When your Google Nest starts malfunctioning, like when it fails to connect to your Wi-Fi, don't be quick to replace it. A simple reset or rebooting of the device can restore its glory.

However, resetting Google Nest can be tricky if you don't know how to do it. This article will guide you on resetting your Google Nest in just a few easy steps.

Difference Between Resetting and Rebooting Google Nest

Difference Between Resetting and Rebooting Google Nest

Before you decide on whether to reset or reboot your Google Nest, you must know how to differentiate the two terms;

  • Resetting your Google Nest means restoring the device to its factory settings. Therefore, resetting wipes out all personal settings and any information stored in the device. After the reset, you will have to set up the device afresh.
  • It is rebooting means a soft restart of your Google Nest. This process will clear out any stalled processes, and it will not delete any data.

If you are experiencing any troubles with your Google Nest, such as failure to play music, try rebooting it first. Factory resetting should be the last resort.


Reset Your Google Nest

There are easy ways of resetting your Google Nest;

Method I

  • Locate where the microphone switch is and move it to an off position. Google Assistant will confirm this by announcing that the microphone is off. Secondly, the lights on the top side of the speaker will turn orange.
  • Using either your index or middle finger, long-press the center top of the speaker for a few seconds. The device will notify you that you're about to “completely reset this device.” Carry on pressing the center top of the speaker.
  • After about 10 seconds, you will hear a tone. Let go of your finger and wait for the speaker to wind up the reset process before it restarts.

Your Google Nest is now reset.

Method II

This procedure is ideal if your Google Nest does not respond to the method above. However, this process is time-consuming, and it can be tedious.

  • Plug your Google Nest into a power source, unplug it and wait for 10 seconds. Plug it back in and wait for the four LED lights at the top to light up. Repeat this step ten more times in quick succession.
  • The last time you plug the device in, it will take a little longer before it restarts. During the delay, your Google Nest will be resetting. It will power back on when it has factory reset.


How to Reboot a Google Nest

Rebooting a Google nest device is much easier than resetting it. If your Google Nest is not responding or if you are experiencing any problems with it, try rebooting the device.

There are two approaches to rebooting Google Nest; through the Google Home app or unplugging the device from power.


Rebooting Via the Google Home App

Ensure you use a mobile device linked to a similar account as your Google Nest device. Otherwise, you will not be able to access your Google Nest.

Step 1: Launch the Google Home app and tap on your device.

Step 2: Proceed and select the Settings gear.

Step 3: Select More (the three vertical dots) at the upper right corner, then choose Reboot.

Your Google Nest will restart and should be up and running in a few minutes.


Rebooting Via Unplugging the Device

Unplugging

If you don't have a Google Home app, you can try rebooting your Google Nest by unplugging it from the power source.

Step 1: Unplug your Google Nest from the power outlet.

Step 2: Leave it unplugged for about 1 minute.

Step 3: Plug it back in and wait for the four LED lights at the top to light up.

After the restart, your device will be back to its normal state, up and running.


FAQs

Q. Can you reboot Google Nest?

Yes, unplug the device's power cable and wait for 15-30 seconds. This period allows the device to shut down completely. Plug back the power cable and for the four lights to light up.

Q. Why is my Google nest not working?

There are a few reasons why your Google Nest might not be working. The most common cause is that the device needs a reboot. If rebooting your Google Nest does not work, try resetting it. If resetting the device does not work either, your Google Nest might be the problem. Consider visiting the store where you bought it for assistance.


Conclusion

There are several ways of resetting or rebooting your Google Nest device. If you are experiencing any problems with your Google Nest, try one of the methods above. If the problem persists, go to the store where you bought it for assistance.