How to force a Google Smart Speaker to update

How to force a Google Smart Speaker to update

We’ll teach you how to check if your Google Home or other Google Smart Speaker have the newest software and how to force an update if they don’t.

It’s easy to keep our phones up-to-date because we get a message when there’s a new version, and you can always check for updates yourself. It’s not that easy with Google’s smart speakers, because they update themselves.

Have you got the most recent one?

Most of the features on Google’s smart speakers require them to be connected to the Internet, which is also how they stay up to date. Before you try to update your Google Home or Nest speaker by force, you should make sure you don’t already have the most recent version.

The Google Home app on a phone is the fastest way to do this. You’ll need to tap on the speaker in the list of devices, press the menu button, and then choose Device info. Under System Firmware Version in the technical information, you can find the firmware version.

The next step will be to see if that version is the same as the most recent version of the software. On this Google help page, you can find the latest firmware for each smart speaker.

All you have to do is check the support website to see if the software version of your speaker matches the firmware version. If so, you already have the most recent version, so there’s nothing else you need to do.

Join the Advance Program to get ahead

Through Google’s preview program, you can show that you want to get early firmware updates for your smart speaker. Google says, “Yes, it’s not a beta version. It’s the same version that everyone will get, but a little bit earlier.”

Signing up for the advance program is a good way to keep your smart speaker up-to-date. This can also be done by tapping on the speaker in the Google Home app, then using the menu and tapping on Device info.

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Then tap on Advance Program, and all that’s left to do is click on Join the program. If you signed up, your speaker’s next firmware update will come sooner than if you hadn’t.

Hit reset to force update Google Smart Speaker

What if your speaker refuses to get the latest version and install it? Unfortunately, you can’t update the firmware with ADB or similar tools, so the only thing you can do to try to force the issue is to reset the speaker to factory settings. During the first setup wizard, the speaker should check for and download any new firmware versions.

There is no one way to reset all Google smart speakers to factory settings, and you can’t do it from the Google Home app. Instead, you must do the following to get the speakers back to factory settings:

  • Google Home: Press and hold the microphone mute button on the back of the device for 15 seconds.
  • On the side of the second-generation Google Nest Mini, turn off the microphone to make the lights turn orange. Press and hold the middle of the top of the Nest Mini for 15 seconds.
  • Google Home Mini 1st generation: Press and hold the factory reset button under the power cord in a small hole on the bottom of the Home Mini for 15 seconds.
  • Google Home Max: Press and hold the factory reset button near the power cord on the back of Home Max for 12 seconds.
  • Google Nest Audio: Turn off the microphone on the back of the device, and the lights will turn orange. Press and hold the Nest Audio’s center button, which is near the top, for 15 seconds.
  • Google Nest Hub 2nd generation: Press and hold both volume buttons on the back of the Nest Hub for 10 seconds.
  • Google Nest Hub: Press and hold both volume buttons on the back of the Nest Hub for 10 seconds.
  • Google Nest Hub Max: Press and hold both volume buttons on the back of the Nest Hub Max for 10 seconds.

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