How to Connect Google Home to Wi-Fi

Connect to your Google home Wi-Fi from your mobile device

The Wireless Connection
The Wireless Connection
Introduction

The Google Home line features an assortment of interactive products that are controlled by Google Assistant. This voice-driven service responds to an array of commands. To get a Google Home device to listen to these commands, you must connect it to a Wi-Fi network. Here's how to connect your Google Home smart device to your Wi-Fi network.

Before you connect a Google Home device to your wireless network, make sure you have the wireless network name and password handy.

Google Home Max connected to Wi-Fi
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Connect Google Home to Wi-Fi for the First Time

To connect your Google Home device to your existing Wi-Fi network, you'll need the Google Home app for iOS or Android. Download the app before beginning this process.

  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 the iOS 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.

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 device button, which is located in the upper-right corner of the screen.

  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 you carefully followed these instructions and can't connect your Google Home device to your Wi-Fi network, try these simple troubleshooting steps:

  • Restart the modem and router.
  • Reset the 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 setup and help web page for more information.