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Schedule an audio stream

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For home security while I'm away, I want to schedule a talk radio stream (e.g. BBC Sounds or Spotify podcasts) to run on my Nest Mini speaker during waking hours. The speaker is connected to my Wi-Fi and Home app perfectly, so it works fine when instructed (eg "OK Google.....Play BBC Radio 4"), but I need to schedule it to run every day.  Does anyone know how I can do this please?


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Hello domhooley, 

Thanks for visiting the Community. 

You can create a scheduled routine that can play your favorite radio station or podcast when you're away. You can follow the step-by-step instructions for creating a routine here.

Let me know if this is what you're looking for.


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Hi there Princess

Thanks for the response.  It was of some help - I now have a routine up and running, but it doesn't work.
I'm left wondering whether what I want to do is even possible with a Google Nest speaker?  It seems that when I'm away from home, I can not make the speaker stream music or news.
Unless you know better?...

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Hi domhooley,


Thanks for trying the steps. Have you already tried creating a personal routine?


Important: To get results like calendar events and commute info, you must turn on personal results.

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. On the Home screen , tap Routines  and then New and then Personal.
  3. To name your Routine, next to "New Routine," tap Edit .
    • If you add a voice starter before you name your Routine, the voice starter becomes the name.
  4. Add the starters and actions you want.
  5. If your Routine is set to start automatically and includes actions with audio, select the device you want the audio to play on.
    1. At the bottom, tap No device for audio.
    2. Select the device.
    3. Tap Save.
  6. Tap Save.

You can find your new Routine in the list under "Your Routines." This list also includes some ready-made Routines that you can edit.

Note: "I'm home" and "Leaving home" are both ready-made personal Routines that don't use presence sensing. To create household Routines that start when everyone's away or someone comes home, set up Home & Away Routines.


Some examples of personal Routines:

  • Starter: Say “Hey Google, let’s go home.”
  • Action: Google Assistant gives a traffic update, reads your texts, and plays a podcast.
  • Starter: Say “Hey Google, bedtime.”
  • Action: Google Assistant sets an alarm, turns off the lights, and plays sleep sounds.
  • Starter: You dismiss your morning alarm.
  • Action: Google Assistant tells you about events on your calendar, the day’s weather, and your commute to work.

Hope this helps.




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