How to Play Local Music on Google Home from Windows & Mac?

Last Updated: May 29, 2017
Play Local Music on Google Home

Google Home can work as a Bluetooth speaker to play local music from Windows and Mac. Google Home is built with high excursion speaker for crystal clear sound and passive radiators to deliver hi-fi sound.

Well, you can play songs from Google Play Music, Spotify or Pandora with voice commands on Google Home. But, what you do to play local songs on Google Home? You may have tons of MP3 songs and other Music files on your local PC or external hard drive.

Google Play App support to play local music files, but there is a limit of 50K songs that you can upload. And the bad thing about Google Play music is, you will lose access to this uploaded music goes away once you stop subscription.

Related: How to Add Multiple User Accounts on Google Home.

We are here to help you to convert Google Home to a Bluetooth speaker and enjoy crystal clear music from Google Home Speakers. This solution will explain how to play local music files and MP3 songs on Google Home device without using any paid apps.

Step 1: Download Chrome Browser on Mac or Windows

Google Chrome is a free browser, and if you don’t have this browser, you can download to Windows or Mac from this Chrome Download link. The Chromecast plugin is coming as inbuilt with Google Chrome browser. If you don’t see the Chromecast icon on your browser, please go to this Google Article to add back Chromecast button.

Step 3: Play Local Music on Google Chrome Browser

Now open Google Chrome browser. Google Chrome browser support to play most of the music formats without any additional apps, such as MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, etc.

Play Local Music on Chrome

We demonstrated this with an MP3 file format. To play the music on Google Chrome browser, just drag and drop the music file from the folder to Google Chrome browser.

Step 3: Select Google Home Device to Stream Music

Please see the URL in Google Chrome browser automatically pointing to your local file dropped in. This local file is ready to play on your Chrome browser. Click on the Chromecast button and select Google Home device before you start to play the song on the browser. Your computer and Google Home should be on the same network to stream the music from PC to Google Home.

Select Google Home to Stream Song

Now you see the available devices on the list to cast music. And here you can see TV is my Chromecast device, and Living Room Home is the Google Chromecast. Now click on Google Hoem Device to stream music.

Play Local Music on Google Home

Now Google Home is ready to play the music from Chrome browser. Just click on play button to stream the music on Google Home.

Playing Local Music On Googel Home

If you click on Chromecast button on Chrome browser, you can see Chrome Audio Mirroring to Google Home (Living Room Home). As usual, with voice commands “OK Google, Set Volume 7” you can change volume and also try other voice commands. The music will keep playing from Chrome to Google Home as long as you keep the browser open.

Related: How to Retrain Google Home to Recognize your Voice again?

This is a simple and easy workaround to play music on Google Play. Google Chrome support most of the music file format and powerful enough to play most fo your local music files on Google Home.

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