There’s a new update for Google Home app, and it’s essential for anyone with Wi-Fi issues

Google has upgraded its Home smartphone and tablet app to offer more detailed insights into Wi-Fi connections. Following the update, those with a Google Wi-Fi or Google Nest Wi-Fi system are now able to track the amount of data being used on their network in a chart plotted out in real-time. If you’re struggling with constant buffering, this could help you quickly track down the reason for the glacial connection speeds.

By launching the Google Home app, users will be able to instantly spot whether their network capacity is almost maxed-out. This could be because another device on the network, like a PlayStation, connected hard-drive, or tablet, is automatically downloading a new update or backing-up your files to the cloud. This could be seriously slowing down your video call.

Google Home has allowed users to select a “Priority Device” for some times now, however, this feature works best when you’re positive that another device on your Wi-Fi network is draining your bandwidth and preventing you from streaming video or making a call on another gadget. As we continue to fill our homes with smart devices – from Wi-Fi connected scales, security cameras, smart displays and bedside clocks, Amazon Echo or other smart speakers, smart lightbulbs, streaming set-top boxes, Kindles, and more – managing all of these wireless connections and ensuring your Wi-Fi network can cope is becoming much more complicated.

Google’s new real-time graphs offer a quick glanceable way to see exactly what is using up your bandwidth and how close to capacity your home really is. The updated Google Home app also lets you parse down this graph data to an individual mesh point or device.

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Historical usage charts are also available with ranges of one day, seven days, or 30 days. So, if you don’t have an unlimited amount of data, you can check how much you’re using every day, week, or month. Plus, the log of previous speed tests – which can be done manually or automatically – now includes 15 entries, instead of the previous limit of six.

The latter is incredibly important if you want to dispute the speeds you’re getting from your broadband supplier. A number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the UK offer “speed guarantees” with minimum speeds for their connections. If your broadband falls below this threshold, you could be entitled to a refund. Showing 15 speed test results within the Google Home app could be a great way for people whose speeds are consistently below their guaranteed speed to prove they’re not getting the service they pay for.

In the notes published with the latest update, Google states: “Get more insights about your Google & Nest Wifi devices with the new usage and speed graphs. See how much data is used by your network and the real-time view of upload and download traffic of your network and each device on it.”

Elsewhere, the updated Google Home app also supports the newly-announced Google Nest Hub, which includes a sensor that can track your movements during the night from the bedside table to offer analysis of your sleep. While there are a number of gadgets, like smartwatches, fitness trackers, and sensor pads that slip beneath your sheets, to monitor your sleep – this is the first time that a smart display has been able to do it.

The new Google Nest Hub does not have a camera, but instead uses a low-power radar to detect movement and breathing. According to Google, “no distinguishable images of your body or face are generated or used for Sleep Sensing and Motion Sense.”

The latest version of the Google Home app is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store now.