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How to Turn On Bluetooth Pairing Mode in Google Home Smart Speakers




All smart speakers in the Google Home family now support Bluetooth.  They can act as Bluetooth speakers themselves. This allows you to play audio from your phone or other mobile device through them.  Indeed, you get better sound quality through a Google speaker.  So in this demo, we prepare the Google Home Mini speaker to act as a Bluetooth speaker.  For that, we turn on Bluetooth pairing mode on that speaker.  This makes it discoverable by other Bluetooth devices.

When you enable Bluetooth pairing mode on any Bluetooth speaker, the speaker broadcasts its name.  It also sends out other connection info over the Bluetooth airwaves.  Then, nearby Bluetooth devices can pick up these signals.   They then can connect with the discoverable Bluetooth speaker.  So, to connect, you first must turn on pairing / discovery mode on your Google Home speaker. Here’s how to do that.




We assume that you have set up and connected your Google Home speaker to your Wi-Fi network.  You’ll also need the Google Home app on a mobile device.  You should  connect this app to your Google account.  Then finally,  set up your Google Home speaker there.  Do this first, so you can access the speaker’s Bluetooth settings pages.

Further, make sure that your mobile device connects to the same wireless network as your speaker. If it isn’t, you won’t be able to manage the speaker’s settings.

Take care of these details now, if not already done.  Then, once complete, proceed with the steps below to enable Bluetooth pairing mode on your smart speaker.

How to Turn On Bluetooth Pairing Mode in Google Home Smart Speakers

1. First, On your Mobile Device, Run the Google Home App 

On our iPad, this app appears on the third home page, as pictured next.

Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Picture of the Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.
Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.

The Google Home app home screen then displays, as pictured next.

Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.
Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.

2. Then, Tap the Hamburger Item

Find the hamburger control up at the top left corner of the Google Home app home screen. This brings up the main menu window, as shown next.

Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Picture of the Google Home App 2017, showing the Home screen with Devices menu item highlighted.
Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Google Home App 2017, showing the Home screen with Devices menu item highlighted.




3. Next, Tap the  Devices  Menu Item

This brings up the list of Google Home devices that the app knows about, as shown next.  We’ve scrolled down the list of in-network devices and located our Mini, as shown.

Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, as displayed in the Google Home App. The speaker appears in the Devices list, with its Device Menu location highlighted.
Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Google Home Mini Speaker, as shown in the Google Home App. The app here shows in the Devices list, with its Device Menu location highlighted.

4. Then, Tap the Hamburger Menu Link for the Speaker you’re Pairing

This item we pointed at with the purple arrow in the last picture. The hamburger menu opens, as shown in the next picture.

Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker, as displayed in the Google Home App, with its Settings menu item circled.
Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Google Home Mini smart speaker, as displayed in the Google Home App, with its Settings menu item circled.




5. Next, Tap the Settings Item

The Settings menu item is in the hamburger menu as shown in the last picture. It has the purple circle around it. Then,  find the   Device Settings   screen for the specific Google Home speaker. See an example of this in the last screenshot.  These specific setting options appear on the screen shown next. In our case, that device, the Google Home Mini, we named Office Speaker.

Note that we’ve scrolled down to the   Device Settings   section on this screen.  We found the Paired Bluetooth Devices option, as circled in the next picture.

Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Picture of the Google Home App 2017, showing the Device Settings screen with the Paired Bluetooth Devices option highlighted.
Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Google Home App 2017, showing the Device Settings screen with the Paired Bluetooth Devices option highlighted.

6. Then, Tap the Paired Bluetooth Devices Item

We circled the Bluetooth Devices menu item in the last picture. The   Paired Bluetooth Devices   screen then appears as shown next. There, we can choose a Bluetooth device from a list of devices that we’ve previously paired with. Since we have never paired with any, the screen is all but entirely blank.

Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Picture of the Google Home App 2017, showing the Paired Bluetooth Devices screen, with the Enable Pairing Mode link highlighted
Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Google Home App 2017, showing the Paired Bluetooth Devices screen, with the Enable Pairing Mode link highlighted.




7. Next, Tap the Enable Pairing Mode Link

This puts the Google Home device we’re working with into Bluetooth discovery mode. That is, it will now show up on other in-range Bluetooth devices when they scan for Bluetooth devices. Confirmation shows as a black bar quickly appearing at the bottom of the Paired Bluetooth Devices screen, as shown next.

Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Picture of the Google Home App 2017, displaying the Paired Bluetooth Devices screen, showing the Ready To Pair message highlighted.
Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Google Home App 2017, displaying the Paired Bluetooth Devices screen, showing the Ready To Pair message highlighted.

8. Finally, Your Google Home Speaker is now Ready for Bluetooth Pairing

You may now scan for this speaker in the Bluetooth settings on the device you desire to pair with it. Then, it will show up with the same name as you named it when you set it up.  We found our speaker in our iPad Bluetooth settings, for example, as shown next.

Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. Picture of the iOS Bluetooth Found Devices list, showing our Google Home Mini speaker, circled.
Google Home Bluetooth pairing mode. iOS Bluetooth Found Devices list, showing our Google Home Mini speaker, circled.

Done!  You may indeed place your Google Home speaker into Bluetooth pairing mode.  In discovery mode, you may now connect to it.

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  • 2018-02-13: Originally published.