How to update your Google Home and Google Home Hub

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How to update Google Home

Smart speakers are constantly evolving, with new features and tricks being added all the time. That obviously means you want to ensure your speaker is as up to date as possible.

The main thing to know about Google Home is that updates should happen automatically. This happens from the get-go, so when you first set up your Home speaker, it will scan for, and download, the latest update available.

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There are different ways to tell if Google Home is updating, depending on which speaker you have. If it's the regular Google Home, you'll see a spinning semicircle of white lights on the top of the speaker. If it's the Google Home Mini or Max, you'll see a line of white lights moving from left to right. If you have a Google Home Hub, it will tell you on the screen when it's installing an update.

An update should take no more than 10 minutes. If it seems to be taking a lot longer than that and you're not getting any response from the speaker - or if the lights are no longer spinning - you may have to reboot the speaker. Simply unplug it from the power source, wait a minute, then plug it back in. The update should then start again.

How to check your speaker is running the latest firmware

If you suspect your Google Home firmware isn't quite up to date, you can actually check it. Here's how.

1. Open the Google Home app.
2. Select a Google Home speaker.
3. Tap the Device settings button (that's the cog).
4. Scroll right down to the bottom.

Here you'll see the current system firmware as well as the latest Cast firmware (so long as the speaker supports it). Here's a link to the latest Google Home firmware versions.

If you're waiting on an update for your Home speaker, the first rule is to just be patient. Remember that when updates go out, they don't hit every region at the same time. There are other reasons your speaker may take a while, but the key thing is to hold out.

However if you do suspect your Home is playing up and not downloading the update, and you've tried all other solutions, it may be time for a reset. Check out our guide on how to reboot your Google Home.

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