Matter Troubleshooting


Verify your phone is compatible

All Android O (8.1, API level 27) and later devices are compatible with Matter. Follow the steps below to check if your phone has the necessary modules.

Set up Android Debug Bridge

Android Debug Bridge (adb) should be set up prior to troubleshooting. To set it up:

  1. Install "adb" on your computer.
  2. Turn on Developer Options and USB Debugging on your Android phone.

Verify your Google Play Services (GPS) Matter modules

To check if you have the Google Play services Matter modules, do the following:

  1. Set up Android Debug Bridge.
  2. Use a USB cable to connect your Android phone to your computer.
  3. Run this command in a terminal to verify that the necessary Matter modules are installed:
      adb shell dumpsys activity provider | grep ""
    If you see output similar to the below, you have the Matter modules installed: [v222110900]
    Note that the version number above may be different from your device.
  4. Run this command in a terminal to verify that the necessary Thread modules are installed:
      adb shell dumpsys activity provider | grep ""
    If you see output similar to that in the following example, you have the Thread modules installed: [v222106301]
    Note that the version number on your device may be different.

If the modules are not listed, it means that either:

  1. You have an outdated Android version. Make sure it's Android O (8.1) or above.
  2. The Matter modules have not been downloaded yet. Wait at least 24 hours for them to download. Ensure your device is powered on and charging during this time, so the download isn't delayed. If you haven't received the modules within 24 hours, you can try a factory data reset of the device to force the modules to download.

Fuchsia hub device logs

To enable a hub for local logs retrieval:

  1. Send an email with the Serial Number and Model of your devices to your Google Technical Account Manager (TAM). They can be found in small letters under the device.
  2. Once allowlisted, you must enable the feature by following these steps:
    • From the hub:
      1. Swipe down from the top of the screen
      2. Tap the Settings icon
      3. Find the Fuchsia Version: On a Google Nest Hub (2nd gen), go to Device information > Technical information > Fuchsia Version
      4. Tap "Fuchsia Version" 7 times. This will enable the developer options
      5. Go back to the top-level menu
      6. Tap on "Developer options"
      7. Tap on "Partner Logging"
    • The feature will be enabled for 24 hours. After that, re-enable the logging feature from step 5 onwards.
  3. Get the IP address of your hub:
    • From the hub, if it has a screen:
      1. Swipe down from the top of the screen
      2. Tap the Settings icon
      3. Find the device IP address: On a Nest Hub (2nd gen), go to Device information > Technical information > IP Address
    • From Google Home app (GHA) on your phone:
      1. Tap the device to bring up the device details page
      2. Tap the Settings icon to bring up the settings page
      3. Find the device IP address: go to Device information > Technical information > IP address
  4. To retrieve logs from the hub, you'll make a GET HTTP request to the hub from a computer on the same Wi-Fi network.
    • Note the port and path of the endpoint:
      curl -k -X GET https://ip-address:8443/setup/get_logs --output output-file
    • The connection can be kept open for only one minute, but data retrieved from the buffer usually has 20-30 minutes of past events.
      • Ideally, logs are extracted using this method immediately after completing a test procedure to ensure the buffer contains content relevant to the test (similar to Android bug reports).

Disable redaction of Android Logs

  • For privacy & security, this feature should only be used for engineering testing purposes.
  • Don't use this option with production devices or users.
  • Steps:
    1. Send the Google Accounts of the users that will have unredacted logs to your Google TAM.
    2. After confirmation that your account is added to the allowlist, reboot your phone.

Verify the VID/PID of your device

If you want to start developing your integration with Google, you must create a project and an integration on the Google Home Console.

Troubleshooting Bluetooth Sniffer

The VID/PID value your device is beaconing should match the VID/PID entered into your Google Home Developer Console project.

  • VIDs 0xFFF10xFFF4 are reserved for testing. They may be used for basic commissioning and control tests, but they can't be used during the following phases of development:

Using a Bluetooth engineering app such as nRF Connect for Mobile, you can see the VID/PID of the beaconing device in the Service Data field.

In this screenshot from the Android version of nRF Connect, you'll see the VID/PID is listed as 5A23FFFE starting at the fourth byte of the Service Data field. This indicates a VID of 5A23 and a PID of FFFE — both in little endian format.

The BLE app displays the values in little endian, but the VID/PID values you enter into your Developer Console project are in big endian.

Validate that the right values and format have been entered into your Actions Console project based on what the Bluetooth sniffer is showing.

For the values in the example screenshot, the VID and PID in the Developer Console would be 235A and FEFF, respectively.

Verify your device was built using a compatible Matter SDK branch

Google Matter hubs are compatible with Matter 1.0 and have been tested with builds that used commits from the stable branch v1.0-branch. Check the Public release notes for the specific commits recommended for use with each new hub release.


Verify the credentials for your device

When you use your own Alliance-assigned VID, ensure that you have the correct credentials on the device:

  • Certification Declaration (CD).
  • Device Attestation Certificate (DAC) and its certificate chain.

For more information, see Create Matter device test certificates.

Verify your Matter-compatible Hub

Your Matter hub must be one of the hubs supported by Google. It must also be on a build compatible with Matter.

Some hubs are also Thread Border Routers and thus enable you to develop and test Thread devices. Other hubs only support Wi-Fi and Ethernet Matter devices, unless you have another border router in your network to enable Thread connectivity.

Your hub build may be verified by: Sliding finger down from top edge > Configuration Wheel > Device Information > Technical information > Chromecast firmware version

Commissioning fails with a "Could not contact Google" error message

Make sure you have created an integration with the correct VID/PID combination in the Developer Console. See Create a Matter integration for more information.

Commissioning fails with a "Can't reach device" error message

If you keep getting a "Can't reach device" error message when commissioning a Thread device, and have exhausted all the available debug options, you may want to clear the stored preferred Thread credentials on your Android phone for a clean setup via Settings > Apps > App Apps' > Google Play services > Storage & cache > Manage space > CLEAR ALL DATA.


Commissioned device does not appear in the Test Suite

If you've paired a device with a test Vendor ID (VID) and Product ID (PID), but it does not appear when you attempt to test the device with the Test Suite in Developer Console, this is likely caused by using the same test VID and PID combo across multiple integrations.

To troubleshoot, remove all test devices from Developer Console and pair the device you wish to test again.

To validate that you've paired the correct one, you can set the Manufacturer and Model information (CHIP_DEVICE_CONFIG_DEVICE_* values) for the device to unique values in your test firmware.

See Device information for more information.

If things still go wrong

If after following all the troubleshooting steps here your issue still isn't solved, no problem!

In the troubleshooting steps you have gathered important data about your device, console project, and environment. With that data in hand check the Support page, for how to best share your issue with the community and the Google Home support team.