Google Home Mini Not Connecting To Wi-Fi: How To Fix

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In order for Google Home to function, it must be connected to the internet at all times. This implies that you must first connect Google Home to a Wi-Fi network before you can use it to play music, connect to wireless devices, query calendar events, offer directions, make calls, check the weather, and do other functions such as playing games.

However, since Google Home is a wireless device, there are many areas we can check for a potential answer for why it isn’t connecting to Wi-Fi. We can look at not just the device itself, but also adjacent devices that are connected to the same network to see if any of them are the culprit.

Make Sure It’s Properly Connected

Although it should be self-explanatory, Google Home will not be able to connect to the internet unless you instruct it on how to do so over your Wi-Fi network. To put it another way, nothing will function on your Google Home unless you have configured it using the Google Home app on your smartphone.

Google Home may be downloaded for Android devices or purchased for iOS devices. You can learn more about the precise steps you must take inside the app to connect Google Home to Wi-Fi in our How to Set Up Google Home tutorial.

It’s possible that Google Home used to connect to Wi-Fi without issue, but if you recently changed the Wi-Fi password, you’ll need to adjust Google Home before it will be able to reconnect. In order to do so, you must first unplug the device from its present settings and restart it.

Here’s how you can go about it:

  • Tap the Google Home device you wish to change in the Google Home app.
  • To change the Wi-Fi password on a Google Home, click Settings (the gear button).
Google Home Mini Not Connecting To Wi-Fi: How To Fix
  • After selecting Wi-Fi, choose the option to Forget network.
  • On the app’s main screen, tap the Add button.
  • Afterwards, choose Set up device and then New devices.
  • Next, choose the house where Google Home should be installed.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions or consult the documentation mentioned above for assistance if you get stuck.

Move Your Router or Google Home

Google Home can only connect to the internet via your router, thus it is this connection point that you should focus your attention on in the beginning. Moving the Google Home closer to your network and seeing whether the symptoms improve is straightforward.

If Google Home performs better when it is placed closer to the router, this indicates that there is a problem with the router or interference between the router and the location where your Google Home is generally located.

Permanent solutions include either moving the Google Home closer to the router, or moving the router to a more central location where it can reach a larger area, ideally away from walls and other electrical devices, as described above.

If you are unable to move the router, or if moving the router does not help, and restarting the computer does not help, and you are certain that the router is to blame for the Google Home Wi-Fi problem, you might consider replacing your router with a better one, installing a better router antenna, or purchasing a mesh network, all of which should improve coverage and performance.

Similar principles hold true for Bluetooth connections: bring the Bluetooth device closer to the Google Home, or vice versa, to ensure that they are properly connected and communicating.

If the static disappears or they operate better when they’re closer together, it’s more likely that there’s a distance or interference problem, in which case you’d need to rearrange the furniture in the room to ensure that other devices aren’t interfering with Google Home.

Shut Off Other Network Devices

This may seem like an extreme, or perhaps impractical, approach to just get your Google Home back up and running, but if you have a large number of devices accessing the internet over the same network, bandwidth might become a genuine problem for you. With too many items actively utilising the network at the same time, you’ll undoubtedly notice issues such as buffering, songs halting unexpectedly or not beginning at all, and general delays or missing answers from Google Home, to name a few.

You should pause any other network-related tasks you are performing while using your Google Home, such as downloading movies to your computer, streaming music to your Chromecast, or playing video games, if you notice connection problems with your Google Home. You should also consider only performing those tasks when you will not be using your Google Home.

From a technical standpoint, this isn’t a problem with Google Home, Netflix, your HDTV, your PC, or a music streaming service, among other things. Instead, it is merely the consequence of reaching the maximum amount of accessible bandwidth on your system.

The only option to get around restricted bandwidth connections is to upgrade your internet service to a plan that offers more bandwidth or, as previously said, to begin restricting the number of devices that may access the network at the same time.

Restart the Router & Google Home

After trying to connect Google Home to Wi-Fi by turning off troublesome network devices, it’s likely that Google Home will need to be reset, and while you’re at it, you may as well reboot the router to make sure everything is working properly.

Starting and restarting both devices should resolve whatever transient issue is causing the sporadic troubles you’ve been seeing.

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You may restart Google Home by removing the device’s power cable from the wall, waiting 60 seconds, and then attaching the cord again. Another option is to make use of the Google Home application:

Google Home Mini Not Connecting To Wi-Fi: How To Fix
  • Restarting a gadget is as simple as tapping it.
  • Select the settings icon at the top of the screen, followed by the three horizontal dot menu at the bottom of the screen.
  • Select the Reboot option from the drop-down menu.

Reset the Router & Google Home

As you may have seen, the part above on restarting these devices will simply shut them down and then start them back up again. Resetting is different since it will completely wipe the software and return the gadget to its original state, which is when you initially acquired it.

Resetting the Google Home should be your last resort if you are unable to get it to connect to Wi-Fi. This will remove all customizations you have made to it. Similarly, resetting Google Home disconnects it from all of the devices and music services that you have connected to it, and resetting a router deletes information such as your Wi-Fi network name and password.

So, clearly, you should only take this step if all of the previous steps listed above have failed to connect Google Home to Wi-Fi. However, because of how damaging this is, it is a probable solution to the majority of Google Home Wi-Fi issues, since it resets everything that can be reset, including the router itself.

Whether you choose, you may reset one device but not the other in order to test if the issue is resolved without having to reinstall the software on both of the affected devices. For example, you might take these steps to reset your router and then check to see whether Google Home connects to Wi-Fi after doing so.

If your Google Home still won’t connect to the internet, it’s necessary to restart your Wi-Fi connection as well:

Reset Google Home:

Press and hold the microphone mute button on the back of the phone for about 15 seconds, or until you hear the message “resetting.”

Google Home Mini:

Turn the smartphone over and check for a circle at the bottom of the display screen. For 15 seconds, press and hold the FDR button on your keyboard. The Google Assistant should notify you that it is resetting the machine.

Reset Google Home Max:

Locate the FDR button, which is located near the power cable on the back of the device, and press and hold it for about 15 seconds, or until you hear the device announce that it is resetting.

Reset Google Home Hub

For 10 seconds, press and hold both of the volume buttons on the rear of the smartphone at the same time. The Google Assistant will notify you when it is time to reset.

Last but not least, have you considered the possibility that your router is nearing the end of its useful life? If this is the case, it may be necessary to replace the device. In addition to making a mesh router that is one of the finest on the market, Google also manufactures a Google Home that works perfectly with it.

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