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Read this if Google Home is killing your Wi-Fi

by Brandon Russell | January 17, 2018January 17, 2018 12:30 pm PST

In an update on the company’s support pages, Google on Wednesday revealed it has identified the culprit behind slowed Wi-Fi performance with Chromecast built-in devices. An update should be available via Google Play on Thursday, January 18.

Earlier this week, a number of reports suggested Google’s “Cast” feature was slowing Wi-Fi connections to a crawl, essentially rendering some routers inoperable for a short period of time. Google confirmed this to be the case, summarizing the issue thusly:

In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic which can slow down or temporarily impact Wi-Fi networks. The specific impact to the network will vary depending on the router.

According to Google, the problem only affects those with an Android phone and a Chromecast built-in device, such as a Chromecast or Google Home. Initially, people thought the problem only affected the Google Home Max, but it turns out all Google Home devices are temporarily incapacitating Wi-Fi networks.

Google makes no mention of iOS devices, so it would seem iPhone users are spared of the bug. For what it’s worth, I haven’t noticed any issues while using the iPhone X and Google Home Max in my apartment.

Although a fix is expected on January 18, Google said users can try rebooting their Android phone in the meantime.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...