How to use the Google Home App

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The Google Home app helps you set up and control Chromecast (Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast Audio, TV or speaker with Chromecast built-in), Google Home devices, and Google Assistant speakers. Plus, you can discover your favorite music, TV shows and videos to cast to your TVs and speakers.

Get the new Google Home app

Download or update the Google Home app from the Google Play Store.

Ways to use the Google Home app

You can use the Google Home app to:

– Set up Chromecast (Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast Audio, TV or speaker with Chromecast built-in) and Google Home devices.

– Manage your Google Assistant settings and preferences (Google Home only).

– Manage device settings.

– Browse TV shows, music, and movies.

Discover tab

The Discover tab Discover is where you can learn about new features, queries, Chromecast-enabled apps, and offers for your devices. You can also see what’s playing on your devices.

Google Home app Assist tab
Devices Devices – From Devices, you can:
– Set up Google Home, Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Chromecast built-in devices.
– Control your Google Home, Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Chromecast built-in devices, and the content you choose to cast.
– From device cards, play, pause, stop or change the volume from the device.
– Personalize device features. Go to the device card you want to personalize, tap the menu button in the top right corner, and select from there which feature you want to personalize
Now playing card – This card shows the content you’re currently casting. From here you can:
– Adjust the volume, pause, and stop the cast session.
Assist card feed – Cards to help you make the most of your devices.
Main tabs – The Discover tab Discoverand Browse tab.

Assist cards

Here are a few of the Assist cards you may see in the Discover tab.
Note: All cards can be dismissed by tapping More menu and thenDismiss.

Setup – Shows a nearby device that’s ready to be set up.

Now playing – Shows the content you’re currently casting. From here you can adjust the volume, pause, and stop the cast session.
Voice query – Shows the query you’ve asked your Google Assistant.
Backdrop – Shows images and content that are specifically curated for the home.
Offer – Shows redeemable offers from content partners.

Browse tab

The Browse tab Browse is where you can:

– Find TV shows, movies, videos, and curated lists of albums and playlists personalized by your favorite apps, like Google Play Music and YouTube.

– See which compatible media apps you already have on your phone or tablet, and discover new apps to download.

– Search for great TV shows, movies, music, and more across a variety of Chromecast-enabled apps.

Devices Devices – From Devices, you can:

– Set up Google Home, Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Chromecast built-in devices.

– Control your Google Home, Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Chromecast built-in devices, and the content you choose to cast.

– From device cards, play, pause, stop or change the volume from the device.

– Personalize device features. Go to the device card you want to personalize, tap the menu button in the top right corner, and select from there which feature you want to personalize

Shelves and Services – Find content like music, TV shows, movies and more from your favorite services and apps.

Chips – Quickly find what you’re in the mood to watch or listen to.

Search – Search for great TV shows, movies, music, and more across a variety of Chromecast-enabled apps.

Main tabs – The Discover tab Discoverand Browse tab.

TV shows
– Browse popular TV shows and TV shows from your linked services (like Netflix).
– Refine your search by selecting genre chips like Action, Comedy, Drama, Kids, and more.
Movies
– Browse popular movies and movies from your linked services (like Netflix).
– Refine your search by selecting genre chips like Action, Animation, Comedy, Kids, and more.
Search Search for great TV shows, movies, videos, and app content from installed and uninstalled Chromecast-enabled apps. You can search by title, genre, or actor. You can also search for other Chromecast-enabled apps. U.S. only. 

Other app settings

The Menu drawer Menu is found in the top left corner of the Google Home app’s home screen. From here you can set and manage your device settings.

Menu drawer

This is found within Menu Menu.
Cast Screen lets you mirror your Android device screen — including audio. It’s compatible with Chromecast devices and TV’s with Chromecast built-in.
Cast audio lets you mirror the same audio being played on your Android device directly to your Chromecast Audio, Google Home, or speakers with Chromecast built-in. This also includes casting audio to a multi-room group.

This is found within Menu Menu.
The Google Assistant menu will ONLY appear in Menu Menu if you’ve linked your Google Account to a Google Home device.

Assistant settings

From Devices Devices you can:
– Set up Google Home, Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Chromecast built-in devices.
– Control your Google Home, Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Chromecast built-in devices, and the content you choose to cast.
– From device cards, play, pause, stop or change the volume from the device.
– Personalize device features. Go to the device card you want to personalize, tap the menu button in the top right corner, and select from there which feature you want to personalize
Devices menu

Device cards

Within Devices Devices (found in the top right corner of the Home screen), you’ll find the following device cards to help you make the most out of your available Chromecast and Google Home devices.

Devices and device cards
Device card Found New Device card: 
Keep all your nearby devices organized with the Found New Device card. This card appears when it finds any new Chromecast or Google Home devices in the area. To set up the device, tap SET UP at the bottom of the device card. Not interested in setting up a device but want to keep it available for later? Tap IGNORE at the bottom of the device card.

 

Ready to cast Ready to Cast card:
This card shows a device that is set up and currently ready to start using.

 

Active device

Active Device card:
This card shows a device that is set up and currently active. Here is where you will see what’s playing as well as control playback and volume.
Linked devices Linked devices card:
This card shows devices linked to your account that turns on customization features, such as personalized backdrop, voice control and more.

 

Ignored devices

Ignored Device list:
Ignored devices aren’t gone for good! To get to nearby devices that you’ve previously ignored, scroll to the bottom of the Home screen, and tap IGNORED NEW DEVICES. Available devices will appear. Tap the device you’d like to set up.

Device settings

You can change the settings for each of your devices.

Customizable setting include:
– Linked accounts
– Device name
– Wi-Fi network
– Backdrop settings
– Guest mode settings
– Assistant langauge
– Preview program
– 50Hz HDMI mode
– Video smoothness setting
– Time zone
– Time format
– Privacy setting
– Firmware Version
Device settings