Google Home speakers are versatile tools that have become the center of many smart home setups, but perhaps their most commonly used feature is playing audio. With a smart speaker in almost every room of my home, I wondered if I could link them up to play together as one unit.

Can You Link Google Home Speakers? Yes, when smart speakers or TVs are linked together, they allow you to listen to media across all linked devices simultaneously. Google Home speakers can be combined into a speaker group using the Google Home app.

Follow these steps to link multiple Google Home speakers:

  1. Open the Google Home app on your mobile device
  2. Make sure all speakers and your mobile device are on the same Wi-Fi network
  3. Click the Add button (it looks like a plus sign) from the home screen in the app
  4. Click Create speaker group and select each device that you want linked together
  5. Name the group
  6. Click save

Once you’re all set up, you’ll be able to play audio on all the speakers in your group simultaneously. We’ll cover everything you can do with your new speaker group later on in this article.

How to Setup a Speaker Group for Google Home

Here is a more detailed version of how to set up Google Home and a Speaker Group.

Google Home App – The first step is locating the Google Home app on your mobile device. You probably used this app when you first set up your Google Home, but you may not have used it since.

Make sure devices are on same WiFi – Once you’ve got the app open, you need to ensure that all the speakers you’re trying to link are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Lots of routers have multiple bands, so take the time to double check that everything is lined up right.

Add the Speaker & Create the Speaker Group – Now, tap the home button in the bottom left corner to get to the main screen of the app. Then hit the add button marked by the plus symbol. Tap on Create speaker group, marked by a symbol showing multiple speakers. Then select each device that you want to be included.

Give your Group a Name! Give the group a name that will be easy to remember and identify later. Also, try to be brief; the longer the title, the more of a mouthful it will be when you’re giving voice commands later. When you’ve entered the perfect name, hit save. The speaker group is now ready. Play music from the new speaker group by vocal command or by selecting the group from a broadcast-enabled app such as Spotify or Google Play Music. Set up as many different groups as you like.

After you’ve got your speaker group set up, you may eventually want to adjust the group. You may have bought a new device to add to the group or maybe you’re trying to fine tune which speakers are included to hit that perfect setup. We’ll get into how to change existing speaker groups next.

How to Edit a Speaker Group for Google Home

Follow these steps to edit an existing speaker group:

  1. Open the Google Home app on your mobile device
  2. Make sure all speakers and your mobile device are on the same Wi-Fi network
  3. Scroll down to the Groups section of the home screen and select the group you want to change
  4. Click the gear icon for Settings
  5. Click Choose devices
  6. Select which devices you want in included in the adjusted group
  7. Click Save

You’re going to start with the same steps as when you created the speaker group. Access the Google Home app and ensure that your mobile device is on the same Wi-Fi network as the speaker group.

Access the main screen of the app by hitting the home icon in the lower left corner. Then scroll down until you see the Groups section. This is where all the groups you’ve created can be viewed and accessed.

Tap on the group you want to adjust. This screen will allow you to change the volume of the group. Adjust the volume of each individual speaker by hitting the icon that looks like three slider bars at the top of the screen. To change which devices are included in the speaker group, hit the gear icon indicating Settings.

From this screen, you’ll see all the settings for the speaker group including renaming the speaker group and deleting the speaker group. You can also access individual settings for each speaker in the group. To edit the group, tap Choose devices.

Now, you’ll be able to select which devices are included in the group. Included devices are highlighted light blue and have a blue check mark next to them. Once you’ve adjusted the group as intended, hit save in the lower-righthand corner of the screen.

What Devices Can be Placed in a Speaker Group?

Google groups are compatible with Google products. Here is the list of devices that can be played in a speaker group:

  • Google Home Max
  • Google Home
  • Google Home Mini
  • Google Home Hub
  • Chromecast
  • Chromecast Ultra
  • Chromecast Audio
  • Any Google voice-enabled speaker

You could use a speaker group to play music throughout your home for when you’re moving from room to room. Alternatively, use two or three Google Home minis for an affordable surround sound system.

You can now add a smart TV or Chromecast device to speaker groups. So, if the best speakers in your home are your TV speakers, you can use those to crank it up. Mix and match to your heart’s content.  

What Can a Speaker Group Do?

A speaker group will allow you to play music on multiple Google devices simultaneously. To get started, try some of the following commands:

  • Ok Google, play [music] on [speaker group name]
  • Ok Google, set the volume of [speaker group name] to 50%
  • During playback, use pause, play, next song, etc.

You can also start and adjust music from the Google Home app or from a music app such as YouTube Music. Adjusting the volume from any of the devices will adjust the volume for the entire group.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot other than streaming audio media that speaker groups can be used for at this time. Timers and alarms can’t be sent to the speaker group. If you were hoping to send audio from your TV to your speaker group, you’re out of luck.

There is currently no way to use your speaker group as part of video playback. Hopefully, these features will be added in the future.

Related Questions

Can I switch streamed music from a single speaker to the group without interrupting playback? No, unfortunately, there is no way to seamlessly switch audio from room to room or from an individual speaker to the group without restarting the song.

How do I change the default music app for my Google Home system? Under the general settings of the Google Home app, select Services, and then Music. This menu will allow you to change the default music playback app. This cannot be customized for each individual speaker or speaker group. You only get one default for your entire system.