Google recently introduced a line of smart speakers powered by Google Assistant, a digital assistant that can respond to voice commands. Google Home line of smart speakers come in various sizes and shapes, and they also have different features. For the Google Home smart speaker to function, it must be connected to a Wi-Fi network. But sometimes, connecting the Google Home device to your WIFI network isn't as easy as you would expect. Here's a guide on how to change WIFI on Google Home Mini smart speaker.
How to Change WIFI on Google Home Mini: Troubleshooting Connection Problems
It's not uncommon to experience WIFI connection problems when using your Google Home Mini smart speaker. In some cases, the smart speaker may not appear up on the list of available devices within the Google Home app. Remember that your smartphone and the Google Home Mini must be on the same WIFI network to connect.
These errors mostly occur when you have changed your WIFI password or name but forgotten to update it in the Google Home smart speaker to connect. This post will guide you on how to change WIFI on the Google Home Mini speaker to connect with new WIFI routers or other changes. When you have a Google Home app on your smartphone, changing the WIFI on your Google Home device is a snap. This guide assumes that you already have a Google Home app on your phone, and it's linked to your Google account.
How to Change WIFI on Google Home Mini: Plug it Into a Power Supply
Before anything else, you will need to plug the Google Mini speaker into a power source and ensure that it's powered on. Google Home Mini speaker has four lights at the top, and they will indicate when you plug it into a power source. Remember that you can't change Google Home settings without powering them on, as they are unreachable in the app. Once you connect it to a power source, give the speaker some time to finish the booting process.
How to Change WIFI on Google Home Mini: Turn on Bluetooth
Google Home Mini speaker can recognize multiple protocols, including Bluetooth, WIFI, ZigBee, Z-Wave, among others. Before you set up WIFI connection, you will need to turn on Bluetooth on your smartphone to allow it to connect with the Google Home Mini speaker. Bluetooth enables you to make changes to the speaker via the Google Home app. Remember that you should be close enough (less than fifteen feet away) for maximum speed and minimizing errors.
How to Change WIFI on Google Home Mini: Turn on WIFI on Your Smartphone
Now, after turning on Bluetooth, you also need to connect your smartphone to the same WIFI network you want to connect the Google Home Mini smart speaker. Follow prompts for your particular smartphone to connect to the WIFI. Remember, the smartphone and the Google Home Mini speaker must be on the same network for them to connect. For instance, if you want to connect the speaker to ABCD WIFI, you also need to connect your mobile device to the ABCD WIFI network.
How to Change WIFI on Google Home Mini: Launch the Google Home App
Google Home App gives you access to all the Google Home smart devices in your home. You can also make changes to these devices from the Google Home app. The Google Home app may be someplace on the home screen unless you moved it to another location.
How to Change WIFI on Google Home Mini: Open the Hamburger Menu
After launching the Google Home app, select the hamburger menu at the top left corner. It will reveal a drop-down menu that displays various items, including Explore, Music, Home control, Shopping list, My Activity, More settings, Devices, etc. Tap on 'Devices' and choose the device that you want to connect to the new WIFI network.
How to Change WIFI on Google Home Mini: Tap on Settings
On the upper right corner, you will see the settings icon (shaped like a gear). Tap the settings icon and scroll down through the list until you get WIFI. Now, tap on WIFI. A red "Forget This Network" button will appear. When you tap it, it will take you back to the app's home screen.
How to Change WIFI on Google Home Mini: Enter the New WIFI Password and Name
At this point, enter the new WIFI password and name. You may also consider the small box with "Use This WiFi Network to Set Up Future Devices" if you want your Google Home devices to remember the WIFI password.