How to update the Google Home

Let's take a look at how to update your Google Home.

The procedure described in this article applies to the traditional Google HomeGoogle Nest Hub smartHome MaxNest Mini, and Nest Audio.

Time to dive into the updates....

How to update the Google Home

Most devices have an interface with a menu with a button to check for the latest firmware or a browse box to upload a file we previously downloaded from the Internet.

However, Google devices don't work that way.

There's no update button or download link for new firmware.

Google devices are automatically updated when a new firmware is released, and you can join a program to get such updates as soon as possible.

Here are the steps to update your device.

  • Open the Google Home App on your smartphone;
  • Select the device you want to update;
  • Click on the device settings;
  • Scroll to the end on the page;
  • Check the current firmware version;
  • Click the "Preview Program" to enable it.
  • Click the "Join Program" button

  • On the "device settings" screen you can see the Nest firmware version.

    Google Home Firmware version

    You can join the preview program and toggle to "Allow email notification" button.

    Google Home Preview Program

    Here's the confirmation message.

    Thanks for joining

    After joining the "Preview Program," Google will let you know when there's a new firmware and update your devices first.

    So, there no much you can do other than wait for a new update and make sure the Google devices are connected to the Internet.

    How do I know if my Google device was updated?

    You can write down the latest firmware your Google device is running and come back after some time to check if there's a new version on your device. To make sure your Google device was updated  

    When the device is being updated, it shows a semi-circle spinning light on the speaker's top or a moving white light for the Google Nest Mini.

    What if you didn't see any update lights on your device?

    You can open the device settings menu, check the firmware version and compare to the current version described on Google's website.

    Just search on Google for "Google Home Latest Firmware".

    Google Home Latest Firmware

    You will find a table with all the information about Google Home and Nest devices.

    Google Home latest firmware info

    Now it's just a question of comparing the information with your devices.

    If the version are different and you are already subscribed to the Preview program, just reboot your Google or Nest device and wait for the automatic update.


    You Google Home and Nest devices are automatically updated every time there's a new firmware available. You don't need to click any button but you can subscribe to Google's preview program to expedite the process.

    I hope this article can help you; please share it with your friends.

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