Affected Google Home and Home Minis respond with "Your Google Home is not set up yet" immediately after saying "Hey, Google" or "Ok, Google" whereas Chromecasts aren't showing up as devices you can cast to within your favorite apps.
At some point last night, Google Home and Chromecast units across this fine Earth stopped working. Google, however, refused to confirm the cause of the outage and whether or not it was associated with a broken software patch.
One Twitter user claimed then issue is down a failed update pertaining to location privacy, but Google has not confirmed that. A new update to address the issue should be rolling out to all users over the next six hours, the company said Wednesday evening.
Google Home and Chromecast devices are experiencing issues worldwide.
But it was only when the United States started waking up on Wednesday morning - the U.S. has the vast majority of Google Home devices - that the reports started flooding in, pointing to an outage of the entire system.
People reported being unable to stream on Chromecast, or use Chromecast to connect to other devices. Casting through Chromecast wasn't working as well. I rebooted and reset.
Twitter is now swamped with outraged users hashtagging #Chromecast left, right and center.
If you can't wait, Google recommends restarting your devices to bring them back online.
Affected users have been tweeting at Google for most of the afternoon so it appears the issue is significant enough to sufficiently trouble Google's engineers. "We are really sorry for the inconvenience and are taking steps to prevent this issue from happening in the future".
We've reached out to Google for comment, and we will update this article if and when we receive a response as well as when the issue is resolved.