It was only yesterday that Google announced the new Broadcast on Home functionality for the Google Home line of smart home devices, but those who were eager to try it out — myself included — were met only with disappointment. It wasn’t switched on yet.

This morning it’s a different story, and Broadcast on Home is now switched on. With a few simple commands, you can share a spoken message through all your Google Home devices, such as:

  • “OK Google, broadcast it’s dinner time” and a dinner bell will ring on all your Home devices
  • “OK Google, broadcast it’s time for school”

Better yet, if you’re leaving work and want the family to know you’re on your way, give this one a try on your phone, with the result broadcast on your Home devices at home:

  • “OK Google, broadcast Chris is on his way home from work!”

This is something a lot of people with multiple Google Home devices will really enjoy, I think. Try it out and let us know your thoughts.

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Gary Bath
Gary Bath
2 years ago

Wonder if this works on products that are not Home products but work with Google Assistant built in like Sony LF-S50G?

Crapulon2
Crapulon2
2 years ago

Is this feature only for google home products? I tried it out with my cast enabled speakers (LG music flow) and the assistant said there were no devices to connect to.

Chris Litherland
Chris Litherland
2 years ago

It’s quite interesting how it works. In our testing we found
– Typing on phone google will read the message out
– speaking to one home will broadcast the actual audio clip (your voice) to the others
– user voice auth, only works for me but not for my partner (who has her account registered on the Home but uses iPhone)

It’s very useful though a shame she can’t use it too. Hopefully they let her account use it soon and also bring it to iPhone.
I wonder why it is voice authenticated.

crapulon
Reply to  Chris Litherland
2 years ago

I reckon the voice auth is to stop kids driving the rest of the household mad with silly broadcasts.