speaker—or you can try adding the extra port yourself.
That’s what SnekTek decided to do in a recent YouTube video, and the results are pretty awesome. With a little hard work and some light drilling you can add an aux input to your Google Home Mini, too.
The first step is to remove the orange rubber base, which requires heating up the bottom of the device so the adhesive keeping it in place loosens. After that, the bottom cover unscrews easily, revealing a few wires, chips, and switches to play with.
After a bit of digging, SnekTek decided to splice the new aux port into the cord that pipes music to the Home Mini’s built-in speaker. That meant measuring the voltage and adding a 10-to-1 voltage divider. Then they drilled a hole in the base of the device before using some epoxy adhesive to keep the new input in place.
Finally, SnekTek confirmed that this method works by plugging it into another speaker. So if you’re willing to take the risk of trying a DIY upgrade on your new device, go for it. However, if you’re worried about breaking your Google Home Mini (this definitely voids the warranty), you’re probably better off just paying the $35 for a Chromecast Audio.
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People looked at the two, sitting opposite each other. Somehow they smiled at such pleasant, fresh, young and springy faces. True, these faces were a little gloomy, but this is better than the endless whirlpool of old people, sick children and their mothers here.