Wall mounting your Google Home Mini or Nest Mini: Better sound and cleaner appearance – CNET



This Google Home Mini is mounted in a bathroom far above the splash zone.

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What is small and round – not to forget Clever – and does it work better if it hangs on the wall? If you have replied to your Google Home Mini or Nest Mini ($ 35 at Walmart), Congratulations! Most people unpack their new Google Smart Speaker and immediately put it on a table or counter. But consider mounting it on the wall. It will help your Mini sound better, probably hear it she Better and probably won't collect as much dust and dirt anymore since your kitchen countertop, side table or bedside table are not overloaded.

I drilled, stapled, and even taped five Google Home and Nest Minis for a week to find out which techniques looked the easiest, most stable, and of course the best Mini on the wall.

The new Nest Mini has an integrated notch at the base, making Google's latest entry-level smart speaker a little easier to assemble than the previous generation Google Home Mini. Still, there are a number of other good, bad, and definitely ugly ways to get your Mini off the table top.

CNET Associate Editor Molly Price has one great instructions for wall mounting the Nest Mini, which served as a starting point. From there, I let my imagination and old-fashioned do-it-yourself spirit show the way. Read on to see how you should absolutely Not Try mounting your Mini on the wall. That worked well for me too, including some aftermarket adapters that you can get for $ 15 or less.

The safest and best looking way to mount your Google Home mini speaker

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Mounting this sky blue Nest Mini behind the couch hid most of the smart speaker's power cord.

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Google has built a built-in notch for wall mounting the Nest Mini, so you don't need any additional hardware if you have the latest generation of smart speakers from Google.

The advantage of this method is that you can do it in less than five minutes without buying additional hardware. The downside is that it is difficult to hide the pretty obvious power cord that sticks out from below. Google's official instructions for wall-mounting your Mini are divided into three basic steps:

1. Choose a location near an electrical outlet.

Second Drill a screw with a dowel in the wall.

Third Hang it up.

You can avoid using a wall anchor by attaching a wooden bolt behind the drywall and drilling a screw directly into it. I used the CH Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder ($ 7 at Amazon) to hang my new sky blue Nest Mini in my living room, with the back of my couch covering most of the power cord.

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The Dot Genie Backpack adapter for Google Home Mini uses an electrical outlet to attach the speaker to the wall. This is particularly suitable for the kitchen, where there are usually sockets directly above the worktop.

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Buy mounts, wall mounts, or other accessories for the aftermarket

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This FStop Labs mini wall clip for Google Home is $ 10 for a double pack on Amazon and is the clip with the lowest profile available for the Mini.

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There are dozens of third-party accessories you can use to mount your Google Home Mini on the wall (as well as the Nest Mini if ​​you want an alternative to the included notch). The cost is between $ 5 and $ 15. The Google Store has only one option for $ 15, the Incipio wall mount for Google Home Mini, but Amazon and eBay have plenty of choices. Most mounts fall into one of three categories:

Clip-on brackets: These are small plastic brackets that are attached to the wall with screws and hold the Mini in place. The Incipio wall mount ($ 15 on the Google Store) is an example, but I chose a cheaper, almost identical clip from FStop Labs ($ 10 for two on Amazon). Same advantages and disadvantages as with Nest Mini.

output adapter: My favorite socket adapter is the Dot Genie Google Home mini backpack ($ 13 on Amazon). Unlike other similar products, where the normal power cord of the mini speaker is wrapped in an unsightly coil, the Dot Genie comes with its own adapter that allows the speaker to sit more flush against the wall. That means no cable in sight.

Wall brackets with cable routing: Basically run the power cord Behind the dry stone wall that she brought out next to an electrical outlet. The Mount Genie ($ 14 at Amazon) is a perfect example. My lease is about to expire and I would rather not patch walls before I move. However, if you are the owner of your home and are not afraid to make minor changes to it, this is the cleanest and most professional way. especially if you don't want to use a couch or other furniture to hide the cord.

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The volume control of your wall-mounted Mini will be reversed unless you activate this setting to control the volume.

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Just one last step: change this setting

Congratulations – you have hung your mini speaker on the wall where it belongs! There is only one step left to make it perfect.

After you've mounted your Mini on the wall, the touch volume controls on the speaker are just the opposite of what you're used to. So you should adjust it to the more natural volume level on the top left, here's how:

1. Open that Google Home app and tap Mini Icon,

Second tap the settings (the Gear icon) In the right upper corner.

Third Scroll down to Reverse device control Option and switch it over on.

Now that you know how to best integrate your Google Home or Nest Mini, let me try to avoid some of the mistakes I made (on purpose) when I was researching.

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High-performance black gorilla tape may hold a Google Home Mini on the wall – apparently indefinitely – but if Junkyard Wars doesn't inspire your design language, you should stick to more aesthetically pleasing ways to mount your smart speaker.

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Don't mount your Google Home Mini or Nest Mini like this

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A thumbtack not only doesn't feel stable when holding a Nest Mini, it pushes the speaker away from the wall and looks bad for MacGyvered.

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Regardless of which version of the Mini you have, there are some wall-mounting methods that seem obvious and simple, but failed when I tried them. Save yourself the grief of a falling speaker and a useless hole in the wall, and don't try any of them.

thumbtack: Yes, technically it will work, but after an annoying afternoon in which the doors were closed very gently and my music wasn't played loud enough to enjoy it, I took it down for fear that the Mini might vibrate from the wall , In addition, the Mini dangles from the wall, so to speak – everything shabby and without chic.

nail: As with a thumbtack, only a larger hole remains. If you want to install real hardware in your wall, use one of the methods described below.

command hook: Although Command Hooks ($ 7 for eight hooks with a maximum capacity of 1 pound at Amazon) technically do the trick, they're a bit awkward and the speaker doesn't really feel safe with them. The base of the hook protrudes above the speaker and the hook pushes the Mini away from the wall so that it doesn't even touch.

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A command hook with a maximum capacity of 1 pound can do the trick if you no longer care about a housekeeping style aesthetic.

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Double-sided foam tape: Actually, I thought this would be the best way to attach a Mini to the wall on the tiled back of my kitchen, but the 3M tape I used simply refused to stick to the Mini's non-slip base. I even tried masking the entire base with the hope that extra surface would solve the problem, but no cubes.

duct tape: If you don't choose some kind of post-apocalyptic, survival, aesthetic, high-performance black gorilla tape ($ 8 at Amazon), it just looks hideous no matter how you put it on. Check out the photo above if you are not convinced.

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