Google/Nest Wifi is Moving to the Google Home App

Posted on April 2, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, Google, iOS, Smart Home with 4 Comments

Google notified customers of its Google Wifi and Nest Wifi systems that it is moving management of these products to the Google Home app. To date, users have managed them with a dedicated Google Wifi app.

“To help our customers control and manage all their connected products in one place and enable routines across them, we’re moving the control of Google Wifi devices to the Google Home app,” an email from Google reads. “You can easily migrate your Google Wifi network into the Google Home app, where you’ll be able to control your Wi-Fi network.”

Google says that when you migrate, you can take advantage of new features like improved video conferencing on Google Meet and Zoom, better network insights and troubleshooting, and better Google Assistant integration.

But it’s not like you have a choice: Starting May 25, users will only be able to add new devices or modify, expand, or create networks in the Google Home app, and not with the Google Wifi app. And starting in June, it will end support for the Google Wifi app and stop offering it in the Google Play Store.

To migrate your network from Google/Nest Wifi to the Google Home app, open the Google Home app on Android or iOS, tap the plus (“+”) icon in the top left, and select Import Google Wifi network. If you don’t see that option, you may need to wait for an app update.

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4 responses to “Google/Nest Wifi is Moving to the Google Home App”

  1. pgiftos

    I migrated to the home app a while back. It seems to work just fine.

  2. davepete

    The Google Home app, at least on my iPad, is and always has been a joke. Aside for setting up a new network, its primary use is for restarting the network, which is needed every week or two. That command is buried 4 levels deep behind unlabeled icons of lite gray on a white background. The screen is sparse, plenty of room for a "Restart network" command, but no. I have to read my notes every time because I can't remember the obscure sequence of icons to push to get to the restart command. If anyone is curious, sequence is 1) launch Home app; 2) click Wifi icon; 3) tap gear icon in upper right; 4) scroll up; 5) click Restart Network.

    • davepete

      I forgot to mention, aside from the light gray icons on white background, the Home app has large colored geometric shapes that gently cavort on the screen while you're waiting for the Home app to do something. To Google's credit, at least the useless gyrating shapes are easy to see. Maybe they should make the button icons visible to those of us computer geeks who actually use the app and wear thick glasses. Because we're computer geeks and nobody else would be able to figure out the app.

    • donkiluminate

      In reply to davepete:You are so right. What a garbage app. It's unintuitive and I every time I use it I end up tapping around until I eventually find what I'm looking for.

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