A Google Home speaker.
Kevin Parrish

Google Home smart speakers are handy for getting info via voice commands, but what if you want to play a song stored on your iCloud Drive or elsewhere? This guide will show you how to use Chrome to cast online content from your desktop to Google Home.

The beauty of casting from Chrome is that you can do so from any device that supports the browser. The only drawback is you can’t cast from multiple tabs. To change sources, you have to load up a different page in the original tab or disconnect the first cast, and then reconnect in a different tab.

Getting Started

To cast media, make sure your Google Home device is connected to the internet. You can do this by checking the weather or perform some other task that requires an internet connection.

You can also go into the Google Home app on your mobile device to verify its connection. Tap on the listed Google Home unit, followed by the gear icon in the top right corner on the following screen. You’ll see the connected network’s name (SSID) listed under Wi-Fi.

If you need instructions for setting up your Google Home device, or to troubleshoot any issues, check out our guide.

Next, verify the computer, smartphone, or tablet running Chrome is on the same network. The instructions depend on your device’s operating system.

Finally, make sure you’re using the latest version of Chrome. To check this on Windows, macOS, or Chrome OS, click the three dots in the top-right corner, click “Help” in the drop-down menu, and then click “About Google Chrome.” The browser will either report that it’s current or request a restart to update.

For this guide, we’re using version 78.0.3904.108.

Cast Media From Chrome

First, add the Cast button to the browser’s toolbar. This step isn’t necessary, but it’s a faster option versus launching the Cast feature from the drop-down menu each time you want to play media on Google Home.

To do this, click the three dots in the top-right corner, and then select “Cast” from the drop-down menu. The Cast icon temporarily appears next to your account image, as shown below. Right-click this icon, and then click “Always Show Icon” in the pop-up menu.

Next, load your media in the Chrome browser. For example, you can cast music you have stored on Apple’s iCloud Drive or on Dropbox. From there, simply click the Cast button and select your Google Home device from the drop-down list. You’ll hear a sound effect from the device acknowledging that it’s now in cast mode. The Chrome toolbar’s Cast button turns blue, as well.

You can also Cast local files by dragging them into a Chrome tab and using that as the audio or video player. Learn more in our local casting guide.

If you didn’t add the Cast button to Chrome’s toolbar, however, you can simply click the three dots in the top-right corner, click “Cast” in the drop-down menu, and then select your Google Home device.

To control playback in Google Home, here are several voice commands:

  • Hey, Google, stop
  • Hey, Google, what’s the volume?
  • Hey, Google, turn it up
  • Hey, Google, turn it down
  • Hey, Google, max volume
  • Hey, Google, minimum volume
  • Hey, Google, volume level [1-10]
  • Hey, Google, volume to [1-100] percent
  • Hey, Google, increase volume by 10 percent
  • Hey, Google, decrease volume by 10 percent

To stop casting, click the blue Cast button next to your profile image. When the drop-down menu appears, click your Google Home device.

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Kevin Parrish has been writing online since the mid-1990s. For a decade, he wrote reviews, previews, news, and more covering PC and console gaming. In 2008, he began covering hardware and devices after Tom's Hardware closed its dedicated gaming website. He's published news, reviews, how-to guides, and op-ed pieces on websites like Digital Trends, Android Authority, Tom's Hardware, Tom's Guide, and Maximum PC.
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