What is factory data reset Google Home?
Factory data reset Google Home means you let Google Home roll back to a state that is identical to a new Google Home.
This state is usually referred to factory state (a state when Google Home leaves factory)
This means when you factory data reset Google Home, all settings, including linked account and connected devices are unlinked and disconnected.
In addition, your Google account associated with the Google Home device will also be disassociated.
Once the data are removed, you cannot undo it to recover any of them. You have to set up Google Home as a new device after a factory data reset (FDR).
When you need to factory data reset Google Home?
Of course, you should not consider to reset Google Home if it works normally.
However, you may have to factory data reset Google Home in following scenarios:
- 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.
Anyway, you may reset Google Home when you have problems in setting it up or using it, or you plan to give the device to others.
How to factory data reset Google Home?
You cannot reset Google Home from Google Home app, or by using your voice.
The only way to reset Google Home is to hold the microphone button for about 15-20 seconds until you hear the audio confirmation. Then release the button.
There is no way to press the wrong button because there is only one button in Google Home as explained in Google Home layout page.
Also, you should hear the audio feedback from Google Home when the reset is triggered.
Once factory data reset starts, the orange LED lights in the top touch panel will count down as explained in Meaning of Google Home LED lights (and colors) page.
You may wait a few mins before you can set it up again.
Do you know how to reset Google Home now?
If you have any questions or encounter any errors when you try to factory data reset (FDR) Google Home, please let us know in the comment box below.
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Please check other Google Home guides here.
For owners of Google Home Mini, you may also check Google Home Mini Guides.
Please note, both Google Home Mini and Google Home Max have a reset button, which is not available in Google Home.
So, the way to reset Google Home and to reset Google Home Mini (and Max) is different. This guide applies to Google Home factory data reset only.
To reset Google Home Mini, please check this page.