Why does that matter? Well, maybe you listen to a streaming service Google Home doesn’t support, like Apple Music or Audible. (Full disclosure: I have both.) Or when friends come over and one wants to DJ the party. Sometimes I simply prefer to control what’s playing on my speakers with my phone and not my voice. Read more: Apple Music vs. Spotify: The best music streaming service in 2021
Here’s how to connect your Google Home smart assistant to any music streaming service over Bluetooth. One of the simplest Google Nest features I utilise is also one of the most useful. Yes, Google Assistant smart devices are excellent at a variety of tasks, such as completing math problems, monitoring the weather, and dishing up entertaining games. However, you can also use your Google Nest as a true Bluetooth speaker to stream music, podcasts, or audiobooks from your phone or tablet.
How to connect your phone to the Google Nest after you’ve paired them
From there on out, it’s pretty simple. When you want to connect, star. Google Assistant will respond, “Looking for paired devices,” then play a sound when you’re connected. Say, “Hey, Google, disconnect Bluetooth” when you’re done. Be careful — if Google Assistant asks if you want to “clear” Bluetooth devices, say no and try your command again, or it’ll unpair with everything. When I was testing this process out on a number of different Google Nest devices — both speakers and displays — occasionally I would try to disconnect my phone and Google would ask, “You want to clear your list of paired Bluetooth devices, right?” If your Google Assistant asks this, the definitive answer is “No.”
Whatever your reason, here’s how to connect a phone, tablet or even a laptop or desktop computer to your Nest smart speaker with Bluetooth. First, pair your phone or device to the Google Nest with Bluetooth
If you’ve never connected your phone, tablet or computer with your Nest speaker using Bluetooth before, the first time is a little more complicated. Once they’ve been paired, they’ll remember each other, and connecting and disconnecting will be much easier. Here’s how to pair with Bluetooth the first time:
I find the more uses I can come up with for it, the more I love using Google Nest as a Bluetooth speaker. Most people listen to music on their smart speakers — here’s how to call up the exact song you want with only your voice. Another simple feature I use every day: Here’s how to turn off timers and alarms when you’re no longer in the same room (without shouting).
“Clearing” your list of paired devices will make Google Assistant forget the device you just paired (and any other devices you’ve ever paired, too). Not only will you have to go back and redo the first pairing steps as detailed above, you’ll probably have to go into your mobile device or computer’s Bluetooth settings and “forget” the Nest device from there, too. Otherwise you might get the same error message as me, that your device cannot connect to your Nest speaker all of a sudden.