How to Update your Google Nest Hub Firmware
Last updated: Sep 25, 2023
Through this article you will learn how to update your Google Nest Hub Firmware via easy steps. The good thing about all the Google speakers, whether it is Google Home, Google Nest Mini, Google Nest Audio, Google Home Max or Google Nest Hub, is that it updates automatically and you do not need to update the speaker on your end.
Follow these steps to ensure that your firmware is up to date: If you discover that your firmware is outdated, unplug and then plug back in the Nest Hub device. In case it prompts you to connect to the Wi-Fi, establish a connection and wait for a day as updates usually occur overnight.
Check out our FAQs and troubleshooting steps in case if your nest hub is not updating.
For your Google Nest Hub, the device will automatically start updating its firmware on its own. When there is a new update the device will start downloading the update in the background and then start updating, and the screen shall show four color dots moving from left to right.
Once the device is updated, it will restart on its own and then your device will be ready to use just like always. All in all, it wouldn’t take more than 10 minutes for the whole process. You can, however, check whether your device is running on the latest software or not. To do that you need to follow the steps given below.
How to Check Your Speaker Is Running on the Latest Firmware
Step 1: Open the Google Home App
On your mobile phone open the Google Home App
Step 2: Select the Speaker
Select the Google Home Speaker for which you want to check the latest firmware information.
Select 3: Go to Device Settings
On the top right corner, you would find the option of “Settings.” This is usually the gear icon. Click on it.
Select 4: Go to System Firmware
Under the “General” settings option you will find the option of “Device Information”. Once you click on it you will see under the Technical Information list the details about the “System Firmware Version.”
Troubleshooting Steps for Google Nest Hub Firmware Update
Restart the Device: To resolve temporary software glitches, try restarting your Google Nest Hub. Unplug the device from the power source and wait for a few seconds. Then, plug it back in. This simple step can often fix issues and refresh the device's software. After the restart, check if the firmware update can be initiated successfully. If not, proceed to the next troubleshooting step.
Check Wi-Fi Connection: Ensure a stable Wi-Fi connection for your Google Nest Hub to facilitate a successful firmware update. Verify that the device is connected to a reliable network. If the connection is weak or unstable, consider restarting your router or moving the Nest Hub closer to the router to improve the signal strength. Once the Wi-Fi connection is stable, attempt the firmware update again. If the issue persists, proceed to the next troubleshooting step.
Verify Device Compatibility: Confirm that your specific Google Nest Hub model is eligible for the firmware update you are attempting to install. Keep in mind that not all firmware updates are available for every device. Visit the official Google Nest support website or consult the documentation for your device to ensure compatibility with the desired update. If your device is compatible, but the update still fails, proceed to the next troubleshooting step.
Update Google Home App: Ensure you have the latest version of the Google Home app installed on your smartphone or tablet. Keeping the app up to date is crucial for compatibility with the Google Nest Hub and to enhance the update process. Visit the respective app store on your device to check for any available updates for the Google Home app. Install the update if available, and then attempt the firmware update again. If the issue persists, proceed to the next troubleshooting step.
Clear App Cache and Data: If you are experiencing issues with the Google Home app, clearing its cache and data can often help. Go to your device's settings, locate the Google Home app, and clear its cache and data. Remember that clearing the cache and data may require you to log back into the app and set up your devices again. Once the cache and data are cleared, relaunch the app and try initiating the firmware update once more. If the issue persists, proceed to the next troubleshooting step.
Factory Reset: You can try performing a factory reset on your Google Nest Hub as a last resort. Remember that this action will remove all personal settings and data, so ensure you have backed up any important information. Refer to the user manual for your Google Nest Hub model to learn how to perform a factory reset. After the reset, set up the device again and attempt the firmware update. If the issue persists after the factory reset, proceed to the final troubleshooting step.
Contact Google Support: If you have exhausted all the previous troubleshooting steps and cannot update the firmware on your Google Nest Hub, reaching out to Google's official support channels is recommended. Contact Google Support for assistance with your specific device model and to receive tailored guidance to resolve the firmware update issue.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) not updating to the latest firmware (1.56.324896) from the preview program?
The issue could be related to the location or region settings. Although the account and device language is set to English, being located in Switzerland might be causing the discrepancy in the firmware version displayed.
How can I check the current firmware version on my Google Nest Hub?
To check the firmware version on your Google Nest Hub, go to the device settings in the Google Home app and look for the firmware or software version information.
Can I manually update the firmware on my Google Nest Hub?
No, firmware updates for Google Nest Hub are typically pushed automatically by Google. Users do not have manual control over initiating firmware updates.
What should I do if I encounter issues after a firmware update on my Nest Hub?
If you experience issues after a firmware update on your Google Nest Hub, try restarting the device first. If the problem persists, you can contact Google Support for assistance or check online forums for troubleshooting tips specific to your issue.
As you can see, updating your Google Nest Home doesn’t require any work whatsoever. Your device will do that on your own and then restart. To see which version of the software your device is running on you can follow the given steps above and you will get the information within seconds.
I hope that this article helped with the steps and explained the procedure in a simple and effective manner. Do let us know in the comments below what you liked about the article, and if you have anything else to add.