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The best services for your Google Nest speaker
Google Nest speakers are built to serve as a nerve center for your digital existence. So whether you’re looking to listen to music, get directions, turn the lights on, or play the latest season of The Witcher on your TV, Google has you covered. A speaker is only as good as your connected services, however, and that’s where where we come in.
Read more: The best Google Assistant smart speakers
Because support for the Google Assistant platform has grown to massive proportions, we can’t list every service that’s worthwhile. Instead, here’s a slice of the best services to use with Google Nest speakers.
The best services for Google Nest speakers:
Editor’s note: If you really want a full list of services that work with Google Nest devices, you can find it here.
Google supports several popular music services, including Spotify, Pandora, and of course, YouTube Music. You can only have one account per streaming service, per user, but Google Nest speakers do support multiple users.
Of the services below, Spotify and Apple Music are the most popular. Ultimately you should choose what you already use elsewhere, because that will sync your playlists and listening habits, and there’s no reason to sign up for a speaker-only subscription in most cases.
2. Smart home
If you own any smart home accessories compatible with Google Assistant, you can use Google Nest speakers to control them with your voice, or — on a smart display like a Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max — a touchscreen. These services represent some of the most ubiquitous smart home brands, but by no means the only ones you can use with Google devices.
- Philips Hue
- Samsung Smart Home
- Sengled Home
- TP-Link Kasa
- Wyze Home
IFTTT, if you’re not familiar, enables hooks between services that the services themselves don’t support directly. One “applet” lets you use Google Assistant to post on Twitter, for example. For a complete list of services compatible with IFTTT and Google Assistant, head here.
3. Streaming devices
Do you own a Chromecast, smart TV, or connected audio device with Google Cast built-in? If so, you can use your Google Nest speaker to control those products. Just say something like, “Hey Google, play the latest video from Android Authority on my Chromecast,” or “Hey Google, play They Shall Not Grow Old on my TV.” Exact functionality will vary, but if you choose the right hardware, you can avoid touching a remote or even pulling out your phone to control playback.
Select brands and devices:
- Chromecast with Google TV
- Nvidia Shield TV
- Bang & Olufsen
- Polk Audio
4. Videos and photos
A streaming device requires services to stream from, and only some of them support voice commands through Google Nest speakers. Generally what you’re doing is pushing videos and photos to a Chromecast or other Google Cast device, though with a Google-based smart display like the Nest Hub, you can sometimes watch directly. Those displays have a smaller range of native services, although they do include majors like Netflix, YouTube, and Disney Plus.
Support for Google Nest speaker control varies from region to region, so we’re focusing on the US here in the name of simplicity and familiarity.
Popular US services:
Related: The best video streaming services
Are you a frequent user of Google Calendar and the company’s other productivity tools? Good news — you can use your Google Nest speaker to schedule events, add things to a shopping list, and more. There’s also a bunch of non-Google apps that can be controlled via Google Assistant.
- Google Search
- Google Calendar
- Baby Connect
- Google Notes and Lists
- Google Calculations
- Find my phone
This is a scenario where IFTTT once again comes in handy. The automation service supports plenty of other productivity apps that Google doesn’t support out of the box. If you have a favorite app that isn’t listed here, there’s a reasonable chance you can use IFTTT to sync your Google content with it.
See also: The best productivity apps
6. Games and fun
It’s all fun and games until… well, it can be fun and games all the time if you really want it to be. Don’t blame us if you get in trouble.
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
- Fun Tricks
- Crystal Ball
- Dragon Ball Z Show
- Riddle of the Day
- Hero of Dungeon
You can also ask Google Nest speakers silly questions! Just experiment, you’ll be surprised at what Assistant answers (or tries to, anyway).
Any other Google Nest services?
Yes! There are tons of other third-party services that have added support for Google Assistant, and usually, Google Nest speakers by extension. These are some popular options:
- Google News — Of course, Google News is available for Google Assistant speakers.
- CNBC — CNBC brings you business and stock news, market insights, and CNBC TV schedules.
- Domino’s — The Domino’s action can place orders and track your latest delivery.
- WebMD — WebMD has the answers to your health questions, from conditions to drugs to side effects.
- Stock Updates — If you have investments or like to keep up with the stock market, here’s Google’s official, more narrowly focused solution.
To find the full list of services with support on Google Nest speakers, open your Google Home app, then tap on your profile icon to access Google Assistant settings.
Some services require you to link their accounts to your Google account before using it with Assistant. When browsing options for Music, Videos, and so on in the Home app, you should see a chain icon next to services that require linking. You can always unlink services later on.
Read more: Our guide to Google Assistant