Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Devices- menu, with the -Reboot- item highlighted.

How to Reboot Google Home Speaker




You may wish to reboot your Google Home speaker if it begins behaving erratically, becomes non responsive to questions and commands, emits strange noises and so on.  Always try a speaker restart first, as this often clears up many problems, and avoids the unnecessary action of hard resetting your speaker.

 

Google Home Speaker Reboot Method One: The Local Method

If you’re near to the Google Home speaker, you can just disconnect it from AC power, wait ten seconds, and then plug it back in.  The unit will complete rebooting in less than a minute.

 

Google Home Speaker Restart Method Two: The Remote Method

However, if you’re far away from your Google Home speaker, such as upstairs from it, or even away from home, you can issue a reboot command via the Google Home app on your mobile device as follows.  This method depends on you having the Google Home app installed and linked to the same Google account to which your Google Home speaker is linked.  If all of that is in place, then do the following, to effect a remote restart of your speaker.

1. Run the Google Home app on your tablet.  We’re using an iPad Air computer tablet in this scenario.  This app is located on page three of our iPad’s home screen, although yours may appear in a different location, depending on how many apps you have installed as well as how you might have arranged them.

Picture of the Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.
Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.

Upon running this app, the Google home screen appears, as follows.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the Home screen, with the Hamburger control highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the Home screen, with the Hamburger control highlighted.

 

2. Tap the Hamburger menu control   located in the top left corner of the Google Home app Home screen, as pointed at in the previous picture by the pink arrow.  This brings up the main menu as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its main menu, with the devices item highlighted..
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its main menu, with the devices item highlighted..

 

3. Tap the Devices menu item.  This brings up a list of your Google Home devices that have been configured on the current Google account, as shown next for our case.  We only have one speaker.  So there’s only one displaying in the next screenshot.

Picture of the Google Home App on iOS, displaying the Devices screen, with its hamburger menu link highlighted.
Google Home App on iOS, displaying the Devices screen, with its hamburger menu link highlighted.

4. Tap the device’s Hamburger menu control   in the top right corner of its card, as shown by the pink arrow in the previous picture.  The speaker’s control menu then appears, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Devices- menu, with the -Reboot- item highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Devices- menu, with the -Reboot- item highlighted.

5. Tap the  Reboot  menu item, which the pink arrow points at in the previous picture. The   Reboot Confirmation  dialog displays, something like that shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Device Reboot Confirmation- prompt, with the -REBOOT- link highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Device Reboot Confirmation- prompt, with the -REBOOT- link highlighted.

 

6. Tap the  REBOOT  link.  This initiates a remote reboot of your Google Home speaker, closes the reboot confirmation dialog box, and returns you to the Devices List screen, as shown next.  Notice that your speaker no longer appears here.  This is temporary however, as the speaker will again appear once if completes its restart cycle.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Devices Discovered List-Screen, which is empty while Google Speaker reboots.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Devices Discovered List- Screen, which is empty while Google Speaker reboots.

After reboot is complete, the speaker should then reappear on the Devices screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Devices- screen, with one speaker device up and running.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Devices- screen, with one speaker device up and running.

 

7. You’re done!  Once the speaker again appears, reboot has finished successfully, and you can try some commands and questions.  Hopefully, rebooting has solved any issues you were experiencing.  If not, you can always try more drastic measures, such as hard resetting your speaker, and then setting it up again.  See our links in the Related Posts section below for instructions on how to take those more drastic steps.  Good luck.

 

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Revision History

  • 2017-01-27: Originally published.