We all love using our smart home technology. One of the things that makes an even more smooth and seamless experience is when you have a smart speaker to control the devices in your home with just your voice. The Google Home family of devices are some of our favorites. They can help integrate many devices like locks, thermostats, and more. But what happens when you’re getting started and you’re new to setting up smart home technology?
Can you use your Google Home smart speaker without a WiFi connection? To access the smart features on your Google Home smart speaker, you need a strong, secure wireless network. You will not be able to use most of the features on your device without one.
Read on to learn what features you can use on your Google Home without WiFi, as well as some tips to keep your device properly connected to your home network.
Using the Google Home without a WiFi Connection
The main meaning of “smart” technology is the connectivity of the devices through a WiFi network. Most of these smart devices, including the Google Home smart speakers, are pretty useless without an internet connection.
Your Google Home smart speaker needs a strong and secure WiFi connection to work. Without it, the device will not be able to perform smart features like connecting to other wireless devices, discovering calendar events, playing music, getting directions, checking the weather, making phone calls, and more.
The only way the Google Home can connect to WiFi is through the network from a router, so it’s important to make sure your router is set up properly and emitting a strong signal to your home’s devices.
If your Google Home is not connected to your WiFI network, or if the signal is not strong enough, you may experience some of the following issues:
- Music playback is not smooth. It may start and freeze immediately.
- You cannot broadcast messages to your other smart devices.
- Streaming platforms like Netflix or YouTube don’t open when you tell it to.
- Online searches don’t work consistently.
- Google Home tells you “Something went wrong, try again” often.
- The device creates static even if you aren’t casting anything.
If you do not have access to a strong WiFi connection, or if you lose your connection, you still may be able to work your Google Home.
Use Your Google Home as a Bluetooth Speaker
You can use Bluetooth to play music on your smart speaker. First, connect your mobile device to your smart speaker. Tell your device to “Pair Bluetooth.” Find your device, then connect to it. Now, you can play music, audiobooks, podcasts, and more from your phone.
Connect Your Device to a Mobile Hotspot
If you have a mobile hotspot, you can definitely connect your Google Home smart speaker to it. However, it will require a lot of battery life from your mobile phone if that’s the device generating the hotspot. So, while this is an available solution, it may not be a viable permanent option for making your Google Home work.
Enable Guest Mode to Allow Visitors to Cast Music
If you’re having friends over and want to allow them to play music on your speaker, but do not necessarily want to share your WiFi password with everyone, you can enable a feature called Guest Mode. Of course, this still requires your device to be connected to WiFi, but it allows other users to connect to your device without WiFi.
Follow these steps to allow your Guests to connect to your smart speaker:
- In the Google Home app, tap Device Settings in the top right corner.
- Tap the three-dot menu of the device you want to cast music to.
- Select Guest Mode.
- Toggle the Guest Mode Switch on. That will activate a Guest Mode PIN to use.
- Now, your guests should be able to cast to your Device. Simply open up an app where casting is available (like Spotify or Google Play Music). Then, tap the Cast button.
- Pairing will most often be automatic depending on your Guest’s proximity to the smart speaker.
- If pairing is not automatic, you can manually connect to the device with the PIN that was generated in your Google Home app.
Making Sure Your Google Home Is Connected to WiFi
When you first set up your Google Home, setup is simple as long as you have a home WiFi network. Read on to learn how to set up your device and troubleshoot any connection errors.
Setting up Your Google Home and Connecting to Your WiFi Network
To set up your Google Home for the first time, you’ll need:
- Google Home smart speaker
- Google Home app on Android or iOS
- Google app
- Google account
- Bluetooth on your phone turned on
- Secure wireless internet connection
Follow these instructions to set up your Google Home:
- Plug in your Google Home Smart Speaker.
- Make sure your mobile device is connected to the WiFi network that you plan on using for your smart speaker.
- Open the Google Home app on your phone.
- Follow the steps to set up your device.
- If you don’t see the steps, tap Add on the top left. Select Set up Device, then tap Set up new devices in your Home. Then, follow the remaining steps on your device.
Why Isn’t My Google Home Connecting to My WiFi Network?
If you’re having issues connecting your Google Home to your WiFi network, first make sure there’s a good enough connection to the router by checking its location. Sometimes, devices can experience an interruption in the connection if it’s too far away to get a good signal. Make sure your router is in a good location, away from walls or other electronic devices that could be interfering with the signal.
Another issue people experience results from changing the WiFi password. If your Google Home used to connect to WiFi perfectly well, you need to reconfigure your device with the new password. You’ll have to disconnect the current settings and start over:
- In the Google Home app, tap the device you’re trying to reconfigure.
- Tap Settings on the device.
- Choose WiFi, then select Forget Network.
- Next, tap Add on the main screen of the app.
- Select Set up Device, then Add New Devices.
- Choose the Home to add your Google Home device to, then tap Next.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
If you’re still having issues connecting your Google Home to the WiFi, try removing other network devices. Bandwidth can often be an issue if you have too many devices connected to the same network. You can experience issues like buffering, delays, and missing responses from Google Home.
Last, you can try resetting your wireless router and your Google Home if you’re still having issues with a connection. This can clear any temporary issues causing connectivity problems. To reboot your Google Home smart speaker, unplug its power cord from the wall. Wait 60 seconds, then reconnect it. Follow these same steps to reset your wireless router.
Integrate Your Smart Home Devices with Your Google Home
Google Home devices are great tools to have when you’re building your smart home. Not only are they useful to have when it comes to answering your most dire questions and playing music, but they’re also a great hub to connect the many devices in your home.
Smart speakers from Google are compatible with many other smart devices, like the Nest Thermostat, smart doorbells, smart lighting, and more. Read more articles like this one to learn how you can connect these devices and control aspects of your home with just your voice.