Picture of the Original Google Home smart speaker, during booting, along with AC power adapter plugged Into wall outlet..

How to Hard Reset Google Home Speaker

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 Google Home Original Speaker

1. Connect the Original Google Home Speaker 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.

Picture of the Google Home speaker, rear view, showing the Reset Button highlighted.
First Google Home speaker, rear view, showing the Mic Mute / Hard Reset button highlighted.

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.

Picture of the speaker, about to reboot, showing the orange light ring, indicating that a reboot is imminent.
The speaker, about to reboot, It’s showing the orange light ring, meaning that a reboot is about to occur.

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.

Picture of the original Google Home speaker, with reset in progress, displaying white spinning light ring pattern.
Our original Google Home speaker, with reset in progress, displaying white spinning light ring pattern.

5. Reboot Begins

Then after about ten seconds, the speaker top goes dark. Next, a system reboot starts, with a multi-colored pattern lighting up, as shown next.

Picture of the speaker booting. It shows its multi colored light ring, that appears during reboot.
The speaker booting., showing the multi colored light ring, that displays during reboot.

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. Speaker Enters Setup Mode

Then, after google home hard reset, the speaker enters Setup mode. This means that the speaker is now ready to accept setup directives from the Google Home App.  The Home 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.

Picture of the original Google Home speaker in setup mode. It is showing four white dots, that mean setup.
The original Google Home speaker in setup mode. It is showing four white dots that mean setup.

The light ring turns white with the four dots glowing, meaning setup mode.  The unit then stays in setup until you run the setup routine.  Note that the speaker will not work until set up and linked to a Google account.

8. Done !

Feel free now, to give your Google smart speaker 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 on your Google account, perhaps with a new WiFi network or device name.





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References for How to Hard Reset Google Home

  1. Google Home Reset Instructions,   from Google Support

Revision History

  • 2019-05-05: Tuned the targeting and added tags.
  • 2019-01-15: First published.

 

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