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Google Home keeps saying that the mic is off (FIX)

Google Home keeps saying that the mic is off

Some users report that Google Home keeps saying that the mic is off even though they never turned it off by using the physical switch. If that’s the case for you, as well, check the instructions we provided below. Hopefully, you’ll sort out the problem by the end of this article.

How do you get Google Home to stop saying the mic is off?

The only way to disable or enable the mic on Google Home/Nest smart devices is to use the physical switch. If you are certain that the mic is set to ON but Google Home keeps saying that the mic is off, restart the device by unplugging it from the power source or reset the device to factory settings.

1. Check the physical switch

You should first check the physical switch that’s usually placed on the back or on the side of various Google Home/Nest speakers and displays. That’s the only way to disable and enable microphones on these devices. You’ll know if the microphone is off because all 4 LED lights will turn orange on the speakers or one small LED will light on the displays. It’s a pretty straightforward thing.

Some users report that the problem was with the physical switch and that they had to place it in a particular position in order to enable the microphone. Give it a try and see for yourself. This might as well be a factory defect of sorts, so you can also try and return the device if it’s under the warranty.

2. Restart the speaker/display

The next thing you can try is to restart the affected speaker or display by unplugging it from the power source. Wait for 10 seconds or so and plug in the speaker/display again. That solved the problem for some users, although others claim that nothing changed after the restart.

Either way, you can give it a try and see for yourself. If that does nothing, make sure to reset the device to factory settings and set it up again.

3. Reset the device to factory settings

Finally, you can try resetting your Google Home/Nest smart speaker or display (the Nest Hub series) to factory settings and setting it up again in the Google Home app on your smartphone. This is definitely the most prominent recommendation we found online. You can learn how to reset your particular device on the official support page.

To set up the device again, open the Google Home app on your phone and enable Location and Bluetooth. Select Add or + and, under Set up a device, choose New device and follow further instructions to set up your speaker or display.

And, on that note, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share your thoughts, questions, or suggestions in the comments below.

Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Digital Uncoded. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.