How to Connect Google Home to WiFi?

Connecting Google Home to WiFi

Google Home is one of the two primary smart home devices on the market, alongside the Amazon Echo.

Powered by Google Assistant, the Google Home can do everything from managing your routines to controlling other Google Assistant compatible smart devices.

But to do this, the Google Home needs to be connected to a steady WiFi network. Google Home can’t execute commands or control other smart devices without WiFi.

If you don’t know how to do this, this review will help you out. Whether you need help connecting your Google Home to WiFi for the first time or you want to connect it to another network, this review will help you out. 

Connect Google to WiFi for The First Time

If you have a new Google Home device, you can connect it to WiFi during setup, which is necessary.

If you had connected a previous Google Home device to WiFi, the new one will attempt to connect to WiFi without you setting it up.

To connect to WiFi for the first time:

  1. Start by downloading the Home app on your Android or iOS smartphone.
  2. Next, launch the Home app.
  3. Then pick or enter the Google account you want to set up your device to.
  4. When prompted, switch on Bluetooth on your Android or iOS smartphone. 
  5. Now the app should discover your Google Home speaker. Click ‘Next.’
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
  1. The speaker will make a sound; click ‘Yes’ if you hear the sound.
  2. Next, you’ll see ‘Where is this device’ on your screen. Pick the location for the device, for instance, bedroom or living room.
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
  1. Now give your Google Home speaker a unique name.
  2. On the next screen, you’ll see a list of available WiFi networks; pick the network you want to connect your speaker to and click ‘Next.’
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
  1. Enter the WiFi passcode and click ‘Connect.’
  2. You’ll see a successful connection message appear on your screen.

After connecting your Google Home speaker to WiFi, you can make many other configurations or just skip them and do that later. 

Connect Google Home to Another WiFi Network

If you have already set up your Google Home, but you want to connect it to a different WiFi network or the same one but with a different passcode, follow the steps:

  1. Start by launching the Google Home app.
  2. Next, click on the plus (+) sign situated in the upper-left corner of your screen.
  3. Then click on ‘Setup Device.’
  4. Now you’ll see your devices, each with a specified image and name. Find the device you want to connect to another network and click on its menu button.
  5. Next, click on ‘Settings’ in the pop-up that appears.
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
  1. Then scroll down to ‘Device Settings’ and click on ‘WiFi.’
  2. Now you’ll see your speaker’s WiFi settings; click on ‘Forget This Network’ if it’s already connected to a WiFi network.
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
  1. Confirm you want to ‘Forget This Network.’
  2. On the home screen, click on the ‘Device’ button again.
  3. Next, click on ‘Add New Device.’
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
  1. You’ll be prompted to go to your smartphone’s WiFi settings and connect to the Google Home hotspot from the list of networks. 
  2. Return to the app; the speaker will make a sound; if you hear the sound, click ‘Yes.’
  3. Next, you’ll see ‘Where is this device’ on your screen. Pick the location for the device, for instance, bedroom or living room.
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
  1. Give your Google Home device a unique name.
  2. You’ll see a list of available WiFi networks on the next screen. Pick the network you want to connect your speaker to and click ‘Next.’
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
  1. Enter the WiFi passcode and click ‘Connect.’
  2. You’ll see a successful connection message appear on your screen.

Troubleshooting Connection Problems

How to Connect Google Home to WiFi
How to Connect Google Home to WiFi

Move Google Home Closer to Your WiFi Gateway

Theoretically, your Google Home speaker should work so long as you connect it to WiFi. But it might work better if you move it close to your WiFi gateway.

Power Cycle Google Home

You can try disconnecting your Google Home from power for several minutes and then plug it back in. This will soft reset your Google Home helping you solve connection problems.

Factory Reset Google Home

The last resort is factory resetting your Google Home speaker if all else fails. Keep in mind that when your factory resets your Google Home speaker, you need to set it up afresh. 

Final Thought

To sum it all up, the steps listed above should help you connect Google Home to WiFi for the first time and to a new WiFi network.

However, you might run into problems as you attempt to connect to WiFi; if that happens, consider the troubleshooting steps.

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