Google is known for overlapping multiple apps at once — just look at its messaging strategy. While both Google Wifi and Nest Wifi have a dedicated app for controlling and monitoring your networking gear from your phone, the Google Home app has steadily gained similar features over the last several months. It seems that was all part of the company’s intentions, as starting next month, you’ll need to use the Home app to configure and customize your Wi-Fi routers.
While the dedicated Wifi app won’t shut down right away, beginning May 25th, it will switch into view-only mode. If you’re looking to set up a new router, add an access point, or change any of your network preferences, you’ll need to migrate to Google Home. The app will be permanently delisted from the Play Store sometime in June.
Google directly cites smart home growth as the reason for the move. The Home app now controls nearly every gadget made by the company. Making specific software just for networking equipment feels redundant.