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Change Home & Away Routines settings

Home & Away Routines are household Routines that can start when everyone's away or someone comes home. They work with devices that you manage in the Google Home app.

Set up Home & Away Routines for your home

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

  1. Open the 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.
  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.
    • 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

Add a device action

  1. Open the Google 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 Close near the top of the screen to discard any changes you've made.

Remove device actions

  1. Open the Google 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 Delete next to the devices you want to remove all actions for.
  6. Tap Save to save any changes.
    • You can also tap Close near the top of the screen to discard any changes you've made.

Edit an existing device action

  1. Open the Google 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 Close near the top of the screen to discard any changes you've made.

Manage presence sensing

Change which devices start a Home or Away Routine

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. On the Home screen , tap Settings and then Presence sensing.
  3. Select the devices that you want to use for presence sensing. These devices will help determine if everyone's away or someone's home.

Enable or disable phone location for presence sensing

When you allow your home to use phone location, home members can choose to let their phones help with presence sensing.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. On the Home screen , tap Settings and then Presence sensing.
  3. Turn "Allow this home to use phone locations" on or off.

Learn how to use your phone location for better presence sensing.

Turn location sharing on or off for your phone

When you turn on location sharing for your phone, it will be able to help with presence sensing.

  1. If you haven't already, set your phone's location services to be always on for the Google Home app. For instructions, check with your phone's manufacturer.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. On the Home screen , tap Settings and then Presence sensing.
  4. In the "Phones" section, find "You."
    • If this is the first time, tap Turn on location access and then follow the steps.
    • After the first time, tap the switch to turn location sharing on or off.

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.
  • Each home member can only share one phone's location at a time. If you first turn on location sharing for one phone, then turn it on for a second phone, it will automatically turn off for the first phone.
  • You can share your phone location in either the Home app or the Nest app, but not both at the same time. If you first turn on location access in one app, then turn it on in the other, it will automatically turn off in the first app.

Delete presence history

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

Disable Home & Away Routines

Home & Away Routines can't be paused or deleted, but you can disable them in other ways.

Disable presence sensing

If you disable presence sensing, Home & Away Routines actions will still be available, but won't start automatically.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. On the Home screen , tap Settings and then Presence sensing.
  3. Turn off "Allow this home to use phone locations."
  4. Remove all devices you selected to help start Home & Away Routines.

Note: Home members will still be able to start Home & Away Routines with the Google Home app or with a voice command (US English only).

Remove all device actions from Home & Away Routines

If you remove all device actions, Home & Away Routines won't be able to adjust anything in your home.

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