How to Factory Reset a Google Home, Mini, or Max?

This article will show you how to do a factory reset on a Google Home smart speaker, Google Home Mini device, Google Home Max device, or Google Nest Mini. By following these steps, you can easily reset your smart speaker and restore it to its original settings. It also tells you when and why you should reset this sort of smart home device, such as a smart speaker, as well as when you shouldn’t.

How to Reset a Google Home?

The Google Home lacks a separate factory reset button. Instead, it employs the Microphone Mute button on the Google Nest Hub device’s rear for this function. The voice-activated app is designed to provide a seamless user experience. Press and hold the button on the Google Nest Hub device for 12-15 seconds, just like with the Home Mini. This is a necessary step. When the Assistant confirms that it is resetting the device, you may let go of the button and wait a few seconds for the press to complete.

What’s Next?

After you reset your Google Home, you can set it up again just as you did when it was fresh out of the box

How to Factory Reset a Google Home Mini?

There are two ways you can reset a Google Home Mini device.

By holding down the Nest Hub factory data reset (FDR) button, you may generally reset the Nest Hub device and restore it to a new out-of-the-box condition. A factory data reset deletes all data on the device, including settings and personal information.

When you follow these instructions, performing a factory reset on the Google Home Mini device takes less than a minute.

Google Home Mini Reset (Ist Generation) 

The Google Home Mini has a dedicated FDR (factory reset) button on the bottom of the device. This button allows you to easily reset the Nest Hub. Look for the factory reset option just below the power plug on your device; you’ll notice a simple round circle. 

How to Factory Reset a Google Home, Mini, or Max?

  1. Power on your Google Home Mini and locate the reset button.

    1. Make sure your Google Home Mini is plugged into a power source using the power cord.

    2. Look for the reset button at the bottom of the device.

    Press and hold the reset button for about 15 seconds until you hear a sound.

    1. Using a small object like a paperclip or pen, press and hold down the reset button.

    2. Keep holding it for approximately 15 seconds until you hear a sound indicating that the device is resetting.

    Follow the instructions in the Google Home app to complete the process.

    1. Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.

    2. Tap on your device to access its settings.

    3. Look for the option to “Factory Reset” or “Reset Device.

    4. Follow any prompts or instructions provided by the app to proceed with resetting your Google Home Mini.

    Ensure that your device is successfully reset by checking its status in the app.

    1. Once you have completed the factory reset process, check if your device is back to its initial setup state.

    2. The lights on top of your Google Home Mini will start flashing as it goes through its rebooting process.

    3. Use the app to reconnect your device to Wi-Fi and set it up again before using it.

    By following these steps, you can easily factory reset your Google Home Mini and start fresh with setting it up once again.

Google Nest Mini Reset (2nd Generation)

The Google Nest Mini does not have a dedicated FDR button. It uses the Mic On/Off button instead.


  1. Identify the Reset Button

    Locate the factory reset button on your Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen). It’s a small hole usually found on the bottom of the device.

    Press and Hold

    Take a pin or paperclip and insert it into the reset button. Press and hold down the button for about 15 seconds. You may need to use a bit of force, so don’t be shy!

    Open the Google Home App

    Now, open up the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet. Make sure you have it installed beforehand.

    Follow the Prompts

    Once in the app, follow the prompts that appear on your screen. The app will guide you through the process of resetting your Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen).

    Verify Reset

    After completing all the steps, verify that your device has been properly reset by checking within the Google Home app.

    That’s it! You’ve successfully factory reset your Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen) using just a pin or paperclip and following a few simple steps in the Google Home app.

    Remember, performing a factory reset erases all settings and data from your device, so make sure you only do this if necessary or if you’re planning to give away or sell your device.

How to Reset Your Google Mini If the Default Method Does Not Work?

If your speaker is experiencing difficulties, it may not respond to the standard reset procedure. If you are unable to reset the speaker, Google has given a backup option for resetting the Google Mini.

A word of caution: it is time-consuming and exhausting. However, this should perform even if the primary method fails.

1. Unplug your Google Mini for 10 seconds, then reconnect it. Wait until all four LED lights on the speaker’s top light up.

2. Repeat step -1 10 times more: disconnect it, wait, then plug it back in until the lights turn on. Repeat this 11 times in a row.

3. When you plug the Mini back in for the last time, it should take a bit longer to restart – it’s resetting, and when it turns back on, it will be factory reset

How to Reset a Google Home Max?


Locate and press both volume buttons simultaneously on your Google Home Max.

Find the two volume buttons on your device. They are usually located on the back or side of the speaker. Press and hold both buttons at the same time.

Keep holding them until you see all four lights illuminate, indicating a successful restart.

Continue holding the volume buttons until you see all four lights on your Google Home Max light up. This indicates that the device is restarting.

Access the Google Home app and proceed with resetting your device using its interface.

Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet. Look for the settings menu, which is usually represented by three horizontal lines in the top left corner. Tap on it to access additional options.

From there, navigate to “Device settings” or a similar option that allows you to manage your connected devices. Find your Google Home Max in the list of devices and select it.

Look for an option that says “Factory reset” or “Reset device.” Tap on it to initiate the reset process.

Confirm that your Google Home Max has been effectively reset by checking its status in the app.

After initiating the factory reset, wait for a few moments while your device resets itself. Once it’s done, check its status in the Google Home app to ensure that it has been successfully reset.

You have now successfully factory reset your Google Home Max! It’s ready to be set up again and used as desired.

How to Reboot a Google Home Mini?

Instead of executing a full factory reset, you can perform a simple power cycle to reboot your Home Mini.

Step 1: Unplug the device, leave it unplugged for about one minute, and then plug it back in.

Step 2: Alternatively, you can use the Google Home app and navigate to Settings > Device Settings, then tap the More button (the three dots) to choose Reboot.


Reset a google home, mini, and max isn’t difficult, just a 2 minutes job if properly followed the procedures, any issues with your device, resetting is the most suggested option.

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