One of the surprising features of Google Home is that you can use it to listen to radio, music, or your favorite podcast. And it’s easier to do than you might think. The best thing is that you can turn on your favorite radio station by voice command.
In fact, you can control Google Home Radio with your voice: you can change stations, turn down the volume, and even turn off the radio. This way you don’t have to stop what you are doing just to run your radio.
How to turn on the radio?
The first logical question that comes to mind is whether you need to download an app to access the radio. The answer is no. All four Google Home devices (Home Hub, Home Mini, Home Max, and Home Mid-range) come with TuneIn. It is not necessary to configure the application; you just have to activate it with your voice.
All you have to do is say, “OK Google, play BBC World Service! Of course, you can replace BBC World Service with any radio station you want to listen to. Even if you don’t know the exact name, say it anyway, and Google Home will try to recognize it. Alternatively, you can say the frequency of the channel, something like: “OK Google, play 98.5!”
Turning off the radio is even easier. All you have to do is say, “OK Google, stop it!” and let Google Home do its magic.
To note: Google Home is not available in all languages. If you want to listen to foreign radio with an exotic name, it may have a hard time understanding you. It is essential to pronounce the name of the station with its English pronunciation, although this may not be the correct way to pronounce it.
Change radio station
As long as you know the name of the station, it is possible to switch to another station while the radio is still playing. Just say, “OK Google, play Magic Soul! Or any radio station you want. It is essential to say it loud and clear, especially if the volume is high.
If nothing happens, don’t worry. You can say, “OK Google, pause!” When the radio stops, you can repeat your request. This time, there’s no way he won’t understand you.
Bonus tip: If you hear a new song that you like, you can ask Google, “OK Google, what’s this song? It’s much faster and easier than searching for the song on Google. However, this feature is not available for all radios (it depends on TuneIn and not on Google).
Like anything else, you can adjust the volume with your voice. Just say, “OK Google, turn up the volume! Or “OK Google, turn down the volume!” and it will do what you ask. Plus, you can adjust the volume on the scale, just like you would with regular knobs.
You can say something like, “OK Google, turn the volume to four!” Or even: “OK Google, turn up the volume by 20%!” So easy!
What stations are available?
Google Home has partnered with TuneIn, which means you can listen to thousands of live radio stations. There is something for everyone: from music to news and sports. Whatever you usually listen to, for example in your car, chances are you can find it on Google Home as well. As we mentioned, it also has many international radio stations in different languages.
When it comes to your local radio stations, there is a catch, however. Most local radio stations are available on Google Home, but be sure to say their full name. If you want your local Capital FM, you might have to say, “OK Google, play Capital FM Liverpool” or something like that.
Google Home cannot recognize that you want your local radio station, and it will broadcast the main station of the same name to you, unless you specify it.
Is there another way to activate it?
Many people are excited about the idea that they can control the devices in their home just by using their voice. You don’t have to move from your sofa, or you don’t have to stop working if you’re cleaning or cooking. However, if you are not one of those people, we are concerned that you do not like Google Home Radio.
Unfortunately, the only way to listen to the radio is to use voice control. There is no button you can press to do this manually. We suggest you try it before giving up. It may be a good idea to try it out when you are home alone so that you can learn more about how Google Home works without pressure from anyone.
Google Home is also a great device for streaming music around your home. It is compatible with Spotify and other major streaming services. All you have to do is connect Google Home to your smartphone, and it will automatically have access to your playlists. Just say, “OK Google, play Taylor Swift! or you can request a specific song.
However, it is best to ask for your favorite singer because when you request a particular song, Google Home will assume that you only want to hear that song. When the song is over, the music will then stop.
One of the great things about Google Home is that it can stream music even if you don’t have a paid music service. It will use YouTube to do it instead. To do this, just say “OK Google”, then request a song, singer or even a genre that you want to listen to! Let Google Home surprise you by choosing a song for you.
Let him play!
Google Home makes listening to music and radio so easy that it would be a shame not to use this feature. We hope this article encourages you to use it more often and get the most out of it.
Do you like to listen to the radio when you are at home? What are your favorite radios? Let us know in the comments section below.