Google is scrapping its dedicated Google Wifi app to manage its routers and transferring that functionality to the Google Home app while continuing to “help our customers manage and manage all their connected products in one place and routines for them possible “.
The switch to the Google Home app will take place in two phases: First, Google will disable most functionality of the Google Wifi app on May 25. From then on, users can only view the current status of their networks, but any changes, including adding new routers or access points, must be done in the Google Home app.
And sometime in June, Google will remove the Wi-Fi app from the Play Store and iOS App Store, causing all users to start using the Google Home app. (It also supports the legacy app support for existing users at the time.)
Google has been working on this change since 2019, when it launched the Nest Wifi routers – which could only be configured in the Google Home app. But at the time, the Google Home app still didn’t offer many of the features that the Google Wifi app did. Google had promised it would support both apps until it updated the Home app with all the features offered in the Wifi app, which it says will be the case once June rolls around.
Google points out that migrating existing Wi-Fi settings to the Google Home app brings some new benefits, including the ability to use Google Assistant for things like pausing the Wi-Fi connection, testing your current internet speed, and (in a nice piece of product synergy) showing a guest Wi-Fi password on a Google Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max screen.
Migrating a network configuration seems like a relatively straightforward process, although Google’s instructions warn that it’s a one-way street: once you switch to the Google Home app, you can’t go back.
Update April 2, 4:15 PM: Added additional clarification on which Google Wifi routers are affected by the standalone app sunset.