Google Home shares a lot of aspects with Google’s Chromecast devices, including what essentially equates to having a Chromecast Audio inside of the device. Just like with a Chromecast Audio, you can push audio from a smartphone or tablet directly to Google Home in a number of ways.
If you want to mirror the audio coming out of your smartphone, you can use the built-in casting functionality on Google’s Pixel and Nexus smartphones through your device’s quick settings menu, as for any other smartphone, you’ll want to follow the steps below.
- 1. Make sure your Android device is connected to the same WiFi network as your Google Home.
2. Open the Google Home app for Android.
3. Go to the side-menu of the app and tap Cast Screen/Audio.
4. Tap the “Cast Screen/Audio” button.
5. Select the Google Home device you want audio to play from.
6. Start playing audio on your Android device.
To stop audio casting, simply pull down your notification shade, and tap the “Disconnect”
There are many apps that support pushing audio over to a Google Home device. Just open the app, find the Chromecast, and select the Google Home device you want to stream to.
Spotify supports casting audio but doesn’t make it very intuitive. To cast through Spotify, you need to begin playing a song on your device, open the “now playing screen” and select the “devices available” option at the bottom of the screen. From there, you should see a list of Spotify-compatible devices on your network including Google Home.