How to Play Any Online Radio Station on Google Home Smart Speakers

Google Home smart speakers provide an easy and convenient way to listen to online radio stations. With just your voice, you can access thousands of stations from around the world. Here is a detailed guide on how to play any online radio station on Google Home speakers.

What You Need

To play online radio stations on Google Home, you will need:

  • A Google Home or Nest smart speaker
  • The Google Home app
  • An internet connection

The Google Home app allows you to manage your speakers and services. You can download it for free from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Link Your Music Streaming Services

Before playing music, you need to link your music streaming accounts like Spotify, Pandora, etc. to the Google Home app.

To link services:

  • Open the Google Home app
  • Tap the account icon > Settings > Music
  • Select the streaming services you want to link
  • Sign-in to link your accounts

Once your accounts are linked, you can ask Google Home to play music from those services.

Play Radio Stations by Voice

The easiest way to play radio stations is by voice commands. Just say “Hey Google” or “OK Google” followed by the radio station name.

Here are some examples voice commands:

  • “Play Radio 4”
  • “Play 98.5 The Beat”
  • “Tune into Life FM”

You can also specify the streaming service if you have multiple linked:

  • “Play Hot 97 on iHeartRadio”
  • “Play BBC Radio 1 on TuneIn”

Play Radio Stations from the Google Home App

You can browse, play, and manage radio stations directly from the Google Home app as well.

To play radio stations from the app:

  • Open the Google Home app
  • Go to the “Browse” tab
  • Select “Radio stations”
  • Browse stations by categories or search for a specific station
  • When you find one, tap “Play on [speaker name]”

The app allows you to view recently played stations, browse recommendations, and manage your favorites too.

Create Speaker Groups

You can group multiple Google Home speakers to play music across your whole home.

To create a speaker group:

  • Open the Google Home app
  • Go to the “Home” tab
  • Tap “Add” > “Create speaker group”
  • Check the speakers you want to group
  • Name the group
  • Tap “Save” in the top right

Now you can say “Hey Google, play Radio Paradise on the Downstairs Speakers” to play music across multiple speakers.

Set Routines to Play Radio

For frequently listened radio stations, you can automate playback using routines.

To create a radio routine:

  • Open the Google Home app
  • Go to “Settings” > “Routines”
  • Tap “Add routine”
  • Add a name and choose when to trigger it
  • Under “Add action” choose “Play [radio station] on [speaker]”
  • Tap “Save”

The routine will now play the radio station automatically when triggered.


Listening to online radio on Google Home speakers is quick and easy. Link your streaming services, play stations by voice or app, group speakers, and set radio routines. With Google Home, you can enjoy radio stations from anywhere on any speaker using just your voice.