How to update your Google Home, Nest Mini, Nest Audio, Home Max or Google Nest Hub

Check if your Google speaker is running the latest software

How to update Google Home
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Your Google Home smart speaker receives new features and tricks all the time, so it pays to keep it updated with the latest software.

Thankfully, every Google speaker should stay updated automatically.

Whether you own the old Google Home, or a Nest Mini, Home Max, Nest Audio or Google Nest Hub smart display, it should scan and begin downloading updates without a manual prompt - providing it's connected to Wi-Fi.

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In this guide, we'll be detailing how to check if your Google Home speaker is running the latest firmware, how to tell if it's performing an update and more.

Google Home update: Check your speaker is running the latest software

If you suspect your Google Home firmware isn't quite up to date, you can check:

1. Open the Google Home app.
2. Select a Google Home speaker.
3. Tap the Device settings button.
4. Scroll to the bottom. Here, you'll see the current system firmware.

You can also check through Google's official site, too, whether that's the latest Google Home firmware version.

If you're waiting on an update for your Google Assistant smart speaker, the first rule is to be patient. Remember, 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 reset Google Home, if you need some help.

How to tell if Google Home is updating

Depending on which Google Home speaker you have, there's different ways it will notify you it's updating.

If it's the regular Google Home, you'll see a spinning semi-circle of white lights on the top of the speaker. If it's the Google Nest Mini, you'll see a line of white lights moving from left to right. If you have a Google Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max, it will tell you on the screen when it's installing an update.

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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 restart the speaker.

Simply unplug it from the power source, wait a minute, then plug it back in. The update should then start again.

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