How to Remove a Connected Device from a Google Home
Whenever new technologies come out, it takes some time to make them work the way we want them to. Google is no exception to this rule.
Although Google Home is a fantastic concept that lets you control devices around your house, most users have experienced some minor glitches. One such issue causes duplicate devices to appear in the Google Home app.
Imagine if you already had six devices connected to your Google Home, and the next time you check the app there are twelve of them. That can get pretty annoying, right? Of course, the application will properly label the duplicates to avoid any confusion, but that would definitely bring clutter to an otherwise clean interface. And it may cause some devices to misbehave as well.
Removing Unwanted Devices
Following the needs of a modern home, Google Home allows you to connect multiple devices from a number of third-party manufacturers. And that’s why it gets tricky when you want to remove some of them.
At this moment, the only way to delete a device from the app is to unlink the manufacturer from your Google Home. This will unfortunately remove all of the brand’s devices, meaning that you’ll have to set them up once again.
How to Remove a Device
Whether you have Google Home devices or even other devices such as an Xbox, security system, or tv connected to your network, you can delete them using the Google Home App on your phone.
To start, open the Google Home App and tap on the device you’d like to delete. These should be listed on the home page. If you don’t see them immediately, tap on the Home icon in the lower left-hand corner of the app.
Next, tap on the Settings cog in the upper right-hand corner.
Now, scroll down and tap ‘Unlink [Device].’
Follow the prompts to delete your device. A page will populate and you will need to click on the name of your device one more time to unlink it. Once done, go back to the apps’ home screen and verify that the device is gone.
Unlinking the Device Manufacturer
The first step of removing the unwanted devices from Google Home is to unlink their manufacturer from your app.
- Open the Google Home app and tap on the Menu icon in the upper right corner (three dots).
- Tap on the option ‘Home Control’.
- In the ‘Devices’ tab, you will see a list of your connected devices. Tap on the Menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen (three dots).
- Tap on the option ‘Manage Accounts’ to open the list of linked services.
- In the ‘Linked Services’ section, tap on the name of the manufacturer for the device you want to remove.
- This will open the screen for this service provider. Tap on the ‘Unlink Account’ option.
- To confirm, tap on ‘Unlink’.
If you’ve followed the steps above, you have now successfully removed all of the entries in the Devices list that are related to this manufacturer.
Reconnecting the Devices
To reconnect the unlinked devices, just go through the same process as when you first added those to the app. Before you start, please make sure they are ready to pair by plugging the devices into the power outlet and connecting them to your Wi-Fi.
Start by opening the Google Home app and tapping “Add” on the Home Screen. From there, simply follow the steps as if you’re adding the device for the first time. Once you choose the first device, the app will require signing in to the account you have with the device’s manufacturer. After that, the device will appear in the “Devices” list, and you can proceed to add the rest of the removed devices.
This way you have managed to remove any unwanted devices from your Google Home app, leaving you with a clear list of the ones you plan to use.
Keep Your Home Smart
Hopefully, we have managed to help you remove the unwanted devices from your Google Home app. This will surely keep the experience at a satisfying level and all devices working. And you may even consider bringing some more digital help into your home to further optimize your daily living.
Do you have any useful tips on using Google Home? Any smart devices to recommend? Please share in the comments so we can all benefit from the discussion.