Google Home LED lights

Google Home devices have LED lights on its top that visually illustrate what it's doing. Choose your device below.


Google Home Google Home

Google Assistant

Status LED light on top of Google Home will: (light color)  
Google Home heard "Hey, Google" or "Ok Google" and is waiting for your response Spins clockwise and pulses (multi-colored) Listening
Google Home is thinking Continuously spin clockwise (multi-colored) Thinking
Google Home is responding Continuously pulse (multi-colored) Responding
Microphone is muted (Google Home isn't listening and can't respond) Static light (orange) Mic muted
Note: Here's more on Data security and privacy on Google Home.

Setup Setup

Status LED light on top of Google Home will: (light color)  
Ready to set up Pulse slowly (white) Ready to set up
Verify device Pulse slowly (blue) Verify device
Connecting Wi-Fi Spin clockwise (white) Connecting Wi-Fi
Downloading Light up from top to bottom (white) Downloading
Installing Spin clockwise (white) Installing

system System

Status LED light on top of Google Home will: (light color)  
Bootup Spin and blink (white and multi-colored) Bootup
Factory Data Reset (FDR) Countdown (orange) FDR
Alarm ringing Pulse slowly (white) Alarm ringing
Timer ringing Spin (white) Timer ringing
Reminder notification

1 solid light (white) that stays on for
~10 minutes when a notification is available.

Say "Hey Google, what's up?" to hear the notification

Reminder / volume mute

 Volume Volume

Status LED light on top of Google Home will: (light color)  
Volume mute

1 centered dot (white)

Only visible when making volume control gesture

Reminder / volume mute
Volume 1 / Volume 10 1 dot (white) / 10 dots (white) volume level


Error Error

Status LED light on top of Google Home will: (light color)  
Update taking longer than expected 6 static lights (orange) Long update
Google Home Mini Google Home Mini

Google Assistant

Status LED light on top of Google Home will: (light color)  
Google Home heard "Hey, Google" or "Ok Google" and is waiting for your response Turn on (white) Listening
Google Home is thinking Run (white) Thinking
Google Home is responding Pulse continuously (white) Responding
Microphone is off (Google Home isn't listening and can't respond) Remain static (orange) Mic off
Note: Here's more on Data security and privacy on Google Home.

Setup Setup

Status LED light on top of Google Home will: (light color)  
Ready to set up Pulse slowly (white) Ready to set up
Verify device Remain static (blue) Verify device
Connecting Wi-Fi Bounce back and forth (white) Wi-Fi
Downloading Light up from left to right (white) Downloading
Installing Light up from left to right (white) installing

system System

Status LED light on top of Google Home will: (light color)  
Bootup

Light up from left to right (multi-colored)

Bootup

Factory Data Reset

(FDR)

1 dot lights up when FDR starts

/ 4 dots light up  when FDR ends (orange)

FDR
Alarm ringing Pulse slowly (white) Alarm ringing
Timer ringing Run slowly (white) Timer ringing
Reminder notification

1 solid light (white) that stays on for
~10 minutes when a notification is available.

Say "Hey Google, what's up?" to hear the notification

Reminder

 Volume Volume

Status LED light on top of Google Home will: (light color)  
Volume mute 4 lights flash dimly (white) Volume mute
Volume 1 / Volume 10 1 dot lights up / 4 dots light up (white) Volume change


Error Error

Status LED light on top of Google Home will: (light color)  
Update taking longer
than expected
2 static lights (red) Long update
Google Home Max Google Home Max

Google Assistant

Status LED light on top of Max will: (light color)  
Google Home heard "Hey, Google" or "Ok Google" and is waiting for your response Turn on (white) Listening
Google Home is thinking Run (white) Thinking
Google Home is responding Pulse continuously (white) Responding
Microphone is off (Mini isn't listening and can't respond) Remain static (orange) Mic off
Note: Here's more on Data security and privacy on Google Home.

Setup Setup

Status LED light on top of Max will: (light color)  
Ready to set up Pulse slowly (white) Ready to set up
Verify device Remain static (blue) Verify device
Connecting Wi-Fi Bounce back and forth (white) Wi-Fi
Downloading Light up from left to right (white) Downloading
Installing Light up from left to right (white) installing

system System

Status LED light on top of Max will: (light color)  
Bootup

Light up from left to right (multi-colored)

Bootup

Factory Data Reset

(FDR)

1 dot lights up when FDR confirmation starts

 4 dots light up  when FDR confirmation completes (orange)

FDR
Alarm ringing Pulse slowly (white) Alarm ringing
Timer ringing Run slowly (white) Timer ringing
Reminder notification

1 solid light (white) that stays on for
~10 minutes when a notification is available.

Say "Hey Google, what's up?" to hear the notification

Reminder
Skip track Pulse quickly (white) Volume mute
Stereo pairing Pulse slowly (white) Alarm ringing

 Volume Volume

Status LED light on top of Max will: (light color)  
Volume mute 4 lights flash dimly (white) Volume mute
Volume 1 / Volume 10 1 dot lights up / 4 dots light up (white) Volume change


Error Error

Status LED light on top of Max will: (light color)  
Update taking longer
than expected
2 static lights (red) Long update

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