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Priority device

Priority Device gives a device of your choosing the fastest connection on your Wi-Fi network. When you prioritize a device (like your laptop or Chromecast), your Wi-Fi network reserves more bandwidth for that device to use. This means less buffering and better download speeds. Why do I need Priority Device?

Keep in mind: Any device on your Wi-Fi network -- whether wired directly or connected wirelessly -- can be prioritized. Only one device can be prioritized at a time, and it will limit the Wi-Fi speed of your other devices.

How do I set a priority device?

1. Open the Google Wifi app.

2. Tap the tab, then Priority device.

3. You’ll see a list of devices connected to your Wi-Fi network. Select a device and it will automatically be prioritized for 1 hour.

To change the duration, tap the time frame. You can prioritize it for 1, 2, or 4 hours.

4. Tap Save in the upper-right corner to save the changes.

Why would I need a priority device?

The devices connected to your Wi-Fi network are like a pack of thirsty animals gathered around a small watering hole. The ones who get there first drink a lot, while the others wait and only drink a few mouthfuls.

The same thing happens in your Wi-Fi network, except your devices are fighting for speed (bandwidth). A TV streaming Netflix, a computer downloading a movie, an Xbox Live gaming session -- they all want the fastest connection. But there’s only so much bandwidth to go around.

When several devices fight over limited bandwidth, this results in buffering video streams, choppy video conferences, and slow download times -- all the things that really, really annoy you.

This is when Priority Device comes in handy.

  • Streaming a movie on your TV? Prioritize it for 2 hours.
  • Itching for an online gaming session? Prioritize your Xbox for an hour. (Who are we kidding? Set it for 4 hours.)

Those devices will have a faster connection for better performance. When time is up, your Wi-Fi network will return to its normal settings and every device will receive its fair share of bandwidth.

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