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The “Broadcast” feature of smart speakers is great for house-wide PA-style announcements, to the entire family. However if you're looking to drop in directly to a device, such as a living room speaker, then read on to learn how to do it.

Broadcasting to a Particular Speaker – Google Home

Broadcasting to a Particular Speaker

Picture this. You want to ask a family member for a physical favor because you're busy with a chore and you cannot move. In such situations, you can always use Google Assistant speakers to relay your message to the right person in the right room.

Basically, you broadcast to a specific room or specific device via Google's Broadcast feature. 
If you're using the Broadcast feature, you'll need to speak out the name of the relevant device along with a regular prompt and include your message at the end.

Setting Up a Room on Google Home

Users looking to broadcast to a specific speaker will have an easier time creating a new room and assigning a device to it. The following steps will give you a closer look at the process.

  1. First, open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet to create a new room. Select the home you want to add a room to from the top of the screen.
  2. Next, choose your account from the upper-right corner of the screen. Proceed to Assistant Settings and choose Home Control.
  3. Select the device of your choice from the list and tap on the Room setting. You can choose to move the device back to its original space once the new room has been created.
  4. Scroll down the list and press Add New Room. Type in the room's name once the prompt appears. Press OK to save.
  5. To assign a device to a new room, open the Google Home app and choose the device.
  6. Press the cog icon to access Settings and select Room from the list. Scroll down until you find the room you'd like to assign the device to, and press save.

Naming Devices

Creating a separate room for each speaker is helpful in terms of functionality but can be troublesome when it comes to managing multiple homes, rooms, and devices. This is especially true if users deal with smart devices through Google Home. 

Fortunately, the Google Home app allows users to set nicknames for each space that aren't reflected in the device's app, making differentiating between speakers easier. 

You can set nicknames for your device through the following steps:

  1. Open the Google Home app and select the device you want to set the nickname for.
  2. Next, tap on Settings and select the Name option.
  3. Type in the nickname you want for your device and hit Save.

Start Communicating

From here you can now broadcast to that specific device.

  • Hey Google, Broadcast to <Device Name>

Broadcasting to a Particular Speaker – Alexa

Drop In Feature

If you're an Alexa-enthusiast wanting to enjoy the benefits of broadcasting to a specific speaker, we've got one word for you: Drop In. If you're not aware of what this feature is, allow us to explain.  

Drop In is an Alexa feature that allows users to connect to Alexa-enabled devices and use them as intercoms. In short, you can utilize this feature to carry out a two-way conversation with your Alexa contacts through your device(s). 

Another plus side of this feature is that it's effortless to use and can come in handy in multiple settings, such as:

  • Connecting to a specific (device) group through only one Alexa-enabled device. 
  • Carrying out a two-way conversation without having to move an inch.
  • Conducting a group conversation through your Amazon household and all Alexa-enabled devices. 
  • To grant and gain permission from contacts quickly. Once you receive a Drop In, your Echo device will pulse green before directly connecting you to your contact. 

Alexa users can change the name of their Echo device (much like Google Home app users) to keep things simple. Here's how:

  1. Open the Alexa app and select the Devices option.
  2. Tap on the Echo & Alexa setting and choose the device.
  3. Next, tap on the Edit Name option and type in the name of your choice.

Start Communicating

  • Alexa, Drop In <Room Name> / <Device Name>

Common Questions on Smart Speaker Broadcasting

Can Google Nest be used as an intercom?

Nest was merged into Google's home devices unit in 2018, so it should come as no surprise that users can utilize Google Nest speakers as ‘intercoms' just as easily through the Broadcast option. 

To begin with, you'll need two or more Nest speakers that aren't running on Do Not Disturb, and you'll need to log in to your Google account. 

Since you can speak commands directly to most Nest products, you can start by saying, “Hey Google, broadcast…” and add whatever message you'd like after the word broadcast.

Can Alexa broadcast to Google Home?

Alexa can broadcast to Google Home if the devices are connected under the same command centre or via Bluetooth. (It's a bit of a trick as opposed to Amazon and Google purposely working together!)

If you're looking for a quick fix, the following steps will show you how to go about connecting Google Home to Alexa using Bluetooth technology:

  1. To initiate pairing, use the “Pair Bluetooth” command on both Alexa and Google Home. Next, select the Devices option in your Alexa app and choose the Add Device setting.
  2. Scroll down the list, select Other Device, and then choose Discover Devices.
  3. Wait until Alexa recognizes the Google Home device and connects via Bluetooth.

Can Google Home broadcast to Chromecast?

Google Home can broadcast to Chromecast as long as both are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and you have a TV with built-in Chromecast or plugged in through HDMI ports. Next, you'll need to follow the directions listed below.

  1. Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. On the app page, click on the device you want to link.
  3. Tap on Settings, and then choose the Add to a home option. Next, select the home you want to add the device to.
  4. Tap on Next and choose the room your TV is in. Once you notice your TV appear on the home screen, under the room's name it's assigned to, you're done!

The Verdict

As you can see, to broadcast to a specific speaker, such as a living room speaker, be it through Google Home or Alexa, is a fairly simple process and can help save lots of time and effort in the long run. It's an upgrade that can provide additional functionality to your smart home and shouldn't be missed.

Sources

support.google.com

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