How to Reset Google Home, Mini or Max

Is your assistant acting up? Reset it

What to Know

  • Google Home: Press and hold the Microphone Mute button for 15 seconds.
  • Google Home Mini or Max: Press and hold the FDR button for 15 seconds.

This article explains how to factory reset a Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max. and Google Nest Mini. It also provides information about when and why to reset this type of device and when you shouldn't try it at all.

You can't use your voice or the Google Home app to factory reset any Google Home device.

How to Reset a Google Home

The Google Home does not have a dedicated factory reset button. Instead, it uses the Microphone Mute button on the back of the device for this purpose. As with the Home Mini, hold the button down for 12-15 seconds. You'll hear the Assistant confirm it is resetting the device; then, you can release the button.

How to Factory Reset a Google Home Mini

You can usually reset the device and restore it to just-out-of-the-box condition by holding down the factory data reset (FDR) button. A factory data reset erases all data stored on the device, including settings and any personal data.

Performing a factory reset on Google Home takes under a minute when you follow these steps:

  1. The Google Home Mini has a dedicated FDR button on the bottom of the device. Look for it just below the power plug; you'll notice a simple round circle. 

    Google Home mini reset button
    Reset your Google Home mini with a simple button.  Lifewire
  2. Press the button down for about 12-15 seconds to reset the Google Home Mini.

  3. You'll hear the Assistant confirm it is resetting the device.

  4. Release the button. Your device is now reset.

How to Reset a Google Home Max

Similar to the Home Mini, the Google Home Max has a dedicated FDR button. It is located to the right of the power plug. Hold it down for 12-15 seconds to reset the device. You'll hear the Assistant confirm it is resetting the device; then you can lift up off the button.

How to Reset a Google Nest Mini

The Google Nest Mini does not have a dedicated FDR button. It uses the Mic On/Off button instead.

  1. Switch the mic off from the side of the Nest Mini. The LEDs will turn orange.

  2. Press and hold the center of the top of device where the lights are.

  3. The reset process will begin after 5 seconds, but keep holding down for 10 more seconds until you hear a sound confirming that the Nest Mini is resetting.

What's Next?

After you reset your Google Home, you can set it up again just as you did when it was fresh out of the box. When you boot the Google Home app on your smartphone, you will be prompted that it has detected a new Google Home device. Tap the notification to begin the Google Home setup process.

Why Should I Reset My Google Home Device?

A factory reset is reserved either for selling the device or troubleshooting persistent problems with the Google Home.

One common reason to reset the device is to clear it before selling your Google Home device or returning it to the store. Resetting any Google Home device will delete your personal information, including account information. 

Another reason to reset Google Home is when you are experiencing frequent connectivity issues or if the Google Home randomly reboots itself. In that case, you should try rebooting the device before performing a Google Home reset. To reboot, unplug the Google Home, waiting a few seconds, and then plug it back into the outlet. 

When You Should Not Reset Your Device

If you want to rename the device, sign into a different Wi-Fi network, change the account you are using with Google, Pandora, Spotify (etc.), or configure smart home devices, you can do so on the Google Home app for Android or for iOS. This is the app you installed to set up the Google Home.

  • How do I reboot my Google Home or Google Nest?

    To reboot your Google Home or Nest device without performing a full factory reset, unplug the power cord and let it rest for 60 seconds, then plug it back in. Or reboot it from your linked phone by opening the Google Home app, tapping and holding down on the device's icon, then selecting Settings > More > Reboot.

  • How do I reset smart lights for my Google Home device?

    First, turn off the bulbs and leave them off for 10 seconds, then turn them back on. If that doesn't work, double-check that you're using the latest version of the Google Home app and update if necessary.

  • How do I change the Wi-Fi network for my Google Home device?

    If your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network but you want to change it, open the Google Home app and then tap and hold the device's icon, then select Settings > Device Information, and tap Forget next to Wi-Fi. After that (or if your device wasn't already connected to a different Wi-Fi network), select Add in the top-left of the Google Home app, followed by Set up device > New device > set up new devices in your home. Follow the steps provided by the app to finish.

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