Does Google Home Mini Have To Be Plugged In?


One of the main appeals of the Google Home Mini is its compact design which allows the device to be priced at an affordable price point compared to other smart home speakers in the market.

Since the Google Home mini is significantly smaller than the majority of its competitors, you may be wondering whether or not the device can be used portably. Read on to find out!

Does Google Home Mini Have to Be Plugged In To Operate?

Due to the fact that the Google home mini does not come equipped with a battery pack, it does, unfortunately, need to be plugged into a power source at all times. However, the good news is there are a few methods you can use to turn your Google Home Mini into a portable device.

Battery Base

The first solution would be to purchase a third-party battery base that’s specifically designed for the Google Home Mini. There are several models on the market that offer up to 10 hours + and are rechargeable. This allows you to keep your device on hand while moving around the house, allowing you to be reminded of tasks, set reminders, or ask your assistant to control certain aspects of your home.

While this is a great option, it’s important to be aware that since these are third-party products, the quality of the product can vary significantly depending on the brand. So, it’s crucial that you read up on the reviews beforehand if you decide to purchase one online.

Power bank

Another option is to use a Power bank, all you would need here is a power bank with a Micro-USB cable, and you’ll then be able to use your device portably. 

Obviously, the downside to this is that you will have a large power bank dangling from your Google Home Mini device, and it isn’t as efficient as a Battery Base. However, it can be a good option if you already have a Power bank lying somewhere around your house.

Benefits of Using Your Google Home Mini as a Portable Device:

Take It Out by The Patio

The main benefit of using your Google Home Mini Portably is that you’ll be to use your device in areas that lack a power source. Such as your Patio. This will allow you to enjoy the various features the Google Home Mini has to offer while outside with friends & family.

Use it when Working Out

The Google Home Mini can act as your personal trainer recommending workouts depending on your goals. The Google Home Mini is also compatible with various fitness trackers such as the Fitbit. This allows you to track your activity allowing you to ask your Google Home questions like: “What’s my heart rate”, “How many calories have I burned” and much more.

Listen to podcasts or music while in the shower

Another interesting way you can use your device is while in the shower; you’ll be able to listen to podcasts, audiobooks, listen to music while getting ready for your day!

Just be sure not to get your device wet, as it will get damaged if exposed to water.

Google Home Mini Key Features:

Control your Smart Home

Currently, google assistant works with around 1500 smart products. This allows you to automate various tasks such as making a cup of coffee in the morning, opening your smart blinds, activating your smart hoover as well as adjusting the temperature.

Ask it to remember stuff

If you tend to forget things pretty easily, then you’ll be able to ask Google to simply remember them for you. For example, you can say something like, “Hey Google, remember that my spare headphones are in the lower cabinet.” 

Set reminders

You can set reminders for several things, such as a reminder for an appointment, or you can even let google remind you to go for a run four times a week at 8 am.

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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