Listen to internet radio with a smart speaker


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Listen to internet radio with a smart speaker

radio with a smart speaker next to it

What's coming up

In this activity, you’ll learn how to use a smart speaker to listen to your favourite radio station via the internet. This is called an internet radio stream.

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A smart speaker

Our smart speaker and voice assistant

You can use any smart speaker to listen to internet radio. For this demonstration, we’ll be using the Google Nest Mini smart speaker. This smart speaker uses the Google Assistant to understand voice commands.

Smart speaker connected to a smartphone via the internet

What you need

To use a smart speaker, you need home Wi-Fi with active internet connection and available data. You also need to set up the smart speaker using a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet.

For more on how to set up a smart speaker, visit the How to set up smart home technology course.


eSafety Tip

Smart speakers and other smart home devices do not need very much data. They don’t use as much as playing a video, or even listening to internet radio. However, many smart devices will stop working if you run out of data allowance.

An unlimited home data plan ensures you won’t run out of data. Your internet service provider can also recommend options that suit your budget and what you do on the internet.

Choosing a radio station

To select a radio station, simply instruct the voice assistant to start playing that particular station. For example, if you want to listen to ABC Radio National on your Google Nest Mini smart speaker say: “OK Google, play ABC Radio National.”

Instructing google to play abc radio
The smart speaker playing abc radio national

The smart speaker responds

After you give the voice command, the Google Nest Mini will use the Google Assistant to respond: “Sure, here’s Radio National on TuneIn.”

TuneIn is a free internet radio service, and Google sets it up for you, so there’s no need to download or install anything.

Internet radio begins to play

After a moment, you’ll hear the familiar sounds of ABC Radio National. This is the free internet radio version of Radio National.

smart speaker playing internet radio
Telling google to increase the volume

Setting the volume

You can change the volume by asking: “OK Google, set volume to half” or “volume up”. You could even ask “OK Google, set volume to 50 per cent.”

Stopping the radio from playing

When you’ve had enough of listening to internet radio, you can say: “OK Google, stop.” The audio stream will stop playing and the speaker will go silent.

If this feels a bit rude to you, you can say “OK Google, please stop” and the speaker will still understand you.

Telling google to stop playiong music
Lady listening to music

Well done!

You’ve learned how to Listen to internet radio with a smart speaker. You also learned the simple and easy voice commands you need to give to your smart speaker to hear internet radio versions of your favourite radio stations.

In the next activity, you’ll find out how to Organise your day with Google Assistant.