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‘Stream transfer’ feature moves your music around the house using Google Assistant

Get your entertainment to follow you with this new Google Assistant feature

Google Assistant users can now easily move their music and podcasts from YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more from one Google smart device to another using a new feature called stream transfer. This means that if you are using a Google speaker in one room you can literally move the entertainment to another device in another room. So, when you move around the house, your entertainment can, too. You can also have YouTube videos move to Google video devices like the Nest Hub Max and Chromecast-enabled TVs.

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“Now that millions of users have multiple TVs, smart speakers and smart displays (some in every room!) we wanted to make it easy for people to control their media as they moved from room to room,” Google said in the Google Nest blog, The Keyword.

The new feature can be used with voice commands, the Google Home app or the Nest smart display touchscreen. Getting started with stream transfer is easy, but how you use it depends on what type of device you want to use. To stream transfer with Google Assistant all you need is a voice command and the name of the device you want to move to. For example, if you’re listening to a podcast on on the Google Home Mini in your bedroom and wanted to move to the den you would say, “Hey Google, move the podcast to the den speaker.” If you’re using the Google Home app all you need to do is tap the cast button, choose the device you want to move to and you’re done. You can also move the music or podcast to a speaker group, if you have one set up. To move YouTube videos between your Nest display and a Chromecast-enabled TV all you need to do is to tap the cast icon on the display screen. The video will then appear on your television screen. You can also say “Hey Google, play it on living room TV” if you want to go hands-free.

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