When you need to change Google Home WiFi network settings?
After setting up Google Home, normally you will not change WiFi settings although you may change other settings for Google Home.
Some Google Home settings can be done through voice command, or through the touch panel, or through Google Home app.
For example you can adjust volume of Google Home with any of the 3 methods.
Because Google Home can only save one WiFi network info, you may have to change Google WiFi network settings if you change your WiFi network.
Sometimes, you may have to factory data reset the Google Home due to WiFi network changes.
How to use a new router without changing Google Home WiFi network settings?
You can use a new router without changing Google Home WiFi network settings.
Some guides in the internet may mistakenly tell you that you must factory data reset Google Home if you change router.
But actually, it is NOT necessary to factory data reset your Google Home.
Actually, it is not necessary to change anything in Google Home if you follow these two rules:
- Use the identical WiFi network name (SSID) when you set up the new router. All routers allow you to change or set WiFi network name.
- Use the old WiFi password.
If you follow these two rules in the new router, Google Home (and your other mobile devices as well) can connect to the new router automatically.
Because Google Home (and other mobile devices) does not care about the physical router. It only checks the SSID (WiFi network name).
When you must factory data reset Google Home?
As explained in How to factory data reset Google Home page, you must factory data reset Google Home if:
- the initial Google Home setup ends prematurely and it seems you cannot finish the setup process.
- you want to use Google Home in a new WiFi network.
- Google Home does not work. You may check the color of LEDs in the top touch panel.
- you plan to give away your Google Home to others.
After factory data reset, you have to set up Google Home as a new device.
How to change Google Home WiFi network settings?
You can manually change Google Home WiFi network settings only if both old WiFi network and new WiFi network are accessible for Google Home.
You cannot change Google Home WiFi network if it cannot connect to the WiFi network saved. In this case, you have to reset Google Home.
Please note, Google Home can only save one WiFi network at any time, and it will only connect to this network only.
You can follow these steps to change Google Home WiFi network settings.
Step 0: make sure Google Home can connect to internet
As mentioned, you can change Google Home WiFi network only when it is connected to the internet.
You may consider this is a limitation. But actually, this is a hidden security feature. In case your Google Home is stolen, the thief cannot access your data.
Step 1: Find Google Home device in Google Home app
There are two ways to find Google Home devices in Google Home app.
You can tap the Device icon (marked as 1 in the screenshot below). .
The second method is to tap the navigation/Hamburger menu (marked as 2 in the screenshot below). Then tap Devices.
You will then get the same page with listed Google Home and Chromecast devices in the network as shown above.
Of course, method 1 (using device icon) is faster. You can save one tap.
Step 2: Check Google Home settings
Once you locate the Google Home device in the list, tap the menu (3 vertical dots) button as shown above.
Then tap Settings as shown above.
Now, you can find the settings for this Google Home device as shown below.
Step 3: Switch WiFi network for Google Home
Now, tap WiFi filed as shown below.
You will be then prompted with a list of WiFi networks in range.
You can then tap your new WiFi network name.
Please note, after you tape password for the new WiFi network (if it is correct), both your mobile device and Google Home will switch to the new WiFi network.
Can you now change Google Home WiFi network settings?
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Please check other Google Home guides here.