Link Spotify to Google Home Mini Instructions

If you’re a Spotify streaming service subscription holder, you can now listen to your playlists and request songs from the Spotify library to play on your Google Home Mini smart speaker. Here, we demo how to Link Spotify to Google Home Mini, with step by step instructions with lots of screenshots.

However, Google Home will not play Spotify recordings until you link it up with a (free at least) Spotify account.  Indeed, with a few simple setup steps, you’ll gain full access via voice commands to your Spotify content through your speaker.  And, if you’re new to Spotify, you’ll currently receive a one-month free trial, which grants you full access to their recordings, allowing you to fully test Google Home with Spotify before paying for the premium Spotify music subscription.

How Link Spotify to Google Home Mini Speaker, Step by Step

Preliminary Work

1a. Link your Google Speaker to the Google Home Service

Before you can access any of the services offered by the Google smart assistant service, you’ll need to connect it to the internet, and then register it with Google via the Google Home app. See our piece  here  for details on how to perform these tasks.

1b. Set Up a Spotify Account

If you do not have one already, head on over to the Spotify web site   here,   and follow their screen prompts to establish a Spotify account.  Make sure to take advantage of any free trial offers that may be in play.

Link your Spotify Account to Google Home Mini

2a. Bring up the Google Home App on your Mobile Device

On our iPad, we find the Google Home app on page three of the Home pages.

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. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

The app then runs and displays its Home screen, as shown next.

Note that the following screenshots came from the Google Home app running on iOS.

Picture of the Home app Home screen.

The app’s Home screen. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

2b. Bring Up the Google Home Main Menu

Tap the hamburger item, located in the top left corner of the home screen displayed above (the three stacked horizontal lines).  The main menu then displays, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Main menu, with the Music item highlighted.

Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Main menu, with the Music item highlighted.

2c. Tap the Music Link 

You then get the  Music Service Choices  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the -Music Service Choices- screen, showing the unlinked Spotify service highlighted.

The -Music Service Choices- screen, showing the unlinked Spotify service highlighted. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

2d. Tap the LINK Option

Doing so brings up the Link your Spotify Account window, as displayed next.

Picture of the -Link Spotify- prompt window. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

The -Link Spotify- prompt window. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

2e. Tap the  LINK ACCOUNT Option

This brings up the Connect Google to your Spotify account  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the -Connect Google to Spotify Options- screen, with the -Log in to Spotify- option highlighted. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

The -Connect Google to Spotify Options- screen, with the -Log in to Spotify- option highlighted. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

2f. Tap the Green Log in to Spotify Button

If you followed all the steps above, then you now have a Spotify account.  So, no need to sign up for a new one here.  Therefore, choose this option that allows you to sign in with credentials from an existing account. Then, you get the Spotify Login screen, as shown next.

Picture of the -Spotify Login- screen. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

The -Spotify Login- screen. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

2g. Enter your Spotify User Id and Password

Once entered, tap the LOG IN  button.  The   Spotify Account Confirmation   screen then displays, which shows the name on the account to which you just logged in, and gives you the choice to either confirm or cancel (back out of) linking this particular account to your Google Home devices.

Picture of the -Spotify Account Confirmation- screen. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

The -Spotify Account Confirmation- screen. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

2h. Tap the green  OKAY Button

Then, if all goes well, Google Home returns you to the Music Service Choices screen, as shown next.  This time when viewing that screen, note that the Spotify entry no longer has the LINK option underneath, but instead, displays an UNLINK link.  This indicates that you’ve successfully linked your Spotify account to Google Home.

Picture of the -Music Service Choices- screen, showing the successfully linked Spotify service highlighted. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

The -Music Service Choices- screen, showing the successfully linked Spotify service highlighted. Link Spotify to Google Home Mini.

Note that Google Home has also set Spotify as the default music service provider.  However, you need not leave Spotify as the default.  But if you do, you may shorten your voice requests for Spotify content as described below.

2i. Test out Spotify on your Google Home Mini

Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, gray model, top view, with all lights OFF.

Google Home Mini speaker, gray model, top view, with all lights OFF.

You may now speak commands to your speaker to play music, comedy, or any other recording in the Spotify library.  Just ask, as in

  • Okay Google, play Bob Dylan, Rainy Day Woman on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play some party music on Spotify.
  • Okay Google, play Harold Perry on Spotify.

Or, if you have made Spotify your default music service as discussed above, you can omit the ‘…on Spotify’ part on the request.  E.g.

  • Hey Google, play Bob Dylan, Rainy Day Woman.
  • Hey Google, play some party music.
  • Okay Google, play Harold Perry.

2j. Enjoy! 

You will now be able to ask your Google speaker device to play any of the millions of recordings in the Spotify library.  Love all that music!  The range of genres, artists, old songs, and new songs, is truly moving.  You may even be able to sell of your popular music collection for space savings, since most anything you may wish to play, Spotify will likely either already have, or will get in short order.

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  • 2019-05-13: Added targeting for ‘Link Spotify to Google Home Mini’, removed ad scripts, and added tags.
  • 2017-01-27: Updated the tags list.
  • 2017-01-15: Originally published.




Resetting Google Home Mini Speaker Instructions

When resetting Google Home Mini, you clear out its stored internal data. You might reset to get the speaker ready for gift or sale.  Or, maybe you want to link it to another Google account. But then again, perhaps your goal is to connect it to a different WiFi network. Whatever the reason, this piece should help you with enough instruction to get the job done.  So to see how to perform the resetting Google Home Mini routine, follow the step-by-step details listed next.

Resetting Google Home Mini Might Be Unnecessary

Warning. Once factory reset, you cannot work the Google Mini from the account where it worked before.  To control the Mini again, run through its setup routine.  In that routine, relink the speaker to that account once more, via the Google Home app.  Or, link it to another Google account.  Either way, the choice is yours.

Note that if you want to fix erratic Google Mini behavior, you may not have to run a complete factory reset. So, before resetting, try powering off the mini Google speaker for fifteen seconds.  Specifically, shut it off by unplugging its AC power cable. Then, wait fifteen seconds.  Finally, power the Mini up again. This often restores normal operation.

But if simple power cycling does not cure the trouble, then read on.  Or if you wish not to solve a problem but to give the unit away, then again, read on.

Resetting Google Home Mini: The Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Connect the Google Home Mini to AC Power

After boot completes, go on to step 2.

2. Press and Hold the Reset Button

Find this button in the orange circular area on the speaker bottom, near the AC power cord plug.

How to factory reset Google Home Mini speaker. Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, bottom view, showing the reset button highlighted.

Resetting Google Home Mini Instructions: Bottom view of Google Mini smart speaker, showing the reset button highlighted.

 

How to factory reset Google Home Mini speaker. Picture of holding in the reset button on the Google Home Mini smart speaker.

Resetting Google Home Mini Instructions: Holding reset button in with thumb on the Google Home Mini smart speaker.

One light on the top then lights up yellow, as shown next.  Then, the Google assistant warns you that you’re about to reset the device.  The speaker lets you know that to cancel the factory reset, release the button now.  But keep holding the reset button in to begin resetting.  Once factory resetting starts, do not unplug the Google Mini until it enters Setup mode. Otherwise, you may brick (break) your speaker beyond repair.

Google Mini Factory Reset Starts

The first yellow light then comes on. Next, one more turns on every few seconds until the entire row of four lights up. Factory reset begins immediately thereafter, as long as you keep the factory reset button firmly depressed.

3. Release the Reset Button

Let go of the factory reset button when the unit plays a short chime chord sound and the yellow lights go dark.

4. The Factory Reset Starts

Reset begins once the lights go out and the unit stays dark for several seconds, as shown next.

How to factory reset Google Home Mini speaker. Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker. Its lights are dark during reset or when powered off.

Resetting Google Home Mini Instructions: Google Mini talking speaker. It’s lights are dark during reset or when powered off.

After a pause, the white lights come back on.  They show a scanning marquee pattern for three or five seconds, as shown next.

How to factory reset Google Home Mini speaker. Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker, factory default reset in progress. It showing scanning bright white lights.

Resetting Google Home Mini Instructions: Google Mini speaker assistant, factory default reset in progress. It shows scanning bright white lights.

Rebooting after Factory Reset 

5. The Google Mini Then Reboots Itself

After three to six seconds, the speaker again goes dark as the factory reset wraps up. Then, the reboot after that reset starts, as shown next.

How to factory reset Google Home Mini speaker. Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, lights dark after reset, prior to reboot.

Resetting Google Home Mini Instructions: Our Google Mini assistant speaker, lights dark after reset, prior to reboot.

After several to ten seconds, the lights come back on, colored dull gray.  They show a scanning pattern, as shown next. Thus, a reboot after the reset is in progress.

How to factory reset Google Home Mini speaker. Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker with factory default reset In progress. It shows scanning white lights on top.

Resetting Google Home Mini Instructions: The Mini smart speaker with factory default reset In progress. It shows scanning white lights on top.

Several seconds into the reboot, the lights turn multi-colored as shown next.

How to factory reset Google Home Mini speaker. Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, displaying multi colored lights during reboot.

Resetting Google Home Mini Instructions: Our Mini Google smart speaker, displaying multi colored lights during reboot.

6. Google Mini Reboot Finishes

Then, you hear the startup complete music and then the speaker speaks, “Welcome to Google Home. To get started, download the Google Home app on a phone or tablet.”

7. The Google Mini Then Enters Setup Mode

This means that the unit is now ready to accept setup commands from the Google Home App. The Mini indicates this by showing the four white blips across the top.  These light dots show a dimming and then brightening pattern.  See this in the next picture.

How to factory reset Google Home Mini speaker. Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, in setup mode, displaying the dimming white lights across the top.

Resetting Google Home Mini Instructions: Our Google Mini talking speaker, in setup mode, displaying the dimming white lights across the top.

8. Resetting Google Home Mini Now Done

The light row then turns white with the four dots glowing.  Then, the unit then stays in that state, in setup mode, until you run the setup procedure. Note that the Mini will not function fully again until properly set up and linked to a working Google account once more.

You may now give your Google Mini speaker to a friend or stranger.  But do not fear that they’ll access your settings or other personal info stored at Google. Or, feel free to set it up again on your existing account, perhaps with a different Wi-Fi network or device name.

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  • 2019-05-06: Tuned the targeting for ‘Resetting Google Home Mini’ and added tags.
  • 2019-01-13: First published.




Google Home Mini Volume Control, How to Set

There are many means to set Google Home Mini volume on the Google Mini smart speaker.  Here, we discuss all of them.

The methods you use depend on the app(s) you’re streaming from mainly.  But the speaker itself has two touch pads as well, for volume control on its left and right edges. Plus, you can set volume with the native Google Home app.  Finally, the Mini also sets loudness via voice commands.

Below, we show these basic ways, which you can do regardless of the app you’re streaming from.  But we do not delve into app-specific volume setting of the output device.  Why?  Because with so many apps that send audio, this post would quickly grow too big.  So, we’ll stick here with the basic volume setting methods here.

Google Home Mini Volume, How to Set Instructions

You can set the volume without using any apps, doing it as follows.

1. Position the speaker So That the USB Port is at the top (twelve o’clock)

See this orientation as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, showing top view, with power cord at twelve o'clock.

Google Home Mini Volume: Google Home Mini speaker, showing top view, with power cord at twelve o’clock.

2. Set Volume by Tapping the Left and Right Edges of the Mini (nine o’clock and three o’clock)

This changes speaker volume.  The next picture shows the locations of these touch pad areas.  Find them 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 Mini Google speaker (three o’clock) to raise the volume by ten percent.

How to adjust volume on Google Home Mini. Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker, showing volume adjustment in progress. See the highlighted volume touch pads, in purple.

Google Home Mini Volume: Google Home Mini smart speaker, showing volume adjustment in progress. See the highlighted volume touch pads, in purple.

If you need finer volume setting, use the Google Home app to set speaker volume, discussed below.

Setting Google Home Mini Volume with Voice Commands

Google Home 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 request.  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 do not say the percent label, then the volume range is between 0 and 10.

  • Okay Google, set volume 5.  [Sets 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.  [Sets volume to fifty percent, or half of full.]
  • Hey Google, volume full.  [Sets speaker volume to maximum, 100 percent.]
  • Okay Google, volume half.  [Sets volume to fifty percent, or half of full.]
  • Hey Google, volume minimum.  [Sets the volume to zero percent, minimum, muted state.]

Setting Google Home Mini Volume with the Google Home App

In the Google Home app, which must have Wi-Fi access to your speaker, you can also set the speaker volume.  How?  By finding the speaker in the available Google devices list in the app.  Then, move the volume slider left and right, until you reach the volume level you wish.

Note that you can’t set speaker volume unless it is actually streaming / playing some media.  That is, you won’t see the volume control in the Google Home app unless streaming is in progress when you check for it.

To set the volume from within the Google Home app, follow the procedure given below.

1. Run the Google Home app

Find the app on your mobile device and tap its icon.

You should see its Home screen, as shown next.

How to adjust volume on Google Home Mini. Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.

Google Home Mini Volume: Google Home app on iOS, showing its Home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.

2. Tap the Main Menu ‘Hamburger’ Control

See an example of this pointed at by the pink arrow in the last picture.  This brings up the main menu, as shown next.

How to adjust volume on Google Home Mini. Picture of the Google Home app on iOS in 2017, displaying its hamburger menu, with the Devices Item highlighted.

Google Home Mini Volume: Google Home app on iOS in 2017, displaying its hamburger menu, with the Devices Item highlighted.

3. Tap the Devices Menu Item

See this, pointed to by the pink arrow in the last picture.

You then get the Devices screen, as shown in the picture down 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 pink arrow.

But this button does not show when not streaming, as discussed earlier. Thus, you won’t be able to sett volume via the Home app, when the Mini is playing nothing.  So, be sure to start your Mini playing before setting volume.

How to adjust volume on Google Home Mini. Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Devices screen. This shows the smart speaker playing an iHeart radio station.

Google Home Mini Volume: Google Home app on iOS, showing its Devices screen. This has the smart speaker playing an iHeart radio station.

5. Tap the Speaker Volume Button

See the speaker volume button in the last picture.

Tapping the Volume button then brings up the volume control screen, as seen next.

How to adjust volume on Google Home Mini. Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its volume control screen for the Google Home Mini smart speaker.

Google Home Mini Volume: Google Home app on iOS, displaying its volume control screen for the Google Home Mini smart speaker.

6. Touch and Drag the Volume Slider Button

Drag this slider around the circle left and right, until you hear your desired volume.

The slider control gives a finer volume setting than the touch pads on the Google Mini itself.  That is, you can raise and lower the volume in much smaller increments.  This is much finer than the ten-percent bumps you get when tapping the touch pads on the Mini.

Note that moving the volume slider around takes effect immediately.  No need to press any Submit buttons to force the new loudness setting into effect.

Setting Google Home Mini Volume on Bluetooth Source Device

If using your Mini Google Home speaker as a Bluetooth speaker, you can set volume with the controls on the paired device.  In this demo, we’re playing YouTube content on our iPad Air, and streaming to the Mini Google via a Bluetooth connection that we set up prior.

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

You could stream an internet radio station, a song from Spotify, or an Audible book, all viable audio sources.  In this demo, we streamed YouTube audio to our Mini as shown next.

3. Set Google Home Mini Volume with your Source Mobile Device’s Volume Control Buttons

See this as as shown next.

How to adjust volume on Google Home Mini. Picture of the YouTube app on iOS, as seen during adjusting the volume while playing a video.

Google Home Mini Volume: YouTube app on iOS, as seen during adjusting the volume while playing a video.

Note the pink arrowed volume setter square with a speaker inside of it in the last picture.

Also note that the volume change 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 set the volume of the speaker.  How?  By adjusting it in the casting app.

But again, we’re not covering here how to set volume for individual apps. So, we leave this detail as a reader exercise.

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  • 2019-04-28: Added tags.
  • 2019-01-07: First published.




Restart Google Home Mini Instructions

You may want to restart Google Home Mini smart speaker if it behaves erratically, becomes non responsive to questions and commands, locks up, emits strange noises, breaks up, chirps unexpectedly, and so on. Always try a speaker restart first, as this often clears up many problems, and avoids the unnecessary action of hard resetting your speaker.  Note that restarting Google Home Mini differs from resetting it.

Restart Google Home Mini Method One: The Local Method

If you’re near to the Google Home Mini speaker, you can just disconnect it from AC power, wait ten seconds, and then plug it back in. The unit will complete restarting in less than a minute.

Restart Google Home Mini Method Two: The Remote Method, Through the Google Home App

But if you’re far away from your Mini, such as upstairs from it, you can issue a restart command via the Google Home app on your mobile device as follows.

This method depends on you having the Google Home app installed on your phone or tablet, and linked to the same Google account to which your Google Home Mini speaker is linked. Your phone or tablet must also be connected to the same local network as the speaker you’re restarting.  If all of that is in place, then do the following, to initiate a remote restart of your speaker.

1. Run the Google Home App on your Tablet or Other Mobile Device

We’re using an iPad Air computer tablet in this scenario. We find this app on page three of our iPad’s home screen, although yours may appear in a different place, depending on how many apps you have installed as well as how you’ve arranged them.

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

Restart Google Home Mini: Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.

Upon running this app, the Google home screen appears, as follows.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the Home screen, with the Hamburger control highlighted.

Google Home app on iOS, displaying the Home screen, with the Hamburger control highlighted.

2. Tap the  Hamburger  Menu Control

Find this control menu link in the top left corner of the Google Home app Home screen, as pointed at in the previous picture by the pink arrow.

This brings up the main menu as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its main menu, with the devices item highlighted..

Restart Google Home Mini: Google Home app on iOS, displaying its main menu, with the devices item highlighted..

3. Tap the   Devices   Menu Item

This brings up a list of your local Google Home devices that have been configured on the current Google account, as shown next for our case.

4. Find the Google Home Mini Speaker you Wish to Restart

Locate the speaker by scrolling down through the list until you find it.  We currently only have one. So we found ours straight away, as shown below.

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.

5. Tap the Device’s   Hamburger   Menu Control

Find this control in the top right corner of its card, pointed at by the purple arrow in the picture just above.

The Google Mini speaker’s control menu then pops up, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, as shown in the Google Home App, displaying its device control menu, with the Reboot option highlighted.

Google Home Mini speaker, as shown in the Google Home App, displaying its device control menu, with the Reboot option highlighted.

6. Tap the   Reboot   Menu Item

We’ve circled this in purple in the last picture. The   Restart Confirmation   dialog then appears, something like that shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Home App, displaying the Google Home Mini speaker Reboot Confirmation dialog box, with the Reboot option highlighted.

Restart Google Home Mini: Google Home App, Displaying the Google Home Mini Speaker Reboot Confirmation Dialog Box, with the Reboot option highlighted.

7. Tap the   REBOOT   Link in the Restart Confirmation  Dialog Box

This begins a remote restart of your Google Home Mini speaker, closes the restart confirmation dialog box.  The app then returns you to the Devices List screen. Your Mini then temporarily disappears from the Devices List screen while it restarts. Later, it reappears, once the restart Google Home Mini routine finishes.

Note the light patterns on your Google Mini.  They show that a restart is in progress within thirty seconds of your issuing the restart command, as shown next.

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

Restart Google Home Mini: Google Home Mini speaker rebooting, showing white scanning lights pattern.

8. Finished!

Once the Google Mini again appears in the Devices list in the Google Home app, and the lights on the speaker go out, restart has wrapped up successfully. Then, you can try some commands and questions.

Hopefully, restarting has fixed any issues plaguing your speaker. But if not, you can always try more drastic measures, such as hard resetting your Mini, and then setting it up again. See our links in the Related Posts section below for instructions on how to take those more dramatic steps. Good luck.

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  • 2019-04-22: Added tags.
  • 2019-01-03: First published.