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.

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

Available pages:

  1. 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.
  2. Home control

    • Use this page to control smart devices that are linked in the Google Home app.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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


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.


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.


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.
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

On most devices, you can use a switch on the back of your Nest display to turn the microphone (and camera) on and off.

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 device, you can control media without giving voice commands or touching the screen. This can be very handy 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.

Note: To use Quick gestures, you must have Camera sensing turned on in the Google Home app.

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.

Disable or enable Quick gestures

  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.
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