In the previous version of Google Home, there was a specific "Media" page that could be accessed, so if a device was casting to a speaker, it was possible to open the media 'page' and add/remove devices to the cast.
This no longer seems to be available??
Google has recently made some changes to the Google Home app, and it's possible that the "Media" page you were referring to has been removed or moved to a different location. Here are some steps that you can try to access the media controls and add/remove devices to a cast:
If these steps don't work for you, it's possible that the media controls have been moved or changed in the latest version of the Google Home app. You can try contacting Google support for further assistance with this issue.
This doesn't work. If I use my Google Home Max and the AUX port as the input, there is NO WAY to cast this to other speakers. I assume this removal of functionality was purposeful. I say NO WAY, but if I use the Google Home app on my iPad it works as it used to and I can still do this, but I'm not carrying my iPad around with me. This is just stupid. Can I revert to the previous version of the Google Home app and never upgrade?
Don't think I would really accept this as an answer....
Yes, if you hit the "correct" button, you will be taken to an area that allows you to control devices, but if you go the the actual device that is casting (in devices) there is no way to control/add other devices.
I still think that the previous version was much simpler/more straight forward...
bump. the old controls were so useful, and supported flexible casting to different devices. there's no way to easily cast to one device vs another since this new update. the only workaround I can think of is to create multiple home groups that have different mixes of devices, which is ridiculous for someone like me with 5+ speakers around our house
What in the world...
That was by far one of the best features of the home app. How do you just remove it?
Sounds like it wasn't even known it existed. I just got upgraded today and i want to go back. It was so simple to walk around my house to different rooms and quickly move the music to that room flawlessly.
Google you are losing it. Supposed to make things better.
It looks like the 126.96.36.199 version may fix this issue. It was released yesterday, but I can only find it on APKmirror (works for me): https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/google-home/google-home-3-1-1-15-release/google-home-3-1-1-...
I did install it. Thank you for that. But I have to say it doesn't work. The media thing only shows up and stays there only stays available for a short period of time. And then it goes away and there's no way to get it back without manually stopping the app and clearing the cache. So still really really bad. Also since this update, my speakers keep doing weird stuff when I am trying to play music. They play things that I don't ask for. When I say play something on a certain speaker it plays it on something else. When I say play something on the device I'm speaking to, it wants to play it on something else. When I say to stop, it said wants to stop something else that's not even playing. Google's original slogan was do no evil. I think in the last year or so most everything has been evil. I constantly am having problems especially with my speakers and home hubs. Of which I have many at both my home and my camp.
I can verify it is still working on my app (188.8.131.52 installed from APK mirror). Perhaps this is why it hasn't been released in the Play store yet, being that it is not working on all devices. I don't even know how someone got a hold of a version which is newer than what is in the Play Store...? Bummer that it isn't working, hopefully the next version will fix that? They say on the update page that they are coming out with updates "Over the next few days...."
Mine is Samsung Ultra 22. I can absolutely guarantee that it was not working on 184.108.40.206. This is how it looks now below:
Thanks for all that. Mine looks very similar when it's there. Which it isn't all the time. Also I'll click on a speaker to add it and it won't play. Just a lot of quirky bad stuff. It's just frustrating to have invested so much time and money over the years and have the stuff consistently not work. Every time there's an update, there's a random thing that just gets broken. It's a big time waster.
If you check the About bit in the home app (or on Play Store), there is a statment there about them rolling out a bunch of stuff for media control...
"Over the next few days, we’ll be rolling out the following:
Use the Home app to control on/off, volume, playback, inputs and more for your connected streaming and media devices.
Users who have opted into presence sensing will receive helpful alerts if their phone location is incorrect.
Camera users can now choose to include video clips when submitting feedback on camera events."
We have a pair of Google Max speakers, one of which receives an AUX signal from the stereo which connects to our turntable. We want to cast this to a speaker group so we can also include our Nest Hub Max which is in our kitchen (open plan). Otherwise our music only covers half of the room.
It sounds like this new update shown above will finally solve this for us! Signed up to public preview so can hopefully test it soon and report back. Currently on 220.127.116.11 in UK and still having the issue though. This is is an even newer version than 18.104.22.168 which was mentioned above.
So currently we still cant do this. The AUX plays on the pair but we can only stop casting not change the device/group.
And here's a view from favourites.
Screenshots are from Pixel 7 Pro
Also tested on Pixel 6.
I also experience the same frustration regarding the "Now Playing" tab and not being able to add or remove devices when audio is playing.
To give more context, here what I can experience. Everything actually works fine when I stream music from Youtube Music. The "Now Playing" tab is displayed and I can easily add or remove devices like before. However, I also stream music from my Home Assistant instance and unfortunately the "Now Playing" tab never shows up when I do. the icons of the devices playing music actually show that music is streaming so I believe that displaying the "Now Playing" tab whenever a device is detected to actually stream audio should be possible.
Hopefully this will be added to up coming versions of the application.
Following back on my usage (not sure anyone reads but anyway...).
So the "Now Playing" does not always show even when streaming audio from YouTube Music. I need to kill the app and restart it to make it appear sometimes.
If anyone from Google reads this thread, please can you put back the button that shows any audio playback currently playing. That was a killer feature heavily used here.
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