Smart speakers like Google Home are used in many households for controlling their smart home gadgets like smart doorbells. Currently, one of the most popular smart doorbells options is the ring doorbell and Nest.
The connection of Ring or Nest doorbells to Google Home can be altered by a bug problem that takes away the ability for Google Home to control them.
As much as google home is great at answering most of the questions that we put at it, there are times when something may go wrong with them. It is not like you can just ask it, “OK, Google, what’s wrong with you?” so that you can know and figure out the fix.
The chances are that there probably some quick and easy solutions that you can use to whatever issues you have while plugging in your google home.
Can’t Find Ring and Nest Doorbell on Google Home?
Although Google Home speakers and displays are pretty reliable, they at times glitch out from time to time. They also rely on other devices that are in your home network for them to function. These include your router, modem, and other smart home hubs and bridges, and also your smartphone.
If any of these devices in your smart home breaks down, your whole system may crumble. This could be something you may want to consider first when you encounter a problem with your Ring and Nest doorbell.
If you realize that your Google Home suddenly starts acting up, being obstinate, or not responding to the commands that you say to your ring or nest doorbell, here are some of the three most common Google Home problems and how you can troubleshoot and fix them in a few minutes.
Google Home App Doesn’t See Ring and Nest Doorbells.
When you are trying to set up a new Google Home Speaker or hub, the “No Devices Found” error is the equivalent of the blue screen of death for Google Home. You cant do anything with it until you figure out what is causing it.
When you get a “No Devices Found” message when you are setting up your Ring or Nest Doorbell with Google Home app, here is how you may go about troubleshooting.
Some of these steps are a bit different if you are using Android and iPhone phones.
Troubleshooting Google Home for iPhone
You should make sure you have turned on Bluetooth.
- Tap on the Settings > Bluetooth.
- Ensure that the toggle is on. Get the latest version of the Google Home app installed.
- Open the App Store.
- Tap on your user icon in the upper right corner.
- Scroll down to see the list of all apps that need to be updated.
- You can either select Update All or just locate the Google Home app and Update it.
- Force close and then relaunch the Google Home app.
- You can either double click the home button or swipe up slowly from the bottom edge of the screen so that you can open the app switcher.
- Swipe the Google Home app off the screen.
Troubleshooting Google Home for Android phones
Make sure that your location services are turned on.
- Tap on the Settings > Security & Location > Location > Use location.
- Ensure that toggle is on.
- Tap on Settings > Apps & notifications > Google Home app > Permissions > Location.
- Ensure that toggle is on. Ensure that you are using the latest version of the Google Home app.
- Open your Google Play store.
- Tap on the icon of three stacked horizontal lines in the top white bar.
- Tap on My app and Games.
- You may select Update all or locate the Google Home app and update it.
- Force close and relaunch Google Home app.
- Tap on the settings > Apps & Notifications
- Locate the Google Home app
- Tap on Force Stop
Google Home Doesn’t Recognize my Voice.
Google Home knows your voice, and it is also able to recognize all of your family members’ voices. But sometimes, that system may fizzle, and the Google Home cant tell apart anyone.
When this happens, you may consider retraining your Google Home to recognize your voice again to fix that problem.
Retraining the Google Home to Recognize Your Voice on Phones
- Open your google home app
- Then click on your personal icon in the lower right corner.
- At the bottom of your Google Assistant heading, tap on the More settings
- Then tap on Assistant in the menu bar at the top
- Tap on the Voice match > Teach your Assistant your voice again.
- When the popup asks if you would like to retrain or cancel, choose to Retrain.
- Follow the requests to speak to repeat the whole training phrases.
Google Home Can’t Connect to my Ring, Nest, or the Smart Home.
For many folks, their Google Home is more than just a smart speaker or display; it is the brain behind their entire smart home. But when the time comes and you cannot control your doorbells or the AC with your voice anymore, you may start thinking that a smart home is not such a genius after all.
If this happens to you, here is what you should do.
First, you must check if you can control your smart home devices like the Ring and Nest doorbells from their individual apps.
These brands have their own respective apps that you can use to control their gear. If you don’t have one of these apps, go to the app store or Google Play, and download them by searching the product name.
If you realize that you cannot control your smart home directly, ensure that the devices are connected to the network.
If you are able to control your ring doorbells from their Ring app, the problem is not likely he doorbells; this means the issue may be with your Google Home.
Then the next step is to make sure that you are using a mobile device that has the same Google account that you have currently linked to the Google Home.
- Link Google Home with iPhones and Android phones
- Open the Google Home app
- Click on your personal icon in the lower right corner.
- Then verify your current account listed in the same Google account linked to the Google Home
- If not, then tap on the arrow that is next to the account name and select the account that is linked to the Google Home.
When all of these steps fail, you may consider rebooting your whole network. Unplug everything and wait for about three minutes and then go back and plug everything one at a time.
This is the order you should follow, waiting for each to power on completely before starting up the next.
- Your modem
- The router, assuming it is separate from the modem
- Any smart home bridges and hubs
- Your smart home gadgets, like Ring and Nest doorbell.
Hopefully, the tips I have outlined above for you will help you keep your Google Home running smoothly for a long time.
Thankfully, I have written an article that will help you to know how to connect your ring and nest doorbells to google home here.