Picture of the Google Home Mini and Original smart speakers together, side by side, front view.

Factory Reset Google Home




All of the smart speakers in the Google Home family, including the Original Google Home, the Mini, and the Max, can be easily reset to factory default state in order to restore proper operation or to prepare the speakers for transfer of ownership to another person.  Here, we discuss how to hard reset the original Google Home as well as the Mini, in the two procedures provided next.

 

Factory Reset Google Home Original Speaker

1. Connect the Google speaker to AC power.  After boot completes, go on to step s.

2. Press and hold the Mic Mute button.  Once the light ring finishes spinning and flashing in its multi-colored way, and goes completely dark after booting, press and hold the Microphone Mute  button, located on the back near the top of the Google Home speaker, for approximately five seconds.

While holding in the mute button, notice that the ring of lights on the top begin glowing orange.  In varying brightness intensities and patterns, these give a visual indication of a countdown to reset that is in progress, as pictured next.

Picture of the Google Home smart speaker, about to reboot, showing the orange light ring, indicating that a reboot is imminant.
Google Home smart speaker, about to reboot, showing the orange light ring, indicating that a reboot is imminent.

 

3. Confirm reboot by continuing to hold mute button in.  After approximately five seconds of holding in the button, the speaker says in its female voice, “You’re about to completely reset Google Home.  To cancel, release the button.”  Now is the time to release the Microphone Mute button, if you no longer wish to erase all speaker settings.

4. Keep the mic mute button depressed to continue with the factory default reset. Orange ring goes out.  Then turns white in a spinning pattern while factory defaults are being restored, as pictured next.

Google Home Speaker, Factory Default Reset in Progress, Displaying White Spinning Light Ring Pattern.

 

5. Reboot begins.  After about ten seconds, that goes dark, then a system reboot begins, with a multi-colored pattern emerging after the hard reset is complete, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home speaker, booting in progress, displaying the multi colored light ring, indicating that.
Google Home speaker, booting in progress, displaying the multi colored light ring, indicating that.

 

6. Reboot finishes.  Then, you hear the startup complete music and then the speaker speaks, “Welcome to Google Home.  To get started, download the Google Home app on a phone or tablet.”

7. Speaker enters Setup mode.  Then, the unit goes into setup mode, which means that the unit is now ready to accept setup directives from the Google Home App.  The speaker indicates this by displaying the four white blips in the light ring in a gradually dimming and then brightening pattern, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Home speaker in setup mode, displayig four white dots indicating as such.
Google Home speaker in setup mode, displaying four white dots indicating as such.

 

8. Factory default restoration is complete.  You may now feel free to give your Google smart speaker to another without fear that they’ll have access to the settings or other personal information on your Google account.  Or, you can set it up again on your existing account, perhaps with a different Wi-Fi network or device name.

Once the light ring turns white with the four dots glowing, the unit remains in setup mode until someone executes the published setup procedure.  The speaker will not function until properly set up and linked to a Google account.

For more details, see our post: How to Reset Original Google Home Smart Speaker to Factory Default State.

 

Factory Reset Google Home Mini 

1. Connect the Google Mini speaker to AC power. After boot completes, go on to step 2.

2. Press and hold the Reset button. This button is located in the orange area on the bottom of the Mini, near the power cord USB plug.

Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, bottom view, showing the reset button highlighted.
Google Home Mini speaker, bottom view, showing the reset button highlighted.

 

Picture of holding reset button in with thumb on the Google Home Mini smart speaker.
Holding reset button in with thumb on the Google Home Mini smart speaker.

 

Once one light in the row of lamps on the top glows yellow, as shown next, the assistant will warn you that you’re about to reset the device and that if you wish to abort the reset, release the reset button now.  Continue holding the button in to perform the reset to factory default state.

The first yellow light then comes on, with one more turning on every few seconds until the entire row of four is lit.  The reset operation begins shortly thereafter, as long as you keep the reset button firmly depressed.

Do not power off the unit during the reset, as doing so could render it unusable (bricked).

Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker with factory default reset about to start, showing yellow lights turning on in slow succession, while reset button is depressed.
Google Home Mini speaker with factory default reset about to start, showing yellow lights turning on in slow succession, while reset button is depressed

 

3. Release the Reset button, when the unit emits a short chime chord sound and the yellow lights go dark.

 

4. The reset operation begins  when the lights go out and the unit remains dark for several seconds, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker, lights dark during reset or when powered off.
Google Home Mini smart speaker, lights dark during reset or when powered off.

After a short pause, the white lights come back on in a scanning marquee pattern for several seconds, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker, factory default reset in progress, showing scanning bright white lights.
Google Home Mini smart speaker, factory default reset in progress, showing scanning bright white lights.

 

5. The speaker then begins a reboot.  After some seconds, the speaker again goes dark as the factory default reset completes, and the reboot after that reset begins, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, lights dark after reset, prior to reboot.
Google Home Mini speaker, lights dark after reset, prior to reboot.

After several to ten seconds, the lights come back on, colored dim gray, and displaying a scanning pattern, as shown next, indicating that a reboot after the reset is in progress.

Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker with factory default reset In progress, showing scanning white lights on top.
Google Home Mini smart speaker with factory default reset In progress, showing scanning white lights on top.

Several seconds into the reboot, the lights turn multi-colored as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, displaying multi colored lights during reboot.
Google Home Mini speaker, displaying multi colored lights during reboot.

 

6. Reboot finishes. Then, you hear the startup complete music and then the speaker speaks, “Welcome to Google Home. To get started, download the Google Home app on a phone or tablet.”

 

7. Mini then enters Setup mode, which means that the unit is now ready to accept initialization directives from the Google Home App. The speaker indicates this by displaying the four white blips across its top, in a gradually dimming and then brightening pattern, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, in setup mode, displaying the dimming white lights across the top.
Google Home Mini speaker, in setup mode, displaying the dimming white lights across the top.

 

8. Factory default restoration is complete. You may now feel free to give your Google Home Mini smart speaker to another without fear that they’ll have access to the settings or other personal information on your Google account. Or, you can set it up again on your existing account, perhaps with a different Wi-Fi network or device name.

Once the light row turns white with the four dots glowing, the unit remains in setup mode until someone executes the published setup procedure. The speaker will not function until properly set up and linked to a Google account.

For more details, see our How to Reset Original Google Home Smart Speaker to Factory Default State post.

 

Revision History

  • 2018-02-12: Originally published.