Picture of the original packaging for a brand new Google Home Mini smart speaker, front view.

How to Set Sleep Timer on Google Home Mini Speaker

All Google Home speakers now feature a sleep timer function that you can set and cancel with voice requests! Moreover, sometimes they refer to this timer as a sleep timer, music timer, radio timer, or podcast timer.  But no matter what you call it, it works the same for all these media sources.  So in this post, we show how  it works, and how to set that sleep timer on the Google Home Mini smart speaker. Indeed, as long as you do not lose power, these times are quite accurate.

Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker rebooting, showing white scanning lights pattern.
Google Home Mini speaker rebooting, showing white scanning lights pattern.

Firstly, you use it by starting your speaker playing content from an internet radio station, podcast, news source, sleep sounds, white noise, or some other streaming service.  Then, you ask it play the stream for only as long as you say by setting a sleep timer.





How to Set Sleep Timer on Google Home Mini Smart Speaker

Secondly, here are some sample commands that we verified to work.

  • Okay Google, set sleep timer five minutes.  [The speaker plays for five minutes, then stops.]
  • Hey Google, set sleep timer thirty minutes.  [Google Home Mini plays for thirty minutes then goes silent.]
  • Hey Google, set sleep timer one hour.  [Google Home Mini sets a sixty minute sleep timer, plays for an hour, and then goes silent.]
  • Okay Google, create sleep timer ninety minutes.  [Sets a sleep timer for 90 minutes, then the speaker goes quiet.]
  • Okay Google, cancel sleep timer.  [Cancels sleep timer if one is pending.]
  • Hey Google, delete sleep timer.  [Cancels sleep timer if one is pending.]

When you specify a sleep time with one of the above commands, Google Home Mini will answer back as follows: “[speaker name] will stop playing in [specified time].”  That is, if you say something like, “Okay Google, set sleep timer ten minutes,” to your speaker named Living Room, the speaker replies, “Living Room will stop playing in ten minutes.”

Picture of the The Google Home Mini smart speaker (right) with a typical Bluetooth speaker (left). 
The Google Home Mini smart speaker (right) with a typical Bluetooth speaker (left).  How to set sleep timer on Google Home Mini.

Note that you cannot set a sleep timer on the speaker unless it is playing some media.

Simple and sweet!





Other Posts About the Google Home Mini Smart Speaker

  1. How to Control Google Home Mini Volume
  2. AC Power Adapter for Google Home Mini
  3. Reboot Google Home Mini, How to Instructions
  4. How to Adjust Bass and Treble on Google Home Mini
  5. Unlink Spotify from Google Home Mini, How To

References 

  1. Stop Google Home from Waking the Neighbors with Night Mode, from Cnet
  2. How to sleep easier with Google Home’s White Noise Feature, from The Verge

Revision History

  • 2020-05-10: Added the Other Posts About… section.
  • 2017-12-10: Typo fixes.
  • 2017-12-09: Originally published.
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