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High volume might cause your Google Home Mini to crash

by Justin Herrick | December 1, 2017December 1, 2017 1:00 pm PST

Be careful with Google’s little smart speaker. Owners of the Google Home Mini are reporting their units keep crashing at high volume. It’s specifically happening while playing music, and that’s obviously a problem since music streaming is one of the most common activities for a device like this. Units are crashing and restarting upon getting too loud for comfort.

The problem appears to be power-related. Since the device is on the smaller side, it’s not prepared to fire off sound in the same way as its sibling.

You can call it an issue, but keep in mind the Google Home Mini isn’t a high-end device. If you want something to produce sound at a high volume, get the Google Home or another Google Assistant-ready smart speaker. Or you could wait a few weeks for the Google Home Max.

Anyone who’s spent $49 on a Google Home Mini should know their unit probably can’t easily fill a room with music.

Google is aware of what’s going on, and the company urges owners to submit feedback. Additional data from affected units allows the company to understand the problem and issue a complete fix. Assuming people continue letting Google know they’re struggling to jam out to to music, a silent software update is likely to arrive in the coming weeks.

Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...