Google is Moving its WIFI App to Google Home
Google is getting rid of its Wifi app; Shaking things up for Android users
Google is phasing out the dedicated Google Wifi app for managing WiFi routers, the functionality will be moved over to the Google Home app as they aim to continue to “help our customers control and manage all their connected products in one place and enable routines across them.” The migration of WiFi functionalitites from Google WiFi to Google Home app will be in two phases; firstly Google will disable most of the functionality of the Google Wifi app on May 25th. From this date, users will only be able to view the current status of their network but any changes will need to be made in the Google Home app, including adding new routers or access points. Essentially, Google will strip the app of its ability to fully function have it as merely a place to view information about users' wireless setup instead.
Later in June, Google will completely remove the Wifi app from the Play Store and iOS App Store which will funnel all users to use the Google Home app exclusively, the old app will also stop being supported for existing users at this time. This change had been in planning since 2019 when the Nest Wifi routers were launched, as they were only able to be configured through the Google Home app. Although when this was released the Google Home app didn't offer the range of functionalities that were in the Wifi app. The June roll out comes as a part of Google's promise that it would support both apps until the Home app was updated to include all the features offered in the Wifi app.
Google noted that migrating the existing Wifi functionalities to the Home app will allow for some additional Wi-Fi features and new benefits, including; the use of Google Assistant for pausing the Wi-Fi connection, hands-free speed tests, and showing a guest Wi-Fi password on a Google Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max display, as well as showing network insights, improved teleconferencing. If users are utilising the Google Assistant for Chromecast devices, having a single point of control for everything will help to reduce app bloat.
"We want to make it easier to manage all of your devices in one place, so we've migrated Wi-Fi functionality into the Google Home app," "Nest Wifi has always been set up in the Google Home app, so we're now bringing this same functionality to existing Google Wifi users." Said a Google spokesperson.
Google have made a name for themselves in recent years for shaking things up for Android users, and switching up offerings to freshen the experience for their users. Last year Google Play Music platform was shut down in order to offer the YouTube Music streaming service to users. Upon discussion of the migration from Google Wifi to Google Home the tech giant stated "Beginning in May 2021. Google Wifi and OnHub devices will only be able to be set up in the Google Home app... If you want to make changes to your network including to any features or settings, you’ll need to use the Google Home app... The Google Home app will also be needed to expand your network or to create new networks... Later this year, the Google Wifi app will be shut down and will only be able to be used to factory reset Wifi devices."
Google has decided to inform WiFi users about this change in advance so that users can have enough notice to begin the migration to Google Home; and there is no reason to not get the transfer out of the way to ensure sure you're set up on Google Home in plenty of time. Migrating a network setup may seem to be a relatively simple process, but Google’s how-to page does warn that once the switch over to the Google Home app is made, there's no going back.
Want to set up the Google Home app now? Heres how;
1. Open the Google Home app .
2. Tap Add device or service
Simply go to the Google Home app and then tap the plus icon.
3. Choose a home and tap Next.
Choose Import Google Wifi network and then select home and confirm its your WiFI network.
4. Confirm your Wi-Fi network, then tap Next.
5. Follow the in-app instructions to finish adding your network.
Be aware that users that have admin privileges in Google Wifi won't see this carried over to Google Home; you'll have to set that up again by adding them to the Google Home app home members list.
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