Setting up Google Wifi
Welcome! This article will help you set up your new Google Wifi system and explain some of the exciting things you can do with it. But before we begin, here’s what you’ll need:
- Google Wifi point(s)
- Google Account
- Google Wifi app for Android 4 and up or iOS 8 and up
- Broadband connection
- Modem (Note: The Google Wifi point is not a modem. To use it, you’ll have to connect it to a modem with an Ethernet cable. This can be a standalone modem or a modem+router combo provided by your ISP. Don’t have a modem? Some apartment buildings and dorms don’t require modems for broadband connections. If this is the case, you can plug the Google Wifi point directly into your wall’s Ethernet jack.)
- Ethernet cable for the primary Wifi point (provided)
- Power adapter for each Wifi point (provided)
Let’s get started!
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Step 1: Find a spot for your Wifi point
Your primary Wifi point needs to be connected to a modem. So this may limit where you place it, depending on the length of the ethernet and power cables.
If possible, place your Wifi point in plain view like on a shelf or TV stand. It also helps to choose a central location at eye level.
Learn more about the best place to put your Wifi point.
Step 2: Plug in your primary Wifi point
- Connect the provided Ethernet cable to the WAN port  of your Google Wifi point. Then connect the other end to your modem.
- Now plug your Google Wifi point into a power outlet. The light will slowly flash blue to indicate that it’s powered on and ready for setup.
- Place the Wifi point in plain view -- you’ll get the best signal when it’s in an open space like on a shelf or TV stand.
Step 3: Download the Google Wifi app
Download the Google Wifi app on your Android or iOS mobile device. (Note: The app is only compatible with Android 4 and up or iOS 8 and up.)
- Sign in to your Google Account.
Step 4: Find and connect Google Wifi point
Open the Google Wifi app and follow the instructions to connect it to the internet.
Scan the QR code
The app will automatically find your Wifi point. When prompted, point your phone’s camera at the QR code on the base of your Wifi point. This will automatically connect your phone to your Google Wifi point.
Step 5: In the app, choose your Wifi point’s location
Where is your Google Wifi point? Select a location in the app -- this label will help you identify it later. You can also make a custom label.
When you're done, tap Next.
Step 6: Set up Wi-Fi
- When asked, create a name for your Wi-Fi network. Then tap Next.
- Create a password. Then tap Create.
Step 7: Set up additional Wifi points (if necessary)
Have more Google Wifi points? Select how many more you need to set up, and tap Next.
Where to put additional Wifi points
Additional points work best when they’re no more than 2 rooms away. Also try putting them in an open space. Learn more about the best place to put your Wifi points.
Once you find a good spot, plug it into power and follow the in-app instructions:
- Hold your phone close to your Google Wifi point and tap Add Wifi point.
- Once added, tap Test Now to check the strength of its Wi-Fi connection and to determine if it can be moved to a better location.
Step 8: Review your network
After your Wifi points are setup, you’ll see an overview of your Wi-Fi network and all the Wifi points you’ve set up.
Step 9: Install software
After your Wifi points are setup, the app will download and install the Google Wifi software, which includes the latest features and security measures. This can take up to 10 minutes. Your Wifi points will restart and your Wi-Fi network will be down until the Wifi points fully turn on, when the light is solid teal.
Then you’re done! Congrats on setting up Google Wifi! Now check out what you can do with it.