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Why Is Google Home So Loud? 3 Reasons & Instant Fixes

Why Is Google Home So Loud

Google Home devices are useful assistants that can play music, answer questions, or wake us up.

But both the voice assistant and the alarm seem louder than necessary. So, why is Google Home so loud?

Your Google Home is so loud because its volume is set too high. If you don’t remember setting the volume that high, a routine or bug might have automatically changed it. It becomes loud also when in a bad spot, so relocate it. Using the device as a Bluetooth speaker can also cause issues.

Read on to learn why your Google Home is loud and how to fix it.

Also, if your alarm changes volume by itself, there’s a fix for that, too.

Why Is My Google Home Alarm So Loud?

Nobody likes waking up to a rock song blasting at full volume. Especially not after 6 hours of good sleep.

So, why does your Google Home alarm suddenly get so loud?

Your Google Home alarm is so loud likely because the volume is set too high. If you’re using it for different routines, 1 of the routines’ alarms may have overlapped with others, resulting in the alarm ringing louder at the wrong time. A bug might have also increased the volume.

Let’s go over the following causes and how you can fix them.

1. Alarm Volume Is Set Too High

Just like with Android phones, Google Home has a separate volume slider for alarms.

This isn’t necessarily bad. If you’re like me, you keep your Google Home at max volume at all times.

But you probably don’t want the alarm to be louder than 30%.

Here are the steps on what to do to change the alarm volume:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Choose the device you want to adjust.
  3. Go to Settings (gear icon in the top right corner).
  4. Go to Alarms & Timers.
  5. Lower the volume on the Alarm & Timer Volume slider.

It’s great that Google lets you fine-tune this setting. You can make it loud enough to hear without becoming obnoxious.

2. Your Routine Changes the Volume

Google Home routines are incredibly useful. You can do almost anything with them to automate your house.

However, they can also become annoying. If you have many routines, they can start to overlap.

Maybe you have 1 routine to lower the volume on everything at night. But perhaps your daily routine that does the opposite overlaps. You get the point.

Go through all your routines. Pay special attention to the settings that change the volume.

Here are the steps on how you can find and change your routines:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Go to Routines (in the center of the screen).
  3. Click on Manage routines.
  4. Open every routine one by one, and check the details. Uncheck any routine option that changes the volume.

You don’t have to change the routines that you use daily. However, I strongly encourage you to do so until you find what’s causing your issue.


Your workout routine changes the alarm volume without your knowledge.

Check out: 7 Ways To Stop Google Home From Repeating Commands (How-To)

3. A Bug Sets the Volume to 40%

This step is somewhat related to the previous one.

Several users reported that Google Home devices set the alarm to 40% automatically. This happens when you put the volume below 40% in general.

It doesn’t matter what you do. The device always goes back to 40% for some odd reason.

Here’s a YouTube video that shows you how to fix this bug:

In a nutshell, you create a routine for all days and times you need your alarm for. Then you add a command.

For example:

Set volume to 10%.

If you don’t have a night routine yet, I recommend it. It’s a great way to automate your mornings.

Why Your Google Home Is So Loud

With the alarm out of the way, it’s time to talk about Google Home volume.

There’s no need for your Google Assistant to “shout.” I’ll explain some common issues and ways to fix them.

1. The Volume Is Set Too High

This is the most common reason why your Google Home is too loud. Your volume is at 100%.

Maybe you already tried to change the volume, but you can’t find the volume slider anywhere.

That’s because Google Home devices have a unique way to change the volume.

For example, you adjust the Google Nest Mini by tapping the left or right sides of the device.

Here’s a YouTube video that shows you how to change the volume on the Google Home Mini:

The device uses capacitive buttons below the fabric to sense your taps. Other Google Home devices are similar.

Google explains how to control volume using touch controls for each device. They also tell you a few useful commands to adjust the volume.

For example, say Hey Google, set the volume to 50%. It’ll let you know that the volume changed.

2. You’re Using Your Google Home Device as a Bluetooth Speaker

Google Home devices let you use them as Bluetooth speakers. It’s a convenient feature, but it can also cause problems with your volume.

When you use it as a Bluetooth speaker, it saves the volume you set it at. Whenever you connect to it, it’ll load up the default volume.

The same thing happens with all Bluetooth speakers and earbuds.

Knowing this, you can now adjust the volume on your phone. Press the volume down button when it’s connected, and the Assistant gets quieter.

However, if you want to stop Google Home from changing the volume on its own, you’ll have to unpair it.

Here are steps on how to unpair a Google Home speaker from your phone:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Select your speaker.
  3. Go to Settings.
  4. Tap on Paired Bluetooth Devices.
  5. Press on the X next to the device.

If you just wanted to reset the pairing, you can now repair the speaker.

Read also: WiFi vs Bluetooth Speakers: 3 Sound Quality Comparisons

3. Other Users Changed the Volume

It’s unlikely, but maybe one of your family members is changing the volume. Perhaps they’re doing it on purpose because you ate the leftover pizza.

Or maybe you just never talked about the volume issue.

Whatever the case might be, you can remove all other users. Note that this feature works over WiFi.

Every device connected to the same network can make changes.

So, here are the steps on how to disable the feature that lets others use the speaker:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap on your speaker.
  3. Open the Settings.
  4. Disable Let others control your cast media.

If this solved the issue, it’s time to learn who was behind this prank.

If your neighbor has your WiFi password, maybe they changed it.

BONUS: You Put Google Home in a Bad Spot

Acoustics play a major role for speakers, even for the tiny Google Home Mini.

Your walls reflect sound. The soundwave bounces around the room, causing distortions. It can also make the sound louder than it’s supposed to be.

Relocating your Google Home device can fix this issue.

You can mount the Google Home Mini to the wall using the Brainwavz Wall Mount (available on

The mount uses 3M VHB tape, so no drilling is required. You can now put your Google Home Mini in a convenient location with better sound.

It’ll also save a bit of space.

You might also like: Is a Google Home safe to use in the bathroom?

Final Thoughts

Google Home devices can get very loud, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If the speaker is far away, you want to hear it.

But if it’s too loud, it can be annoying, especially if it’s the alarm. The easiest fix is to adjust the volume for the speaker and the alarm separately.

A bug can turn the alarm volume up to 40%. You can fix this by creating a routine. And if the device is in a bad spot, relocating it is a simple fix.