Google Home device renaming bug likely fixed in latest Android app update, as per some reports

If you happen to own a Google Nest, smart light, thermostat, or a Chromecast, you must have heard about the Google Home app. With support for thousands of devices, the app lets users control devices and check notifications.

Recently, the tech giant decided to ditch the Nest app in favor of the Google Home app integrating Nest deeper in the Google ecosystem.

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Users also have the option to use quick controls to manage their connected devices using a dedicated button for each device. They can also categorize smart devices into rooms for easy access.

That said, Google Home app users recently reported that they were facing an issue that was preventing many from renaming their device (1,2,3).

It is interesting to note that the rename saves but reverts to the old name when the app is reopened. Some tried removing the devices and reinstalling the app but it looks like the problem persists.

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Hi, I can’t change my device name. It won’t let me click the device name or edit it in anyway, I can move rooms and cast to it as normal, just desperate to change the name. I’m connected to the same WiFi and am the only account connected to Google home. Tried reinstalling the app, removing the device, and remaking the household. No luck. Help!
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I go to change the name, the name only changes in the device information. So now there are two conflicting names for the same device. I go to move it from one room to the other, and it allows me to perform the operation but doesn’t actually move the device. It’s like this platform was created by a bunch of green developers who don’t know how to properly manage a database. This isn’t the first time my devices have gone through data integrity issues after trying to perform elementary tasks like renaming and removing.
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Last month, a Google Community Specialist had commented on the matter and said they have passed the issue to the concerned engineering team.

Hey there, Sorry to hear that you had to change that, I’m happy to take this feedback and pass it forward to our engineering team. Since we have come to a solution so I’m going to be locking this thread. If you have any other concerns or questions, please feel free to create a new thread. Have a great day.
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If you are affected by the Google Home app renaming device bug, try using the iOS version of the app since it seems to work normally.

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That said, Google recently updated the Home app on Android and has allegedly fixed the renaming device bug. In case you are still affected by the problem, make sure you update the Google Home Android app to the latest version.

PSA: You can now rename Google devices on the Google home app for Android, which resolves the bug that prevented this feature on previous versions.
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As always, we will be keeping tabs on the matter and update this article as and when required so stay tuned to PiunikaWeb.

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My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.