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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. 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.
    • 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. 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. 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.
    • 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.

  3. 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.
    • 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. Now remove the 4 screws.
    • 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

  5. 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. While keeping the device close to the device as in the picture, first disconnect the ribbon cable from the connector with a spudger.
    • 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. Now loosen 4 more screws on the top of the unit 4 x 8mm T9 screws 4 x 8mm T9 screws
    • Now loosen 4 more screws on the top of the unit

    • 4 x 8mm T9 screws

  7. Now remove the speaker cable with a spudger. Next, loosen 4 more screws 4x 9mm T6 screws
    • Now remove the speaker cable with a spudger.

    • Next, loosen 4 more screws

    • 4x 9mm T6 screws

  8. 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. The board is glued to 2 locations lightly, but can still be removed easily.
    • 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. Motherboard Microphones Status LEDs
    • Motherboard

    • Microphones

    • Status LEDs

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Norman Schleicher

Member since: 01/13/2018

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15 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 -

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

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