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How to Connect Google Home to Wi-Fi

Start using voice commands with your speaker

What to Know

  • Open the Google Home app and select the correct Google account. When the app finds your device, tap Next.
  • Tap Yes to verify the soundcheck, select a device location, and enter a name. Tap your Wi-Fi network, enter the password, and tap Connect.
  • Add a new network: In the app, find the device, tap Settings > Wi-Fi Forget This Network. Tap Add New Device and follow the prompts.

This article explains how to connect your Google Home device to Wi-Fi so you can issue voice commands. We also include troubleshooting tips.

Connect Google Home to Wi-Fi for the First Time

To connect your Google Home device to your existing Wi-Fi network, download the Google Home app for iOS or download the Google Home app for Android. Also, make sure you have the wireless network name and password handy.

  1. Open the Google Home app.

  2. Select or enter the Google account that you wish to associate with the Google Home device.

  3. If prompted, enable Bluetooth on your iOS device or Android device.

  4. The app should discover the Google Home device. Tap Next.

  5. The speaker should make a sound. If you hear this sound, select Yes.

    The speaker test in Google Home
  6. On the Where is this device screen, select the location of your device (for example, Living Room).

  7. Enter a unique name for the Google Home speaker.

  8. In the list of available Wi-Fi networks, choose the network to which you want to connect the Google Home device, then tap Next.

    Choosing a location and naming a speaker in Google Home
  9. Enter the Wi-Fi network password, and tap Connect.

  10. A successful connection message appears following a brief delay.

Google Home Max connected to Wi-Fi
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Connect Google Home to a New Wi-Fi Network

If your Google Home speaker was set up but now needs to be connected to a different Wi-Fi network or an existing network with a changed password, take the following steps.

  1. Open the Google Home app.

  2. Tap the + button, which is located in the upper-left corner of the screen, then choose Set up device.

  3. You’ll see a list of your Google Home devices, each with its user-specified name and image. Locate the device you wish to connect to Wi-Fi and tap its Menu button (the three horizontal lines in the upper-right corner of the speaker card).

  4. When the pop-up menu appears, select Settings.

  5. Scroll down to the Device settings section and tap Wi-Fi.

    The Device menu, Settings, and Wi-Fi options
  6. You’ll see the Google Home device’s Wi-Fi settings. If the Google Home is currently connected to a network, select Forget This Network.

  7. Choose Forget Wi-Fi Network to confirm.

  8. On the app’s home screen, tap the device button again.

  9. Select Add New Device.

    Forgetting a network in Google Home
  10. You’re prompted to go to the iOS or Android device’s Wi-Fi settings and connect to the customized Google Home hotspot in the network list.

    This hotspot is represented by a name followed by four digits or by the custom name you previously gave your Google Home device during the setup.

  11. Return to the Google Home app. The speaker should make a sound. If you heard this sound, select Yes.

    The speaker test in Google Home
  12. In the Where is this device screen, select the location of your device (for example, Living Room).

  13. Enter a unique name for the Google Home speaker.

  14. In the list of available Wi-Fi networks, choose the network to which you want to connect Google Home. Then tap Next.

    Choosing a location and naming a speaker in Google Home
  15. Enter the Wi-Fi network password, then tap Connect.

  16. A successful connection message appears following a brief delay.

Troubleshooting Tips

If Google Home still won’t connect to Wi-Fi, try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Restart the modem and router.
  • Reset Google Home to factory settings. Press and hold the microphone button, typically found on the bottom of the device, for approximately 15 seconds.
  • Confirm you have the right Wi-Fi password. Connect another device using the same password to make sure it’s correct.
  • Update the firmware on the modem and router.
  • Move the Google Home speaker closer to the wireless router.
  • Move the Google Home speaker away from possible sources of signal interference, such as baby monitors or other wireless electronics.

If you’re still unable to connect, visit the Google Home setup and help web page for more information.

 

FAQ
  • How do I connect Google Home to a TV?

    While you can’t connect Google Home to a TV physically, you can plug a Chromecast device into your TV and set it up with the Google Home app. Once the Chromecast is linked to Google Home, use Google Assistant voice commands to stream video to your TV from compatible apps.

  • To connect Google Home to Bluetooth speakers, open the Google Home app and select the Google Home device. Select Settings > Audio > Default music speaker. Put your Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode. Back in the Google Home app, select Pair Bluetooth speaker, and then select the speaker from the screen.

  • How do I connect Ring to Google Home?

    To add a Ring doorbell to Google Home, you’ll need the Google Home and Google Assistant apps and the Ring app. In a browser, open the Google Assistant Ring services web page and select Send to device. Choose the Google Home device you want to connect to the Ring. You’ll receive a notification; tap it and enter the required information.

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