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What does the red light on my Google Nest Wifi Pro mean?

Google Nest Wifi Pro
Light up: find out what the Nest Wifi Pro is trying to tell you

The Nest Wifi Pro is the latest incarnation of the popular Google Wifi range of mesh routers. Now sporting Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, it’s more powerful than ever before. On the front of each device is a small light indicating status. Here’s what the red light on a Google Nest Wifi Pro means, along with all the other colours.

Note: By default, the light is turned on for online Nest Wifi Pro routers, but you can switch it off in the Google Home app. Frustratingly, Google sometimes provides multiple statuses for each light.

No light

There are two reason why this may occur:

  1. The router has no power. Check the power cable to make sure that it’s securely connected.
  2. Check the light brightness settings in the Google Home app, and make sure it’s switched on in the first place!

Solid white

This is what you want – the router is online and working.

Quickly pulsing white

This means one of the following:

  1. The router is booting up – it should take about a minute.
  2. The router is updating. Wait for it to complete the update.

Slowly pulsing blue

Device is ready for setup. Use the Google Home app to set up your router.

Quickly pulsing blue

The device is pairing – wait for it to complete this process.

Solid yellow

Again, this has two possibilities:

  1. The router is factory resetting, which could take up to ten minutes. If this is happening, hopefully you’re aware of it (see “How to factory reset your Google Nest Wifi Pro” below).
  2. A solid yellow light during setup could also indicate a network error.

Slowly flashing yellow

There’s a network error. Check that the Ethernet cable is connected to both your router and modem, and both devices are turned on. You might need to unplug, then plug in each device again.

Quickly flashing yellow

This is probably due to one of the following:

  1. The router encountered an error during setup. Wait for it to slowly pulse blue, then try to pair it again.
  2. You’re in the process of factory resetting the device (see below for details on to do this).
  3. If you keep holding down the reset button, after about 12 seconds the light will turn solid yellow. Once it’s solid yellow, let go of the factory reset button.

Quickly flashing red

Something is badly wrong. I’d recommend the following:

  1. If this is the main router, ensure it’s correctly connected to the modem – e.g. check the Ethernet cable is secure at both ends.
  2. Restart the router.
  3. Restart the modem.
  4. Contact your ISP to ensure there isn’t an issue with your broadband connection.
  5. If all else fails, reset your router.

How to Factory Reset your Google Nest Wifi Pro

  • Press and hold down the reset button on the rear of the router.
  • After about 12 seconds, the status light will turn solid yellow.
  • Once it’s solid yellow, let go of the button.

If none of the above makes sense, Google provides a handy video:

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David Artiss

Works for Automattic Inc., the company behind and Tumblr. Tech geek, international speaker and occasional PC Pro podcaster. Lover of Lego and video games.

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