Come July, controlling the mesh routers in the Google Home app will be required from the users of Google Wifi, similar to the Nest Wifi.
In an interview, Google states that they will cease supporting the Google Wifi app starting in July. Preceding this decision, the app used to be the control center for the primary Google Wifi mesh router. Soon, users will be required to control the router settings and home network using the Google Home app, which already contains the controls for the second-generation Nest Wifi mesh router.
Making Management Easier
According to a company representative, the company wanted to make managing the users’ devices easier in one place; hence, they transferred the Wifi functionality to the Google Home app. The spokesperson further adds, “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.”
Transitioning to the Google Home App
The transition from the Google Wifi app will start on May 25, where Google Wifi users can only expand from an existing setup or add new devices using the Google Home app. After which, Google will halt operations for the Google Wifi app and remove it from the market in July. Users will then be asked to transfer the system controls to Google Home.
To perform this, users will need to go to the home screen of the Google Home app, tap on the “plus icon” on the top-left corner, and then select “Import Google Wifi Network.” On-screen instructions should appear after; simply follow these instructions. Besides this, the company adds that OnHub router users can also transfer controls to the app.
App Additional Features
Apart from controlling mesh routers, a spokesperson says that the Google Home app also offers more Wi-Fi features, including improved teleconferencing, network insights, and Google Assistant support to enable hands-free network pauses and speed tests. Controls for Chromecast and Google Assistant devices are also included. Just last year, the company launched an update to the application to include identical advanced network setting controls from the Google Wifi app.
Comparison of Features Between Google Wifi and Google Home
According to the Google representative, “Most of the features and functionality that users know and love from the Google Wifi app [are] currently available in the Google Home app.” However, some remaining features will only come in app updates in the future.
The company specified that only the wifi app’s ability to track speeds to specific network devices won’t be accessible in the Google Home app this July. Nevertheless, this feature will be available in Google Home in the pending 2.38 release.
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