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How to migrate your first-generation Google Wifi Pucks to the Google Home app «Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks



Google is known for integrating older products into a new ecosystem for easier use. The transition may take some time, and this is the case with the old Google Wifi system after Nest Wifi is no longer available. Google is working to phase out the dedicated Google Wifi app in favor of using the Google Home app for all of your IoT needs.

Moving to the Google Home app gives you access to new features like WPA3 security. You may still need the Google Wifi app temporarily for some minor things like managing DNS. However, all common options are already included in the new Google Home app. So it's a good idea to jump on board before the old Google Wifi app expires.

What you should know about the migration

Step 1
: Install the Google Home app

The Google Home app is where it is. The magic arises when it comes to controlling all of your smart home devices. This now includes your Wi-Fi network with Google or Nest Wifi products. If you don't have the app yet, go to the link below to get started.

Step 2: Reset your Google to factory settings Wifi Access Point

To your entire Google Wifi network on the Google Home app you only have to reset one of the access points to the factory settings. This can be one of the wireless mesh access points or the main router access access point connected to your cable modem – it doesn't matter which one.

If your network is already set up, doing a factory reset for a wireless point is easier than the primary router. Since the router provides your mesh access points with a network connection, it makes the most sense to do this in order to keep things as simple as possible.

To perform a factory reset on your Google Wifi, pull the plug out of the socket. Hold down the reset button on the back and connect the power cable while holding the button down.

Image by Stephen Perkins / Gadget Hacks

Press the button for about ten seconds or until the light ring flashes blue. Let it rest for a few minutes to complete the factory reset process. You will know that this is done when the light flashes blue continuously.

This Google Wifi has been reset to the factory settings and can be set up. Picture by Stephen Perkins / Gadget Hacks

Step 3: Setting up Google Wifi with Google Home

Before you start here, make sure your access point is within range of your main router. Otherwise you cannot complete the setup. Now open the Google Home app on the main screen and tap the plus sign in the upper left corner. Go to "Set up your device" and tap "Set up new devices in your home".

Now you can choose in which home you would like to set up your Google Wifi. Click "Next" and activate your location services if necessary to find the device. Your Google Wifi will be searched. It should be found fairly quickly, but it might appear as a "Nest Wifi Router" which is fine. Click "Yes" when asked if you want to set up this device. Scan the QR code at the bottom of the Google Wifi access point to continue.

Once you have scanned the QR code, you will be asked whether you want to use statistics on the use of wifi points or not. If you want more privacy, you should say "No thanks". Otherwise, click "Yes, I'm in". The next screen tells you about Nest Wifi cloud services. Tap "I understand" to continue. Now add the device to one of your rooms or create a new one and then click "Next" to continue.

From here, it creates your mesh wifi point and does all of the background tasks necessary to connect your network. Be patient with this part as it may take a few minutes. Once it's done, you'll be asked if you want to set up another wifi device. Click "Not Now" to continue.

The network connection between all of your Google Wifi access points is now automatically tested. Once this is complete, hopefully all of your mesh connections should be labeled "Good Connection". If one or more of your network points have a weak connection, you have to adjust the position later so that they can be within wireless range of each other. Click "Done" to complete the setup.

You will now be asked on a screen whether you want to stay up to date on Google products and services. If you don't want this to happen, click "No thanks" to continue. On the last screen of this entire process, you will see a brief overview of your entire Google Wifi network. Click "Next" and you're finally done! You have now set up your Google Wifi with the Google Home app.

On the main screen of the Google Home app you see a new one above green "Wi-Fi" symbol, which is essential. Here you can manage your Google Wifi settings instead of the old Google Wifi app. You can now explore the new app and get used to using it. You can test the network connections at any time, perform a network speed test, change the names of the access points and much more. Have fun!

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