How to reset your Google Nest Mini

Although both the Google and Nest Min speakers are very reliable there will be times when you will want to rest the speakers back to factory default. An example being when you get a new router or modem. I have found it better to reset than try to change them over. Another example would be if you wanted to give one of your Nest Mini speakers to someone else you should reset it first.
The older Google Mini have a different colour base (mine are orange) and do not have a keyhole for hanging them on a wall. For these you will find a small circle on the base next to where the power cord plugs in. Hold for around 20 seconds and the mini will give you a warning that you are about to rest – continue to hold until the reset occurs.
The newer Nest mini speakers don’t have a button underneath but do have a keyhole. To reset turn off the microphone switch on the side, then press down in the centre of the speaker on the top for around twenty seconds where the four lights come on. You will get a warning about reset then continue holding until complete.
Now you can go back into your Home app and add it back in.

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My Google Nest Mini speakers have gone mad

I am a great fan of the mini speakers both Google and Nest. I have two Google mini speakers and three Nest Mini speakers in my home. Oh and an Alexa speaker as well. When I first put in the speakers I was very impressed with how well they worked and integrated with shopping list, play music (now Youtube music) and more. It was like being on the Enterprise in Star Trek. Even the spelling of words was brilliant.
Then things started to go wrong. If we asked for a word to be spelt the mini struggled and sounded like it was recovering from a stroke. Then it wouldn’t recognize my voice even though I am the account holder and on voice match but would recognize my wife even though she isn’t listed or on voice match. Then I would ask one speaker and a different one would answer with the first speaker telling me something went wrong try again later. The final straw was the most used Nest Mini speaker wouldn’t play music unless you asked for it on another speaker.
I put up with it for some time as my Telstra router was defective and it took around six months and the TIO to get a new one. I reset all speakers and reinstalled the home app and redid the Voice Match. The speakers still didn’t know me or recognize my voice. I contacted Google by chat but that had to phone as the fault was too complicated. I can now be recognized most of the time but it still answers on a different speaker. This really threw the Google support with the fault being escalated to a team who will do an update to each unit through the internet. Will take up to two weeks before I know if it works.
For all the trouble I still think these devices are the best thing since sliced bread. Like a treasured pet I wouldn’t give them up for the world.

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So you pulled your hamstring

Firstly let’s look at what the hamstrings do. The hamstring muscles are located on the back of the thigh and are basically three different muscles being the biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus. Each of these muscles attaches to the lower section of the pelvis and the bottom part of the muscles cross over the back of the knee and attach to the lower leg. This makes the hamstring responsible for flexing the lower leg.If you get a hamstring sprain it can slow you down a lot.
As with most injuries use the RICER Method– Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and Referral. Most people won’t bother with Referral unless they don’t improve but professional assessment can be very important. Rest the injury, apply ice to the muscle, apply a bandage for compression, and elevate the limb if possible. Lie down with your foot up. Do this for about 48-72 hours after the injury. What you do during the first hours after a muscle injury could be the difference between making it better or worse.
If you do choose Referral consult a sports injury doctor or your GP to make sure the injury isn’t serious. They’ll evaluate the injury and send you to a therapist to rehabilitate the muscle which may include massage, ultrasound or assisted stretching.
To prevent future injuries make sure you are warming up and cooling down properly. To warm up your hamstrings start a slow walk or do gentle lunges. Do not stretch a muscle while it is cold as this increases the risk of injury.
While cooling down include some stretches while the muscles are still warm. The stronger and more flexible the muscles the less chance of injury.
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