You can reset Google Home Mini by holding the reset button in the bottom of Google Home Mini.
After factory data resetting of Google Home Mini, you can then set it up as a new Google Home device with Google Home App.
The way to reset Google Home Mini is different from that for Google Home.
This Google Home Mini guide explains to you when you may need to reset Google Home Mini, how to reset Google Home Mini and how to check whether you reset Google Home Mini successfully.
Please note, the 2nd gen of Google Home Mini (Google Nest Mini) does NOT have a reset button. You have to hold the touch panel to reset Google Nest Mini (Google Home Mini 2nd Gen) as explained in detail in this guide.
So, this guide only applies to the 1st Gen Google Home Mini. It is not applicable to the 2nd Gen (Google Nest Mini).
Why and when you may want to reset Google Home Mini?
For most Google Home Mini owners, you may never reset your Google Home Mini after you set it up.
But occasionally, you may need to reset Google Home Mini. For example,
- you want to give your Google Home Mini to other people.
- your ISP changed the wireless router in your home with a different SSID (service set identifier).
- you want to use another Google account profile for Google Home Mini (you can add multiple Google accounts to Google Home app).
- the settings of Google Home Mini were apparently messed up and you swear it is not your fault.
- Google Home Mini behaves oddly.
Anyway, the factory data reset is the last option before you return your Google Home Mini when you feel something is wrong with your Google Home Mini.
How to reset Google Home Mini?
So, you cannot hold the microphone switch in Google Home Mini to reset it. This method only works for Google Home.
In Google Home Mini, as shown below, there is a dedicated reset button (also known as factory data reset button, or FDR button) in the bottom of the device near the USB port.
To factory data reset Google Home Mini, you may follow these steps:
Step 1: Power on Google Home Mini
You can only reset your Google Home Mini when it is powered on. There is no built-in battery in Google Home Mini.
If your Google Home Mini is already powered on, you can skip this step. If not, you need to connect the bundled power adapter to the USB port in Google Home Mini and power on the adapter.
Step 2: Wait a few mins
Although it is not required, it is recommended to wait a few mins after you power on Google Home Mini.
This is to ensure Google Home Mini start up properly.
Once Google Home Mini fully starts up, you can then hold the reset button as mentioned above.
After holding the reset button for about 2 seconds, Google Home Mini should tell you that you are about to reset the Google Home Mini, and you can release the button to cancel the factory data reset.
You need to continue to hold the FDR button for about 15 seconds.
The LED light colour changes to orange, then eventually to green. You may release the reset button once the colour of LED lights is solid green without changing,
Of course, you can count from 1 to 15, then release the button.
Step 4: Set up Google Home Mini as a new device
After resetting Google Home Mini, you now actually have a “new” Google Home Mini.
All your settings, associated Google accounts and linked devices were removed.
How do I know whether my Google Home Mini was reset successfully?
When you reset Google Home Mini, there is no voice prompt telling you that the factory data reset was done successfully or not.
You need to count the time.
The solid green colour of the first LED light also indicates the reset was done successfully.
If you need to check whether your Google Home Mini was reset successfully, you can follow these steps:
Step 1: Power off Google Home Mini
Step 2: Wait at least 45 seconds
Step 3: Power on Google Home Mini
Step 4: Listen for the voice prompt
For new or reset Google Home Mini, after it is powered on, you will get the voice prompt telling you to download Google Home app and set it up.
Do you know how to reset Google Home Mini? Can you check whether your Google Home Mini was reset successfully?
If you have any questions or encounter any problems with resettings Google Home Mini, please let us know in the comment box below.
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For the 2nd Gen Google Home Mini, you may check this guide.
Please check other Google Home guides here.
For Google Home Mini specific guides, please check this page.