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How to reset a Google Home Mini

With great sound and a plethora of features ranging from smart home control to the ability to act as a language interpreter, the Google Assistant-powered Home Mini gives you a lot of bang for your buck.

The current-generation Home Mini, which released in October 2019, costs around $50 retail. But, you can often get a deal and purchase the device for around $30. Now deep in the throes of smart home development, Google and its third-party partners are adding more and more layers of integration to the Mini almost faster than any of us can keep up with — making the smart speaker smarter every day.

Google Nest Mini on wall
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In spite of the value, with all of the new smart speakers and displays coming onto the market, you might be staring at your Home Mini and thinking to yourself, “I wish I had a smart display,” or even “I wish I had gone with an Amazon Echo instead.”

If you’re thinking about swapping out your Home Mini for one of Google’s larger smart speakers or displays or for another brand of device entirely, you can get a few bucks in cash or trade-in value out of your device. You’ll need to factory reset your device first though. This guide includes information on how to factory reset your Google Home Mini, as well as info on how to sell or trade in your mini smart speaker.

Performing a factory reset

There are currently two generations of the Google Home Mini. If you’re not sure which one you own, flip the speaker over. If there’s a wall mount screw slot, it’s a second-gen model. If there’s no screw slot at all, it’s a first-gen.

For second-generation models 

On the side of your device, you should see a mic switch. First, flip that to the off position. The LEDs on the top of your speaker should light up orange. Press and hold the center of the Nest Mini, right where those lights are.

After about five seconds, your device will automatically begin the factory reset process. Continue to hold for about ten more seconds. You should then hear a chime, indicating the reset process is complete.

For first-generation models

For the first-gen Mini, the reset button is located below the power cord on the bottom of your device. Press and hold the reset button for about fifteen seconds to factory reset your device.

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Do note that a factory reset cannot be performed with the Google Home app. For both generations, the only way to reset it is with the buttons on your hardware. Completing a factory reset will clear the data from the device, and it will get the speaker ready for a new user.

Just need to reboot?

If you’re just looking to reboot your Home Mini, as opposed to performing a full-on factory reset, you just need to unplug the device, leave it unplugged for about one minute, and plug it back in. You can also go to the Google Home app, and go to Settings > Device Settings, then press the “More” button (the three dots), and then select Reboot.

Selling or trading in your Google Home Mini

Google Home Mini
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You can trade in your Google Home Mini at a few different retailers. For instance, both Target and Walmart offer about $4 for a working Google Home Mini. The benefits of selling or trading in your Home Mini through these big box sites are that the transaction is relatively quick and easy and that you get the money fast. However, you won’t get as much money as you would if you sold the device directly to another person.

You can sell your Home Mini directly to someone else on sites like Swappa, eBay, or LetGo. The average sale price on Swappa is around $20, so you’ll get more than double the cash that you would at Target or Walmart. But, along with the extra cash comes a bit more effort because you still have to create a listing and wait for an interested party who wants to purchase the device. If you’re willing to put in a bit of extra work, you can get a few extra bucks though.

Another option for getting rid of your device is simply giving it away. You can donate it, and potentially reap some benefit come tax season.

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