There are numerous ways to adjust how loud the Google Home Mini smart speaker plays, depending on the app(s) you’re streaming from. The speaker itself has two touch pads for volume control on its left and right edges, and the various apps that can stream to this speaker can also adjust the loudness, along with the native Google Home app. The Mini also sets its volume via voice commands that you speak to it. Below, we’ll demonstrate these basic ways, which can be accomplished regardless of the app you’re streaming from. However, we’ll not delve into app-specific volume setting of the output device, because with so many apps that stream or cast audio, and with so many different ways that they accomplish volume control, this post would quickly grow to unwieldy proportions. So, we’ll stick here with the basic volume setting methods here.
How to Adjust Google Home Mini Speaker Volume on the Speaker Itself
You can adjust the volume without using any apps, doing it this way, as follows.
1. Orient the speaker such that the USB power cable is at the top (twelve o’clock), as shown next.
2. Set volume by tapping the left and right edges (nine o’clock and three o’clock) to adjust speaker volume. The locations of the touch pad zones are illustrated in the next picture. They are in the same straight line formed by the four activity lights.
Tap the left edge of the speaker (nine o’clock) to lower the volume by ten percent. Tap the right edge of the speaker (three o’clock) to raise the volume by ten percent.
If you need finer volume setting, use the Google Home app to adjust speaker volume, described below.
How to Adjust Google Home Mini Speaker Volume with Voice Commands
Google Home understands two scales for volume adjustment: 0-10 and 0-100 percent. If you want to specify a percentage for the volume adjustment, you have to add the word ‘percent’ to your command, as in:
- Hey Google, set volume 10 percent.
- Hey Google, set volume 76 percent.
- Okay Google, set volume 100 percent.
If you specify the percent qualifier, 0 is minimum volume (muted) and 100 is maximum (full) volume. However, if you don’t use the percent qualifier, then the Mini understands any number to mean a volume setting between 0 (minimum, muted) and 10 (maximum, full) volume.
- Okay Google, set volume 5. [Adjusts the volume to half, 50 percent of maximum.]
- Hey Google, set volume 0. [Sets the volume to minimum.]
- Okay Google, set volume 10. [Sets the volume to maximum, 100 percent]
There are also shortcut commands for minimum and maximum volume setting, as in:
- Okay Google, mute. [Sets the volume to zero percent, minimum, muted state.]
- Hey Google, max. [Sets speaker volume to maximum, 100 percent.]
- Okay Google, set volume half. [Adjusts volume to fifty percent, or half of full.]
- Hey Google, volume full. [Sets speaker volume to maximum, 100 percent.]
- Hey Google, volume half. [Adjusts volume to fifty percent, or half of full.]
- Hey Google, volume minimum. [Sets the volume to zero percent, minimum, muted state.]
How to Adjust Google Home Mini Speaker Volume with the Google Home App
In the Google Home app, which must have Wi-Fi access to your speaker, you can set the volume by finding the speaker in the available Google devices list in the app, and then moving the volume control slider left and right, until the desired volume level is found.
Note that you can’t adjust speaker volume unless it is actually streaming / playing something. That is, you won’t see the volume control option in the Google Home app unless the speaker is being streamed or cast to when you look.
To set the volume from within the Google Home app, follow the procedure listed next.
1. Run the Google Home app on your mobile device. You should see its Home screen, as shown next.
2. Tap the main menu ‘hamburger’ control pointed at by the purple arrow in the previous picture. This brings up the main menu, as shown next.
3. Tap the Devices menu item, pointed to by the purple arrow in the previous picture. You then see the Devices screen, as exemplified in the picture shown in the next step.
4. On the Devices screen, scroll down to find your currently playing Google Home Mini smart speaker, as shown next.
The speaker is currently streaming if there’s a small speaker icon (volume setting link) in the lower right edge of its device card, as pointed at by the purple arrow.
This button will not be present however, and thus, you won’t be able to adjust the volume this way, if the Mini is playing nothing (idle). So, be sure your Mini is streaming some sort of audio content before proceeding.
5. Tap the speaker volume button, as shown in the previous picture. This then brings up the volume control screen, as pictured next.
6. Touch and drag the volume slider button left and right around the circle, until desired volume is heard. This will provide a more granular adjustment than using the touch pads on the Mini itself. That is, you can raise and lower the volume in much finer increments than the ten-percent ones you get when tapping the volume touch pads on the speaker itself.
Note that moving the volume slider around takes effect immediately. No need to press any Submit buttons to force the new setting into effect.
How to Adjust Google Home Mini Speaker Volume on Bluetooth Source Device
If you’re using your Mini as a Bluetooth speaker, you can control its volume using the volume controls on the paired Bluetooth source mobile device. In this demonstration, we’re playing YouTube content on our iPad Air, and streaming to the Mini via Bluetooth connection.
1. Pair your Google Home Mini as a Bluetooth speaker. See our post here, that demonstrates how to pair.
2. Begin playing a music source, such as an internet radio station, a song from Spotify, or an Audible book. In this demonstration, we streamed YouTube audio to our Google Home Mini, as shown next.
3. Use your source mobile device’s volume control buttons to adjust the volume of the Bluetooth speaker, as shown next.
Note the volume setter square with a speaker inside of it in the previous picture, as pointed at by the purple arrow.
Also note that the volume change actually heard will be delayed by a second or so, due to the latency of the commands transmitted across the Bluetooth medium.
Finally, the Google Home devices like the Mini can also be cast too. Similar to Bluetooth, but done over Wi-Fi instead. But like in this Bluetooth example, you can usually change the volume of the output speaker by adjusting it in the app that’s doing the audio casting. However, also again, we’re not going to cover here how to set volume for individual apps, and so, we leave this detail as an exercise for the reader to figure out.
- 2017-12-03: Originally published.