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Does The Nest Audio Need WiFi?

Last Updated Jan 17, 2022
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If you have invested in a Nest Audio or are wondering if it is the right choice for your home, you probably have a few questions. If you are thinking, does the Nest Audio need WiFi? You have found just the article you were looking for! 

Nest Audio does need WiFi to properly function, and to be able to access all of its capabilities and features, it is meant to be constantly connected to a network. 

There are a few functions that can still work without being connected to WiFi, and we are going to go through each of them in this article. We will also discuss why WiFi is a necessity, and what the Nest Audio can offer when it is connected. In just a few minutes, you will be a Nest Audio expert!

Why Does the Nest Audio Need WiFi?

Here’s the thing, the Nest Audio is at its core, a device which communicates with not only your smartphone, and Google itself, but also with all of your other technological devices. 

In order to do so, your Nest Audio will need to be connected to your home wireless network. Luckily, it is very easy to connect the two, and we are going to step through the instructions shortly. 

It’s important to note that Google is working tirelessly on creating a device that does not need to be constantly connected to the internet, however, they haven’t quite figured it out yet. 

What Can the Nest Audio Do if it is Offline?

While almost every single one of the Nest Audio’s features require a strong internet connection, there is one aspect of the Nest Audio that may still be available even if it is offline. 

As we mentioned, Google wants their smart home devices to eventually be more locally connected and therefore less reliant on WiFi. 

If you have a newer model, there is a chance that if your Nest Audio is connected to your WiFi, but the internet is down, it may still be able to connect and control the other various smart devices in your home that are connected to the same network. 

Again, this feature is still being developed and the kinks are not completely ironed out yet, so we don’t recommend relying on this option, it might just be a nice bonus if your WiFi does cut out. 

How to Connect the Nest Audio to WiFi 

Now that you know that the Nest Audio absolutely needs WiFi to function, you may be wondering how you can connect the device to your wireless network. Luckily, it is an incredibly easy process, just follow the instructions listed below: 

  • First, plug in your Nest Audio speaker.
  • Then, turn on your phone and download the Google Home app.
  • Sign into your account or create a new one. 
  • Tap the “+”  icon. 
  • Click SET UP DEVICE, then NEW DEVICE. 
  • Once you have added the Nest Audio, it will prompt you to connect to your home wireless network. 
  • Enter your password and that’s it, you should be connected!

From here, your Nest Audio should stay connected to your WiFi, however, if there are any problems, you can address them with the several troubleshooting options listed below. 

What to do if Nest Audio Won’t Connect to WiFi

Because the Nest Audio needs to be connected to WiFi, it can be pretty annoying if you loose your connection or if you cannot connect at all. 

If you are having trouble connecting or staying connected to your WiFi network, here are a few of easy solutions to try:

  • Unplug the Nest Audio for at least one minute, then plug it back in.
  • Restart your router by unplugging it for a few minutes and then plugging it back in. 
  • Ensure that your Nest Audio is close enough to your router (within a 30 foot radius.)

If you are still having issues, you can try to connect another device such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, if these devices do connect, the problem is with your Nest and you will have to contact Google Support for help.

However, if nothing will connect, unfortunately you may need to contact your internet service provider for assistance. 

Final Thoughts 

When it comes to home smart home speaker systems, the Nest Audio is a great choice for your home. And it’s important to understand that like the Nest Audio, each and every one of these smart home devices need to be connected to your home wireless network to function. 

Luckily, you now know how to not only connect your Nest Audio to your WiFi network so that it can provide all of its amazing features, but you also have a few tricks up your sleeve to troubleshoot any connection issues! 

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