Application Google Home used to set up and control Chromecast, Google Home and other smart devices compatible with Google Home. Although it is designed to work only with devices iOS and Android there are workarounds for using the Google Home app on PC.

The information in this article applies to a Windows PC. you also can use the Google Home app on your Mac .

Use the Google Home app on a PC with an Android emulator

You can install android emulator for windows to run Android apps on your PC. For example, Bluestacks — this is android emulator, which allows you to install and run several Android apps, including the Google Home app. The general functionality will be similar, but for settings emulator additional work required .

A person using the Google Home app on a PC.
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There are also Android emulators for operating systems on the Linux-based such as GenyMotion .

Use Google Chrome to Manage Google Home Devices

Google Chrome can mimic some features of the Google Home app, but it’s very limited. For example, you can’t set up Google Home devices using the Chrome browser, so you still need a mobile device or Android emulator to do so. However, you can stream or cast to any Google Home or Chromecast devices .

Another way to cast in Chrome is different from casting with the Home app, as it allows you to cast a browser tab, the entire desktop, or a specific audio/video file.

Before you start, make sure you have installed latest chrome version and that your PC and Google Home device connected to the same Wi-Fi network . To broadcast or stream to your Google Home device, select three vertical dots in the top right corner of Chrome, or right-click on an empty area of ​​the page, and then select » Broadcast», and then your device.

Some websites, such as Google Play Music, have built-in broadcast buttons that allow you to stream media directly to smart speakers Google Home or Google Home Mini .

To cast or cast to a Google Home device, select the three vertical dots in the top right corner of Chrome and select Cast, then select your device.

Can you control all Google Home devices from your computer?

The functionality of Google Home depends on the method you use. When using the emulator, you will have full access to all features. However, when using only your browser, there are some things you won’t be able to do, such as setting up devices for the first time.

You can also install Google Assistant on Windows to take full advantage Google virtual assistant ; however, when streaming media from Chrome devices to Google Home devices, voice support is quite limited, so you can only use a few simple commands like «Stop» and «Maximum Volume».

Disable Cortana, if you want to use Google Home voice commands to avoid conflicts with Microsoft virtual assistant .

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