Earlier, there were rumors, but now Google has confirmed that it will no longer give support to the Google Wi-Fi app from July and onwards. So lately, the Google App was being used to control Google Wi-Fi mesh routers. But now, that will be done by the Google Home app.
But this transition should not be an issue. It is so because the users already use the Google Home app to control Second-gen Nest Wi-Fi mesh routers. And the Google Home app also controls the Google Assistant along with other Chromecast devices.
Google has provided an explanation, stating that they want their users to manage all the Google devices in one place. They also said that the users are already using the Google Home app for controlling Nest Wi-Fi. Hence, they will give the same functionality to Google Wi-Fi users. But there is no other primary reason that they gave for migrating Wi-Fi Functionality to the Google Home app.
But do not worry. There is not going to be a sudden transition. Google has put forward a plan for the transition.
So, according to Google, the transition starts from May 25. After which, the users can only expand the existing setup and can add new devices through the Google Home app.
Then from July onwards, Google will completely end its support for the Google Wi-Fi app. They will request the Google router users to use the Google Home app instead of the Google Wi-Fi app. And they will even remove the Google Wi-Fi app from all the app markets.
Now, you have to perform certain steps for setting up your Google Home app to control your Google Wi-Fi.
- So, firstly, open the Google Home App on your device.
- Then click on the plus (+) icon from the top left corner of the app’s screen.
- And then select the option saying Import Google Wi-Fi Network.
- Lastly, you have to follow some on-screen instructions for further setup.
Google says that its OnHub router users will also be able to use the app for controlling their routers.
Google says that the Google Home app will also have some additional features. Some of the main features that they highlighted are network insights, Google Assistant voice support for hands-free speed tests, improved teleconferencing, and network pauses.
These features will be an advantage for the users who use Google Assistant or Chromecast devices. It is so because these features and migration of Google Wi-Fi control to the Google Home app will allow them to control most of their Google devices by just using a single app or by clicking on Google Wifi Support.
Earlier, the Google Wi-Fi app had some advanced network settings features that were not updated in the Google Home App. These features were DNS, Universal Plug, and Play settings. But just last year, Google fixed this by incorporating the majority of such features in the Google Home app’s update.
Google also claims that the majority of the Google Wi-Fi app’s features and functionality that people love are also now a part of the Google Home app. They also said that if any significant feature is left in the Google Home app, it will be added through future updates.
Lastly, Google pointed out that the Google Home App lacks just one single feature of the Google Wi-Fi app until July. And that feat is tracking the speeds of some specific network devices. But Google also assured that this feature would be included in the Google Home app via its upcoming 2.38 release.