Picture of the Google Home Mini Speaker, as displayed in the Google Home App, showing in the Devices list, with its Device Menu location highlighted.

Connect Bluetooth Speaker to Google Home, How To




You can now connect Bluetooth source devices (phones and tablets) to the Google Home speakers, and then play audio from those devices through the Google Home.  But, currently, you cannot connect Bluetooth speaker to Google Home.



That is, the Google Home speaker does not scan for Bluetooth speakers.  Thus, you can’t yet connect Bluetooth speaker to Google Home.  Therefore, you cannot yet route audio from the Google Home speaker to a Bluetooth speaker.  In other words, the Google Home speaker cannot yet act as a source Bluetooth device.  For that function apparently, Google expects Google Home speaker owners to use Chromecast, to request content on the Google Home, yet play it on another speaker.

But, if Google ever adds this Bluetooth pairing function, it might work as follows.

How to Connect Bluetooth Speaker to Google Home (Proposal)

1. Connect Google Home to the Internet

Make sure to put your Google Home speaker online.

2. Then, Turn Bluetooth Speaker ON

Next, do this on the Bluetooth speaker that you’re pairing with the Google Home.

Also, on that Bluetooth speaker, put it into pairing mode.  This makes it “discoverable” by the Google Home speaker, when it scans for in-range Bluetooth devices.

3. Next, Run the Google Home App

On our iPad, this app appears on the third home page, as pictured next.  You’ll need to use this app in order to Connect Bluetooth Speaker to Google Home.

nect Bluetooth Speaker to Google Home: Picture of the Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.
Connect Bluetooth Speaker to Google Home: Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.




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

Connect Bluetooth Speaker to Google Home: Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.
Connect Bluetooth Speaker to Google Home: Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.

4. 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.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS in 2017, displaying its hamburger menu, with the Devices Item highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS in 2017, displaying its hamburger menu, with the Devices Item highlighted.

 

5. 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 Google Home Mini Bluetooth enabled speaker, as shown.

Picture of the Google Home Mini Bluetooth speaker, as displayed in the Google Home App. Showing here in the Devices list, with its Device Menu location highlighted.
Google Home Mini Bluetooth speaker, as displayed in the Google Home App. Showing here in the Devices list, with its Device Menu location highlighted.

6. Next, Tap the Hamburger Menu Link for the Speaker you’re Pairing

The purple arrow in the last picture points at this control.

After tapping it, the device control menu opens, as shown in the next picture.  You would Connect Bluetooth Speaker to Google Home on a per Google Home basis.  That is, you must choose the specific Google Home speaker in the app that you wish to pair to your Bluetooth speaker.

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



7. Next, Tap the Settings Item

Find this in the menu displayed in the last picture, with the purple circle around it. You then see the Device Settings screen for your Google Home speaker device. This looks as displayed on the previous screen.

Then, our speaker’s setting options appear on the screen shown next. We named the Google Home Mini, Office Speaker.

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

Connect Bluetooth Speaker to Google Home: Picture of the Google Home App 2017, showing the Device Settings screen with the Paired Bluetooth Devices option highlighted.
Connect Bluetooth Speaker to Google Home: Google Home App 2017, showing the Device Settings screen with the Paired Bluetooth Devices option highlighted.

8. Then Tap the Paired Bluetooth Devices Item

See this control, circled, in the last picture.

The Paired Bluetooth Devices screen then appears as shown next. Here, we can choose a Bluetooth device from a list of previously paired devices. But since we’ve not paired with any devices before, this screen is almost all blank.

Connect Bluetooth Speaker to Google Home: Picture of the Google Home App 2017, showing the Paired Bluetooth Devices screen, with the Enable Pairing Mode link highlighted
Connect Bluetooth Speaker to Google Home: Google Home App 2017, showing the Paired Bluetooth Devices screen, with the Enable Pairing Mode link highlighted.

On this screen, we suggest that Google add a  Scan for Bluetooth Devices  link, in addition to the Enable Pairing Mode.  The following steps assume that this link is already there.

9. Then Tap the  Scan for Bluetooth Devices  Link

This starts the Google Home speaker we’re working with to scanning for in-range Bluetooth speakers. That is, our Google Home Mini should find and list our Bluetooth speaker.

The Google App would then display a list of in-range Bluetooth speakers that the Google Home speaker found.




10. Next, Tap the Desired Bluetooth Speaker to Pair With

On that list in the Google Home app, tap the entry for your Bluetooth speaker.  Then, if all goes well, your Google Home plays a short burst of musical chord, through the now-paired Bluetooth speaker.

Pairing would then place your Bluetooth speaker into a list of known Bluetooth devices, maintained by the Google Home app.

At this point, all content that would normally play on the Google Home speaker, would now play through the Bluetooth speaker. In short, pairing is complete.

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  • 2018-03-24: First published this post.