Picture of the Google Home speaker rear view, showing the Mic Mute button (near top) and pilot lamp hole (near bottom, above the G logo).

Does Google Home Speaker have Bluetooth ?

TThe Google Home smart speaker can now act as a Bluetooth speaker.  You can connect your iPad, iPod, or other Bluetooth audio source  to the Google Home speaker, and then play music on your device, and have it come out of the Google speaker. You can also pair a BT speaker to Google Home.  Then any streaming music that would play on the Google Home, now plays on that speaker. It can stream to an external BT speaker, and act as a BT speaker itself, although likely not at the same time.

Picture of the original Google Home smart speaker, front left view, sitting on desk.
Original Google Home smart speaker, front left view, sitting on desk.




Does Google Home Speaker have Bluetooth ?

At first, Google offered Chromecast alone on the Google speaker. Chromecast allows you to stream audio and video content from media services to the following.

  • Chromecast TVs.
  • Speakers.
  • Other media player devices.

Just as you’d do if your were streaming your media to a plane-Jane Bluetooth speaker.  Perhaps they figured that Chromecast would be a decent replacement for generic Bluetooth capability.  But you can’t cast content via Chromecast to a speaker that does not support Chromecast.

Picture of the Original Google Home smart speaker, during booting, along with AC power adapter plugged Into wall outlet..
Original Google Home smart speaker, during booting, along with AC power adapter plugged Into wall outlet.

Fortunately though, Google decided to support both Bluetooth and Chromecast on the same speaker.  This certainly adds to the speaker’s usefulness.  Why?  Because not only can you now stream to Chromecast speakers, but also, to the more common Bluetooth speakers as well.

Other Posts About the First Google Home Speaker

  1. Unboxing Google Home Voice Activated Speaker
  2. Restarting Google Home Speaker
  3. How to Set Default Music Provider on Google Home
  4. Reboot Google Home Speaker Instructions
  5. Google Home Equalizer Settings, Adjust Bass Treble




References for Does Google Home Speaker Have Bluetooth Yet

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

Revision History

  • 2019-05-13: Added targeting for ‘Does Google Home Speaker have Bluetooth’, removed ad code, and added tags.
  • 2017-07-26: Updated to reflect the new Bluetooth capability added to the Google Home ecosystem over the summer.
  • 2017-03-29: Originally published.
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