Has your Google home been changing volume by itself without any user input?
This happened to me recently when I was listening to music at the end of a long day. The volume started raising by one click and shortly after, returned to the original volume. It behaved well for the next 30 minutes and then went up and down all on its own, without any input.
Annoyed at this inconvenience, I went online to figure out how to fix a Google Nest Home changing volume by itself. Turns out, quite a few Nest users have been facing this issue.
I compiled all the troubleshooting tips into this guide that should help you fix the Google Home volume issue.
If your Google Nest Home is changing volume by itself, reboot the device and check your Bluetooth and internet connection. If the issue persists, turn off the "lower volume when listening" option on the Google Home app. You could also try adjusting the night mode, routines, and alarms on the Google Home app. If none of the above works, hard reset the Roku.
You can also check out a few other troubleshooting tips in this article if your Google Home volume keeps changing.
Reboot the Home/Nest Device
Refreshing an affected device is and always must be the preliminary step you should try while troubleshooting.
A restart/reboot will remove any and all stagnant bugs and temporary errors on the device, especially if the device has been plugged in for a long time.
With that said, you can restart the Nest/Home devices in a couple of ways, most notably through a power cycle test.
Apart from the seemingly overwhelming title, the process is quite simple. Here's how it goes:
- Unplug the device from the power supply and leave it idle for a few seconds or a couple of minutes.
- Then, press and hold the power button or the center button for a few seconds. Perform this step a few times.
- Now, plug back in the device and check for the issue.
A power cycle test is also one of the recommended troubleshooting steps by Google for most issues on your device.
Alternatively, you could also restart the Home/Nest device through the Google Home app.
Follow these steps on the Home app to reboot the device.
1. First, connect both your devices(smart device and the Nest/Home) to the same network.
2. Next, click and open your Nest/Home device from the Home tab.
3. Click on the Settings icon on the top.
4. Tap on the three-dot icon(menu icon)
5. Then select Reboot.
Once restarting is complete, check for the issue.
Check Your Bluetooth Connection
The Nest/Home, apart from being one of the best AI-enabled Smart home devices available right now, is also a damn good wireless speaker.
The Nest/Home has support for wireless audio playback through Bluetooth.
You can enable Bluetooth on the device by reciting the command - "Hey Google, turn ON Bluetooth" - and you can connect your device to the speaker like any other wireless speaker.
But even while using the Nest/Home as a wireless speaker, you may get hit with the weird volume change issue.
If you experience automatic volume changes while using the Nest/Home as a Bluetooth speaker, refresh the connection as a possible remedy.
Assuming that you do know how to set up a Bluetooth connection on the Nest/Home device, follow these steps on the Home app to reset the Bluetooth connection.
1. On the Home app, click and open your Nest/Home device.
2. Tap on the Settings icon on the top, and then select the Audio option.
3. Click on the Paired Bluetooth Devices option.
4. Tap on the "X" icon next to the name of the device you want to unpair.
5. Select the Unpair option to complete the process.
Restart the device and re-pair the device. Check for the issue now.
Is your Nest/Home device unpairing by itself quite frequently? The Problem may not be as simple as you think.
Intermittent unpairing issues can arise from simple connectivity or lack of updates to a much more severe hardware issue. Better start the troubleshooting procedures as soon as the issue becomes a regular haunt.
Check the Network Connection
An unstable internet can cause a host of problems on your device, including abrupt volume changes.
Always make sure that you have stable speeds and low latencies while using the Nest/Home device.
You can check the speed and latency of the network through a speed testing application.
Find such applications either through a browser or by downloading a dedicated app from your respective app store.
Unstable speeds invariably lead to increased latency and buffering issues. A probable remedy to such problems is to refresh the network.
A power cycle test of the router will suffice. Unplug the router and leave it unplugged for a couple of minutes after which plug the device back into power.
Test the speeds again through the same speed testing application. If the network is stable, re-establish the connection between the Nest/Home and the network.
If you still cannot diminish the issue, switch the WiFi band. A traditional 2.4 GHz band has a lot of limitations, especially when the traffic in the network is high.
Once the traffic exceeds the threshold, the network becomes laggy with high latency and slower speeds.
A 5 GHz band doesn't have any such limitations. It can accommodate a large number of users without compromising the speed or the latency.
To change the network on your Nest/Home device, follow these steps on the Home app.
1. On the Home tab, click and open your Nest/Home device.
2. Click on the Settings icon.
3. Select the Device Information option and then select WiFi.
4. Tap on the Forget tile to disconnect from the network.
You will be brought back to the Home tab once you complete these steps. You can now configure the device and connect it to the higher bandwidth connection.
This step is also applicable vice-versa, meaning you can switch the network to the lower band if you have issues with the higher bandwidth network.
Check the Settings on the Home App
As you know, Nest/Home devices house a lot of features that can help make your life a little bit easier.
Some of these features, like the Routines, Alarms, and Nighmode, do alter the volume to your liking.
And there lies the problem. Even if these features alter the volume for our sake, sometimes, they can go haywire.
Hence, check and verify these features once the problem starts showing head.
Check the Routines
Routines are one of the underlying features of the Nest/Home devices, and they do work quite nicely.
A Routine, basically, is a series of tasks that are carried out in tandem once the trigger command for that particular Routine is received.
But there is an option within the Routine configuration menu that automatically adjusts the volume according to your liking.
And this option is the one that can trigger issues on your Nest/Home.
To Adjust or Turn OFF this option, follow these steps on the Home app.
1. On the Home tab, click and open the Routines tab.
2. Tap on the Manage Routines option.
3. Click on the Routine you want to edit.
4. Tap on the Settings icon next to the Adjust Media Volume option.
5. Adjust the volume to your liking.
You could also entirely uncheck the Adjust Media Volume option. Restart the device and check for the issue.
Another cool trick that you can try within the Routines menu is to add an Action to set the volume to your desired level.
To do so, click on the '+' Add Action icon under "How to start".
Check the Alarms and Timers
Another grey area that you shouldn't miss out on while troubleshooting the issue is the Alarms and Timers.
Under this feature, you can adjust the volume to your liking. This volume adjustment provision is exclusive to the alarms and timers, meaning it doesn't change the normal volume levels of the Nest/Home.
So, better late than never, before you check this option.
To check and change the volume of the Alarms and Timers, follow these steps in the Home app.
1. In the Home tab, click and open your Nest/Home device.
2. Click on the Settings icon on the top.
3. Tap on the Alarms & Timers option.
4. Set the volume to your liking and Exit the menu.
Restart the device and check for the issue now.
Adjust the Nightmode Settings
Night mode is yet another feature, which once enabled will water down most (if not all) of the features of the Nest/Home.
Upon enabling this feature, the device reduces the volume, becomes less sensitive to commands, and also limits the notifications.
There is a provision to alter the volume in this feature that can cause problems.
To check this feature, follow these steps on the Home app.
1. On the Home tab, click and open the Home/Nest device.
2. Tap on the Setting icon and then select Night mode.
3. Adjust the Maximum Volume at night to your liking.
Exit the menu and restart the device. Check for the issue now.
Turn OFF "Lower Volume When Listening"
This feature is enabled by default on the Nest/Home devices, especially since it comes in handy while playing media on the device.
With this feature enabled, the Nest/Home automatically reduces the volume of the media you're playing if and when it recognizes a command.
But this feature can become a fiend in no time. Better disable this feature once you start experiencing volume issues on your device.
Follow these steps on the Home app to disable this feature.
1. On the Home tab, click and open your Nest/Home device.
2. Click on the Settings icon and then select Audio.
3. Make sure to turn OFF the "Lower volume when listening" option.
Exit the menu and restart the device. Check for further issues.
The Speaker Group Trick
Speaker groups are Google's way of employing multiple speaker connectivity for a shared listening experience.
With this feature, you can connect multiple Nest/Home devices together and play media on them.
Apart from being a very nifty party trick, this feature might also be your trump card.
All you have to do is quickly join and leave a speaker group.
Without going deep into the technical aspects of this fix, let's look at how you can implement it.
Before starting the procedure, make sure to connect all the speakers to the same network. Then, follow these steps on the Home app.
1. At first, create a Speaker group with at least two Nest/Home devices.
2. On the Home tab, click and open the "+" icon towards the left side.
3. Tap on the Create Speaker group option.
4. Select the devices that you want to add to the group.
4. Click on the Next option. Then enter a name for your group.
5. Click on Save.
6. After creating a Speaker Group, play media on your smart device.
7. While playing the media, open the Home app and click on the Speaker Group.
8. Click on the Delete group option. Then select the Remove option.
If done right, the music will stop playing on the devices.
Restart the Nest/Home device and check for the issue now.
Hard Reset the Nest/Home
And now we have come to the penultimate troubleshooting step of them all - factory resetting the device.
Hard resetting a device will effectively cleanse the device of any stale bugs and stagnant files. These bugs and errors are some of the main reasons for most of the problems on the Nest/Home.
Now, you can reset the Nest/Home in a couple of ways, the easiest being through the dedicated buttons on the device itself.
On a Nest/Home Hub device, press and hold the Volume Up and Down buttons together for a few seconds or until the device turns OFF and back ON again.
The first-generation Nest/Home Mini devices do have a dedicated Reset button. Press and hold this button for a few seconds until the device turns OFF and back ON again.
On the newer Mini models, switch OFF the mic and then press and hold the Center button until the device turns OFF and back ON again.
Alternatively, you could reset the Nest/Home devices through the Home app itself.
Follow these steps to reset the device through the Home app.
1. On the Home app, click and open the Nest/Home device.
2. Click on the Settings icon.
3. Then click on the three-dot menu icon.
4. Select the Factory Reset option.
5. Confirm the selection.
Wait for the device to reset. Then, configure the system like new.
An issue like the one at hand is always a cause for vexation, no matter how severe they are.
Volume issues have always been one of the most troubling problems on the Nest/Home. And even after several updates addressing this very issue, the problem still persists.
With the recent developments in the Google Workshop (spoiler - legal issues), the Nest/Home devices have been noted to be erroneous to a concerning extent.
With these fixes, you are sure to find a solution, at least a temporary one.
If none of these fixes were helpful, try contacting the customer services of Google for further assistance.
Another major issue with the Nest/Home devices is with music playback. At least some of these fixes apply to the said issue too.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How to change the volume on a Nest Mini?
You can change the volume on the Nest Mini in a couple of ways. The easiest one is through mere commands. Commands like " Hey Google, turn up the volume to 50%" or "Ok Google, turn the volume down" will yield results. You can also tap on either side of the Nest Mini to change the volume. A tap on the right side will increase the volume, while a tap on the left will decrease the volume.
Why is the Google Home app acting up?
Issues with the Google Home app take root due to some unforeseen bugs or errors from a recent update. To resolve such issues, either remove and re-add the app or clear its app cache. You can access these options by going to Settings>Apps>See all apps/Google Apps>Google Home>Unistall/Clear cache.
Why do I have black screens on my Nest Hub?
Black screens are a result of bugs or errors that may arise after a recent update or due to improper power supply. In extreme cases, the issue may be evident due to a failed/broken backlight panel. Try rebooting or resetting the device as a probable fix.