How to Delete Google Home Device
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 Delete 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.
Delete the Home
If you’d like, you can actually delete the entire home network with just a few taps. This should remove all devices at once which allows you to start over fresh and create a new home.
If you’re the only person in the network, read ahead for the instructions to delete the home network. If you have multiple people in the home, you’ll need to delete each one before the app will let you delete the home.
To delete members of the home open the Google Home app, tap on the home you’d like to manage, and click the Settings cog. From here, you can tap on ‘Household‘ and remove each member.
Now, you can follow the steps to access the home networks’ settings. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap ‘Delete This Home.’
Follow the prompts to confirm deletion and you’re good to go. If you’d like to start a new home network tap on the plus sign in the upper left-hand corner of the app.
Improving Your Smart Home
While on the subject of smart homes, here’s a couple of neat devices you can use with Google Home to make your life a bit easier.
Eco4life Smart Wi-Fi Plug
Although this may be one of the cheapest smart plugs you can find, it certainly falls into the category of the best ones. Just connect any device to this plug, and control it over Google Assistant or the Eco4Life app. What’s great about the Eco4life Smart Wi-Fi Plug is that you can also set it to turn on or off automatically. That way you can have your devices run based on numerous factors, such as time, temperature, humidity, sunrise, weather, and more.
Nest Learning Thermostat
Whenever you want to change the room temperature, be it too cold or too hot, you have to get up and walk to the thermostat to do it. Well, not anymore. With Nest’s Learning Thermostat, now you can do that by simply telling Google Assistant to “Make it cooler”.
By connecting it to your Google Home, you can ask for a readout of the current temperature and what the thermostat is set to. You can even specify the temperature you want or by how many degrees should it change. Assigning nicknames to multiple thermostats in your house, you can address them individually through the assistant. And, as the name says it, this Nest thermostat is able to learn your preferred temperatures, keeping the room either heated or cooled just as you like it.
Monoprice Wireless Smart Power Strip
This power strip lets you connect it to both Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa. This allows you to control and monitor the connected devices through an app or by voice. With four power outlets and two USB ports, you can control the devices either individually or as a group. The Monoprice Wireless Smart Power Strip can work on a schedule, letting you set each device to automatically turn on or off, easily conforming to your daily routine.
Koogeek Smart LED Light Strip
Are you in need of a cheap light strip? The one that can display 16 million colors? With a dimmer function to boot? Look no further, because the Koogeek Smart LED Light Strip checks all those boxes, and then some! Besides the standard features of an LED strip, this one is powered by USB and has an integrated Wi-Fi adapter. This allows you to control it through either its own app, Apple Siri, or Google Assistant, so you can turn it on or off, change brightness, colors, and dim levels.
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.