Your Google Home or Nest smart speaker can play almost any song ever recorded, but first you have to tell it where to look. Google teased a significant amount of additional bass and overall better sound out of the Nest Mini smart speaker, released last year. To do that, you have to make sure you set it up right, and right away. Linking a music service to your Google Home might sound like a basic task, but it's one that far too many people save for "later" in the rush to set up their smart speaker. Do that, though, and your speaker might not play the exact music you ask for, especially if you're already paying for a streaming service like Spotify or Pandora. Whether you already have a Google Home or Nest speaker, or you're setting one up for the first time, taking five minutes to make a few simple adjustments can mean the difference between limited access to the music you love and an almost unlimited world of musical possibilities. Here's how to figure out which plans will give you the best music experience on your Google Home or Google Nest smart speaker, as well as how to set them up so they work seamlessly.
Try YouTube Music, Spotify or Pandora for free
Google Nest Home is one of a few smart platforms out there. Of course, you also want them to do everything you need them to do. Hopefully this list helps. We chose apps for a couple of reasons. The first is native support. All of these apps should work perfectly on any Google Home device.
Build playlists on Google Play Music
Starting today, YouTube Music is offering a free, ad-supported experience on Google Home speakers and other Google Assistant-powered speakers. Just navigate to account settings, tap services and select music, then set YouTube Music as the default music service. Then it's just a case of saying "Hey Google, play [whatever]" and you're away. However, the ad-supported YouTube Music experience won't let you request specific songs, albums or playlist. Instead, you can tell it a genre or style or mood of music you're looking for and your Google Home will play a station based on that request.
Smart speakers have really evolved over the last few years, but music listening remains one of their most-used features. All the major music services can be found on these devices, but what if you don't want to pay for yet another? On the Google Home or other Google Assistant speakers, you can listen to music for free. Similar to how you can listen to free music on Amazon Echo speakers , you can do the same with Google's equivalent devices — if you know how. Read this: The best smart speakers. There are different methods to use here, so we've offered several suggestions below. Try these out for some free music sources on Google Home.