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Control Google Nest or Home devices by touch

Use touch controls to adjust the volume, media playback functions, and more on your Google Nest or Home speaker or display.

Important: Touch controls change the volume of media and Google Assistant only. Learn how to change the volume of alarms and timers.

Speakers

Google Home Google Home

To do this: Touch Google Home like this: Image
Play, pause or stop alarm or timer Tap once on the top of the device.
Turn up the volume Swipe clockwise on the top of the device.

Turn down the volume

Swipe counterclockwise on the top of the device.

Note: When the volume is set to 0:

  • Media is muted
  • Google Assistant speaks at 5% volume
Start your request Press and hold on the top of the device.

Mic on or off

Press the microphone mute button on the back of the device.

Note: If you mute the microphone, Google Assistant can't listen or interact with you.

Factory reset the device Press and hold the factory reset button on the back of Google Home.
Turn off power Unplug the power cable from Google Home.

Googel Nest Mini Google Nest Mini (2nd gen)

Note: The Google Nest Mini (2nd gen) has a wall mount screw slot on the back. If your device doesn’t have a wall mount screw slot, it's a Google Home Mini (1st gen).

To reverse right and left controls, open the Google Home app Tap Favorites or Devices touch and hold your Nest Mini's tile. Tap Settings Audio Reverse device controls.

To do this: Touch Google Nest Mini like this: Image
Play, pause or stop media or end a current phone call Tap the center of the Nest Mini. Google Nest Mini center tap
Stop a ringing alarm or timer Tap the center of the Nest Mini. Google Nest Mini center tap

Turn up the volume

Tap the right side of the Nest Mini.

The volume ranges from 0-100%. Each tap changes the volume by 10%.

Google Nest Mini volume up

Turn down the volume

Tap the left side of the Nest Mini.

The volume ranges from 0-100%. Each tap changes the volume by 10%.

Note: When the volume is set to 0:

  • Media is muted
  • Google Assistant speaks at 5% volume
Google Nest Mini volume down

Turn mic on or off

Toggle the switch next to the power cord.

  • When the mic is on, the lights are white
  • When the mic is off, the lights and switch are orange

Note: If you turn off the microphone, Google Assistant can't listen or interact with you.

Google Nest Mini mic on-off

Factory reset the device

Turn the mic off, then press and hold the lights in the center of the Nest Mini.

Hold for about 15 seconds.

Google Nest Mini reset
Turn off power Unplug the power cable from the Nest Mini. Google Nest Mini unplug

Google Home Mini Google Home Mini (1st gen)

To do this: Touch Google Home Mini like this: Image
Play, pause or stop media or end a current phone call Press and hold either side of the Home Mini.

Stop a ringing alarm or timer

Press and hold either side of the Home Mini.

Turn up the volume

Tap the right side of the Home Mini.

The volume ranges from 0-100%. Each tap changes the volume by 10%.

Turn down the volume

Press and hold the left side of the Home Mini.

The volume ranges from 0-100%. Each tap changes the volume by 10%.

Note: When the volume is set to 0:

  • Media is muted
  • Google Assistant speaks at 5% volume

Turn mic on or off

Toggle the switch next to the power cord.

  • When the mic is on, the lights are white
  • When the mic is off, the lights and switch are orange
Note: If you turn off the microphone, Google Assistant can't listen or interact with you.

Factory reset the device

Press and hold the factory reset button located below the power cord on the bottom of the Home Mini. Find the circle etched into the base.

Hold for about 12 seconds.

Turn off power Unplug the power cable from the Home Mini.

Google Home Max Google Home Max

To do this: Touch Google Home Max like this: Image

Play, pause or stop media

Stop a ringing alarm or timer

End a call

Horizontal placement: Tap the line on the top of the Google Home Max.

Vertical placement: Tap the line on the right side of the Google Home Max.


Turn up the volume

Horizontal placement: Swipe from left to right along the line on the top of the Google Home Max.

Vertical placement: Swipe up along the line on the right side of the Google Home Max.


Turn down the volume

Horizontal placement: Swipe from right to left along the line on the top of the Google Home Max.

Vertical placement: Swipe down along the line on the right side of the Google Home Max.


Turn mic on or off

Toggle the switch on the back of the Google Home Max.

  • When the mic is on, the lights are white
  • When the mic is off, the lights and switch are orange

You can't use your voice or the Google Home app to turn the mic on or off.

Note: When you turn off the microphone:

  • Google Assistant can't listen or interact with you
  • Room EQ is turned off

Factory reset the device

Press and hold the factory reset button above the power cord on the back of the Google Home Max. Find the small gray button.

Hold for about 12 seconds.

Turn off power Unplug the power cable from the Google Home Max.  

Google Nest Audio Google Nest Audio

To do this: Touch Google Nest Audio like this: Image
Play, pause or stop media or end a current phone call Tap the center of the Nest Audio.
Stop a ringing alarm or timer Tap the center of the Nest Audio.

Turn up the volume

Tap the right side of the Nest Audio.

The volume ranges from 0-100%. Each tap changes the volume by 5%.

Turn down the volume

Tap the left side of the Nest Audio.

The volume ranges from 0-100%. Each tap changes the volume by 5%.

Note: When the volume is set to 0:

  • Media is muted
  • Google Assistant speaks at 5% volume

Turn mic on or off

Toggle the switch next to the power cord.

  • When the mic is on, the lights are white
  • When the mic is off, the lights and switch are orange
Note: If you turn off the microphone, Google Assistant can't listen or interact with you.

Factory reset the device

Turn the mic off, then press and hold the lights in the center of the Nest Audio.

Hold for about 15 seconds.

Turn off power Unplug the power cable from the Nest Audio.

Nest Wifi point Google Nest Wifi point

To do this: Touch Nest Wifi point like this: Image
Play, pause or stop media or end a current phone call Tap the center of the Nest Wifi point. Nest Wifi center tap
Stop a ringing alarm or timer Tap the center of the Nest Wifi point. Nest Wifi center tap

Turn up the volume

Tap the right side of the Nest Wifi point.

The volume ranges from 0-100%. Each tap changes the volume by 10%.

Nest Wifi point volume up

Turn down the volume

Tap the left side of the Nest Wifi point.

The volume ranges from 0-100%. Each tap changes the volume by 10%.

Note: When the volume is set to 0:

  • Media is muted
  • Google Assistant speaks at 5% volume
Nest Wifi point volume down

Turn mic on or off

Toggle the switch next to the power cord.

  • When the mic is on, the lights are white
  • When the mic is off, the lights and switch are orange
Note: If you turn off the microphone, Google Assistant can't listen or interact with you.
Nest Wifi point mic on-off
Turn off power Unplug the power cable from the Nest Wifi point. Nest Wifi unplug

Displays

You can also use your screen to control your Google Nest display.

Google Nest Hub

To do this: Touch Google Nest Hub like this: Image
Turn up the volume Press the upper volume button on the back of the Google Nest Hub.
Turn down the volume Press the lower volume button on the back of the Google Nest Hub.

Additional controls to manage the volume of multiple devices are available on your display. Learn more about multi-room controls.

Google Nest Hub Max

To do this: Touch Nest Hub Max like this: Image

Turn up the volume

On the back of the Nest Hub Max, press the upper volume button.

The volume ranges from 0-100%. Each press changes the volume by 5%.

Turn down the volume

On the back of the Nest Hub Max, press the lower volume button.

The volume ranges from 0-100%. Each press changes the volume by 5%.

Note: When the volume is set to 0:

  • Media is muted
  • Google Assistant speaks at 5% volume

Additional controls to manage the volume of multiple devices are available on your display. Learn more about multi-room controls.

Related articles

Control volume of Google Nest speakers and displays
Listen to music on Google Nest speakers and displays
Factory reset Google Nest or Home speakers or displays

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