Say goodbye to your old soundbars…
Because smart speakers are taking the world by storm.
And my recommendation? Get yourself a Google Home.
The only catch is that changing Wi-Fi networks isn’t exactly straightforward…
But that doesn’t mean that it should take long.
In fact, all you need is 27 seconds.
Keep reading to discover:
- 3 fast steps to change the Wi-Fi network on your Google Home device.
- 5 reliable solutions if your Google Home can’t switch Wi-Fi connections.
- How to factory reset 3 Google Home devices to change its Wi-Fi network.
- And so much more…
How to change WiFi on Google Home – 3 steps
Step #1: Access your Google Home device using the app
To change the Wi-Fi on your Google Home device…
But, if you have a Google Home device set up, you likely already have this app on your phone.
Now, all you need to do to access your Google Home device is:
- Open the Google Home app on your smartphone.
- Tap your Google Home device on the app’s main screen.
And you’re done. You now have full control over your Google Home device with your phone. You can even do the following:
- Play any media in a Google Home speaker.
- Create routines for your Google Home device.
- Broadcast your voice over all Google devices in your house.
However, that’s not what we’re here for.
Instead, proceed to the next step to change your Wi-Fi.
Step #2: Disconnect your current Wi-Fi network
You can’t connect to a new network if you’re already connected to one…
That’s why you have to disconnect from your current Wi-Fi network first. This is possible through these steps:
- Press the Settings button on the top right corner of your screen.
- Go to the Wi-Fi section.
- Select Forget This Network.
Once you’re successful, you can move on to the next step…
Step #3: Connect to the new Wi-Fi network
Now, all you need to do is connect to the replacement Wi-Fi network. You can easily do this with these directions:
- Return to the Settings page.
- Go to Wi-Fi again.
- Wait for your app to finish scanning for new networks.
- Select your preferred Wi-Fi network from the list.
- Tap OK to confirm.
And you’re good to go.
BONUS: Factory reset your Google Home device
What if, for some reason, your Google Home won’t switch to a new Wi-Fi network?
Don’t lose hope. You can still change the Wi-Fi settings of your Google Home.
However, you’ll need to factory reset your entire device. You can do that with these instructions:
Reset your device
Usually, a factory reset is needed because of stuck errors on a device…
In this case, it’s how you can get rid of a stuck Wi-Fi network on your Google Home device.
Here’s the catch:
There’s no universal way to factory reset Google Home devices.
But, the good news is…
I’ve compiled the steps on how to factory reset them here so you’d have no trouble doing so:
- Power on your device.
- Find the Mute button on the bottom of your Google Home.
- Press the Mute button until you hear confirmation that it’s starting to reset.
Google Home Max
- Power on your device.
- Find the Factory Reset button on the bottom of your Google Home.
- Press the Factory Reset button until you hear confirmation that it’s starting to reset.
Google Home Mini and Nest Audio
- Power on your device.
- Press the Microphone button at the side of the device.
- Wait until the light turns orange.
- Once it does, press and hold the center of your Google Home Mini until it resets.
You may also be interested in: 3 Ways To Factory Reset Google WiFi In 10 Seconds
Set up your Google Home device
Once you reset your Google Home device, it’ll need to go through a setup again.
Fortunately, this is easy and will only take less than 5 minutes.
To set up your Google Home device, all you need to do is:
Step 1: Power on your Google Home device.
Step 2: Wait until your device says: “Welcome to Google Home.”
Step 3: Open the Google Home app on your smartphone.
Step 4: Sign in using your Gmail account.
Step 5: Press the Get Started option, and then Set Up New Devices.
Step 6: Tick Create Another Home, and then press Next.
Step 7: Create a name for your Google Home device.
Step 8: Once your Google Home appears on the list of devices, select it.
Step 9: Select your Wi-Fi to finalize the setup.
Et voilà. Your Google Home now has a new Wi-Fi network.
If you want an in-depth discussion on how to set up Google Home, including Google Assistant…
You can get that from this video:
Why isn’t my Google Home connecting to my new WiFi?
Your Google Home isn’t connecting to a new Wi-Fi because of errors in its system. This could range from stuck processes, software glitches, and even malware.
To ensure that your Google Home can connect to any Wi-Fi network, do the following:
Perform a power cycle
Do you know what the first-aid equivalent for any broken devices is?
A power cycle.
This is a type of restart that drains all residual energy from your Google Home. No charge ensures that your device fully shuts down instead of going to sleep.
You can perform a power cycle with these instructions:
- Turn your Google Home device off.
- Remove it from the power source.
- Wait for at least 30 seconds.
- Return it to a power source.
- Power the device on.
Those 30 seconds are the essential part of the process. Without them, your device won’t be able to power down completely.
If a wireless connection won’t work…
Why not try a wired one?
Ethernet has been around for a while and is one of the most valuable technologies around.
After all, with just a cable, you can have an internet connection that is/has:
- Better security.
- Less bandwidth stretching.
Here’s the problem, though:
Most Google Home devices don’t have an ethernet port…
But, you can make one for them.
You just need to buy Google’s ethernet adapter for Chromecast. Don’t worry; it works on Google Home too.
Then, all that’s left is to plug in an ethernet cable from your router to the device.
Move your Google Home closer to the router
Another thing you can try is moving your device closer to the router.
According to Google, about 15 to 20 ft. (Or 4 to 6 meters.)
Also ensure that there are no physical obstructions between your TV and the router. These usually are:
- Baby monitors.
- Bluetooth devices.
Switch from 5.0 GHz to 2.4 GHz
Most Wi-Fi networks nowadays work on 2 frequencies:
- 2.4 GHz.
- 5.0 GHz.
While the latter is faster, the former is more reliable and can connect easier to devices.
That’s why you need to switch your router settings from 5.0 GHz to 2.4 GHz. There are 3 steps to do this:
Step 1: Go to your router’s interface
The interface is a menu wherein you can edit your router settings.
To access it, you’ll need to do the following on a laptop or PC:
- Open the Command Prompt app.
- Type and enter “ipconfig/all.”
- Copy the numbers next to Default Gateway. This is your IP address.
- Paste and enter the IP address into any web browser’s address bar.
- Sign in using the account provided by your ISP.
By default, this should be:
- Username: “admin.”
- Password: “password.”
If that didn’t work, contact your ISP.
Step 2: Change router settings
Note: These directions aren’t the same for all routers. However, the steps should be similar enough that you can still follow along with these steps.
- Go to the Advanced Settings tab.
- Tap Wireless.
- Head to Wireless Signal.
- Switch Channel Optimization to Off.
- Set 2.4 GHz to On.
- Set 5.0 GHz to Off.
Get in touch with Google
You can contact Google through their website if none of these solutions work.