No, you're not the only one having issues with your Google Home

30 June, 2018, 18:33 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • A graph showing two things an outage and a concentration of devices in the US... Source

Google Home and Chromecast are both down, with widespread reports from users that their smart speakers won't work and their streaming adapters won't stream.

Hopefully, Google delivers a fix for these problems soon, as these issues obviously render Home and Chromecast hardware useless.

In several cases, users first noticed the problem because the speakers had failed to play a wake-up alarm.

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While the outage has now ceased, there was a fix for users who were having problems - and apparently it couldn't be easier. My Chromecast and Google Home are working just fine, but my Home Mini has been turned into a fabric paperweight. A Google spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that there's an issue affecting "some" of its customers of these platforms, and it's now investigating the issue and working on a solution.

The issue affected Google Home and Google Home Mini - speakers that respond to voice commands - as well as Chromecast - a device that plugs into a television and allows people to watch video content. "We're investigating the issue and working on a solution", Google said in a statement as well as a tweet. The Chromecast icon is missing from specific apps, and users are also unable to cast from the Google Home app.

The smart home is supposed to make a homeowner's life simpler, especially if they use a smart speaker. "I was unaware there was an issue and factory reset my Google home and it still isn't working". It's possible that the outages may stem from issues with the servers that host Google's cloud, but this is pure speculation at this point. Now Google says they are rolling out a fix but it could take up to 6 hours. So you may also need to restart your TV or Android TV device.

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