How to Change Ownership Of Any Google Home/Nest Devices?

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Whether you’re selling a Google Home device or giving control to another family member or roommate, you need to change the device’s ownership to give the new owner full control.

Here’s how you can change the ownership of any Google Home or Google Nest device.

How to Change the Owner of a Google Home Device

A Google Home device is a great addition to any smart home. But, before you can sell a Google Home device or give it to a friend, you’ll need to change the ownership. 

You can remove your own ownership by removing the device from your Google Home app

  1. Open the Google Home app. 
  2. If you have multiple homes connected, make sure the name at the top of the screen is the one with the device you want to change ownership of. If not, tap the name to change it.
    Select your home on the google home app
  3. Select the Devices tab at the bottom of the screen.
    Devices tab on Google Home app
  4. Select the device or devices you want to remove.
    Select the device you want to remove
  5. Tap Settings icon in the top right corner.
    Select the settings icon
  6. Scroll down and select “Remove device.”
    Select remove device at the bottom of the list
  7. Confirm you want to remove this device.
    Confirm you want to remove the device

This method works for any time you no longer need to be in control of the device. Once it’s removed from your Google Home account, the new owner can set it up on theirs.

How to Change the Location of a Google Home Device

Moving to a new house? Going on vacation and want to bring your Google Home with you? To take advantage of region-specific information and more personal results, you’ll need to change the location of your device.

Here’s how you can move all your Google Home devices to a new address at once:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap the Settings tab on the bottom navigation.
    Select settings
  3. Select “Home Information.”
    Select home information
  4. Find and select “Home Address.”
    Select Home address
  5. Select “Edit” to change your address.
    Select edit to change your address

If you only want to change the location of a single device, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Select the device you want to move.
    Select the device you want to remove
  3. Tap the Settings icon.
    Select the settings icon
  4. Select “Device information.”
    Select device information
  5. Tap “Home.”
    Select Home in the Google Home app
  6. Select the location you want to move it to. If you need to set up a new location, press “Create another home” and follow the on-screen steps.
    Choose a home to move your device to

You can follow the same steps to change the room your device is in. Instead of tapping “Home” in the Settings menu, just tap “Room.”

How to Add New Users to Your Google Home Device

Maybe you want to remain the owner of your Google Home device, but there’s someone else in your home you want to have access, as well.

You always have the option to share your login information. But, like all smart home devices, Google Home can be hacked. To prevent a hacking horror story, Google allows you to invite users to your Google Household

Here’s how you can add family members or roommates to your Google Home, letting them take advantage of these devices’ advanced features, without sharing your login details:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Make sure you’re viewing the home you want to share. If not, tap the name to change it.
  3. Open the settings tab from the bottom navigation.
    Open the settings tab
  4. Tap the plus “+” next to the existing house members.
    Select the add
  5. Enter the email address of the person you want to invite and tap “Next.”
    Type the email address you want to add
  6. Cycle through the pages to review what you do and don’t want to share with the new user, then press “Send.”

Your family member will receive an email with information on accepting your invitation. Depending on the level of access you grant them, newly added users will have similar permission and control over the devices.

If you ever want to remove a member of your Google Household, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Home app and make sure you’re viewing the correct home.
  2. Tap the “Settings” tab in the bottom navigation
  3. Tap the existing members.
    Tap the existing members
  4. Select the member you want to remove. 
    Select the household member
  5. Press the trash can icon in the upper-right corner.
    Select the trash can icon

How to Set Up a Google Home Device with a New Owner

Once you remove a Google Home device from your account, the new owner can set it up with their email account.

Here’s how to set up a new Google Home device:

  1. Plug in your Google Home device.
  2. Open the Google Home app or Google Assistant app.
  3. Log in with your Google account information.
  4. Open the Devices Tab, select “+ Add” then “New Device.” 
    Add device to google home
  5. The Google Home app will automatically scan for nearby devices. Make sure your device is on.
  6. Once the app finds your device, follow the on-screen steps to set it up.
  7. Find your Wi-Fi network and enter the password when prompted.

What’s the Difference Between Google Home and Google Nest?

The only difference between Google Home and Google Nest products is the name. Google’s line of smart home devices no longer goes by the “Home” name, but you can set them up and use them in the Google Home app the same way.

Most Google devices available today carry the “Google Nest” name. But, there are still a few that use “Google Home.” These include:

  • Google Home
  • Google Home Hub
  • Google Home Max

FAQ: Changing Ownership of Google Home Devices

Can You Change the Owner of a Gmail Account?

There is currently no way to change the owner of a Gmail account. If you’d like to give another person control of your email account, you can share the login information with them. Just be sure to change your password first if you use it for other accounts.

Do You Need a Gmail Account for Google Home Devices?

You need a Google account to use Google Home devices. However, the email address you use to sign-up for your Google account does not need to have the domain.

Can I Change Ownership for Google Home as the New Owner?

Maybe you bought a Google Home device secondhand and the old owner forgot to deregister it, or perhaps you’re taking ownership of the device after the original owner passes.

In either case, there’s no way to change a Google Home device’s ownership without access to the original owner’s Google account. 

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