Google Nest Mini Bluetooth Issues: How to Fix [2022]

Google Nest Mini Bluetooth Issues: How to Fix [2022]

Google Nest Mini Bluetooth Issues: How to Fix [2022]

Google Nest Mini is Google's cheapest smart home solution, bringing in Google Assistant to your home at just $24.99!

It has been a fantastic addition to my smart home due to its great integration with multiple devices and its minimalistic form factor that just blends into my room.

But since its inception, Bluetooth issues have crippled the Google Nest Mini severely. Google has acknowledged it years ago, but a fix is yet to be pushed out.

The primary issue is that the Google Nest Mini just straight out disconnects the connection while streaming music. It also disconnects with the Home app for some reason.

I went online to find out the possible fixes for Bluetooth issues on Google Nest Mini. As a result, I made this troubleshooting guide to help you if you're going through the same.

To fix Bluetooth issues on your Google Nest Mini, check for any external hardware damage and perform a soft reboot and a power cycle. Make sure the updates and firmware are of the latest version for both the Google Nest Mini and the Google Home app before sending feedback to Google.

Try unpairing and pairing the device again. If the issue still persists, perform a factory reset.

Check The Power Cable

Check The Power Cable

Before we blame Google for using cheap hardware components, it is best to first check whether there is any fault at our end.

Check whether the power cable is well connected and make sure the plugs fit snugly and don't easily fall off from the wall socket

Also, check for wear and tear on the power cable. Although Google provides a good quality power cable, there is always a scope of error for cable hardware.

If you notice any hardware tear on the power cable, change the cable immediately by visiting a Google authorized service center.

Check the Google Nest Mini Hardware

Check the Google Nest Mini Hardware

Since the Google Nest Mini is always exposed to a variety of environmental changes, even if it's inside a room there is always a chance for hardware malfunctions

This is an especially important factor to consider if the room succumbs to dust collection quite often, or even if there is a kid inside the room that demands rough use.

The touch panel on the surface of the Google Nest Mini can get damaged, leading to issues such as irregular disconnections or play/pause without intention

This is an issue that can be easily misinterpreted as a Bluetooth issue as your audio streams still keep getting disconnected

The best way to counter this issue is to simply check the surface of the Google Nest Mini for any unintended dents or physical deformation.

If your touch panel has issues registering your inputs, it's best to get the Google Nest Mini replaced with a fresh piece.

Perform a Soft Reboot

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This might seem very basic, but performing a soft reboot can help in refreshing and cleaning out any temporary software bugs that plagued the system

This of course also extends to any temporary Bluetooth bug that you must have noticed.

Contrary to popular belief, pulling the plug isn't the only way to reboot the Google Nest Mini. In fact, to safely reboot it is recommended not to pull the plug first.

To perform a safe software reboot, simply follow the following steps:

  • Assuming the Google Nest Mini is already connected to the Google Home app and linked to your google account, open the Google Home app
  • Click on the Your Device option and select Settings
  • Tap the More button on the top right hamburger sidebar
  • Click Reboot to begin the restart process

This will safely reboot your Google Nest Mini without dealing with any unnecessary corruption of cache files or system files.

Perform a Power Cycle

Perform a Power Cycle

Attempt a power cycle to completely reset the internal hardware components and discharge the capacitors properly.

This is similar to a reboot, but this instead resets the hardware components of the Nest Mini completely.

To perform a power cycle on your Google Nest Mini, simply follow the following steps:

  • Unplug your Google Nest Mini from the power socket and wait for a full minute
  • Plug it back and wait for for another minute before connecting to your Google Home App.

This resets the internal components of your Google Nest Mini.

Update Firmware and Google Home App

Update Firmware and Google Home App

Updating the firmware is crucial for all smart home devices in general as the updates can potentially have bug fixes for the specific problems encountered

Since Google has already acknowledged the Bluetooth issue, it is fair to assume they might potentially push out an update to phase out this issue.

Always make sure you are on the latest firmware. To do that, it is equally important to make sure the Google Home app on the phone or tablet is also on the latest version

To update your Google home app, simply follow the following steps:

  • Go to the iOS Appstore or Android Google Play Store depending on your respective operating systems
  • At the search bar above, search for Google Home
  • From the resultant list, select Google Home
  • If the app is already installed, you will see an Update button if any updates have been pushed by Google

This updates your Google Home app to the latest version pushed out by Google

To update your Google Nest Mini, simply follow the following steps:

  • Assuming the Google Nest Mini is already connected to the Google Home app and linked to your google account, open the Google Home app
  • Select your Google Nest Mini speaker and tap on the Device settings option
  • Select the Current System Firmware button at the bottom of the screen

Alternatively, you can compare whether your Nest Mini is on the latest available version from Google's website

Send Feedbacks to Google For Faster Bug Fixes

Send Feedbacks to Google For Faster Bug Fixes

As mentioned before, Google has acknowledged this issue and is working on a fix to solve this issue.

But unfortunately, its been too long that they have probably forgotten and silently moved on to their next generation of Nest Mini devices

But for the current and previous generation users still can send bug reports to Google specifically of their device so that Google can process that and work accordingly

This is a method solely based on luck of course, but every bug fix needs a bug report and maybe it's your report that helps google quash the bugs for everyone.

Do note that this does take system logs and other diagnostic data to make a bug report, so do read their terms and conditions if you have doubts related to your privacy

To send feedback to Google after encountering your issue, simply follow the following steps:

  • Make sure the Google Nest Mini is already connected to the Google Home app and linked to your Google account
  • With your registered voice, ask the Google Assistant the following: "Hey Google, send feedback"
  • To the response of the Google Assistant, answer with the following line: "GHT3 Bluetooth IN keeps on disconnect"

Now the Google Assistant will make sure Google knows you also face the issue, like other reported users.

Unpair and Pair the Bluetooth Device Again

Unpair and Pair the Bluetooth Device Again

This might seem like such a chore every single time, but this is a method that works fortunately that acts as a temporary fix to this constant Bluetooth disconnection problem

This still doesn't guarantee the issue is fixed for a set amount of time, so you might still face some irregular audio stream drop-offs

To unpair and pair your Bluetooth device, simply follow the following steps:

  • Open the Google Home app.
  • Select the Google Nest Mini
  • Tap on the Settings menu and click on the Paired Bluetooth Devices setting
  • Scroll down to the device you want the Google Nest Mini to forget.
  • Click on the option and select Forget
  • This makes sure the device is unpaired and removed from your list of paired bluetooth devices
  • Tap on Enable Pairing Mode and this opens up a menu of available bluetooth devices
  • Select the device again and tap on pair

This unpairs and pairs the device with your Google Nest WiFi, thus resetting the Bluetooth channel and hence starting afresh

Perform a Factory Reset

Perform a Factory Reset

This is the ultimate step when it comes to solving your Bluetooth and other connectivity issues with the Google Nest Mini.

This will completely remove all cache and save data from the Google Nest Mini and will be reset according to the factory settings, just like when you bought it

To perform a factory reset of your Google Nest Mini 2nd Gen, simply follow the following steps:

  • On the Google Nest Mini body, locate the mic switch and turn it off
  • When the lights turn orange, long press and hold the touchpad area over the led lights of the Google Nest Mini
  • This initiates the process of factory resetting. Press and hold till you get an audio confirmation

Voice commands to factory reset the Google Nest WiFi won't work due to privacy and security restrictions

To perform a factory reset of your Google Home Mini 1st Gen, simply follow the following steps:

  • On the Google Home Mini, locate the factory reset button on the underside, near the power cord.
  • Press and hold the factory reset button. This initiates the process of factory resetting
  • Press and hold the button till you get an audio confirmation.

This completely resets your Google Nest Mini and Google Home Mini to their factory settings.

You will have to link the device again with your Google account via the Google Home app.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

The Google Nest Mini has some core issues that are still yet to be addressed by Google,

But the fact that this is by far the cheapest mainstream way to convert your home into a smart home still stands strong.

With more people switching to audio streams via WiFi, the Bluetooth connection is slowly becoming a niche choice, just like the headphone jack on most devices

So even if the Bluetooth component is faulty or of low quality, you can still make do with a lot more ways and doesn't render the Google Nest Mini useless

I hope this troubleshooting article has enlightened you with the knowledge to fix the Bluetooth issues of your Google Nest Mini.

Have a good day!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I use Google Nest Mini as a bluetooth speaker without WiFi?

Google Nest Mini can be used as a Bluetooth speaker without WiFi, but the devices need to be paired initially with the Google Home app, which requires an internet connection.

After the initial pairing, it is possible to freely use that paired device as a Bluetooth speaker without the aid of a WiFi connection

What is the bluetooth range of the Google Nest Mini

The Google Nest Mini is aided by Bluetooth 5.., which provides a practical range of about 80m

Can you connect the Google Nest Mini with an iPhone via bluetooth?

The Google Nest Mini can play audio from an iPhone via Bluetooth, just like an Android phone. But the iPhone needs to be paired via the Google Home app first.

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Hey! I'm Doug, My passion for tech started by fixing phones and computers for my friends and family. I worked in several technology companies and startups in the bay area after graduating from Santa Clara University. I currently work as a consultant for startups and tech companies.

I started Blinqblinq to give reliable tech advice to anyone who needs it, for free! If you have questions on anything tech-related, feel free to contact me.

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