I bought a Nest Hub Max and a Nest Mini. I have a small studio apartment and the idea was to keep the Nest Hub Max in the kitchen / living area and the Nest Mini the bedroom area. The idea was to use them as a speaker pair, controlled by the Nest Hub Max.
So ideally I could walk up to the Nest Hub Max, play some music, and have it play on both speakers.
I have been all throughout the Home app and there seems to be no way whatsoever to pair the Nest Mini to the Nest Hub Max. They are both in the same "room" in the app, but when I play music on the Hub Max, it does not simultaneously play on the Nest Mini.
This is despite all the search results I can find saying that because they are in the same room they should behave simultaneously as a group. I also cannot find any way to pair them as speakers. This support guide (https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7174267) says that I need to add a new device called a "Speaker Group" but there is no such option in the app.
How can I do this? If this is not possible then, combined with the seeming non-functionality in my other question (https://www.googlenestcommunity.com/t5/Speakers-and-Displays/Nest-Hub-alarm-force-me-to-disable-by-w...) I just have absolutely no use for the devices because they seem to be lacking in basic features. I will have to return them.
There is a workaround you can try to achieve simultaneous audio playback on both devices. You can create a speaker group in the Google Home app that includes both the Nest Hub Max and the Nest Mini. Here's how you can do it:
Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.
Tap on the "+" icon to create a new group.
Select "Create Speaker Group."
Choose the room where your Nest Hub Max and Nest Mini are located.
Select both devices to add them to the group.
Give your speaker group a name, such as "Living Room and Bedroom Speakers."
Tap "Save" to create the group.
Once the speaker group is created, you can use voice commands or the Google Home app to play music on both devices simultaneously. For example, you can say, "Hey Google, play music on [group name]" or select the speaker group from the media playback controls in the Google Home app.
Thanks for posting, and I’m sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you.
For an immersive music and media experience, you can connect 2 speakers to set up stereo sound as a speaker pair. Stereo sound pairing is available on Google Home, Google Nest Mini (2nd gen), Google Home Mini (1st gen), Google Home Max, and Google Nest Audio. Both devices need to be the same model (Example: 2 Nest Mini speakers or 2 Nest Audio speakers) and located in the same room.
If you want to stream your media to several speakers throughout your home, learn more on how to create and manage speaker groups. Make sure that both your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and frequency. You can use either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz, but both cannot be separated.
Hope this helps.