What you need to know
- Users are reporting Bluetooth connection issues with Google Home speakers.
- Reports date back to 2018, with users describing an issue where the speakers disconnect after several minutes when using Bluetooth.
- Google has finally acknowledged this issue and says its team is working on a fix.
Most people that buy a Google Home speaker use it to stream music directly from the internet. Usually, by either giving a voice command or casting from their phone. However, Google Home speakers also feature Bluetooth for those times when you want to connect directly with your phone or pair it with a better speaker. For instance, using a Nest Mini paired with a larger Bluetooth speaker for better sound quality.
Unfortunately, many users of Google Home speakers have been experiencing issues with the Bluetooth connection repeatedly cutting out. For some users, it happens after only a minute, while others describe it taking several minutes or even up to 15 minutes for it to disconnect. Reports from frustrated users date back from as early as 2018 on the Google Nest Community, garnering hundreds of replies.
While there is no apparent solution to the problem, Google has finally acknowledged the problem exists. According to a recent reply from the Google Nest Twitter account, the team is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.
We're sorry for the trouble! Our team is already aware of this and we're working on a fix, we'll bubble this up to our team and check back in once we have an update. Hang tight!We're sorry for the trouble! Our team is already aware of this and we're working on a fix, we'll bubble this up to our team and check back in once we have an update. Hang tight!— Google Nest (@googlenest) February 14, 2020February 14, 2020
A community specialist has also chimed in on one of the threads about the issue, providing instructions on how to report the bug.
For the time being, some users are reporting some success by initiating the Bluetooth connection from the speaker by giving the command, "Hey Google, connect to Bluetooth." While others are using the "Cast my audio" bubble inside of the Google Home app to play over Wi-Fi instead. Neither of these will help if you're pairing the Nest Mini to a larger speaker, though. For that to work, you'll have to wait on Google to fix the underlying Bluetooth issue.
Tiny but mighty
The Google Nest Mini is one of the most affordable ways to start or expand your smart home. The second-gen smart speaker from Google now features a built-in hanging mount on the back as well as improved sound.
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