If you own the originalGoogle Home and you are currently in thePreview Program, you might want to take caution with its most recent update. According to several people on Reddit and on the Google forums , the latest Preview Program update seems to brick some people’s devices.
The first signs of the issue appear when the Google Home’s LED indicator begins flashing orange, and it becomes unresponsive to the Hey/OK Google voice commands. At this point, users have tried factory resetting the device, but in many cases, this makes the device completely undiscoverable on the network.
Though we don’t know for sure what is going on, it looks like this issue stems from an unidentified error when the Google Home tries to reconnect to the user’s saved Wi-Fi network. For some reason, the device cannot connect to the network, effectively bricking the device.
A similar issue happened to Google Home devices last year, too, but affected units were not limited to Preview Program participants. Unfortunately, there was no fix for that particular error, and Google shipped replacement devices to affected users.
We don’t know of any official patch at this time. At this point, the safest route is probably to sit this one out and wait until Google provides an official fix.
But, if you don’t want to wait around and you want to try to fix the device yourself, a few people have had luck with the following method:
Be warned, as we said earlier, resetting the device has made the issue more severe in many cases. If you decide to try to fix this issue on your own, you may actually make it worse than before.