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Fix your Google Home's poor audio quality with a new sound driver.

This guide will teach you how to take apart your Google Home to remove a faulty sound driver and replace it with a new one.

  1. Removing the lid too quickly could cause you to tear the interconnect cable that attaches the base to the top of the lid. Pull off the Google Home’s magnetically attached base and set it aside. Using a Torx T6 screwdriver head, unscrew the four 1.7mm Torx screws deep in the speaker recess so that you can remove the lid.
    • Removing the lid too quickly could cause you to tear the interconnect cable that attaches the base to the top of the lid.

    • Pull off the Google Home’s magnetically attached base and set it aside.

    • Using a Torx T6 screwdriver head, unscrew the four 1.7mm Torx screws deep in the speaker recess so that you can remove the lid.

    • After all four screws are out, pop the lid off the device to open the capsule.

  2. Carefully remove the interconnect cable using a pair of tweezers.
    • Carefully remove the interconnect cable using a pair of tweezers.

  3. Remove the ‘O-ring’ that wraps around the device holding the switch panel in place. Remove the ‘O-ring’ that wraps around the device holding the switch panel in place.
    • Remove the ‘O-ring’ that wraps around the device holding the switch panel in place.

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  5. Using a Torx T6 screwdriver head, unscrew the four black 1.7mm Torx screws. Remove the panel and the mute button switch. If done correctly you should now be able to see the device’s guitar-shaped motherboard.
    • Using a Torx T6 screwdriver head, unscrew the four black 1.7mm Torx screws.

    • Remove the panel and the mute button switch. If done correctly you should now be able to see the device’s guitar-shaped motherboard.

  6. Disconnect the foam-padded, red and black cable that connects the motherboard to the sound driver, by squeezing and pulling on the tab Disconnect the orange interconnect cable  that connects the bottom of the device to the motherboard by pulling straight out on the orange tab.
    • Disconnect the foam-padded, red and black cable that connects the motherboard to the sound driver, by squeezing and pulling on the tab

    • Disconnect the orange interconnect cable that connects the bottom of the device to the motherboard by pulling straight out on the orange tab.

  7. Using a Torx T6 screwdriver head, unscrew the five silver 1.7mm Torx screws keeping the motherboard in place. Remove the motherboard.
    • Using a Torx T6 screwdriver head, unscrew the five silver 1.7mm Torx screws keeping the motherboard in place.

    • Remove the motherboard.

  8. Using a Torx T6 screwdriver head, unscrew the four black 1.7mm Torx screws on the bottom of the device. For this step you will need a T6 screwdriver with an extra long head to reach the screws.
    • Using a Torx T6 screwdriver head, unscrew the four black 1.7mm Torx screws on the bottom of the device.

    • For this step you will need a T6 screwdriver with an extra long head to reach the screws.

  9. Using a Torx T6 screwdriver head, unscrew the six black 1.7mm Torx screws on the side of the device. Using a Torx T6 screwdriver head, unscrew the six black 1.7mm Torx screws on the side of the device.
    • Using a Torx T6 screwdriver head, unscrew the six black 1.7mm Torx screws on the side of the device.

  10. Pull apart the black casing to reveal the sound driver. Remove the sound driver.
    • Pull apart the black casing to reveal the sound driver.

    • Remove the sound driver.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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3 Comments

I have a torn speaker cone. Can these be replaced and where can I buy the parts

rchrdsmmnds - Reply

I would like to know where I can buy a replacement speaker for my Google Home. Thanks in advance P.s has anybody else had their speaker blow on them on the Google Home?

Mark Goff - Reply

Looking for replacement speaker, where do I find?

Corey Anderson - Reply

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