How to listen to free music with Google Home and Nest

Want to listen to free music on Google smart speakers? Let’s see how to do it using Google Home

The smart speakers Nest Audio and Nest Mini (previously also called Google Home and Google Home Mini) have won over many users thanks to the simplicity and precision with which the Assistant offered by Google provides answers to all our questions and the great flexibility offered for the control of home automation devices.

Google speakers also offer excellent sound performancewhich we can use to listen to some relaxing or background music when we write, when we do the housework or when we organize a wild party.

But which music streaming service should you use to listen to music from Google smart speakers? In this guide we will try to answer this interesting question, showing you how to listen to free music with google homewithout the need to pay a monthly subscription

To listen to streaming music with voice commands we will first have to connect the Nest Mini or Nest Audio offered by Google to our Wi-Fi network, then configure the streaming services to be exploited by theGoogle Home appsavailable free for Android and iPhone/iPad.

If we have not yet connected the Google speaker to our network, we recommend that you read the guide What Google Home (Nest) can do: voice assistant, music and home automation.

Set up YouTube Music to listen to free music

By default Google Assistant and compatible speakers will use YouTube Music to offer free music: in fact all the music on YouTube at our complete disposal, with the addition of advertising messages (which will appear randomly during playback).

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To make sure you have activated YouTube Music as a music playback service, open the app Google Home on our smartphone or tablet, log in with the same Google account used to configure the speakers, press the icon of our account at the top right, press on Assistant settingslet’s go to the tab Services and finally press on Music.

In the screen that will open, make sure there is a check mark next to the item YouTube Music; if it is not selected, press on his entry to activate it immediately. To start a piece of music, a playlist, an album, all we have to do is pronounce Hey Google near the speaker followed by the name of the song, artist or playlist to be played.

Set up Spotify on Google Home

With Google Assistant we can also use the service offered by Spotify to listen to free music from Nest speakers; it is not necessary to have an active Spotify Premium subscription, since Google Home is also compatible with the Spotify’s free service (with insertion of advertising and limits on the number of tracks that can be changed).

To activate Spotify on Google Assistant we won’t even have to download the dedicated app but simply open the Google Home app on our phone, open the menu at the top right (account icon) and take us back to the path Assistant Settings -> Services -> Music. On the screen, press on the item Spotifywe press on the item Link accounts.

A window will open asking us if we want to create a new Spotify account based on the Google account or log in with an existing Spotify account; in the latter case a new access window will open from which we can enter the username and password of the Spotify account or use one of the quick access keys present at the top.

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If we have already installed the Spotify app on our smartphone, after pressing on Link accounts the Spotify app will open directly and we will be able to use the already associated account to enable the service also on the Google Assistant.

In both cases, the Spotify service will be added to those selectable on the screen Music: to use it, all we have to do is put the check mark next to the Spotify item (in the section Your music services). To start music playback just say Hey Google next to the speaker followed by the name of the song, artist, playlist or genre to play.

How to play an Italian radio station on Google Nest

In addition to the most famous streaming services, you can use the Google Nest speaker to listen to yours favorite radio stationusing the service offered by TuneIn (integrated as an intelligent service for Google Assistant).

In this case we will not have to install any app or associate any type of service: to listen to the radio in streaming we will only have to say Hey Google followed by Play Radio 105 on Tunein; obviously we will be able to reproduce any Italian radio available on TuneIn simply by changing the name to the voice command seen a moment ago.

To find out about all the radios that stream via TuneIn, we invite you to read the information contained on the official website of Italian radios TuneIn.

If we particularly love listening to music broadcast on the radio, we invite you to also read our guides How to listen to free online radio on PC and websites And Best apps to listen to FM Radio and stream music on Android and iPhone.

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Using the streaming services YouTube Music, Spotify Free and TuneIn Radio we will have enough freedom of choice to listen to free music without having to spend a single euro in digital subscriptions and avoiding relying on music piracy (completely useless in this case).

The services mentioned above offer free streaming music with the addition of some limitations, such as the appearance of advertisements and limits on the number of songs we can skip; if these limits seem too restrictive and we want to have full freedom of listening, we invite you to read how to use the app only Music with Youtube Music from PC and smartphone.

Do we have smart speakers with Amazon Alexa? Also in this case we can listen to streaming music for free, taking advantage of the services illustrated in our guide How to listen to free music with Alexa, via app or Echo.

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