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You can now add a Chromecast to a speaker group using the Google Home app

If you have a Chromecast along with audio speakers throughout your home, you can now add the Chromecast to your speaker group.
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November 16, 2018
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TL;DR
  • Chromecasts can now be added to be speaker groups in the Google Home app.
  • Previously, only Chromecast Audio dongles and Cast-enabled speakers were eligible for grouping.
  • You will need to enable the preview program in your Google Home app to get the feature for now.

If you own several Cast-enabled speakers throughout your home, you’ve likely grouped them all together into a speaker group using your Google Home app. That way, you can cast music from one audio source and have the music play in sync throughout your whole house.

Previously though, you couldn’t group your Chromecast into a speaker group. You could group your Chromecast Audio, but not the Chromecast hooked up to your television.

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Today, Google is finally allowing Chromecasts to get added to speaker groups in the Google Home app, via XDA Developers. You’ll have to enable the preview program through your Google Home app and then restart your systems, but at least it’s finally possible!

First, to opt-in to the preview program on your Chromecast, follow these instructions:

  • Open up your Google Home app.
  • Find the Chromecast you would like to add to the preview program.
  • Tap the settings icon and then tap Preview Program.
  • Follow the prompts to opt-in.
  • Restart your Chromecast.
  • Repeat for other Chromecasts in your home.

Once you’ve performed the above steps, you should be able to add your Chromecast to your existing speaker group(s) just like you added the previous devices.

Eventually, this feature should rollout to all Chromecasts without having to opt-in to the preview program. However, it’s not clear how long that will take, so the preview program is your best bet for now.

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