Google Home Mini - Charcoal

  • Model #: H0A
  • Web Code: 11615336
  • Release Date: 10-19-2017
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Small, simple, and powerful. Say hello to Google Home Mini. This helpful voice-activated smart home speaker is powered by Google Assistant, giving you hands-free control of your smart home, including Nest, Philips Hue, Belkin, and WeMo devices. Ask the Mini questions, tell it do things, and get answers from Google using only your voice.

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  • Your personal assistant in a box: Your very own voice-enabled PA helps you stay organized and keeps you up to date about your schedule, commute, flight information, grocery shopping, and much more
  • Google knows: Google Home Mini is a calculator, dictionary, and translator all in one, and provides real time answers on the latest weather, traffic, finance, sports, and much more
  • State-of-the-art voice technology: Google Home Mini can hear your voice from afar with its far-field microphones, and can distinguish between users to serve multiple family members
  • The heart of your smart home: Google Home Mini is compatible with Nest, IFTTT, Philips Hue lighting, Belkin, and WeMo

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  • Google Home Mini
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  • Type
    Smart Speaker
  • Voice Control
  • Voice Assistant Built-In
    Google Assistant
  • Works with Google Assistant
  • Works with Amazon Alexa
  • Works with Apple HomeKit
  • Works with Nest
  • Device Compatibility
    iOS 8, Android 4.2 and Higher; IFTTT
  • Operating environment
  • Colour
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless Technology
    802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz)
  • Speaker
  • Microphone Type
    Far Field Microphones
  • Operating Voltage
    Requires 16.5; 2A
  • Compatible Systems
    Nest; Philips Hue Lighting; Belkin; WeMo; Lutron; ecobee; tp-link; Arlo; Swann
  • Dimension
  • Width
    9.84 cm
  • Height
    4.2 cm
  • Depth
    9.8 cm
  • Weight
    173 g
  • Warranty Labour
    1 Year(s)
  • Warranty Parts
    1 Year(s)



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  • from Langley, BC

works great

i find it has some bugs it works better some times then others i would not pay full price i got mine new in store for under 15 each i have 8 of them around the house it turns the lights on and off and does the tv so i dont need remote and the kids love them

  • from Chambly, QC


I'm a software developer and I find quite frustrating that a device that popular as so many bugs. For example, a few weeks ago, we were able to playlist via Spotify but apparently the feature is now broken we get random music instead.

  • from London, ON


good quality

  • from St Johns, NL

I like it!

I got this Google Home Mini at a special price because I also purchased an eligible item. It is well made and is relatively easy to set up. I was hoping to control my electronic smartlocks on my doors which are currently controlled via my Smartthings Hub. It does control everything my Smartthings Hub controls except the door locks. I thought I set it up wrong but after some research I discovered that the Google Home Mini will not control your door locks by design. This is because someone could shout in an open window "OK Google unlock doors" and then they can gain access. Or a crook can break a window and shout the same thing. This makes sense. There are work arounds whereby you can get it to work with door locks but if you do this I recommend that you only enable the door lock command and not the door unlock command for the previous stated reasons. It does control my Nest thermostat and lights by voice so its a keeper.

  • from Sooke, BC

Great sound, we bought a second one!

It has been wonderful learning all the things Google mini can do for us - quickly ask for a recipe measurement conversion, add items to our shopping list and sharing it, what time the next bus comes, figuring out what to wear by asking for the temperature, how windy it'll be, if it's going to rain and at what time, anything you can ask google without booting up your computer and typing it in. And still so much more... asking for relaxing music or sounds of nature to fall asleep to is our lastest discovery And I appreciate the support from Google... when they added background sounds to transit questions which we found distracting, a quick chat got our comments on for the next release. The device is small, unobtrusive as far as decor, cute actually, and has surprisingly good sound.

  • from Winnipeg, MB

Fun, and handy.

Paired this up with some Philips Hue bulbs, works awesome. I have a 900 square foot place with a pretty open concept, this device picks up my voice from everywhere. You can setup routines. One I setup, as an example, when I wake up I say; "hey Google, I'm up." All of my lights come on at 50%, it tells me the time, weather, my reminders, and plays the news. When I leave, I say; "hey Google, I'm out," and it turns off all of the lights. I say "sexy time," and it dims the lights to 33%, and starts a romantic playlist on Spotify. :) This model has all of the same functions of it's bigger brothers, the primary difference being sound quality. In my place it sounds ok, but anything at max volume with any kind of bass, will distort. But general sound is good, and I typically run it at about 75% volume. If you have a Bluetooth speaker, or sound bar, it is possible to pair them to improve your sound. Add a Chromecast, and the experience is even better.

  • from Erinsville, ON

Not so smart..

It's great if you just want it answer questions but I have not been able to get the Mini to control any WEMO or other peripheral. It just keeps saying "an error occurred". No direction, no sense. You can't talk to a real person to get help you need to write to a forum and spend days waiting for a reply. It did connect to my Sonoffs but them wouldn't control them. To me as a home control device it fails miserably. Amazon Echo is so much easier and works far better. I returned the Mini...

  • from Calgary, AB

super smart speaker

i got the Google mini in January, 2018 and i still love it. i check my calendar, daily commute, listen music, audio book, news, make the phone call, and control home device, etc. i like google assistant integrated in my life and have fun to play. i just want to say Google Mini is cool and definitely a good value of speaker.

  • from Toronto, ON

Google Home Mini Amazing

Picked up two of them and wow this is just amazing my wife is in love with this. One is for the bedroom and the other is for the living room. Im shocked you can ask her anything you can make phone calls too and you can talk right from the speaker. 40 bucks on sale get deal.

  • from Beaconsfield, QC

Would not update

Spent an hour with customer service they never fixed it and did not call back

  • from Toronto, ON

Amazing home assistant, especially for $40

Man, I've had a Mini since December last year and I'm still in love. Integration with smartlights and smartplugs have been great. Shortcuts allow me to just say "goodnight" to have all the lights turn off, music play, volume set to 20%, and sleep timer set for 30 minutes. The convenience is astounding.

  • from Ottawa, ON

Don't buy it for home automation

It takes anywhere from 7-20 seconds just to do simple things like open a garage door or turn on a light. I have a 500/20mbit connection so that's not the issue. The issue is it's under-powered. The Google Home does not have this problem. It's fine if you just want queries or to listen to music.

  • from Kelowna, BC


Inasmuch as you need an Android phone to set it up it does nothing to really enhance the Google Assistant function or voice search on that phone. It cannot sent a text or email (using the linked Android phone), recognize a song playing on radio or TV, open an app on a connected Android TV and the list goes on. Someones it responds with I can't do that yet which seems to indicate that the Google development is only half baked or the hardware is not up to the task. It can add to a shopping list viewable on your phone, only problem is the list cannot be viewed offline. It can search Youtube and Netflix and cast to Chromecast or TV/TV box with Chromecast built in but so can the phone, it can translate, read the weather or news and calculate, so can the phone. Music sources in Canada are limited to Google Play Music or Spotify, not so on the phone. For me, at least this is not a "wow" product just a "yea, so what".

  • from Stoney Creek, ON

Great and Getting Better Every Day

I am learning how to speak to this more and more. Sometimes it only understands the question in its simplest form. I purchased a few smart home products for controlling electrical outlets and they were 12 bucks each. The more products that work with this the cheaper they will get. I am going to b getting 2 more minis for the rest of the house. I currently control the lights in my living room and kitchen, going for the whole apartment, then the door locks. I can't wait until I no longer have to pull my keys out to lock my door when I leave, just a "Hey Google, Lock the doors".

  • from Toronto, ON

Google Home doest work with NetFlix on Bravia Sony TV in Canada

I've got a brand new Sony (XBR55X900E) with Chromecast built-in and a google home. While I could command Google Home to play music or Youtube videos on my TV without a glitch, Google Home could never start a movie on NetFlix, stating I have an Android TV (which is true) - but ignoring the fact my TV has Chromecast built-in. Sony confirmed: existing firmware does NOT allow Google Home to operate NetFlix in Sony TV with Chrome cast built-in. Be advised

  • from North Vancouver, BC

One of the best things you can buy with $80

so far I have been really happy with the performance of this product thanks to google team who built this. there is a misconception about its speaker sound. but I think the speaker sound its absolutely satisfying especially if you are using it for your bedroom.

  • from Granby, QC

A constantly evolving smart assistant.

I've been using google products since forever. Chromecast on every Tv, chrome on every pc, google movies, youtube, google play music... With the addition of Google home mini I bought philips hue. All I can say is that its a perfect addition to my collection. Google products work seamlessly together, streaming Tv shows from netflix and youtube on my tv's from the google home, music on my tv's or google home... Even my kid is using it a lot! He's turning on his nightlight using his google home, alarms are now set with google home we ask the forecast to our google home every morning... Since I bought mines (3 at the moment) we already saw a bunch of improvement. More task can be automated, more questions answered... We even ask for recipes and add things to our grocery list. I will buy more. You need one too!

  • from Toronto, ON

I Love it

I got this for Christmas and I love it.I set my alarms with it, listen to music when going to bed and tell Google to turn off in a hour and it does. Listen to the news and weather in the morning before getting out of bed. everyone should have one of these

  • from Edmonton, AB


I got one of these for Christmas and loved it, so I bought one for my bro's birthday. It said it would arrive on his birthday (Feb. 12th) and it arrived four days early! (Feb. 8th) 10 out of 5 totally recommend. (BTW I know that this sounds like a fake review but I actually like it that much. I am a kid and I am not trying to fool you.)

  • from London, ON

Still very limited in features

Frustrating that some key features that are available on the Android phone assistant aren't available on the Google Home. - Can't callup youtube; - can't read or write text messages; - streaming from laptop/phone is not a one-click step and only possible from google browser/youtube; - can't set location and change reminder time when booking meetings; - when streamed, youtube is cast with annoying lag - sound quality is below average. My Blue Piston speaker has more base and is louder, although smaller in size. - Also, extremely annoying that the assistant on the phone gets deactivated when near Google Home - Should be good for news, but I prefer to read/watch news, but I heard that functionality is good Decided to return and wait until Google Home gets smarter

  • from Nanaimo, BC


I received the google home mini for xmas! I was so excited to set it up, and it was easy. 5 days after xmas, it started going off by itself. If that wasnt bad enough, the commercial about the mini, the mans voice would set it off! I thoughtit was voice recognition??

  • from Belleville, ON

problems with music streaming

Just got this for Christmas and it's already frustrating. Whether I'm using Chromecast or the speaker directly, it randomly stops playing Spotify after 1-3 songs. It appears this issue has been outstanding for over a year with no fix -- it's mentioned in this article: And numerous threads on the google support forums. Would give this a pass if being able to play music is your reason for getting it/important to you.

  • from Belleville, ON

Loving the Mini

This little guy works perfect. I have the Chromecast hooked up and my Wemo plugs. Sometimes I have to retrain my voice but nothing is perfect. I have them all over the house. Looking forward to the release of the Google Max.

  • from Edmonton, AB


All it's for is asking about the weather and as a Bluetooth speaker. Also unbelievable how 2018 is a few days away, and here I am with a google product(that is basically just a Bluetooth speaker) that isn't wireless. The features are half baked, as asking it will only lead to it saying "I could not find it","I don't understand", or just straight up search/give you something entirely different. Overall, nothing more than a blue tooth speaker. that is a cool party trick that tells jokes or the weather. Disappointed with the inconsistency of the features

  • from Cambridge, ON

Good lttle speaker

Here is my detailed review of the Google Home Mini. I am using an android phone so iOS users my experience some difference. Do not currently have any smart home products This is a handy speaker, does the same thing has the normal google home can do, just with smaller speakers. It does not have a 3.5mm audio jack, but you can cast it to speakers with chromecast audio, or connect via Bluetooth. The speaker quality is fairly good in my opinion. I'm using this in an apartment and sound can be heard throughout the whole unit on max volume. I have my Spotify account linked in the google home app, and while some users say It does not work properly that's not 100% true. I can say "play song x by artist x" and it will play it, as long as it is on Spotify. I can say play my Spotify library, and it will. Google home is good with directions, but you need to be specific. Like. "how do I get to (destination) by car. It will tell you how, but will also send the directions to your phone. If you want to know to get somewhere by bus, replace car with "bus". Casting with Netflix/YouTube is also a big plus.

  • from Toronto, ON


I love this thing.....We couldn't find the flight arrival time for a Virgin Australia flight at Pearson, on the off chance...."Hey Google" what time does the Virgin Australia flight # 5158 arrive at Pearson.." It responded in seconds...VA flight 518 is 45 minutes delayed now arriving at 8:30 PM ...I couldn't believe it knew better than 15 minutes of Google search on line...we are listening to any genre of music we music subscription.......LOVE IT!! can hear me if a whisper

  • from Ottawa, ON

Excellent product!

Super deal when it is on sale. I got three of these and they all work perfectly. It is amazing what you can do with this Assistant. Check out my full review and installation video here: The Google Home App is great.

  • from Victoria, BC

Google disappointed me!

Most of the times it does not respond well I call it! I should respond two or three times until it responds. I have an iPhone and it cannot connect with any of my music apps. Even when you ask it to play spotify, you cannot define which playlist or ask it to search for a specific music! So many limitations!

  • from Toronto, ON

Great Device

After having a mediocre/poor experience with the Echo Dot, I decided to try out a Google Home Mini. I was surprised by what a great little device it is. The build quality feels great, it looks nice, and the speaker is just good enough to have a pleasant experience listening to news, podcasts and white noise. And honestly, if there's no other speaker nearby, it's fine for a bit of background music. I think this is the perfect form-factor. If you want a better speaker, get a Sonos One (Google support is supposedly coming next year). It would be nice to have an audio-out jack built in or at least Bluetooth out. It's also too bad that the top button is permanently disabled. This is a great buy if you get it on sale. However, at regular price, it's a tougher decision. It just depends on your personal-use case for it.

  • from Vancouver, BC

great little device - especially on sale

Received my google home mini, TP-link led, and TP-link plug. Took less than 10 minutes to have everything setup and running. Have it installed in my bedroom so with the furthest distance at 15ft from the device. I can talk naturally with normal volume at the furthest point... no shouting required to active the device even when music is playing. Music quality is not bad as some report... of course I have it set at about 55% of max; it is better than my Samsung S8+, Macbook Pro and Samsung Level Box Slim bluetooth speakers if that helps with comparing it to something. Anyhow can't beat the sale price.

  • from Calgary, AB

Very Satisfied

Bought this on sale for 39.99 and already considering getting a 2nd one. Ordered it online and it arrived fairly quickly. 3 days earlier than the quoted delivery time. Great sound for small rooms, apartments or condos. Picks up voice commands well. Really easy to set up.

  • from Toronto, ON

Can't connect it to a Bluetooth speaker

Surprised to find it cannot be connected to a Bluetooth speaker (no wired audio output either - needs a separate Cast audio dongle). For me this is a big miss as I have existing Bluetooth speakers that I would like the music to be streamed onto instead of listening on the weaker speaker on this device.

  • from Ottawa, ON


Really cool device with a lot of features.

  • from hamilton, ON


So happy with this. Buying everyone in my family one for Christmas. Works great. Connected easily with my other devices ie chromecast.

  • from Mississauga, ON

Rating on Colour Only (Charcoal) w/white cord

Not a fan of the charcoal colour. I picked up the mini on Black Friday, and am excited to try it, unfortunately they ran out of the standard colour. They didn't have the charcoal on display, so it wasn't until I got home that I opened it. The colour itself isn't bad necessarily, but why wouldn't they make the cord the same colour to match it? I realize it's just esthetics, and if it was wireless....I would be fine, but it's disturbing enough that I placed it right back in the box and will return tomorrow to a location that does have the standard colour with matching cord.

  • from Cardinal, ON

Love It

I have a Home and I've added a Home Mini. What are you giving up? Bass in the sound is the big thing. I actually prefer the look of the mini though and I have to say that it still sounds very good. If you're looking to sprinkle some Google Assistant power throughout your home, stick to the mini except where you really want the boomier sound. But unless you're really picky, I don't think you'll be that disappointed with the Mini's sound even while playing most music. If you're looking for higher quality, you can always pair it with a sound system and Google Chromecast audio.

  • from Cambridge, Ontario

Love it!

I already had a google account and an android phone so the setup was sooooo easy. I was using it within 5 minutes of taking it out of the box. I can't believe how sensitive it is too. I have it in the living room, and if I speak loudly I can talk to it from any room on the main floor within 30 feet. I find it really handy for answering almost any trivia question, but mainly for weather and traffic updates as I'm leaving the house. Just found out I can use it to dial any contact on my phone hands free and use it as a good speaker phone. I'm constantly surprised by what it can do. And this technology will only get better and better!

  • from Saskatoon, SK

Love my mini!

Purchased this to see how we would like it before taking the plunge on more of them. I can control my lights and temperature easily. Great integration with third party apps such as IFTTT. I will be equipping the entire house with these and the full sized one.

  • from Toronto, ON

Google Mini - Needs Work!

We just received our Google mini and the set up was quite easy via the Google Home app. The mini does well listening, however the Google assistant needs work. So far, about half of what we are asking it, we get this response...'Sorry, i can't help with that right now....' , 'Sorry, i am learning and cant help with that right now...'....hmmm... also, it does not necessarily play nice with Iphones. You can connect Apple Music (via Bluetooth) but it does not give you the option to connect directly (like Google Play music). Also, maybe it is just my iphone (not sure...) but once i connect via Bluetooth, and it plays one song, it drops the bluetooth connection and i had to reconnect again. Not user friendly. Yes, understandable it is a 'Mini', however i was disappointed in the sound coming from the i will be returning and waiting for the HomePod. If you are an Apple user, i would suggest waiting as well.

  • from Vancouver, BC

Fantastic mini Home

This works exactly as you would hope it would. You won't be disappointed. The negative reviews are people complaining about US exchange rate. Don't make a product look bad over something that has nothing to do with it.

  • from Welland, ON


The mini is a really great device for around the house. Will be buying more for gifts.

  • from Toronto, ON

Great smart speaker

Great execution by Google on the mini. Works well and the voice control is easy to use. Picks up my voice throughout the entire room. even with music playing. Well integrated with android phones, chromecast and PC.

  • from Maple Ridge, BC

Love My Minis!!!

Yes, you read that right - multiple minis. So freaking handy and they work great! I use them for music, chained them into a group so music is throughout the house. No, it's not Bose or JBL quality, but it's what I want. I can get whatever mini I want to play music individually as well. Alarms, shopping list, events, reminders, notes, etc., are so easy. No more packing a phone around, carrying paper/pen to make notes, just say Hey Google.... and it does it. Commands are easy. Husband forgets the Hey Google part, but he's getting it. We have most lights on Philips Hue now and man, is that great to wake up and tell lights to turn on and, also off. The TV has an external Chromecast, which works great. It just keeps getting better. I can send text messages too and more updates, mean more capabilities. This is great! Some nitwit wrote about cost, forgetting about exchange, shipping, duties, etc. If you want to save money order it from the US or drive there and buy one (right).

  • from London, ON

Great Product

I now have a google home and a google home mini, love them. Works great on controlling all my lights and my TV's and my Sonos speakers. My next plan is to have one on every floor of my house. But i would say go to the US to pick one up.

  • from Toronto, ON

I liked it

A review about the price is not a review about the product as I love my little Mini as now I can turn on my Hue Lighting with my voice or ask it how cold it is outside before I go out. It even tells you a joke if you asked it and the local news and sports. However if you want to use it to control Netflix you will need a Chromcast as I went and bought the Ultra version but did not work well with my 4K TV as was not getting 5.1 Audio. But this is not a problem with this device it's the Chromcast issues as I will stick with the APP that is on my TV for Netflix

  • from Toronto, ON

Works well - Small and blend right in to the Decor

Apart from the grumblings of it being cheaper in the US... this little home assistant is super easy to use and the voice sounds natural. Command are executed correctly with little fuss. Plays well with my Philips Hue lights and SONOS with the the Chromecast dongle work around. Now.... it needs to be able to control my Harmony Elite remote up here in Canada and I'll be set

  • from Mascouche, QC


J'aime bien le fais que je peut lui demander de : Changer mes lumieres mettre de la musique demander quand ferme le bestbuy Calcul mental rapide ( tres pratique ) Ce que jaime moins : Dire tous le temps OK GOOGLE ( fait 1 semaine je lai et je suis vraiment tanné de dire ca ) Divertissent : 9/10 Pratique : 6/10 Bref, l'élement WOW est vraiment la

  • from Ottawa, ON

Lost top button function

First agree with Dale's comment on audio port and US price comparison. Now the top button has been disabled permanently by Google so it lost functionality but not on price. Go figure.

  • from Calgary, AB


Totally true: Why does Canada continue to get pummeled by US inflated exchange rates? This is 50 in the US. It is 80 here. That is a 37.5% exchange rate! The US exchange rate is currently 20%. Fix that!

  • from Richmond, BC

Great gadget, but sounds muffled

It's pretty much as I expected. Doesn't do everything I hoped initially, but it does enough to be useful and interesting, and I'm sure Google will continue to improve the back end service over time. As every reviewer points out, the lack of a stereo output jack limits its usefulness as a Chromecast speaker, and while music sounds ok for the small size, the voice output sounds muffled to me. I didn't expect that to be so poor given that it's the main function. It is a good listener - I can shout to it from another floor of the house, and it will hear and take action. I just can't make out the response from that distance because of the muffled speech output.

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