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The complete list of services with Google Home support (Updated)

Google Home is supposed to be the central hub for all your connected devices. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to turn on your connected lights via voice command or play the first season of Stranger Things on your television, Google Home will help you do just that.

The success of Google’s connected speaker depends heavily on what services support it, though. If your favorite music streaming services or smart home devices aren’t compatible with Google Home, you’re not going to have a good time with it.

Although Google Home has only been out for a few months, plenty of popular apps and services have added support for the connected speaker. Wondering which services have Google Home support? You can find the full list below.

Editor’s note: We will update this list as more services add support for Google Home.


Google Home currently has support for a number of popular music streaming services, including Play Music, Spotify, Pandora and more. Whichever service you’re using, you’ll be able to stream music from your favorite artists, genres, playlists and albums. Do note that Google Home only supports one account per streaming service at the moment.

Supported services:

  • Google Play Music
  • YouTube Music (US only) (requires YouTube Red subscription)
  • Spotify
  • Pandora (US only)
  • TuneIn
  • iHeartRadio

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Google Home review

November 18, 2016

Smart home

If you happen to own any smart home devices, you can use Google Home to control them via voice command. Nest, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings and a few other services are supported here, and we’re happy to see most of the well-known brands on the list.

Supported services:

  • Nest Thermostats
  • Philips Hue
  • Samsung SmartThings
  • Honeywell
  • Belkin Wemo
  • Wink
  • TP-Link
  • LIFX
  • Best Buy Insignia
  • If This Then That, by IFTTT
  • Osram
  • Lowes Iris
  • Lutron Caseta
  • iHome
  • Emberlight
  • Leviton
  • Artik Cloud
  • iDevices (Lights, plugs, and switches)
  • NuBryte
  • Universal Devices (Lights, plugs, and switches)
  • Mobilinc (Lights, plugs, and switches)
  • LightwaveRF
  • Plum
  • Voice UPB Bridge
  • Smartika
  • Nanoleaf
  • Hive
  • Awair
  • D-Link
  • Wiz
  • Deako
  • Geeni

It’s worth pointing out that Google Home technically supports more smart home services than the ones listed above, if you’re an IFTTT user. With IFTTT, you can control your LIFX, Logitech Harmony, Rachio devices and more, plus a ton of other non-smart home services like Evernote, Fitbit and Withings. For a complete list of services compatible with Google Assistant, head here.

Streaming devices

Do you own a Chromecast, smart TV or connected audio device? If so, you can use Google Home to control those products, too. Just say something like “Hey Google, play the latest video from Android Authority on my Chromecast” or “Hey Google, play Stranger Things on my TV”.

Supported services:

  • Google Chromecast (Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Chromecast Ultra)
  • Vizio
  • Toshiba
  • Philips
  • Sony
  • Bang & Olufson
  • B&O PLAY
  • Grundig
  • Polk Audio

See also:

Roku Stick (2016) vs Chromecast (2015)

May 17, 2016

Videos and photos

Have a YouTube video you’d like to watch on your television? What about a photo album that you’d like to show your friends and family on the big screen? As long as you have a Chromecast or a device that features Chromecast built-in, you can access YouTube, Netflix and Google Photos via voice command.

Supported services:

  • YouTube
  • Netflix
  • Google Photos


Frequent user of Google Calendar or Google Keep? Good news – you can use your Google Home to schedule events, add things to your shopping list, and more.

Supported services:

  • Google Calendar

Again, this is a scenario where IFTTT really comes in handy. The automation service currently supports Google Drive, Todoist, Slack and plenty of other productivity and task management applications that Google Home doesn’t support out of the box.

Games and fun

It’s all fun and games until… well, it can be fun and games all the time if you really want it to be. Play Mad Libs with your Google Home. It’s a lot of fun.

Supported services:

  • Mad Libs

There are a few other tricks up Google Home’s sleeve. Try saying “Play Lucky Trivia”, “Crystal ball”, or “What are your Easter eggs?”.

Anything else?

Yes! In addition to any Chromecast-enabled audio app, there are tons of other third-party applications that have added support for Google Home. In fact, Google just recently added over 30 new services back in December 2016. The entire list of third-party apps is far too long to attach here, but we’ll point you to some of the more popular options below:

  • AutoVoice – Run your voice commands in Tasker with the help of the AutoVoice Android app
  • BuzzFeed – Take a fun daily quiz from BuzzFeed
  • CNBC – CNBC brings you the most up-to-date business and stock news, market insights and CNBC TV schedules
  • CNN – CNN delivers real-time updates and breaking news stories from reporters and anchors across the globe
  • Domino’s – The Domino’s action can place your most recent or Easy Order, & track orders with Domino’s Tracker
  • FitStar Personal Trainer – Get a total body workout with FitStar in just seven minutes
  • Food Network – Food Network recipe and schedule search
  • Genius – Look up songs by their lyrics
  • HuffPost Headline Quiz – Think you’re up-to-date on the week’s news? Play the HuffPost Headline Quiz to find out!
  • NPR One – Public Radio made personal
  • Quora – Ask questions and get answers from experts on Quora
  • The Wall Street Journal – Business & Markets News from The Wall Street Journal
  • Uber – Ride with Uber for fast, reliable rides that are affordable and available 24/7
  • WebMD – WebMD has the answers to your health questions, from conditions to drugs to side effects and more

To find the full list of services with Google Home support, open your Google Home app, then go to Settings>More settings>Services.

Some services require you to link the service account to your Google account before you can use it with Google Home. From the Services section in your Google Home app, tap the card of the service you want to link, tap Link Service, then sign in to the service. And that’s it – you should now be able to use your favorite services with Google Home.


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Google Home now supports Bluetooth music streaming

Google is now rolling out an update for Bluetooth streaming support on the Google Home. This means you’ll be able to use your Google Home more like a typical Bluetooth speaker to stream audio from your Android or iOS smartphone.

The functionality is rolling out with firmware version 90387 (judging by screenshots from Android Police), and means you no longer need to have a Google Cast-enabled device to stream your favorite tunes.

This will come as welcome to news to Google Home owners as the device had been limited in this regard since its release last November, despite that it always housed the hardware to make it a perfectly serviceable Bluetooth speaker (and it’s audio quality is rather impressive). In our original Google Home review, we noted that these limitations were one of the main downsides of the product, so we’re pleased to see this get addressed.

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In other recent news, research suggests that the Google Home is six times more likely to answer a question than its competitor the Amazon Echo. The Amazon Echo has had Bluetooth audio streaming features for much longer, though.

As Amazon, Google and others battle to take control of your household with their proprietary connected speakers, you can expect these devices to improve pretty quickly. Amazon has just recently a model that includes a built-in display — the Amazon Echo Show. Perhaps Google will soon follow suit.

The Bluetooth streaming update will be rolling out to Google Home devices over the next few days; give your Home a restart if you want to try and scan for it now.


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Here is the Google Home Mini, the Smaller $49 Google Home

When Google takes the stage on October 4 at a phone-related event in San Francisco, most of us expect there to be non-phone related product announcements too. We’ve heard rumors about a Google Home “mini” possibly being on the way and today we can confirm that it exists, how much it costs, and the colors it’ll be available in. This is the Google Home Mini.

According to the information we’ve viewed, the Google Home Mini (official name) will arrive in Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral colors. The Google Home Mini will be powered rather than wireless, at least according to the images here. This Google Home Mini will be able to help you with your schedule, set reminders, grab news, and other Home-related inquiries. It’ll cost just $49 and is, of course, sports Google Assistant.
As you can see from the images we’ve included in this post, it looks a lot like a Google Home that has been pressed or sat on. You have colored bases that match the color of the top, soft portion of the unit. So unlike the original Google Home that had swappable bases, it looks like the mini may not have that same luxury. Instead, you’ll get a dark base for the Charcoal unit, white base for Chalk (grey), and coral for Coral. Those appear to be lights on top of each unit as well, likely to let you know that you are interacting with Home Mini, just like we see from the multi-colored LEDs are the current Google Home.
Once live on the Google Store, you’ll be able to buy it right here.
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