Introducing Ambient EQ, dynamically adjusting your Google Nest display

Google Nest displays have Ambient EQ, a new visual experience that dynamically adjusts the colour temperature and brightness of your display to create a non-intrusive smart display experience. Using the sensor on the top of the device, Ambient EQ adapts the display brightness and colour temperature to match the surrounding environment, so that your display resembles a physical photo.

Enabling / Disabling Ambient EQ

Ambient EQ is automatically enabled when you set up your Nest display. You can choose to have Ambient EQ adjust the screen colour to match your environment Always, during Photo frame only, or Never as shown below. If you’d like to offset the brightness, you can do so in the Display settings on your Home app.  To disable Ambient EQ, utilise the Quick Settings tray on the device by swiping your finger up from the bottom of the display and tapping the sun icon.

Low-Light Mode

Whenever the room is dark, Low-Light Mode will be enabled. It will be enabled regardless of if Ambient EQ is on or off. When in Low-Light mode, the display will either show the time or turn the screen off completely.  You can adjust the settings for when to activate Low-Light Mode and select what you’d like the screen to show during Low-Light Mode by navigating to the Display settings on your Home app.

Minimum brightness

The minimum brightness of your Nest display's screen can be adjusted in Display settings. The effect of this setting will mostly be visible when the Low-Light clock is showing, and enables you to make the Low-Light clock dimmer or brighter, to best suit your individual preference. If you find the Low-Light clock to be too dim when the room is dark, change the minimum brightness to Bright or Brighter.

Colour matching

Having your Nest display's screen colour match your environment is always a good thing, but you may have different preferences or desires based on your location and the time of day. When your Nest display is in Photo frame, try adjusting the colour matching option to see what best suits your setting.  

Video playback

When playing video the minimum brightness will be 25%, even if Ambient EQ is set lower. If you want to watch a video without Ambient EQ, you can easily turn it off by using the Quick Settings tray.

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