Change Home & Away Routines settings

Note: These instructions are for devices you manage in the Google Home app. You can find instructions on How to change Home/Away Assist settings in the Nest app in our help center.

Set up Home & Away Routines for your home

To set up Home & Away Routines for the first time:

  1.  Open the Google Home app Google Home app  tap Set up Home & Away Routines.
  2. Tap Home or Away.
  3. Select the devices and settings you want the routines to adjust. 
    1. Select the ones you want to change when the first person comes home.
    2. Select the ones you want to change when everyone’s away.
  4. (Optional) Select the devices you want to use to determine if someone’s home. 
  5. (Optional) Set up your phone’s location to be used for presence sensing. 
    1. You’ll need to enter your home address and confirm it by placing a pin on a map.

Manage what your devices do when you leave and come home

Change which devices help start a Home or Away routine

For instructions on how to set up devices with presence sensing so that they can tell when you come and go, go to our Set up & manage routines article.

Add a device action

  1. Open the Home app Google Home app.
  2. On the home screen, tap Routines .
  3. Under “Household Routines,” select Home or Away.
  4. Tap Add action .
  5. Available devices will appear. Check the box next to the one you want to add actions for. You can also select multiple devices that have at least one action in common, like 2 or more smart lights.
    • Note: If no devices appear, then there are no devices available to add to the routine. The app will let you know.
  6. Tap Next.
  7. Available actions for each device you select will appear. The app will also explain what each action does. Choose each action you want your device to take.
  8. Tap Add action.
  9. Tap Save to save any changes.
    • You can also tap  near the top of the screen to discard any changes you’ve made.

Remove device actions

  1. Open the Home app Google Home app.
  2. On the home screen, tap Routines .
  3. Under “Household Routines,” select Home or Away.
  4. Tap Edit .
  5. Tap the Delete  next to the devices you want to remove all actions for.
  6. Tap Save to save any changes.
    • You can also tap  near the top of the screen to discard any changes you’ve made.

Edit an existing device action

  1. Open the Home app Google Home app.
  2. On the home screen, tap Routines .
  3. Under “Household Routines,” select Home or Away.
  4. Select a device you want to edit.
  5. Device actions that you can add, remove, or adjust will appear.
  6. After making the changes you want, tap Save, then Save again.
    • You can also tap  near the top of the screen to discard any changes you’ve made.

Change which phones help determine when you leave or come home

Enable or disable phone location for presence sensing

  1. Open the Home app Google Home app.
  2. On the home screen, tap Settings Nest settings icon.
  3. Select Presence sensing.
  4. For “Allow this home to use phone locations," tap the switch to enable or disable phone location for presence sensing.

Presence sensing and how to manage your data

Turn location sharing on or off for your phone

Note: Each home member can change this setting for their phone at any time. You cannot turn location sharing on or off for another home member’s phone.

  1. Open the Home app Google Home app.
  2. On the home screen, tap Settings Nest settings icon.
  3. Select Presence sensing.
  4. Under “Phones,” tap the switch next to You to turn location sharing on or off for your phone.
    • If you already enabled phone location on another phone, enabling it on a different phone will disable it on the first phone. Each person can only share one phone location at a time.
    • If you are already sharing your phone location using the Nest app, enabling it in the Home app will disable it in the Nest app. You can only use one app to share phone location at a time.

Delete presence history

For instructions on how to delete your presence history, go to our Presence sensing and how to manage your data article.

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