As a tech-savvy person, you’ll know what it’s like to be on the hunt for features that make life easier. The smug feeling you get when you figure out new aspects of technology – it’s the sweetest! With that in mind, let’s talk about Google Home.
Google Home devices are excellent smart companions when you want a quick math solution or a report on the weather. However, they’re also honest-to-goodness Bluetooth speakers. You can put on some music from your phone or other mobile devices. You can also listen to podcasts and audiobooks.
You can use Google Home Mini or Max as a Bluetooth speaker after following a few simple steps. One of the most typical questions that come with this is whether you can successfully complete the process without Wi-Fi. Fortunately, it is possible, and this article will tell you all about it and more!
Does Google Home Mini Require Wi-Fi To Function?
If you have a smart speaker like the Google Home Mini, you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection to access most features.
None of the smart devices that pair with Google Home can operate offline since nearly the entirety of their information is stored online. You won’t even get a response to “OK Google” if you are not connected to the internet.
Google Home does not come with an Ethernet connection, so it functions using Wi-Fi. It is especially necessary while you are setting up your device.
A strong and secure Wi-Fi connection is vital for your Google Home Mini to make calls, get directions, and more. Without it, you won’t be able to play music, broadcast messages to other smart devices, or use the search engine.
A hotspot also performs this role, but the essence remains the same- your Google Home device needs internet connectivity. There is a way to bypass the need for Wi-Fi, but it is a bit complicated.
If you have adopted a Google Ethernet Adapter for using Chromecast, you can connect an Ethernet cable to it. Then, plug your Google Home Mini into the adapter using a Micro USB cable. In this way, your Google Home Mini will receive both internet connectivity as well as power. You will not need a Wi-Fi connection.
Thankfully, your little smart device will not be left redundant if you do not have access to a good Wi-Fi connection. Despite this, you can make the most of it using Bluetooth.
Connecting A Mobile Device Or Computer To Google Home Mini Via Bluetooth
The first time you connect your Google Home Mini to your laptop, phone, or tablet, you may find it more complicated than expected. Even so, once you have paired your devices, it will become far easier to connect and disconnect them later.
Here are the steps to follow if you’re trying to use your Google Home Mini as a Bluetooth speaker for the first time.
Pairing Your Mobile Device Or Computer With Your Google Home Mini
It may not always be necessary, but it is definitely better to pair your mobile device and speaker from the Google Home App first. Here’s what you need to do:
- Launch the Google Home App
- Tap on the title of the device you want to pair
- Click on Settings, and then click on Audio
- In the Audio section, tap on Paired Bluetooth Devices and select Enable Pairing Mode
- Go to the settings of your mobile device
- Turn on Bluetooth and select your Google Home Mini for pairing
In case you are using a computer, the procedure will be slightly different. It will help if you keep in mind that the steps will vary based on models and operating systems.
For Windows OS
- Click on the Start button, and type Bluetooth into the bar
- Select the Bluetooth Settings option from the list that appears
- Turn on Bluetooth
- Tap the name of your Google Home Mini
For Mac OS
- Visit the Apple Menu and go to System Preferences
- Locate the Bluetooth icon and turn on Bluetooth
- Click on the name of your smart device for pairing
Alternatively, you can start by saying, “OK, Google, enter pairing mode.” For this, you can also use phrases like “Turn on Bluetooth” or “Pair Bluetooth.” You will hear Google Assistant respond, asking you to open Bluetooth settings and look for your device.
You should access the Bluetooth settings on your computer or mobile device and connect it with your Google Home Mini. Once the two devices have paired up successfully, your Google Home Mini will emit a characteristic sound as an indication.
Now, you are ready to rock with your Google Home Mini playing the role of a Bluetooth speaker! You are free to stream music that is stored on your phone, tablet, or computer. It includes music that comes from iTunes, Apple Music, Audible, or any other source.
You can use basic as well as advanced music commands to listen to different playlists.
Connecting Your Devices Via Bluetooth Once Paired
From here on, using your Google Home Mini as a Bluetooth speaker is a breeze. You don’t even need Wi-Fi, as you know! Whenever you wish to connect your mobile device or computer to the speaker, activate it by saying “OK Google” or “Hey Google.” Follow up with any of these commands:
- “Connect Bluetooth”
- “Connect to my phone”
- “Connect to my device using Bluetooth”
Google Assistant will respond by saying that it is searching for devices that you have paired before. If you have paired your Google Home Mini with more than one device, it will connect to the most recent device.
Your phone, tablet, or computer will remain paired onto your Google Home Mini via Bluetooth unless you disconnect it. All you need to do is use some simple voice commands to disconnect. You can say “Hey Google, disconnect Bluetooth” or similar variations.
Point To Note
While disconnecting your Google Home Mini from your mobile device, it will often ask you if you want to clear your list of paired devices. Unless your intention is this, the answer should be a definitive “No.”
If you clear the entire list of paired Bluetooth devices, your Google Home Mini will forget all devices you ever connected to it. It will create a significant inconvenience since you’ll be back to square one. Sometimes, this may also create issues when you try to connect to your speaker again.
You will need to go through all the steps above and pair the devices again. More often than not, you may also have to clear your Google Home Mini from your mobile device’s Bluetooth memory.
Manage All Your Connected And Paired Devices
You can manage your paired devices using your voice or through the Google Home App.
If you’re using the Google Home App, follow the steps below:
- Open the App and go to Settings
- Click on Audio and select the Paired Bluetooth Devices option
You will be able to see all paired devices as well as their date of pairing You can tap on the X button next to the device you wish to unpair
On the other hand, if you prefer using voice commands, you can try the following:
- Check the status of pairing: “Is Bluetooth connected/active/paired?”
- Exit Bluetooth pairing mode: “Cancel pairing/Bluetooth pairing.”
- To clear out the list of all paired devices: “Clear all devices/paired Bluetooth devices” or “Cancel pairing.”
Is It Possible To Set Up Chromecast Without The Google Home App?
Often, Google Home devices go hand-in-hand with Chromecast. It gives rise to a few new questions. Can you set up Chromecast without the Google Home App?
You’ll be pleased to know that yes, it is possible to set up Chromecast even if you don’t want to use the Google Home App. However, this is applicable only if you use a computer. In that case, just Google Chrome is enough.
You can visit the Chromecast website using the Google Chrome browser on your computer and follow the instructions there.
If you are using a smartphone or tablet to set up Chromecast, the Google Home App is necessary. Despite this, one thing that doesn’t always require the app is connecting to a new Wi-Fi.
It may be a slight hassle, but you need to reset your Chromecast device to factory settings. With this, it will erase all your data irreversibly.
To reset your device, connect it to your television, press and hold the button on the Chromecast until the red light starts to flash.
The red LED light will turn white, and the TV will also transition to a blank screen. Release the button once this takes place. Your Chromecast device will then begin its rebooting process, having been reset.
To Sum Up
If you have a Google Home Mini, you’re going to want to have access to Wi-Fi and the internet to reap all its benefits. However, Google Home devices often come as sweetened deals.
Even if you don’t have an active Wi-Fi connection, you can use your Google Home Mini as a Bluetooth speaker. The guide in this article threw some light on how to achieve this.