Control your Google Nest display

Your Google Nest display screen shows a wealth of information like notifications, your weather forecast, activities, and your alarms. For most actions, you can control the screen with your hands or your voice.

Use your screen

  • Wake up your screen: Tap it or say "Hey Google."
  • Go back to the previous screen: From the left edge of the screen, swipe right or say "Go back."
  • Go to Home Control: Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  • Start Photo frame: From the Home screen, swipe right.
  • Turn off your screen: To make the screen dark say "Off" or "Turn off."

Use pages

Your screen can display pages with touch controls and important information about your day, your linked devices, and more.

To open the pages navigation menu, tap the display screen when it’s in Ambient mode or showing photos.

  • Tap the name of the page you want to open.
  • Or, swipe left from the right edge of the screen.

Available pages

  • Your morning, your afternoon, or your evening: This page shows you your schedule, the weather, and more. The title and content of the page changes depending on the time of day. 
  • Wellness: Shows Sleep Sensing info about your last night’s sleep, weekly sleep trends, suggested sleep schedules, and personalized coaching and tips. The “Wellness” page is currently available only on Nest Hub (2nd gen).
  • Home control: Use this page to control smart devices that are linked in the Google Home app. 
  • Media: This page shows you music, videos, podcasts, news recommendations, and your ongoing media activities. You can start and stop playing media from this page.
  • Communicate: You can make voice and video calls, broadcast messages to other speakers and displays in your home, and check your household contacts from this page. 
  • Discover: Discover relevant content and new features on this page.

Remove cards

Remove cards from your screen. To dismiss a card, press and hold. Note: You’ll be able to dismiss some cards, but not all of them.

If you dismiss cards for alarms, timers and local media playback sessions on your Nest display, you’ll end these activities. If you dismiss cards for remote playback sessions on other speakers or smart displays, you won’t end the playback session. When you’re ready, you can end the playback session on the remote device, or you can retrieve the media controls through the Media page. Or, on the Home Control page, tap the “Speakers and TVs” card to control media that plays on any device in your home.

Change your screen settings

Brightness

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the quick settings menu, then tap Brightness . To adjust the brightness, swipe the slider left or right. To turn Ambient EQ on or off, tap Brightness  again.

Volume

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the quick settings menu, then tap Volume . To adjust the media volume, swipe the slider left or right. To change alarm volume, tap Expand , then swipe the alarm slider left or right. You can also adjust media volume with voice commands such as "Hey Google, turn it up" or "Hey Google, turn it down." Additionally, you can adjust the volume with the buttons on the back of your Nest display's screen.

Silence incoming calls and notifications

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the quick settings menu, then tap Do Not Disturb . You’ll find missed notifications on the home screen.

Note: Alarms and timers still work when Do Not Disturb is on.

Alarms

Set an alarm

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the quick settings menu, then tap Alarms  and then Set an Alarm and thenselect the time and then tap Set. You can customize your alarm to make the alarm repeat, change the alarm tone, include a sunrise alarm, or play your morning routine. When finished, tap Done.

Set alarm defaults

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the quick settings menu, then tap Alarms  and then Settings .

Adjust alarm volume

Swipe up, then tap Volume  and then Expand  and then adjust the volume of your alarm.

Learn more about setting and managing alarms.

Change what shows in Photo frame

Your screen can show personal photos, a clock, or other backgrounds when you’re not using it.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your Nest display and then Settings .
  3. Tap Photo frame.
  4. Choose what to show in Photo frame.

Learn more about Photo frames and live albums.

Hide Personal results from your home screen and notifications

If you turn on Personal results for your Nest display, you’ll automatically get Personal results like upcoming calendar events, commute info, and as well as personalized YouTube video recommendations, on your home screen and as notifications. Anyone near the device can view it. So, tap and act on them.

To stop them from showing on the home screen and as notifications:

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your Nest display and then Settings  and then Recognition & sharing and then Recognition & Personalization.
  3. Turn off Allow personal results.

Learn more about personal results

Turn your microphone and camera on or off

You can use a switch on the back of your Nest display to turn the microphone (and camera for Nest Hub Max) on and off.

Turn Motion Sense on or off

On Nest Hub (2nd gen), you can turn Motion Sense on or off to start or stop detecting movement. Note: Motion Sense needs to be on to perform Quick Gestures and Sleep Sensing.

  1. From the bottom of your Nest Hub (2nd gen) display, swipe up.
  2. Tap Settings  and then Motion Sense .

Turn Sleep Sensing on or off 

On Nest Hub (2nd gen) displays, you can quickly pause and unpause Sleep Sensing. This will prevent Sleep Sensing from activating when you are in your sleep spot. Sleep Sensing must be set up and calibrated to pause Sleep Sensing on your display.

  1. From the bottom of your display, swipe up.
  2. Tap Sleep Sensing . Tap again to turn it back on.

If instead, you’d like to deactivate Sleep Sensing, learn how to change Sleep Sensing settings.

Pause and resume media with a quick gesture

When you use a hand gesture to interact with the camera built into your Nest Hub Max or Nest Hub (2nd gen), you can control media without giving voice commands or touching the screen. This can be very useful when your hands are dirty, such as when you follow along with a cooking video. You can also use the same gesture to dismiss timers and alarms, or to stop Google Assistant from talking.

With Nest Hub Max

To use Quick Gestures with Nest Hub Max, you must have Camera Sensing turned on.

While looking at the device, hold your hand up with your palm facing the camera to:

  • Pause and resume media.
  • Dismiss timers and alarms.
  • Stop Google Assistant from talking.

Nest Hub Max gesture image

With Nest Hub (2nd gen)

To use Quick Gestures with Nest Hub (2nd gen), you must have Motion Sense turned on.

Tap the air in front of your display to:                                                                   

  • Pause and resume media
  • Stop Google Assistant from talking

Nest Hub (2nd gen) pause media gesture

Wave your hand in front of your display to:                                                          

  • Dismiss timers
  • Snooze alarms

Nest Hub (2nd gen) snooze alarm gesture

Disable or enable Quick Gestures

With Nest Hub Max

  1.  Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi or linked to the same account as your Google Nest display.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Tap your Nest Hub Max and then Settings  and then Recognition & sharing and then Recognition & personalization.
  4. Turn Quick Gestures on or off.

With Nest Hub (2nd gen)

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi or linked to the same account as your Google Nest display.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Tap your Nest Hub (2nd gen) and then Settings and then Gestures.
  4. Turn Quick Gestures on or off.
Was this helpful?
How can we improve it?