Q: Does Tidal work with Google Home? Put it another way, is Tidal compatible with Google Home? If not, is there any news on whether Google Home will support Tidal as one of the default music services? Or, is there any other way to link Tidal to Google Home? After that, I can use Tidal music and playlists on Google Home speakers?
Based on online research, there is only positive news on Google Home Tidal support. Coming from a Google employee, who stated that Google Home has an open API that is up to Tidal to make it available. Because this open API works already on some other streaming music services. 'Google Home Tidal integration' would be possible in the future.
Obviously, it is unwise to expect Tidal to arrive soon. Will you give up other opportunities for adding Tidal to Google Home? Before Tidal and Google Home integration, here, we'll show two quick workarounds. Don't miss them to play Tidal on Google Home/Home Mini/Max/Hub with ease.
Method 1. How to Play Tidal on Google Home Mini from YouTube Music
Is there a way to hook up your Tidal music service with Google Mini Home as the default one? The answer is positive. There is an effective method to make it available. The reason why we introduce this way first is that it can meet Tidal subscribers' almost all needs. It enables users to play Tidal on Google Home as the default service. Even if you don't have a Tidal subscription now, you can still link Tidal to Google assistant for playback.
Before 2021, Google Play Music is the default streaming music service for Google Home. But now, it's not as it no longer exists and YouTube Music replaces it. So why not upload Tidal playlists to Amazon Music. After that, you can play Tidal playlists straightforward from Google Home.
But even you are using a Tidal Hi-Fi subscription, you still can't upload Tidal songs to YouTube Music. Because it's not able to download songs from Tidals to your computer officially. Under this circumstance, you need to install a professional Tidal downloader tool to solve it. Here, you can meet AudFree Tidal Music Downloader.
It can download songs and playlists from Tidal as local files. Besides, it can convert Tidal music to MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, etc. so that you can play Tidal on Google Home directly.
The following tutorial will be divided into two parts. One is to download Tidal music as Google Home supported files via AudFree Tidal Music Converter. The other is to upload Tidal songs to YouTube Music for playing on Google Home.
How to Convert Tidal Music for Google Home
- Step 1Load Tidal music and playlists to AudFree Tidal converter
- Simply click the 'AudFree Tidal Music Converter' icon on your computer desktop to launch this smart Tidal tool. At the same time, you will see the Tidal app pops up, which aims to make it easier to add Tidals songs. Please start to find the Tidal songs that you'd like to play on Google Home. Copy and paste the URL of Tidal music to the search box. And click the '+' button to load them automatically.
- Step 2Customize Tidal output audio parameters for Google Home
- To make Google Home Mini play Tidal, you can define the output format to MP3 or other common audio formats. AudFree Tidal Music Converter will support converting Tidal to MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A, and more. To get high Tidal quality, you are highly recommended to adjust the same rate as 320 kbps and sample rate as 48,000 Hz, etc.
- Step 3Convert Tidal for playing on Google Home
- After you have done all the settings, you can move to the last step. Click on the big 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner of the main interface, it will switch to 'Cancel'. You will see this perfect Tidal downloader starts to download Tidal MQA music to target audio files you set before. After conversion, you can hit on the 'history' icon to locate them. And then, upload all Tidal files to YouTube Music.
How to Add Tidal to Google Home from YouTube Music
Can you link Tidal to Google Home now? Of course! If you don't know how to add Tidal to YouTube Music for playback on Google Home speakers, you should follow the below simple instruction:
Step 1. Add Tidal to YouTube Music account. Open your YouTube Music on your computer and then log in to your account details. Then go to the 'Upload music' option to locate the music folder including Tidal songs and upload them to YouTube Music.
Step 2. Set up Google Home. Launch the Google Home app on your device and tap the 'Account' to log in to your Google account. Next, you can click the 'Settings' > 'Services' > 'Music' button to set YouTube Music as the default service.
Step 3. Play Tidal on Google Home/Home Mini. Now, you can ask Google Home or Google Home Mini to play Tidal songs that you have uploaded to the YouTube Music account via voice commands. Besides, you can say 'Play a specific song (song name)' to listen to Tidal on Google Home.
You can also play Tidal on Google Home Mini via the Bluetooth function. Please transfer downloaded Tidal tracks to your mobile device from your computer. And then, pair your phone and Google Home via Bluetooth. You can start to listen to Tidal on Google Home easily.
Method 2. How to Link Tidal to Google Home via Google Cast
It's well-known that Google Home comes with Chromecast built-in. It endows users the ability to play audios from their smartphone on Google Home speaker. Fortunately, Tidal is including in the app list that supports Google Cast. It allows users to use Tidal with Google Home via built-in Chromecast functionality.
There is no searching function allowing you to play a specific song. But you can use voice commands as normal to control the Tidal playback on Home speakers. After you link Tidal to Google Home, you can ask Google Home to skip, go back, increase or decrease volume. Also, there are some other basic commands to control it via Google assistant. Here is a simple tutorial on how to connect Tidal to Google Home Mini.
Step 1. Please make sure your mobile device is under the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home Mini. And then please launch the Tidal app on your Android or iPhone device.
Step 2. Next, you can start to select the music that you'd like to listen to and play it. At the same time, there will pop up the basic media controls at the bottom of the main screen.
Step 3. Choose this bar to display an extended version of the 'Now Playing' screen. And then you can see there is an icon that looks like a tiny speaker at the bottom-left corner, please hit on it.
Step 4. Here, you can see the 'Google Cast' sub-menu, and all Google Cast devices that are connected to the same Wi-Fi as your phone will show up. You can choose Google Home Mini as the target device to stream Tidal music.
Step 5. Your smartphone connects to Google Home for a while, and then Tidal music will play out of the Google Home. You can take full control of the Tidal music playback using Google assistant on Google Home. Or use your phone as a remote control. Now, Google Home does work with Tidal well. And it makes Tidal Google assistant integration perfect.
To Sum Up
Is Tidal on Google Home? From what we mentioned above, there is no Tidal and Google Home integration. But during the waiting time, there are still two ways for us. You can follow them to link Tidal to Google Home for playing Tidal music and playlists.
As for choosing whether method to do it, via Google Cast, or YouTube Music, it depends on your real situation.
As for as I'm concerned, the first way could be recommended. Because this way not also enables Tidal lovers to add Tidal to Google Home, but also play Tidal on Homepod and other smart speakers. Magic feature, right?