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.
Upon running this app, the Google home screen appears, as follows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After reboot is complete, the speaker should then reappear on the Devices screen, as shown next.
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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- 2017-01-27: Originally published.