We are living in an era of home automation. Many homeowners are now focusing on filling their homes with smart devices that makes their lives easier, simpler, and a lot more fun. Google is among the giant companies that have focused on creating high-end smart devices used in home automation. Google’s line of smart devices includes Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, Google Home Hub, among others. If you recently purchased bought any of these devices, you are probably wondering how you will get it to work. If you are among the people asking “How do I set up Google Home Mini,” don’t worry anymore. Here’s how you can set up your Google Home Mini.
Google Home Mini - Plug it Into a Power Source
After unboxing your Google Home Mini, plug the power cord into a power socket. Inside the box, you will find a power cable. Plug it into the nearest socket and the other end to the speaker. On Google Home Mini, you will find the power port on the back-side of the speaker. If can’t find power cable in the box, you should contact the retailer and inform them.
Google Home Mini -Give it Time to Boot
Google Home Mini doesn’t have a power button, so don’t curse yourself if you don’t find it. When you plug the power cable into the power source, your device will power on automatically. There are four lights at the top of the speaker and they will indicate when plugged into a power source. The speaker will take sometime to boot and then it will introduce itself. The Google assistant will then ask you to download the Google Home app.
Install the Google Home App
To set up your Google Home Mini speaker, you will need to download the Google Home App. You can get this app from Google Play (for android users) or App Store for iOS powered smartphones. If you already have the Google Home app, update it to have the latest version of the app.
Sign In to Your Google Account
Since you are using a Google Home device, you will also need to have a Google account. When you launch the Google app, you will be prompted to log in with your Google account. If you already have a Google account, you don’t have to create another one. You can sign in with your current google account. But if you don’t have a google account, follow the in-app prompts to create one. Unfortunately, you can’t set up a Google Home Mini speaker without a Google account.
Add the speaker to Google Home App
Once you sign in to the Google Home app and the Google Home Mini speaker is powered on, you will get a pop up letting you know that you can now add the speaker to the Google Home app. Importantly, make sure that the Google Home Mini speaker and your smartphone are connected to the same WIFI network. When you are ready, tap on the prompt to begin the pairing process.
Confirm You Can Hear the speaker
After initiating the pairing process, the Google Home Mini speaker will make a sound and ask you to confirm if you can hear it. Google Home app will then ask you if you would like to share your device crash reports and stats to help Google refine and improve user experience. You can either accept or decline this request. It won’t affect the functioning of your Google Home Mini device.
Choose a Room
Google Home devices come with a variety of presets that include bedrooms, garages, attics, living room, and hallways. You can now choose the room that you want to place your Google Home Mini speaker.
Choose a Name for the Device
By default, the name of your device will be Google Home Mini speaker. But you can change the name of your smart speaker to something more specific or descriptive. That’s important especially when you have several Google Smart speakers in your house.
Google Home devices are powered by a digital assistant that can translate more than 100 languages. So, select your preferred language.