The Google Home Mini smart speaker is a convenient tool that can help you control smart home devices via voice commands. However, if something goes wrong with your device, or you want to sell it and delete your data first, you should perform a factory reset.

In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to factory reset your Google Home Mini or Google Nest Mini.

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    Why Should You Factory Reset Your Google Home?

    A factory reset deletes all the data on your Google Home device, restoring it to default settings. If you’ve forgotten your password or your device is playing up, a factory reset can get it working correctly with minimal effort.

    We also recommend performing a factory reset before selling or throwing out your Google Home Mini. As with other digital devices, your Google Home stores your personal information. A factory reset will remove this information and protect your privacy if it ends up in someone else’s hands.

    Remember that after a factory reset, you’ll need to sign back into your Google account, connect your Google Home to your Wi-Fi network, and reconnect any Bluetooth devices you connected earlier.

    How to Factory Reset Google Home Mini

    To reset your Google Home Mini (1st gen):

    1. Turn your Home Mini upside-down and find the Factory Reset Button at the base of the power cord.
    Factory reset button on Google home
    1. Press and hold the button for around 15 seconds. After 5 seconds, the device will begin its factory reset. After another 10 seconds, you’ll hear a sound to confirm that the factory reset is in progress.

    How to Factory Reset Google Nest Mini

    To reset your Google Nest Mini speaker (2nd gen):

    1. Find the microphone mute button on the side of your device. The lights on top should turn orange, indicating the microphone is off.
    Google hold microphone mute button
    1. Press and hold the button in the center of your Nest Mini, where the lights are.
    Google home status lights
    1. After 5 seconds, the factory reset process will begin. After another 10 seconds, you’ll hear a confirmation chime indicating that the device will reboot.

    Note: You can only reset Google Home devices via the factory reset button. It’s impossible to perform a reset through the Google Home app.

    How to Factory Reset Other Google Home Devices

    There are a handful of other Google Home speakers that you might want to reset. These include the Google Home Max, Google Nest Hub, Google Nest Audio, and Google Nest Hub Max.

    To revert these devices to factory settings, you need to switch the microphone off, then press and hold the factory reset button for 15 seconds, as shown above. The Nest Hub is the only device that’s slightly different. To reset the Google Nest speakers, press and hold both volume buttons together for 10 seconds.

    The factory reset button is found either on the back of the device or on top of the speaker where the LED lights are housed.

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    Smart home devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa are becoming far more common and advanced. You can control other compatible devices using Google Assistant by connecting these Google Home gadgets to your Wi-Fi network.