Google Home devices, such as the Google Home Mini, are incredibly reliant on a network connection, say, a Wi-Fi signal. Many of its features just aren’t available for use because it pulls from Google’s servers. Google Assistant pulls from Google’s servers to offer many of its features that you can make use of. Without access to a network, it is basically a piece of expensive equipment decorating your tables.
If you disable your Wi-Fi, your Google Home Mini, and other Google devices, will throw up an error that alerts you to “Check Internet Connection.” Attempt to speak with your Google Home Mini with its wake up phrase will only voice the same message you see on its screen. Attempt to interact with the device in other ways, such as exploring apps and so on, you’ll have limited mobility that makes it impossible to use. It has turned into an expensive paperweight.
So, that’s it? Does it have to be this way? Believe it or not, no. There’s a clever workaround that will allow you to connect your Google Home Mini, or other Google Home devices, to a network without Wi-Fi.
How is it Done?
What makes this workaround possible? Through the use of a mobile hotspot. Before the secret is revealed, let’s preface this by saying this solution isn’t meant to be used on a regular basis. If you’re constantly broadcasting a mobile hotspot, you’re going to run your phone bill pretty high.
This workaround is great to use in emergency situations, perhaps your power goes out or your internet provider is down and you need important information on your Google apps. Broadcast a mobile hotspot, connect your Google Home Mini and pull any information while you can. Google Home can use a lot of data, especially updates, so use it sparingly.
With that being said, let’s get to the steps already!
How to Connect a Google Home Mini Without Wi-Fi
You’re going to need a few devices to get this to work, specifically two. So long as both devices have Wi-Fi capabilities, it will work. One device needs to have mobile data. A second device is needed for the initial setup. Let’s start with broadcasting your mobile hotspot.
1. Locate and launch the Settings app.
2. In your Settings menu, move down the screen until you see Wireless & Networks and or Connections.
[NOTE]: Depending on your device, you may have a direct menu option to hotspots if you see “Hotspots” in your Settings menu.
3. In the Wireless & Networks menu, locate Mobile Hotspot and Tethering and or Mobile Hotspot.
4. Enable Mobile Hotspot by moving the slider to the right. Create a strong password for your mobile hotspot. You wouldn’t want someone bumming off your signal, after all, you’re paying the bill, not them.
5. Now, with your mobile hotspot broadcasting, move over to your second Wi-Fi capable device.
6. Locate and open the Settings app.
7. In the Settings menu, locate and select the “Wi-Fi” menu option.
8. In the Wi-Fi menu, enable Wi-Fi by moving the slider to the right. It will immediately start searching for nearby signals. When your device’s mobile hotspot appears, select it.
9. Provide the password to access the mobile hotspot.
10. Find and open the Google Home app. Its app icon resembles a rainbow colored house. You can find the Google Home app on one of your many home screens (swiping back and forth will reveal more home screens). If you’re having trouble finding it, check inside your App Drawer. All of your currently installed apps are housed in your App Drawer.
As you’ll see, Google Home will be working as if you’re using your home’s own Wi-Fi network, but in reality it’s your one device’s mobile hotspot.