The Google Home speaker sounds pretty good, but the Home Mini is a bit lacking. Now you can pair any Home or Home Mini with a Bluetooth speaker for the best sound experience.
Note: We’re using Android for our examples here, but the process is the same on iOS.
Adding a Bluetooth speaker to Google Home is very easy. Launch the Google Home app and then tap the device button in the top right corner.
On the Devices page, click the menu button (three dots) in the upper right corner, and then select the Settings command.
Scroll down and then tap Paired Bluetooth Devices.
The default speaker menu will open. To add a Bluetooth speaker, first make sure the speaker is in pairing mode. If you’re not sure how to do this, check your speaker manufacturer’s website — in most cases, you’ll just press the Bluetooth button.
When the speaker is in pairing mode, tap the Connect Bluetooth Speaker button on your phone. The Google Home app starts scanning your speakers; when it finds yours, click it to pair.
When devices are paired, Google Home sets them as the default speaker.
From now on, your Home should remain connected to the Bluetooth speaker and use it as the default audio device. Questions and other messages will still be handled by the home device itself, so that if you ask it to set a timer, for example, it won’t happen through the newly added Bluetooth speaker.
This is an amazing feature because it practically lets you add voice control to any Bluetooth speaker. Let’s say you have one House in the kitchen, but you want to control the music in the living room. We all know how sensitive Home’s ears can be, so now you can ask Home to play some tunes and loud sounds — your twin Bluetooth speaker in your living room has them. You can also control the Bluetooth speaker’s volume with the Home volume control, just as if the speaker were connected to a phone.
And if multiple houses are configured in a group, then the same rule applies — your Bluetooth speaker continues to handle all audio duties for the house it’s associated with. Super solid.