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Introduction

This guide will show you how to open the Google Home Mini and disassemble the individual components.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Google Home Mini, use our service manual.

  1. Google Home Mini Teardown, Google Home Mini Teardown: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • The Google Home Mini opens from the bottom There is an orange plastic disc with a piece of orange rubber attached to it. The piece of orange plastic is glued to the device.

  2. Google Home Mini Teardown: step 2, image 1 of 3 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 2, image 2 of 3 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Use the metal spudger and place it between the housing and the rubberized plastic disc.

    • NOTE: You need to set the spudger to go under the plastic disk, not between the rubber and the plastic disk. The Google Home Mini opens from the bottom. This is a rubberized plastic disc glued to the device.

    Your Note information seems contradictory to your bulleted instruction. Recommend removing the note text and updating the step itself to say, “Use the medal spudger and place it between the housing and the adhered plastic base of the rubberized disc.“

    _TT_ - Reply

  3. Google Home Mini Teardown: step 3, image 1 of 2 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Now move around with the spudger under the plastic plate until the adhesive has dissolved on the entire surfacem

    • Next, carefully peel the plate off.

  4. Google Home Mini Teardown: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Now remove the 4 screws.

    • 4 x 6mm T6 screws

    • If there is still glue over the screw heads you can easily pierce with the screwdriver. Do not remove glue, as the bottom will not hold otherwise later.

    If you don't want to reattach the rubber ‘foot’ or if you would prefer to use your own double-sided tape for easier future access you can carefully roll over just enough of one edge of the glue sticker to grab it and then carefully peel it and it should come off in one piece.

    dragon788 - Reply

    Can I cut around the screw holes in the base with an xacto knife/dremel/drill so I don’t have to peel off the plasticized rubber base? Does anyone have the dimensions and locations of the screw holes relative to the other base features so I can locate the screw holes and try cutting holes in the base in just those spots?

    Krishna Sethuraman - Reply

    Hmmmmm.....

    Bet that turned out a holy mess lol (Inside The Mind of a glue sniffer) let's drill electronics after size mic testing.. and ps the screw head is recessed if u were missing you'd be threw to the main board before u knew it. e fact that it's designed to sound best with all equipment intact.. why don't you spin some more majic Chrystal and grab a bunch of paint markers and put gang symbols of gangs you were or never be in and snap some selfys with you graffiti speaker with holes in it sitting off set cuz the rubber foots all tore up and ya you'll be a gangster as much as you think you are some kinda tech engineer on the cutting edge of electronics and your IQ test said it you don't need to try to be special princess you already are, cuz the tear down is shown like this because some special outside of the box forward thinker like YOU already Tried, Failed and became a FB Gangster and it was decided that this teardown is one of or the best method. So spooge it on the MINI bottom G.. DanKelly

    lonewolfkelly1978 - Reply

  5. Google Home Mini Teardown: step 5, image 1 of 3 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 5, image 2 of 3 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • After turning the device over, you can gently lift the fabric-covered top.

    • While keeping the device close to the device as in the picture, first disconnect the ribbon cable from the connector with a spudger.

    Suggested revision: “While keeping the top close to the base as in the picture, disconnect the ribbon cable from the connector with a spudger.”

    David Spalding - Reply

    Ware to buy it

    Babu Vlogs - Reply

    My USB connector broke. Can I buy another one ?

    Nicolas Huray - Reply

    I’m looking for a USB connection replacement.

    Edmundo Guajardo - Reply

  6. Google Home Mini Teardown: step 6, image 1 of 3 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 6, image 2 of 3 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Now loosen 4 more screws on the top of the unit

    • 4 x 8mm T9 screws

  7. Google Home Mini Teardown: step 7, image 1 of 3 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 7, image 2 of 3 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Now remove the speaker cable with a spudger.

    • Next, loosen 4 more screws

    • 4x 9mm T6 screws

  8. Google Home Mini Teardown: step 8, image 1 of 3 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 8, image 2 of 3 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Now remove the metal insert and carefully lift the board with a spudger

    • The board is glued to 2 locations lightly, but can still be removed easily.

  9. Google Home Mini Teardown: step 9, image 1 of 3 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 9, image 2 of 3 Google Home Mini Teardown: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Motherboard

    • Microphones

    • Status LEDs

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Norman Schleicher

Member since: 01/13/2018

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18 Comments

Sehr gute Anleitung. Fachlich korrekt(habe es selbst ausprobiert) und passende Bilder. Vielen Dank.

Regionaut - Reply

Do you know the resistance (ohm) of the speaker?

Bennet Heidekorn - Reply

Did you ever find this out? I know the home is 4ohm, presuming this is the same?

Barry Craig -

For anyone coming to this late, it is a 4ohm speaker.

Barry Craig -

Is it a 4 Ohm 3 Watt driver?

NÖME Technologys and Designs -

Uses a Texas Instruments TAS5720LRSMT amplifier IC which is rated at 20W @ 4 Ohm

Ed Reagan -

any known chips?

Pug Studios Tech - Reply

Thanks a lot !

Do you know if the mic on/off button cut directly the microphones or is it just an input for the chip ? (In that second case any software hack will be sufficient to listen the microphones even with the button on the off position… )

Agathe PINEL - Reply

Excellent first teardown guide, bravo!

David Spalding - Reply

Well not sure how but my Home Mini stopped working so I dismantled it completely as per the instructions, put it back together and my god it’s working perfectly. Thanks Ifixit and Norman.

Rod Hepburn - Reply

did you manage to know the specs of the hardwares plugged onto the motherboard?

erbern_0212 - Reply

Do you know the sound output? I guess it may has 2-5 watts amplifier, is it right?

ok100ho - Reply

I’ve seen youtube videos using a heatgun to soften the glue before using the spudger, which isn’t mentioned here. You say “move around with the spudger under the plastic plate until the adhesive has dissolved on the entire surface”, but how does a spudger dissolve the adhesive? Is this description missing application of a heat gun, or is the spudger heated?

Curious to know if heat is not needed to safely remove the rubber base.

Donovan Baarda - Reply

Is the fabric thermoformed over the top part?

Dylan Wiener - Reply

fix my google home mini because is broken with water or something

Gabriel's Vlog - Reply

What is the name (reference) of the small white connector (Step 7) used to connect the speaker to the board ?

UsulPaulMuad'Dib - Reply

Is there any way to replace the speaker part into google nest mini which more clarity sound and double bass ..

Amerta Dewata - Reply

Is it possible to somehow use an arduino or a raspberry pi to make the leds rgb?

Inara Hockert - Reply

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