Google Home and Chromecast Global Outage Confirmed, Fix Rolling Out

After being down most of the day some Google Home smart speakers are working again

Netizens have been reporting that even after a reboot the devices don't work, suggesting either the entire Home infrastructure has fallen over - which seems incredibly unlikely given that fact that it is Google we're talking about and it has massive worldwide network redundancy to fall back on - or the devices themselves have gone awry following an update.

The Google support Twitter account is now fielding a heap of complaints from users around the world, as owners of the Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Chromecast suddenly found themselves unable to perform basic functions like casting or voice commands.

Google told TechCrunch that the outage is affecting "some" users of Google Home and Chromecast, though they refused to say how widespread the problem is.

Users of the Chromecast Product Forum noticed the outage early on Wednesday morning (US time) when the Chromecast icon disappeared from streaming applications like Netflix, HBO and YouTube. If you would like an immediate fix please follow the directions to reboot your device.

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As more device owners reported problems, it became evident the issue was not isolated.

Now that Google Assistant on the Google Home line of smart speakers understands commands said in Spanish, it should know what "Google Home no funciona" means. "We are really sorry for the inconvenience and are taking steps to prevent this issue from happening in the future". I rebooted and reset. In the meantime, leave your Chromecast turned on so it can automatically perform an update once the fix for this was released.

"Your Google Home isn't set up yet". We will update this post when Google finds a solution to the problems affecting Google Homes and Chromecasts. It's possible that the outages may stem from issues with the servers that host Google's cloud, but this is pure speculation at this point.

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