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You can now easily move music or video streams between Google smart home devices

Plus speaker groups for playing music across multiple Google Home/Nest devices.

Published onOctober 9, 2019

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Google has introduced a new feature for its smart devices called Stream Transfer which will let you move your music, videos, podcasts and more from one device to another by simply using voice commands.

For instance, if you’re playing a YouTube video on your Google Nest Hub Max in your bedroom, you can now simply transfer that stream to your Chromecast-enabled TV in your living room. The same goes for switching devices for music across Chromecast, Google Home, and Google Nest devices.

How to use Google’s new Stream Transfer feature

Google says you have three ways of utilising Stream Transfer. You can move your media across devices through voice commands such as “Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker.” Alternatively, you can use the Google Home app or the touchscreen on your Nest smart display to switch streams. All you need to do is tap the cast button to see all the devices in your home. You can then choose which device or group you’d like to move your media to.

If you have a Google Nest smart display, tap the cast control on the screen to move it to your Chromecast-connected TV. Or, say “Hey Google, play it on living room TV.”

Google says that you can also now set up a speaker group between two or more smart speakers or displays. It can be set up through the Google Home app. So if you have multiple smart speaker devices from Google placed in various rooms in your house, you can play the same music on all of them using Stream Transfer.

Stream Transfer availability and compatible apps

Stream Transfer is compatible with YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. For videos, it is compatible with YouTube. Google has started rolling out the new feature across all Chromecasts, Google Home and Nest smart speakers and displays starting today so keep an eye out for the feature very soon.

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