Preview Programme overview

The Preview Programme is a user opt-in channel that updates your Chromecast, Google Nest or Home speaker or display with the latest firmware version before it is made broadly available. This gives members of the programme early access to features and improvements on their device, and helps Google find and fix bugs before features are released to everyone.

Why join the Preview Programme?

Why join the Preview Programme?
  • Test drive the newest features: You’ll get to experience new features when you get the latest software updates sent to your Chromecast and speaker or display before they’re released broadly.
  • Give early feedback: If you have a great idea or you find a bug while you’re using the preview firmware, send it our way. Your suggestions could help make the product even better.
  • Stay up to date: Never worry about missing a single update. You’ll be emailed as soon as your device receives the newest firmware. 

Is this a Beta program?

This is not 'beta' software. We don’t make features available to the Preview Programme until we believe they are ready to release to all users. You'll simply get earlier access to new features before they’re released broadly.
As with any new feature, Preview Programme firmware updates may have issues that impact on how products work. Our teams closely monitor the Preview Programme to keep these issues to a minimum and to correct them quickly.
How often is the preview channel updated?
The preview channel is updated shortly before the full push of our production firmware versions.
What devices are eligible for the Preview Programme?
Chromecast, Chromecast (2nd gen), Chromecast (3rd gen), Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast Audio and Google Nest and Home speakers and displays are eligible to join the Preview Programme.

How to join the Preview Programme

How do I join the Preview Programme?
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your device and then Settings  and then Device information and then Preview Programme.
  3. If you can't find the 'Preview Programme', we're unable to accept new members at this time. Please continue to check back as opportunities become available. 
  4. Choose whether to receive email notifications by moving the slider to the right or left. Note: It is recommended that you allow email notifications so that you’ll know when new updates are pushed to your device.
  5. If you opt in to email notifications, you'll be asked to sign in to your Google Account if you haven’t already. 
  6. Review the contents of that page, and tap Join programme.
  7. Review the contents of the page, then tap OK, got it.
How do I know if I'm a member of Preview Programme?
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your device and then Settings  and then Device information and then Preview Programme.
  3. If you're a member, you'll find 'On' or 'On (Preview firmware: #)'. If you'd like to become a member, refer to the 'Join Preview Programme' instructions above.
Why do you ask for my email address when signing up for Preview Programme?

If you opt in to the Preview Programme email list, you’ll receive an email each time that we release a preview firmware to your device. 

To opt out of email notifications:

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top right, tap your account.
  3. Tap Home app settings  and then Email notifications.
  4. Turn Preview Programme for Chromecast and Google Nest off Off.
I can't find the Preview Programme setting or the setting is greyed out on my device settings page.
If you can't find the setting, it means that we're unable to accept new members into the Preview Programme at this time. Please continue to check back as opportunities become available.
What are the different Preview statuses?

This list of preview statuses will help you understand the current status of the Preview Programme on your device.

Status Description

On

(Waiting for next preview firmware update)

You’ve joined the programme and are ready to receive the next preview firmware.

On

(Preview firmware: #)

A new preview firmware has been pushed to your device.

Off

(Waiting for next public firmware update)

You've chosen to leave the programme and are waiting for the next production firmware to be pushed (this could take a week or two).
Off You're not part of the Preview Programme.

Leave the Preview Programme

How do I leave the Preview Programme?
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your device and then Settings  and then Device information and then Preview Programme  and then Leave programme.
  3. You'll now find 'Leaving' under Preview Programme within device settings. 

Important: Although your device is set to 'Leaving' status, you'll have to wait for the next production firmware to be pushed to officially exit the programme. This may take a week or two.

Submit feedback about the Preview Programme

If I run into an issue with my device, what should I do?
When you provide detailed feedback about your issue, it will help us fix the problem. Important: Please provide feedback from your mobile device, not Chrome, if possible.
How do I submit feedback about my experience?

Important: Please provide feedback from your mobile device, not Chrome, if possible.

I provided feedback but I'm still having an issue. Why?
Thank you for taking time to submit feedback. We appreciate your help. In most cases, we won't be able to send you an individual response, but we'll investigate your report and use the information that you provide to improve Chromecast and speakers and displays.
I factory reset my device. Do I need to rejoin the Preview Programme?
If you need to factory reset your device, you'll have to opt back into the Preview Programme and potentially wait for the next preview firmware to be pushed out before being able to test again.
Can I leave the Preview Programme if I factory reset my device?
While factory reset of device immediately removes your device from the Preview Programme, it does not immediately update the firmware on your device. You must wait for the next production firmware to be pushed before your device is no longer on the preview firmware. This may take a week or two.
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