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How to Change the Owner of Nest Audio

Last Updated Aug 22, 2022
Google Nest Audio

The Google Nest Audio is a great smart speaker to have in your home. However, if you get a new device or no longer need yours, you may want to gift it to a friend or relative. On the other hand, you may have received a used model from another person. Whatever the case, it’s important to know that you will need to transfer ownership of the device before setting it up again. But, how can you change the owner of a Nest Audio?

The only way to change the owner of a Google Nest Audio is through a factory reset. This will restore the Nest Audio to its initial settings, and all data from the previous owner will be erased. After the reset, the new owner can register the device under their own account.

Although there is no direct way to change ownership of a Nest Audio in the Nest app, it is possible to do so. Below, we will discuss more information on changing a Nest Audio’s ownership. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know!

How Do I Change the Owner of a Nest Audio?

Before you can sell or give away your Google Nest Audio, you will need to change ownership of the device. The same applies for the old owner of any used devices that were gifted to you.

To change the ownership of your Nest Audio, you first need to unregister the device from your Nest account. After that, you must perform a factory reset to restore the Nest Audio to its initial settings.

You can only unregister the device from your account if you are the registered owner. If you are only listed as a family member in the Nest app, you will not have the authority to do this. After removing the product from your account, you can move forward with the factory reset.

How to Perform a Factory Reset on Your Nest Audio

Returning your device to its factory settings is quite simple. However, you cannot use voice controls or the Google Home app to reset your Nest Audio. All you need is your Nest Audio and an uninterrupted power supply. Then, you can proceed with these steps:

  • Mute the Google Nest Audio by flicking the switch on the back. Once muted, the four LED indicator lights in front of the speaker will glow orange.
  • Press and hold the Pause/Play button at the top of the device.
  • After 5 seconds, you will hear a warning saying, “You’re about to completely reset this device. Release to cancel”. Keep holding the button.
  • After 2-3 more seconds, you will hear a chime. Now, you can release the button.
  • The indicator lights will go off briefly before coming back on. Then, it will start blinking as it goes through the factory reset process.
  • When the Nest Audio is done resetting, you will hear a welcome chime.

After resetting the Nest Audio, it will automatically deregister itself from your Google Home account, and all data belonging to you will be permanently deleted. Then, you can unplug the device and hand it over to the new owner so they can set it up with their own account. 

What if I Cannot Factory Reset My Google Nest Audio?

Like all electronic devices, Google Nest Audio devices are sometimes prone to issues. If you are experiencing weird behavior from your Nest Audio when you attempt a factory reset, there is a workaround you can use. Just follow these simple instructions:

  • Remove the power cord from the wall socket and unplug it from the Nest Audio.
  • Plug it back in after 10 seconds, and wait until the LED lights glow white.
  • Repeat the first two steps ten more times.
  • After plugging your Nest speaker in for the last time, wait a few minutes for it to reset.

When your Nest Audio is done resetting, it will announce the preconfigured welcome greeting. Once you hear this message, it means the device is ready for setup.

Though this troubleshooting process is tedious, it is your only shot at resetting your device when the normal factory reset system fails. If this does not work, reach out to Google for further assistance.

In Conclusion

The only way to change the owner of a Google Nest Audio is by unregistering the product from your Nest account, then performing a factory reset to disconnect it from your Google Nest account.

Two people cannot own one Nest Audio, and you cannot change the device owner in the Nest app once the setup has been configured. For this reason, a factory reset is the best option. If you have trouble doing this, you can try the alternative procedure provided by Google or contact the company for additional assistance.