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Convert your Google Home to a free TV speaker – here’s how to do it



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One or more Nest Minis on your media console can give your TV sound the extra shine it needs.

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One of the biggest selling points of the Google Home series of smart speakers is that they simply sound so good. Even the smallest Nest Mini has a clear thump in the bass area that brings out the track in your favorite songs. But then there is a device in your home that is notorious for having second-class speakers – your TV. Fortunately, your Google home ($ 130 on HSN) Speakers are probably compatible with your smart TV, and with just a few simple steps, you can set your TV audio to play through Google Home.

Also, since you connect your TV to Google Home wirelessly, you can actually place your speakers anywhere in the room instead of right next to the TV. You can put a speaker on the end table near the couch where you usually watch TV, for example if you wants to hear dialogue better without having to turn up the volume. Or you can even beep the sound of the TV to a speaker in another room, such as the kitchen or bathroom, so that you do not miss anything when you have to get up.

Here’s what you need to know to connect Google Home to your TV, including how to connect two or more speakers for the ultimate stereo experience.

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Connect a Google Home Max for the ultimate TV audio experience.

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Connect to your TV with Bluetooth

If your TV has Bluetooth (and most smart TVs today), you should have no problem connecting it to a Google Home speaker. Navigate first to Bluetooth settings in Settings menu on your TV. From there, tell your Google Home, “Hello, Google, pair Bluetooth” to put your speaker in pairing mode and select the Google Home device you want to connect to.

Double the fun by pairing the speakers

If you have two of the same type of speakers – say two Google Home Minis ($ 40 on best buy) or two Nest Minis ($ 49 at Crutchfield) (but not one by one) – you can listen to TV audio as it was meant to be heard: in stereo. To do so, you must first create a stereo pair in the Google Home app by assigning a speaker to the left audio channel and a separate speaker to the right.

1. Open Google Home app on your phone or tablet and tap on one of the two speaker icons you want to pair.

2. Press setting icon (gear symbol) in the upper right corner.

3. Scroll down to Device settings and knock Speaker pair.

4. Choose the other device icon for your pair of speakers and press Next.

5. The first device you select starts flashing – in the app you select whether to use the flashing device as Right or left channel (it does not matter which) and press Next. The other speaker automatically becomes the opposite channel you select.

6. Name your new couple something (like “Google Speaker Pair“) and press Next.

7. Choose which one Home and room the speakers belong, for example “Home” can be your home name and “Living Room” can be the room where you put the speakers.

The pair will now appear as a single speaker on your Google Home app and on other Bluetooth devices, so look for the pair when connecting your TV as described below. Also note that only the left speaker listens for “Hello, Google” or “OK, Google” commands, as the microphone of the right speaker is muted.

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If you have a bunch of Google Home or Google Nest smart speakers, you might want to consider creating a sound system throughout your home.

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Think it would be cool to hear your TV show or movie throughout your house? Learn how to set up an entire home sound system here. It’s also fun to play music everywhere at once, but be sure to set up your music services properly first. Once in your Google Home settings, we recommend turning off these five features.


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