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How to Turn On Bluetooth Pairing Mode in Google Home Smart Speakers




All smart speakers in the Google Home family now support Bluetooth.  They can act as Bluetooth speakers themselves, allowing you to play audio from your phone or other mobile device through them, for better sound quality.  In this demo, we’ll be preparing the Google Home Mini speaker to act as a Bluetooth speaker, by turning on Bluetooth pairing mode on that speaker.  When pairing mode is enabled on any Bluetooth speaker, the speaker broadcasts its name and other connection information over the Bluetooth airwaves.  Then, nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices are able to receive these signals, and acquire the necessary information to connect with the Bluetooth speaker.  So, in order to connect, you first must turn on pairing / discovery mode on your Google Home speaker. Here’s how to do that.

We assume that your Google Home speaker has been set up and connected to your Wi-Fi network that has internet access.  You’ll also need to have set up the Google Home app on a mobile device, connected it to your Google account, and set up your Google Home speaker there.  This must be done first, so you can access the speaker’s settings pages, where Bluetooth functions are managed.    Further, make sure that your mobile device is connected to the same wireless network as your speaker, lest you won’t be able to manage the speaker’s settings.  Take care of these details now, if not already done, and once they are complete, proceed with the steps below to enable Bluetooth discovery mode on your smart speaker.

1. On your mobile device, run the Google Home app. On our iPad, this app appears on the third home page, as pictured next.

Picture of the Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.
Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.

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

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.

 

2. Then, tap the hamburger item up at the top left corner of the Home app home screen. This brings up the main menu window, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home App 2017, showing the Home screen with Devices menu item highlighted.
Google Home App 2017, showing the Home screen with Devices menu item highlighted.

 

3. 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 Mini, as shown.

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

 

4. Tap the hamburger menu link for the speaker you’re pairing; the item pointed at by the purple arrow in the previous picture. The hamburger menu opens, as shown in the next picture.

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.

 

5. Tap the Settings item   in the hamburger menu as displayed in the previous picture, with the purple circle around it. You then see the   Device Settings   screen for the specific Google Home speaker, similar to as displayed on the previous screen, whose specific setting options appear on the screen shown next. In our case, that device, the Google Home Mini, is named Office Speaker.

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

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

 

6. Tap the Paired Bluetooth Devices item, as circled in the previous picture. The   Paired Bluetooth Devices   screen then appears as shown next, where we can select a Bluetooth device from a list of devices that we’ve previously paired with, had we ever paired with any before. Since we have not, the screen is almost entirely blank.

Picture of the Google Home App 2017, showing the Paired Bluetooth Devices screen, with the Enable Pairing Mode link highlighted
Google Home App 2017, showing the Paired Bluetooth Devices screen, with the Enable Pairing Mode link highlighted

 

7. Tap the Enable Pairing Mode link. This puts the Google Home device we’re working with into Bluetooth discovery mode. That is, it will now show up on other in-range Bluetooth devices when they scan for Bluetooth Devices to pair with. Confirmation of this is shown by a black bar momentarily appearing at the bottom of the Paired Bluetooth Devices screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home App 2017, displaying the Paired Bluetooth Devices screen, showing the Ready To Pair message highlighted.
Google Home App 2017, displaying the Paired Bluetooth Devices screen, showing the Ready To Pair message highlighted.

 

8. Your Google Home speaker is now ready for pairing.   You may now scan for this speaker in the Bluetooth settings on the device you desire to pair with it, and it will show up with the same name as you named it when you initially set it up.  We found our speaker in our iPad Bluetooth settings, for example, as shown next.

Picture of the iOS Bluetooth Found Devices list, showing our Google Home Mini speaker, that is named Office Speaker, circled.
iOS Bluetooth Found Devices list, showing our Google Home Mini speaker, that is named Office Speaker, circled.

You’re done.  You’ve now placed your speaker into pairing mode, and it’s ready to be connected with.

 

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Revision History

  • 2018-02-13: Originally published.