Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, displaying multi colored lights during reboot.

Does Google Home Mini Have Bluetooth Yet?

The Google Home Mini smart speaker, like the first Google Home, indeed does offer the ability to act as a Bluetooth speaker. You can connect your iPad, iPod, iPhone, or other Bluetooth audio source to the Mini, and then play music on your device, and have the audio come out of the Mini. While serving as a BT speaker, the Mini can still answer requests and commands.

Picture of the Victor Reader Trek talking GPS player and the Google Home Mini smart speaker, front view of both, side By side. Does Google Home Mini have Bluetooth yet?
Victor Reader Trek talking GPS player and the Google Home Mini speaker, front view of both, side By side.




Does Google Home Mini Speaker Have Bluetooth Yet?

You can now pair an external Bluetooth speaker to the Google Home Mini speaker.  This means that you can now send audio streams from the Mini to a Bluetooth speaker.  The Google Home app now includes a host of settings just for this.  Keep in mind though, that the Google assistant voice still comes from the Mini even when paired with a BT speaker. Plus, even when you connect up a BT speaker to the Mini, it’s still the mics in the Mini that hear your requests, not the ones in the Bluetooth speaker, if any.

Picture of the UE Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker alongside a Google Home Mini smart speaker. Does Google Home Mini have Bluetooth yet?
UE Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker alongside a Google Home Mini speaker.

So it’s nice that in addition to Chromecast, Google also now provides the more generic Bluetooth function (“casting” to a speaker via Bluetooth). It was a year or so in the making.  But it’s here now, and has been for well over a year. This function works quite well, although pairing a BT speaker for the first time to the Mini can be a bit tricky.  But this is no big deal, once you get the hang of the Google home app.

Then, after the first pairing, the Mini remembers that connection. So, all you have to do to pair the speaker again to the Mini, is move it into Bluetooth range of the Mini, and then turn it on.  Pairing takes place automatically then.

Enjoy!





Other Posts About the Google Home Mini Smart Speaker

  1. How to Turn Up Volume on Google Home Mini Speaker
  2. Clearing Google Assistant Voice Recordings History Instructions
  3. How to Control Google Home Mini Volume
  4. AC Power Adapter for Google Home Mini
  5. How to Turn Down Google Home Mini Volume

References

  1. Google Home Official Page, at Google.com
  2. The Google Assistant on Wikipedia
  3. Google Home on Wikipedia

Revision History

  • 2020-05-10: Added the Other Posts About… section.
  • 2019-05-06: Updated the content to reflect the fact that Google Home Mini now can work as a Bluetooth source device. Added tags, and targeted the key phrase ‘Does Google Home Mini Have Bluetooth Yet’.
  • 2017-11-18: Originally published.
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