Picture of the original packaging for a brand new Google Home Mini smart speaker, front view.

Unboxing a Brand New Google Home Mini Smart Speaker




Here, we demonstrate how to unpack a brand new Google Home Mini voice activated speaker.  Not many non intuitive steps here.  Just avoid opening the box bottom side up, so that the speaker inside does not fall out and become damaged as it hits the floor.  We also suggest unpacking any sensitive electronic device close to or on the floor, preferably a carpeted floor, to completely eliminate the possibility of it falling from a higher-than-safe distance as well as to soften any shocks in case it does fall. We unboxed our Mini on our kitchen floor.

1. Locate the perforated seal tab, as pointed at by the purple arrow in the next picture.

Picture of the perforated seal strip on the original box for the Google Home Mini smart speaker.
Google Home Mini smart speaker box, bottom view, showing the perforated seal strip.

 

2. Tear off the perforated seal strip  by pulling the tab from left to right.  The removed seal strip is shown in the next picture.  This releases the box top for easy opening in the next step.

Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker box bottom, with the perforated seal removed and held in hand.
Google Home Mini smart speaker box bottom, with the perforated seal removed and held in hand.

 

3. Lift the lid on the top of the box.  This allows for access to the Mini speaker inside, as shown next.

Picture of opening the original box lid for a brand new Google Home Mini smart speaker.
Google Home Mini speaker, showing opening of original box lid.

 

4. Lift the Google Mini speaker out of the box  by grasping it on its sides and gently pulling upward. The speaker is approximately the size of a small cheeseburger, as shown next, held in hand.

Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker, removed from original box, held in hand.
Google Home Mini smart speaker, removed from original box, held in hand.

 

5. Then, lift the white plastic speaker holder out of the box.  This reveals the accompanying pamphlets inside, as shown next, including the  “Let’s get started.” guide.

Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker original box, with the speaker holder inside removed, revealing the manuals underneath.
Google Home Mini smart speaker original box, with the speaker holder inside removed, revealing the manuals underneath.

 

6. Remove the included manuals and pamphlets from inside the box.  You’ll then see the USB power adapter underneath them.

 

7. Pull out the power adapter from the cardboard “outlet” that secures it inside the box, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home Mini speaker AC power adapter, just taken out of original box.
Google Home Mini speaker AC power adapter, just taken out of original box.

 

8. Verify the box contents, making sure that you’ve found the speaker itself, the guide pamphlets, and the power adapter, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker, original box, and included accessories, completely unpacked.
Google Home Mini smart speaker, original box, and included accessories, completely unpacked.

 

9. Locate the USB power port on the speaker,  as shown in the next picture, pointed at by the purple arrow.

Picture of the USB power port, near the bottom, on the Google Home Mini intelligent speaker.
Google Home Mini intelligent speaker, bottom view, showing the USB power port highlighted.

 

10. Insert the male micro USB connector into the speaker’s power port, as shown next. You may have to push it with significant force to get it to completely seat in the port the first time.

Picture of the rear view of the Google Home Mani smart speaker, showing the USB power cable inserted intot he USB power port on the speaker.
Google Home Mini smart speaker, rear view, with the USB power cord attached.

 

11. Finally, plug the power adapter into a working AC outlet.  The speaker then powers up and after roughly thirty seconds, issues the “Welcome to Google Home” announcement in a female voice.  The four lights on the top of the Mini then illuminate as a slowly throbbing gray line, as shown next, indicating that the mini speaker is ready for setup.  The lights will continue in this pattern until you either set up the speaker, or disconnect it from AC power.

Picture of the Google Home Mini smart speaker, powered up, and ready for setup.
Google Home Mini smart speaker, powered up, and ready for setup.

 

To connect the mini to your Wi-Fi network and your Google account, set it up by following our post, which we’ll publish shortly and link to here.

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  • 2017-11-25: Originally published.