A factory reset erases all information from your device –– and puts it in a state like it just came from the factory. With as serious as ever, you may want to perform a reset to take control of your personal information.
Here's everything you need to know about wiping the slate on your Google Home device.
First identify your device
Depending on which Google Home smart speaker or display you have, there are slightly different factory reset procedures. There's even a difference between the previous-generation Google Home Mini ($ 30 at Best Buy) (it has a dedicated factory reset button) and the newer Nest Mini ($ 40 at Best Buy) (the one with the hole on the base for mounting). Here's how to reset any other model.
Original Google Home: Press and hold the microphone mute button on the back of the speaker for 15 seconds until the Google Assistant tells you to reset it.
Google Home Mini (1st generation): Press and hold the factory reset button (the small raised circle on the bottom of the speaker) for about 15 seconds until it beeps to confirm that it is reset.
Google Nest Mini (2nd generation): Turn the microphone switch to the off (orange) position, then hold the center of the speaker (where the lights are) about 15 seconds until it plays a sound to confirm it is reset.
Google Home Max: Press and hold the factory reset button near the power cord on the back of the speaker for 12 seconds, or until Google Assistant tells you to reset it.
Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max: Press and hold both volume buttons on the back of the device for about 10 seconds until Google Assistant tells you to reset it.
Once your Google Home speaker or screen has been reset,right away. While you're at it, without error messages. This is also a good time to adjust to make sure your speaker hears you when you want to (and not when you don't) .