Google Home Presence Sensing is a feature that employs on-phone location and user interactions, such as proximity to a display, with Google smart devices to determine if a user is present or not.
Although useful, Google Home Presence Sensing is reportedly malfunctioning for several users. Therefore, we have brought some solutions that can help sort out this problem.
Fix Presence Sensing Not Working on Google Home
Below mentioned are the solutions you can try to get back the Presence Sensing working on your Google Home.
1. Re-enable Presence Sensing
The first step to take is to disable and re-enable the Presence Sensing feature in Google Home and test it again. This should hopefully kickstart the feature, allowing users to use their phone location and smart device interactions once again.
Users can also turn off and back on devices that are not performing automatic routines. To disable and re-enable Presence Sensing, follow these instructions:
1. Open the Google Home app.
2. Tap Settings (gear icon).
3. Select Presence Sensing under the Home features section.
4. Disable ”Allow this home to use phone locations” and other supported devices.
5. Restart your device and repeat the steps. However, this time, enable everything under Presence Sensing.
2. Configure Home and Away
If you can’t find Presence Sensing in Google Home, configure Home and Away routines, and the option will appear in Settings.
Once Home and Away Household routines are set up, Use presence sensing should appear as a secondary routine starter. To disable Home and Away routines in Google Home, remove the Actions (devices).
3. Clear Google Home cache
If the issue persists, try clearing the local data from Google Home, or reinstalling the app. Based on reports, many iOS users who had issues with Presence Sensing were able to fix the problem by reinstalling the app.
To clear local data from Google Home on Android, follow these instructions:
1. Open Settings and navigate to Apps.
2. Select the Google Home app.
3. Go to Storage.
4. Tap on the Clear data option.
Open the app again, confirm the home, and test if Google Home Presence Sensing is still not working.
Tip: Since there is no option clear the app cache on iPhones/iPads, iOS users can consider offloading the app instead.
4. Grant Location permissions
Another crucial factor to consider for Presence Sensing is to keep Location Services enabled on the device. This will allow Google Home to detect when users are near their home. Good utilization of geofencing requires constant Location Services.
Additionally, ensure that the home address is correctly set when configuring Home & Away Routines. With the latest few Android iterations, users received better app permission management, including Location permissions.
Although users may have granted Google Home access to Location Services, on Android 11 and later, users must choose to Allow it all the time. That way, Google Home might utilize Presence Sensing even if the app is not actively used.
Grant Location Permissions on Android:
To grant location permission to Google Home on Android, follow these instructions:
1. Open Settings on your phone and go to Apps.
2. Tap on the Google Home option.
3. Select Permissions.
4. Go to Location.
5. Set it to the Allow all the time option.
In addition, in the App Info screen, open Battery and disable Battery optimization for Google Home.
Grant Location Permissions on iOS:
To grant Location Services permission to Google Home on iOS, follow these instructions:
1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Go to the Privacy & Security option.
3. Tap on Location Services and make sure that Location Services are enabled.
4. Open Google Home from the list of available apps.
5. Tickmark the Always option and make sure that Precise Location is enabled.
6. Now, open the Google Home app, then open Settings.
7. Select Precision Sensing.
Make sure that the iPhone is enrolled under Your location.
5. Re-Link Smart Devices
Another solution is to remove and re-link the smart devices that utilize Home and Away routines, and subsequently, Presence Sensing. If you’re using Google products, especially 1st gen ones, you’ll need to use the Nest app to set things up anew.
Here’s how to remove and re-link a smart device in Google Home:
1. Open the Google Home app.
2. Tap and hold the device, then open Settings (gear icon).
3. Tap on the Unlink option.
4. Tap the plus icon in the top left corner (or Add, under Devices), then select Set up device.
5. Choose the Works with Google option.
6. Search for the OEM and link the device again.
6. Set Home and Away Routines again
If you’re experiencing issues with Google Home’s presence sensing feature, you may want to reset your Home and Away household routines. It’s worth noting that once you set up these routines, you cannot delete them entirely, but you can reset them by removing the devices and adding them again.
Although removing devices will disable the option, you will still see Home and Away under Routines in Google Home. To disable Home and Away routines, follow these instructions:
1. Open the Google Home app and select Routines (or Automation).
2. Locate Home and Away at the top, under Household Routines, and tap on it.
3. Select Home and then disable each action (device) one by one.
4. Repeat the same for Away Routine.
5. Restart your device and re-enable the actions. For instance, you can set up a smart bulb to turn off after you leave the house.
Now, check Presence Settings again. If the issue still persists, proceed to the next solution.
How do I enable Google Home Presence Sensing?
To activate Presence Sensing on Google Home, enable Home & Away Routines. This will allow for geofence functionality and trigger device actions through routines without spoken input. If Presence Sensing is not working, follow the instructions provided above.
And with that, we’ve covered six potential fixes for Google Home presence sensing issues. We appreciate your feedback, so please let us know how these solutions worked for you.
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