In this post, you can easily know about How To Reset Google Wi-Fi Router. If you have used Google Wi-Fi (Nest Wi-Fi), then you know that it offers smooth and reliable wireless coverage in your home.
You can use it to create several points so that you can set up internet connectivity in places like your living room, basement, garage, or office. But like other technologies, you may need to factory reset Google Wi-Fi when it fails to work.
When should you factory reset a Google Wi-Fi router?
In some specific scenarios, you may have to reset the Google Wi-Fi mesh. This is specifically true if you want to:
- Fix offline points
- Delete your information from the point or router
- Return your Google Wi-Fi device
- Sell or gift the device to another person
- Start anew by setting up your points and router
When you opt for a factory reset, you will delete all your data and settings, which you will be unable to recover. Once you finish the Google Wi-Fi factory reset process, you will have to start anew by setting up your points and router.
Factory reset Google Wi-Fi via the app
- Open Google Wi-Fi app
- Tap on the Settings gear icon
- Select Network Settings
- Tap on Wi-Fi Points
- Tap on Factory Reset
- Under the Factory Reset window, tap on Factory Reset at the bottom
- A pop-up window will appear
- Tap on Continue
The reset process will begin and may take more than five minutes. After it completes, tap on Done. The next step will be to get started by setting up the device.
Note: When you see Google Wi-Fi blinking, it means the reset process has started. Give your device at least ten minutes to erase the data. When Google Wi-Fi displays solid blue, it means you can start setting it up.
Factory reset Google Wi-Fi Using the reset button
The button on the back of Google Wi-Fi is a reset button. You can use it to erase your device to factory defaults. Here is how:
- Press and hold the button for ten seconds
- You will see its light flashing yellow then turning to solid yellow
- Release the button once it turns to solid yellow
- The reset process will begin and can take more than ten minutes
- Make sure the power cord remains in place throughout the process
Once the reset process ends, the yellow-colored light will turn to pulse white.
Factory reset Google Wi-Fi Through the Google Home app
If you initially set up your device in the Home app, you can use the same application to factory reset it.
- Open Google Home app
- Tap on Wi-Fi points
- Tap on the Settings gear icon
- Select Factory Reset Wi-Fi point
- Confirm by tapping on Factory Reset
The steps above work well if you are using Google Nest points or Google Next routers.
Make Sure the Router is Powered and Online
You cannot reset the router if it is not plugged in and turned on. Make sure the router is plugged into a power outlet and fully turned on before you attempt to reset it.
You can tell the status of the router by the light strip at the center.
- No light means the router is probably not plugged into a power outlet. You could also have disabled or dimmed the light indicator from the Google Home app.
- Intermittent white light means the router is powering up. Give it a few seconds to fully boot up before you attempt to reset it.
- Stable white light means the device is on and working properly.
- The device will show a yellow light when it is resetting.
- Red light means the router has a critical error and probably needs to be reset.
You can also check if the router is on through the Nest app. Open the app on your device and see if the router is showing up on the active device list.
If you had already set up the router, you can also see if the Wi-Fi network is visible on the network list.
Resetting the Router
There are two easy ways you can reset your Google router. You can reset it using the reset button on the router or using the Google Home app.
The first method is the easiest and can be helpful if the router is inaccessible through the network and cannot be seen on the Home app.
Both methods will wipe the router clean and get rid of your settings. However, using the app will ensure that all your data is erased, and the router removed from the device list.
You may have to manually remove the router from the device list if you use the hardware reset option. Google will also delete usage data collected from the router after six months.
Method 1- Use the Hardware Reset Button
This method involves pressing a physical button to reset the router. The reset button is located at the bottom of the Google Wi-Fi router and is usually the only button there.
After you’ve made sure that the router is powered and on standby, locate the reset button and press and hold it for about ten seconds.
Pressing and holding the physical reset button will turn the router’s indicator yellow. This indicates that the router has detected that you want to do a factory reset.
Wait until the yellow light stops flashing and turns solid yellow before you release the reset button. However, be careful not to hold the button for more than ten seconds, as this will prevent the router from resetting.
If you inadvertently exceed the ten seconds, then you will need to unplug the router, plug it back and wait for at least a minute before retrying.
Wait for the router to complete the reset process. It should take approximately ten minutes for the reset process to complete.
The light indicator will pulse white to indicate that the device is in its factory setting and ready to be set up.
Method 2- Reset the Router Using the Home App
This method is recommended because it not only wipes the router, but also removes it from the device list and erases its data from Google cloud storage.
However, you can only use the app if the router is still functioning properly and connected to the app through the network.
Resetting your Google Wi-Fi router from the Home app is a straightforward process.
- Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Find the Wi-Fi router on the list of devices and tap on it. Tap on “settings”.
- Located the option labeled “Factory reset Wi-Fi point and tap on it, then choose “factory to reset”. The app will ask you if you are sure. Tap yes to initiate the reset process. The router indicator will turn solid yellow until the reset process is complete.
Make sure you have kept a physical backup of your router settings before you attempt a factory reset on your router. A factory reset will wipe all your data and return the router to its default settings.