Control your Google Nest display

The Home Screen of your Nest display shows a wealth of information like notifications, your weather forecast, activities, and the time. Home Screen will also show activity card items on the right like recipes or Google Maps commute information. 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 "Ok Google."
  • Go back to the previous screen: From the left edge of the screen, swipe right or say "Go back."
  • Go to the Home screen: Swipe right or say "Go Home."
  • Go to home view: Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  • Start screensaver (Photo frame): From the Home screen, swipe right.
  • Turn off your screen: To make the screen dark say "Off" or "Turn off."

Removing cards

  • Remove cards from your Home screen: Swipe up on a card to dismiss it.

Dismissing cards for alarms, timers, and local media playback sessions on your Nest display will end them. Dismissing cards for remote playback sessions on other speakers or smart displays will not end the playback session.

If you dismiss a card for a remote playback session, you can end the playback session on the remote device, or you can retrieve the media controls through the Media button in home view.  The speaker icon in home view will indicate when remote devices are currently playing media. Tapping on the speaker will display the media controls for that device.

Change your screen settings

  • Brightness: Swipe up, then tap the Brightness iconBrightness icon. To adjust the brightness, swipe the slider left or right. To toggle Ambient EQ on or off, tap the Brightness iconBrightness icon again.
  • Volume: Swipe up, then tap the volume iconspeaker icon. To adjust the media volume, swipe the slider left or right. To change alarm volume, tap ExpandExpand icon, then swipe the alarm slider left or right.  You can also adjust media volume via voice commands such as "Ok Google, turn it up" or "Ok Google, turn it down." Additionally, volume can be adjusted with the buttons on the back of your Nest display's screen.
  • Silence incoming calls and notifications: Swipe up, then tap Do Not Disturb. You’ll see missed notifications on the Home screen.
    Note: Alarms and timers still work when Do Not Disturb is on.


  • Set an alarm: Swipe up, then tap AlarmsAdd alarm iconand thenAddAdd iconand thenSelect the time, then tap Set.
  • Adjust alarm volume: Swipe up, then tap Volumespeaker iconand thenExpandExpand iconand thenAdjust the volume of your alarm.

Change what shows in Photo frame

Your screen can show personal photos, weather, 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 & notifications

If you turn on personal results for your Nest display, you will automatically see personal results like upcoming calendar events and commute info, as well as personalized YouTube video recommendations, on your home screen and as notifications. Anyone near the device can see, 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 .
  3. Scroll down to "More," then turn tap Recognition & Personalization.
  4. 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. For Nest Hub Max, you can learn more about controlling your camera here.

Pause and resume media with a Quick Gesture

By using 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’re following along with a cooking video. You can also use the same gesture to dismiss timers and alarms or to stop Google Assistant text to speech.
Note: To use Quick Gestures, Camera Sensing must be 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 text to speech.


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 display and then Settings .
  4. Scroll down then tap Recognition & Personalization.
  5. Turn Quick Gestures on On or off Off.
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