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How to Change the Default Music Player for Google Assistant

Ben Stegner 08-02-2018

Google Assistant is Android’s voice companion, and it’s arguably the best around Google Assistant vs. Apple Siri: Which Is the Best Smart AI? Siri may have been the pioneering voice assistant on a smartphone, but it’s been years since most of us took her seriously. Are other voice assistants simply better? Let's take a look. Read More . It lets you change settings on your phone, look up information, and send messages—all with just your voice. And with Google Assistant available to more phones than ever, it’s wise to maximize your efficiency 10 IFTTT Google Assistant Recipes to Boost Productivity You can make IFTTT and Google Assistant work in tandem to make you more productive. Let's check out these useful IFTTT recipes. Read More with it.


As you probably know, Assistant can play all sorts of music for you. But if you don’t connect the accounts you want to use, this ability is severely limited. Here’s how to connect your preferred music service and set it as the default.

How to Change the Default Music Player for Google Assistant

  1. Press and hold the Home button to open Google Assistant.
  2. Tab the blue drawer icon to open the Assistant menu.
  3. Select the three-dot menu in the upper-right and choose Settings.
  4. Choose Music under the Services header.
  5. Here, you’ll see a list of compatible music services. Tap the one you’d like to set as the default.
  6. If your preferred service is under the More music services section, tap it and follow the instructions to link it to your Google account.

How to Change the Default Music Player for Google Assistant Google Assistant Default Music Service

Now, when you say “OK Google, play some pop music,” it will use your preferred service. You’ll save a few seconds by not having to say on Spotify every time. Plus, if you don’t link your accounts here, Google Assistant can’t use your playlists or Pandora stations. If you ever want to use another temporarily, say “OK Google, play a rock station on Pandora.”

This only affects music played by asking Google Assistant. It’s especially worth a look if you use Android Auto to play music in the car so you can get to your favorite music faster. For more, check out additional tricks that Google Assistant can do 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Assistant Could Do What can Google Assistant do beyond the basics? Here are some lesser-known Google Assistant tricks to try on your Android phone! Read More  and consider pairing it with one of the top smart displays available The Best Smart Displays for Your Home in 2019 Smart speakers are an easy way to make your home smart. Here are the best smart displays for your home! Read More .

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  1. Will Derryberry
    November 13, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Won't add maple player

  2. Pixels
    November 9, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    All these music players are not necessary for the phone, and yet the integrated music player on android phones cant be chosen, really..

  3. nimerk
    September 2, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    why my google play music not in the list? ive update the apps for both but it only show for spotify and youtube.

  4. Michael Artha
    August 1, 2018 at 9:07 am


    Just say "Play music using Rocket Player /VLC/Huawei music etc

    • Fedor Taiakine
      August 9, 2018 at 4:51 am

      Doesn't work. None of offline players is recognized by assistant as "music service". Frustrating...

  5. Samj
    July 7, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Is there support for Xiaomi music app?

  6. MrNams
    June 18, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Third class,
    Do not allow to change default music player.
    Why do they force to use third class google music player.

  7. Rickard Remelin
    June 17, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Poweramp does not show up, but it works to ask to play with Poweramp. Using Huawei P20 Pro.

  8. Anant
    May 12, 2018 at 7:00 am

    What if my services column didn't even show Music option? Because it isn't.?

    • Fernando
      May 17, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      Same here, any solution?

    • Devvrat Shukla
      May 25, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Same here, please post here if you find something.

      • Ben Stegner
        May 25, 2018 at 2:23 pm

        I've never heard of this problem, but I can think of a few basic troubleshooting steps:

        1. Update your Google/Google Assistant app in the Play Store
        2. Make sure you have the appropriate music app installed on your phone
        3. This may work differently in countries outside the USA?

    • MrNams
      June 18, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Why they force to use worst Google music player.
      Changing default music player is disabled,that's strange.

  9. Anant
    May 12, 2018 at 7:00 am

    What if my services column didn't even show Music option? Because it isn't.?

  10. Jase Wolf
    April 25, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Damn shame that you can't choose your own offline music player such as Pulsar or VLC or so. Sure we have Spotify and Google Play Music installed, but Pulsar is our favourite. But of course, Google has to restrict to music services, leaving those who use music players in the dust.

    • Michael Artha
      August 1, 2018 at 9:02 am

      I have a Huawei y6 prime and I don't know if this will also work for other phones but I asked the assistant
      "Play music using Rocket Player"
      and it did just that
      Note... Rocket Player is a 3rd party music player

  11. Taylor
    April 18, 2018 at 7:53 am

    yooo thanks so much for this!

    • Ben Stegner
      April 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      I'm glad it helped you!