Google Home Wi-Fi: How to connect, change and troubleshoot your network

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How to connect Google Home to Wi-Fi
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Your Google Home or Google Assistant speaker hangs on your every word in order to bring music requests, smart home control and answers to queries - but only if it's connected to Wi-Fi.

This link should be made during the initial setup of your speaker, though you'll need to scour through the menus of the Google Home app if you're changing Wi-Fi networks or connecting again after the initial setup. There's also the chance you'll need to troubleshoot any issues.

Providing you're trying to connect your speaker to the same network that's running on your phone or tablet, though, this should be fairly straightforward. Just have your Wi-Fi password and name at the ready when following the steps below.

Connect Google Home to Wi-Fi

Google Home Wi-Fi: How to connect, change and troubleshoot your network

You'll be prompted to connect your speaker to a Wi-Fi network during initial setup, but you can always go into the settings menu of an individual device and reconnect if, for whatever reason, the device has forgotten your network.

We'll show you how to do both below, but you'll need the Google Home app installed on your phone or tablet, which you can do through the App Store or Google Play store.

Connecting to Wi-Fi during initial setup

1. Open the Google Home app.

2. Select the Google account you're linking your device to.

3. Go to Account in the bottom-right, then Set up device.

4. Go through the menus, selecting the location of your device and its name.

5. When the list of Wi-Fi networks appear, choose your network, enter the password and tap Connect.

6. The pair will then shake hands for a few moments, before the app notifies you the device is connected.

Connect to Wi-Fi after initial setup

1. Open the Google Home app.

2. Select the device you want to connect to Wi-Fi from your list of rooms (or from the Local devices section in Account), then select the settings cog in the top-right.

3. Select the Wi-Fi tab and choose your network from the list, entering the password and tapping Connect.

Change Google Home Wi-Fi

Google Home Wi-Fi: How to connect, change and troubleshoot your network

Maybe you've changed your network or moved house - whatever the reason, changing the Wi-Fi your Google Home and Assistant devices connect to couldn't be simpler. And, again, ensure your phone or tablet is connected to the same network you're trying to connect your speaker to.

1. Open the Google Home app.

2. Tap on the device you're wishing to change the network of, then the settings cog in the top-right.

3. Tap the Wi-Fi option in the list, then Forget Network.

4. You'll be taken back to the Home app's main screen, from which you can follow the steps outlined above to connect your device to a new network.

Google Home won't connect to Wi-Fi

The above steps should be enough to see your speaker connect to your Wi-Fi network, but we know through experience this isn't always the case. If your Google Home can't connect to Wi-Fi, try the steps below:

  • Restart your router and wait 30 seconds.
  • Reset your Google Home or Assistant-enabled device to factory settings.
  • Update the firmware on your router.
  • Ensure your speaker and phone/tablet is within ample range of the router.
  • Check your phone or tablet is connected to the same network you're trying to connect your speaker to.

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