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Google Broadcast: The Best Google Home Feature You Don’t Know About

Google Broadcast is a feature that allows households with multiple Google Home speakers to send broadcasts from one speaker to the rest. Here's how it works!

Even if you spend a lot of time trying out different phrases with your Google Home, you likely haven’t uncovered Google Broadcast yet. It’s a feature that allows households with multiple Google Home speakers to send broadcasts from one speaker to the rest. Here’s how it works!

Google Broadcast: Your Personal Intercom System

Google Broadcast allows you to send an audio message through all of the Google Home speakers in your home. For example, say you have a Google Home in your kitchen, living room, and upstairs, and you want to tell the rest of the house that dinner is ready. From the kitchen, you can say, “Ok Google, tell everyone that dinner is ready,” and the other two Google Homes in your house will recite your message.

Responding to broadcasts means that you can essentially use the Broadcast feature as a walkie talkie between you and your other family members.

You can use this feature from your phone as well through Google Assistant and it will recite the message through all of your Google Home speakers. This gives you an easy way to send simple messages to your family while you’re away from home.

You Can Now Respond to Broadcasts

Thanks to a feature added near the end of last year, you can now respond to broadcasts! This means that when someone sends a broadcast through your Google Home speakers, you can reply by saying, “Ok Google, reply ‘[your message here]’.”

You could technically supplement this feature by just sending another broadcast in return; however, that would play the reply over all of your Google Home speakers. Replying to broadcasts will only send the reply to the speaker/device that made the original broadcast.

Responding to broadcasts means that you can essentially use the Broadcast feature as a walkie talkie between you and your other family members.

How to Use Google Broadcast

What You Need

First, you’ll need at least two points of contact for Broadcast to work. This can either be two Google Home speakers, or a single Google Home speaker and a device with Google Assistant. The more speakers you have, the more devices your message will be broadcast to.

Next, all of your Google Home devices will need to be on the same WiFi network. This means that even if your Google Home devices are attached to your Google account, they won’t be able to broadcast to one another from different buildings. This doesn’t apply to sending Google Broadcasts using your phone, however, so you can still send broadcasts remotely that way.

Remember that anyone can use Google Broadcast, including your guests.

And lastly, you’ll need each of your Google Home devices attached to Google Accounts from your household members. If one of your speakers at home is signed into by a user not registered with your household, that speaker won’t receive broadcasts from the other speakers. Also, having Do Not Disturb or Downtime enabled will prevent broadcasts from being sent.

Using Only Google Home Devices

If you’re only using Google Home devices to send broadcasts, make sure that you have at least two on the same WiFi network under the same Google account. To send a broadcast, you can say any of the following phrases:

  • “Ok Google, broadcast [message],”
  • “Ok Google, shout [message],”
  • “Ok Google, tell everyone [message],”
  • “Ok Google, announce [message],”

Any of these commands will broadcast whatever you say to your other Google Home speaker(s). Remember that anyone can use Google Broadcast, including your guests.

Using Your Phone With a Google Home Device

If you only have one Google Home speaker but still want to get a chance to use Google Broadcast, you can do so from any device that has Google Assistant installed on it. This includes all Android phones and tablets, as well as iOS phones and tablets with the Google Assistant app installed.

saying, “Ok Google, broadcast that it’s time to wake up,” will play a gentle alarm through your Google Home speakers.

The only requirements for sending a broadcast from your mobile device to your Google Home is that they have to be signed in to the same Google account. Google Broadcasts only play on Google speakers, so you can’t broadcast from a Google Home to a smartphone.

Ideas for Google Broadcast

Since anyone can send and reply to a broadcast, they’re a great way to quickly share short information with people in your household. Some simple ways of using this include:

  • Talking to people upstairs without having to shout
  • Waking other family members up from your bed
  • Asking your household members to text you groceries they need while you’re heading to the store
  • Let everyone know when you’re leaving for school

Google also has a few specific phrases that broadcast sounds rather than your message. For example, saying, “Ok Google, broadcast that dinner is ready,” will play a dinner bell sound, and saying, “Ok Google, broadcast that it’s time to wake up,” will play a gentle alarm through your Google Home speakers.

Phrases that play sounds instead of messages are played from all of your devices, including the one that you used to send the broadcast. Normal broadcasts, on the other hand, won’t play on the device sending the broadcast.

Conclusion

Google Home and the Google Assistant are packed with tons of features that most people don’t even know about. Features like Broadcast can be used to make your life that much easier and your Google Home products that much more useful!

Photo courtesy of NDB Photos on Flickr.

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