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How to ask Google Assistant to move music between devices
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(Pocket-lint) – Many of us have multiple Google Assistant devices and have multi-room audio set up so they can all play the same tunes at once. But there is an audio feature that can take your music listening experience to the next level.
Have you ever started listening to music on a Google Nest device, for example, in your child’s room by putting them to bed, but then you wanted to sit on your terrace, for example, and continue listening to music through another Nest device there? Yes, it’s an oddly specific scenario, but it highlights one of the many different ways people use their Google Assistant devices. Sure, you can enable multiroom audio, but both speakers will play — and the one in your child’s room will keep them going.
Luckily, Google has come up with a feature, called stream transfer, that allows music to follow you around the house. You can move music, videos, and podcasts between devices. In fact, stream transfer supports all audio files (except news and media streamed via Bluetooth) – even YouTube videos. Here’s what you need to know about the feature and how it works.
How to Use Google Feed Forwarding
You can easily control stream forwarding via Google Assistant voice commands.
|Action:||Say “OK Google…”|
|Transfer media to another device||
You can also control direct Google feed forwarding from a Nest device or the Hub app. See Google’s support page for more details to learn more.
What devices are compatible with Google Stream Transfer?
You can stream music, podcasts, radio, and YouTube videos from your Google Nest or Home speaker or display, or your Chromecast device to another Nest speaker, group of speakers , screen, or device connected to Chromecast. Here is the full list of supported devices:
- Google Home, Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen), Google Home Mini (1st Gen), Google Home Max, Google Nest Audio
- Google Nest Hub or Google Nest Hub Max
- Chromecast with Google TV, Chromecast (2nd or 3rd generation), Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast Audio
What apps are compatible with Google Feed Forwarding?
Stream transfer is compatible with YouTube, YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora and other apps at launch.
When will Google Feed Forwarding be available?
Stream forwarding started rolling out in 2019. It’s now widely available.
Want to know more?
Check out our guides on Google Home, Nest Hub and Hub Max, Chromecast and Google Assistant:
Written by Maggie Tillman.