You can hard reset all of the smart speakers in the Google Home family. These include the Original Google Home, the Mini, and the Max. Thus, reset any of these to restore proper operation. A hard reset readies the speakers for transfer to another person. Here, we show how to hard reset google home original speaker in the routine given next.
How to Hard Reset a Google Home
1. Connect This, the Original Google Home to AC Power
First, wait for speaker to boot. After it does, then move on to the next step.
2. Press and Hold the Mic Mute Button
Once the light ring finishes spinning and flashing in its multi-colored way, wait for it to go completely dark after booting finishes. Then, press and hold the Microphone Mute button. Find this button on the back near the top of the Google Home speaker, as shown next. Hold it in for roughly five seconds.
While holding in the mute button, notice that the ring of lights on the top begin glowing orange. In varying brightness patterns, these give a visual cue of a countdown to hard reset that is in progress, as shown in the next picture.
3. Confirm Reboot by Continuing to Hold the Mic Mute Button In
Then, after about five seconds, the speaker says, “You’re about to completely reset Google Home. To cancel, release the button.” Release the Microphone Mute button NOW if you decide not to erase all speaker settings.
4. Keep the Mic Mute Button Depressed
So this continues with the hard reset. After a little while, the orange ring goes out. Then, the top turns white in a spinning pattern. At this time, the speaker performs its hard reset action, as shown next.
5. Reboot Begins
Then after about ten seconds, the unit’s top goes dark. Next, a system reboot starts, with a multi-colored pattern lighting up, as shown next.
6. Reboot Finishes
Then, you hear the startup complete music and then the speaker speaks, “Welcome to Google Home. To start then, download the Google Home app on a phone or tablet.”
7. The Google Home Then Enters Setup Mode
Then, after hard reset, the unit enters Setup mode. This means that the Google Home is now ready to accept setup directives from the Home app. The speaker tells us this by displaying the four white blips in the light ring in a dimming and then brightening pattern. See these lamps in the next picture.
The light ring turns white with the four dots lighting up, meaning setup mode. The unit then stays in setup until you run the setup routine. Note that the unit will not work until set up and linked to a Google account.
8. Done !
Feel free now, to give your Google Home to another without fear that they’ll access the settings or personal info on your Google account. Or, you can then set it up again, perhaps with a new WiFi network or device name.
Related Posts to How to Hard Reset Google Home
Other Posts About the Google Home
References for How to Hard Reset Google Home
- 2019-05-05: Tuned the targeting and added tags.
- 2019-01-15: First published.