How to factory reset your Google nest or Home mini

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There might come a time when you need to factory reset your Google Home Mini and Google Nest Mini for one reason or another. A factory reset is usually done in order to wipe all personalized settings and data from your device. This could be with the intention of selling the device with the guarantee that the recipient won’t access your information, or to rectify issues with said device.

If it’s the latter, a factory reset might still not be the magic pill that rectifies everything wrong with your device, but rather as a last-ditch attempt when all else has failed. Some due diligence is expected of you and that should always start with a simple reboot. Unplug the device from the power source a minute or so and then plug it back in and see if it fixes your issue.

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If that fails, please verify that the microphone is actually turned on. You could also go as far as removing the device from your Google Home app on your smartphone if only to rule out that that scenario.

The process to factory reset the Google Home Mini differs from that of the Google Nest Mini even though the two devices are almost indistinguishable from one another. Let’s take you through how you can factory reset both to start afresh.

How to factory reset Google Home Mini (1st Gen)

Google Home Mini

>>Flip your Home Mini belly up while still connected to a power source

>>Press and hold the factory reset button (only button) located below the power cord for at least 5 seconds.

>>Your device will begin the factory reset process.

>>Continue to hold for about 10 seconds more until a sound confirms that the device is resetting.


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How to factory reset Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen)

Google Home Mini

>>On the side of your device, switch the microphone off.

>>Once the lights turn orange, press and hold the center of the Nest Mini where the lights are situated.

>>After 5 seconds, your device will begin the factory reset process.

>>Continue to hold for about 10 seconds more until a sound confirms that the device is resetting.

In conclusion

The Google Home Mini and Google Nest Mini are those devices that require as little tinkering with as possible once you have set them up. Most times, they work as advertised without much fuss on your end. However, that one time you need to factory reset, you will have have to go through the process of reconnecting WiFi, setting up your preferences and what-not.

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