Because so much of the Google Home setup process and user experience is through the Home app, it seems logical that the option to factory reset the smart speakers would also be within the application. Oddly enough, it isn’t, and to wipe your devices requires you to press and hold physical buttons on each of the speakers…

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How to factory reset your Google Home

  1. Google Home
  2. Google Home Mini
  3. Google Home Max

1. Google Home

First, make sure your Google Home is plugged in and working. Next, locate the microphone button at the back of the smart speaker.

When you’re ready to factory reset your device and wipe it entirely, press and hold on the microphone button for 15 seconds. Your Google Home will announce that if you continue to hold the button, its memory and settings will be wiped. After you keep pressing the button, the Home will finish the reset process.

2. Google Home Mini

Unlike the regular sized Home, the Home Mini has an FDR (factory data reset) button on the underside of the smart speaker. Just like the steps above, you will need to hold down this button for 15 seconds. After, the Mini will confirm that if you continue to hold down the FDR button, the device will be wiped.

After, you can follow this Android Basics tutorial on how to set up the Google Home Mini after you’ve wiped the speaker.

3. Google Home Max

Lastly, the steps to erase the Home Max is identical to those for the Mini. Locate and FDR button near the power cord and hold it down for roughly 12 seconds. Continue to hold down the button after the Assistant confirms that the speaker will be reset.

After, you can follow this Android Basics tutorial on how to set up the Google Home Max after you’ve wiped the speaker.

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