Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker, top front view, shown in muted mic mode.

How to Reboot the Google Home Mini Smart Speaker




You may wish to reboot your Google Home Mini smart speaker if it starts behaving erratically, becomes non responsive to questions and commands, emits strange noises, breaks up, chirps unexpectedly, 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 Mini Smart Speaker Reboot Method One: The Local Method

If you’re near to the Google Home Mini 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 Mini Smart Speaker Reboot Method Two: The Remote Method

However, if you’re far away from your speaker, such as upstairs from it, 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 on your phone or tablet, and linked to the same Google account to which your Google Home Mini speaker is linked. Your phone or tablet must also be connected to the same local network as the speaker you’re rebooting.  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 or phone. 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 local Google Home devices that have been configured on the current Google account, as shown next for our case.

4. Locate the Google Home Mini speaker you wish to reboot, by scrolling down through the list until you find it.  We currently only have one of these. So we found ours straight away, as shown below.

Picture of the Google Home Mini Speaker, as displayed in the Google Home App, showing in the Devices list, with its Device Menu location highlighted.
Google Home Mini Speaker, as displayed in the Google Home App, showing in the Devices list, with its Device Menu location highlighted.

 

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

Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker, as shown in the Google Home App, displaying its device control menu, with the Reboot option highlighted.
Google Home Mini speaker, as shown in the Google Home App, displaying its device control menu, with the Reboot option highlighted.

 

5. Tap the Reboot menu item, as circled in purple in the previous picture. The Reboot Confirmation dialog then displays, something like that shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Home App, displaying the Google Home Mini speaker Reboot Confirmation dialog box, with the Reboot option highlighted.
Google Home App, Displaying the Google Home Mini Speaker Reboot Confirmation Dialog Box, with the Reboot option highlighted.

 

6. Tap the REBOOT link in the Reboot Confirmation dialog box. This initiates a remote reboot of your Google Home Mini speaker, closes the reboot confirmation dialog box, and returns you to the Devices List screen. Your Mini will temporarily disappear from the Devices List screen while it reboots. It will reappear once the restart finishes.

Note the light patterns on your Mini.  They should indicate that a reboot is in progress within thirty seconds of your issuing the reboot command, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker rebooting, showing white scanning lights pattern.
Google Home Mini speaker rebooting, showing white scanning lights pattern.

 

7. You’re done! Once the speaker again appears in the Devices list in the Google Home app, and the lights on the speaker have gone out, 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 Mini , 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.

 

Related Posts

Revision History

  • 2017-11-05: Originally published.