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Google Home Mini regains touch controls with v1.30 update

Google Home Mini
Google Home Mini (Image credit: Android Central)

Shortly after the Google Home Mini was announced on October 4, it was discovered that there was an issue with the smart speaker's touch controls. Essentially, the top part of the Home Mini that acted as the area for these controls was far too sensitive and resulted in the speaker recording and sending audio back to Google 24/7.

This was obviously a pretty big problem, but rather than recalling thousands of Home Minis that had already shipped to retailers, Google chose to disable the top touch controls altogether via a software update.

However, after a couple months of being on the market, this functionality is making a return.

According to Android Police, the v1.30 update for the Google Home app re-enables touch controls on the Home Mini, but rather than touching the top of the speaker, you'll long-press either the left or right side of it.

A quick tap will continue to adjust volume like usual, but a long press will end calls, pause/play music that's playing, and (most importantly) silence alarms without having to shout at your Home Mini at 6:00 in the morning.

The v1.30 update is rolling out now, so be sure to keep an eye out for it over the coming days.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

12 Comments
  • Thank you Google.
  • Awesome news
  • Wow great job Google !!
  • Any way to force update?
  • Now just allow bluetooth connections to an external speaker...
  • FWIW the correct update is v1,29
  • Touch needs to activate assistant too...like it does on the original Home ....I find that to be extremely useful
  • Anyone have the complete update number.
  • So what is going to happen to the top part now? New functions down the road?
  • Probably nothing, as the problem appeared to be hardware based, unless I'm mistaken. All of the original Minis sold would have to be sent in for repair.
  • This reminds me to put mine out for sale. Same for the Daydream View
  • With the Home Mini on sale everywhere for $29, selling a used one is probably not even worth the effort, to be honest.