There are many ways for how to lower volume on Google Home Mini. These depend on the app(s) you’re playing audio from mainly. But the Mini itself has two touch pads also, for volume control on its left and right edges. Plus, you can set volume within the Google Home app. Finally, the Google Mini also sets loudness by way of voice commands directed to it.
Below, we show these volume lowering ways, which you can use regardless of the app you’re streaming from. But we do not explore app-specific volume setting of the output device. Why? Because with so many apps that send audio to smart speakers these days, this post would quickly grow too unwieldy. So, we’ll just stick with the basic volume reducing methods here.
How to Lower Volume on Google Home Mini
You can lower the volume without any apps, this way, as follows.
1. Place the Google Home Mini Such That the USB Power Cord is at the Top (Twelve O’clock)
2. Lower Volume by Tapping the Google Home Mini Left Edge (Nine O’clock)
The next picture points out the locations of the volume touch pad zones. Find them in the same straight line formed by the four action lights.
Tap the left edge of the speaker (nine o’clock) to lower the volume by ten percent.
If you need finer volume lowering, use the Google Home app to decrease speaker volume, described below.
How to Lower Volume on Google Home Mini Using Voice Commands
Google Home Mini understands two scales for volume adjustment: 0-10 and 0-100 percent. If you want to say a percent to set the volume, then add the word ‘percent’ to your command. Example commands follow.
- Hey Google, set volume 10 percent.
- Hey Google, set volume 76 percent.
- Okay Google, set volume 100 percent.
If you say the percent label, then 0 means lowest volume (muted) and 100 means max (full) volume. But if you omit the percent label, then the volume range runs between 0 and 10.
- 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]
- Hey Google, lower volume. [Reduces volume.]
- Okay Google, turn down the volume. [Again, reduces the volume.]
- Hey Google, decrease volume. [Again, reduces the volume.]
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, set volume half. [Lowers volume to fifty percent, or half of full.]
- Okay Google, volume half. [Again, lowers output volume to fifty percent, or half of full.]
- Hey Google, volume minimum. [Lowers the volume to zero percent, minimum, muted state.]
How to Lower Google Home Mini Volume with the Google Home App
In the Google Home app, which must have WiFi access to your speaker, you can lower its volume as well. How? Find your Google Home Mini in the available Google devices list in the app. Then, move the volume slider left until you hit your desired lower volume level.
Note that you can’t lower speaker volume via the app unless it is actually streaming / playing something. Why not? Because you won’t see the volume control in the Google Home app unless streaming.
To lower the volume from within the Google Home app, follow the routine listed next.
1. Run the Google Home App
Bring up Google Home on your mobile device. You should see its Home screen, as shown next.
2. Tap the Main Menu ‘Hamburger’ Control
This item is pointed at by the purple arrow in the previous picture.
This then brings up the main menu, as shown next.
3. Tap the Devices Menu Item
See this, pointed to by the purple arrow in the last picture.
You then see the Devices screen, as exemplified in the picture shown in the next step.
4. On the Devices Screen, Scroll to Find your Currently Playing Google Home Mini Speaker
See this as shown next.
The speaker is currently streaming when you see a small speaker icon (volume setting link). Find this in the lower right edge of its device card, as pointed at by the purple arrow.
But this button does not show when not streaming. Thus, you won’t be able to turn down the volume like this, when the Mini is playing nothing. So, be sure to stream something to your Google Mini before lowering the volume this way.
5. Tap the Speaker Volume Button
See the speaker volume button in the last picture.
Tapping it then brings up the volume control screen, as pictured next.
6. Touch and Drag the Volume Slider Button
Drag the slider left (counterclockwise) around the circle, until you reach your preferred volume.
The slider control provides a more granular lowering of the volume than the touch pads on the Google Mini itself. That is, you can lower the volume in much finer increments. This is much finer than the ten-percent bumps you get when tapping the touch pads on the speaker.
Note that moving the volume slider around takes effect right away. No need to press any Submit buttons to force the new setting into effect.
How to Lower Volume on Google Home Mini on Bluetooth Source Device
If using your Google Home Mini as a Bluetooth speaker, you can lower its volume with the controls on the paired device. In this demonstration, we’re playing YouTube content on our iPad Air, and streaming to the Mini Google Home via a Bluetooth connection.
1. Pair your Google Home Mini as a Bluetooth speaker.
See our post here, that explains how to pair.
2. Begin Playing a Music Source
Stream such recordings as an internet radio station, a song from Spotify, or an Audible book. In this scenario, we streamed YouTube audio to our Mini, as shown next.
3. Use your Source Mobile Device’s Volume Control Buttons to Lower the Volume
Note the purple arrowed volume setter square with a speaker inside of it in the last picture.
Also note that the lower volume you hear lags by a second or so. Why? Because of the latency (delay) of the commands going across the Bluetooth airwaves.
Finally, you can cast to the Google Home devices like the Mini too. Similar to Bluetooth, but done over Wi-Fi instead. Yet like in this Bluetooth example, you can usually lower the volume of the speaker. How? By turning it down in the casting app.
But again, we’re not covering in this piece how to lower volume for individual apps. So, we leave doing this for the reader to figure out.
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