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Google Home: Swipe and reset to factory settings to sell your speaker or troubleshoot



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The reset button for the first generation Google Home Mini is indicated by a raised circle on the base, aligned with the power port.


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There are plenty of good reasons why you want to reset your Google Home ($ 100 at Best Buy) smart speaker or screen to factory settings. Maybe has stopped working and you have exhausted other ways to solve the problem . Or you may want to sell your old Google Home Mini since you've upgraded to the new, better sounding Nest Mini (although you might want to consider getting the old places speaker in one of these unusual locations instead). Whatever your reason, sometimes a factory reset can breathe new life into an old device.

A factory reset erases all information from your device – including personal information – and puts it in a state like it just came from the factory. With privacy concerns around ever-listening devices 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.

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The original Google Home line-up consisted of a Mini, a Max and one in between, simply called a Google Home


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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.

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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, you won't regret changing these five Home settings right away. While you're at it, here's how to get the Google Home to play your favorite music without error messages. This is also a good time to adjust the new sensitivity controls for "Hey, Google" from Google Home to make sure your speaker hears you when you want to (and not when you don't) .

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