Google Home app update brings UI changes for device settings menu

Google has introduced a redesigned device settings menu in its Google Home app to make it more organized and streamlined. According to 9to5Google, the new design changes can be seen in the latest version 2.29.1.7. Currently, the redesigned device settings menu only appears to very few users.

Since it’s not part of the beta update, the new UI may soon be available on all eligible devices. This might require a server-side switch to show up on all devices with the latest version of the Google Home app. Also, the new device settings menu is only visible for Nest Hub Max displays and not for all linked devices.

New Google Home app update includes redesigned device settings menu

Speaking of design changes, the name of that particular device will now appear in the app tray. To change device settings, select the device from the Google Home app home screen and tap the gear icon displayed in the top right corner.

Instead of displaying a very long list of settings, the redesigned user interface shows you two sections – General and Device Features. The General section includes Device Information, Recognition and Sharing, as well as Notifications and Digital Wellbeing. These three sections should be common to most devices.

The new UI is currently on the Nest Hub Max

First, the device info menu will have the option to show firmware version, IP/MAC addresses, etc. Users can also join the Preview program from this menu. Settings from here will be specific to the selected device.

For example, the recognition and sharing section of the Nest Hub Max includes personal results, face matching and ultrasound detection. Face matching and ultrasonic detection will not appear when the user has selected other devices in the first place.

In the notifications and digital wellbeing section, users can enable/disable Night mode and enable DND. In the device features section, the app shows the following options for the Nest Hub Max: photo frame, display, audio, video and voice calls, and Nest cam.

As the name suggests, these options will be more specific to device features. Although there is nothing new offered with this update, the redesigned user interface makes it easy to find the required option instead of scrolling through an endless menu.

A few months ago, Google also introduced the long-awaited dark mode for the Home app. However, last month’s update removed the option to manually trigger Google Assistant Routines in the Google Home app. Now the “Routines” option can only customize them.