How to install and set up the Nest × Yale Lock

The Google Nest × Yale Lock can be installed on most standard doors, but your door does need to meet certain size requirements. After you’ve removed your current lock and installed the Nest × Yale Lock, you’ll test and calibrate it, then connect it to the Nest app so you can control it with your phone.

Installing the Nest × Yale lock requires precise alignment to connect the parts to your door and each other. The steps are relatively straightforward, but you’ll need to pay attention to the details.

You can also watch a video about installing the Nest × Yale Lock, if you want to see an overview of the steps.

1. Prepare for installation

Important things to know before you begin

Do not install the batteries before you are told to by the installation instructions. If you do, the lock may not be able to calibrate itself correctly, and have problems locking.

You must install the Nest × Yale strike plate included with your lock. If you don’t, your lock may jam. While your current strike plate may look the same, the Yale plate is engineered to precisely fit your new lock.

You must close the door during the lock test as instructed. If you don’t, your lock won’t calibrate itself to your door, and may jam. Don’t worry about getting locked out during the test, if your lock fails the test it will automatically unlock.

Keep your old lock handy, just in case. The Nest × Yale Lock will work with most standard doors, but if there’s an issue, you can simply reinstall your old lock and contact a Nest Pro in your area for installation help.

Check that the lock will work with your door

installation manual

Before you begin installation, check that your door meets the following requirements (most standard doors will). You can use the template included in the installation manual or a measuring tape.

  • Your door’s thickness is any of the following:
    • 1 3/8 inches
    • 1 3/4 inches
    • 2 to 2 1/4 inches
  • The lock hole center is either 2 ⅜ or 2 ¾ inches from the edge of the door.

If your door’s lock holes are out of these specs you can either re-drill the holes after you’ve removed your current lock, or contact a Nest Pro installer in your area to install your lock for you.

2. Install the Nest x Yale Lock 

1. What you'll need for installation

Nest Yale lock parts for installation image

Everything you need to get started installing the lock is in the box. Check that you have all the parts. You’ll also need some tools:

  • Phillips screwdriver or a power drill with Phillips bit

To connect your lock to the Nest app and the internet, you’ll need:

  • A compatible phone or tablet (check the requirements here)
  • Your Wi-Fi network password

2. Remove your lock

First, remove the current lock and strike plate if you have one already installed on the door. You may need a different screwdriver or wrench to fit your lock’s hardware.

Re-drill the lock holes if needed

If your lock hole’s center isn’t either 2 3/8 or 2 3/4 inches from the edge of the door,

Use a 2 3/8 inch spade drill bit and the template from the installation manual to reposition the holes. You may also need a chisel to reposition the cutout for the latch plate.

Keep your old lock handy , just in case. The Nest × Yale lock will work with most standard doors, but if there’s an issue, you can simply reinstall your old lock and contact a Nest Pro in your area for installation help.

3. Install the deadbolt

Screwing backplate into place

Once your lock has been removed, you’ll install the Nest × Yale Lock’s deadbolt.

Before you put it in your door, adjust the length to fit your door and make sure the bolt is retracted.

Press fit the bolt into the door as shown. Then use two of the included screws to secure it.

Important: If you’re using a drill use a low torque setting to avoid stripping the screw threads.

4. Install the strike plate

Screwing lock into place image

Important: You must install the new strike plate included with your lock, even if it looks the same as your current one. If you do not, your lock may jam.

Remove your current strike plate and install the included strike plate in your door frame.

Make sure the hole in the plate will line up with the lock’s bolt before you install it. If not, adjust the cutout for the plate with a chisel.

Note: You can choose either the short screws for easier installation with a screwdriver or the long screws for extra security.

5. Install the keypad

Nest x Yale Lock press fit keypad

Now you’ll install the keypad on the outside of your door.

Important: Double check that the deadbolt is fully retracted and that the latch hole is horizontal before continuing.

Run the cable through the lock hole. Then press to fit the keypad into the hole. It should hold itself in place.

6. Install the mounting plate

Pull the mounting plate off the back of the lock. Then remove the battery cover with the included key.

Nest Yale Lock pull off mounting plate

Insert the key into the hole at the top of the lock and press down. Pull the cover straight off.

Tip: You can use a thumbtack instead of the key.

Run the lock’s cable through the hole in the mounting plate and press the mounting plate pins through the holes in the deadbolt.

Remove battery plate on table lock

Use the bolts that are the right length for your door to secure the mounting plate.

cable through mounting plate

Before you fully tighten them, make sure the keypad and plate are square to the door. You can use a bubble level if needed.

7. Install the lock

Nest plug the lock

Plug the cable to the connector on the lock. It can only be plugged in one way. Look for a small tab to align it correctly. Then route the cable behind the cable hooks to hold it in place.

Important: Make sure the lock’s thumb turn is pointed vertically and the bolt is fully retracted before you attach the lock to the plate.

Guide the spindle through the hole and hook the lock onto the bottom of the mounting plate. Press the lock firmly onto the plate. It will snap into place.

Nest Yale Lock spindle through hole

Use the two small black bolts to screw your lock into the mounting plate. You can find the holes for the bolts in the battery compartment of your lock.

3. Test and set up your lock

1. Test your lock

deadbolt locking

Now test that your lock works with the door both open and closed.

With the door open:

  • Turn the thumb turn and make sure the bolt fully extends.
  • Turn the thumb turn so the bolt is retracted.

With the door closed:

  • Turn the thumb turn to lock the door.

If you feel resistance, or the bolt doesn’t extend fully, remove the lock and re-check the deadbolt and lock installation.

2. Install the batteries

Important: Close the door but leave it unlocked while you install the batteries. If it isn’t, your lock will not be able to test and calibrate itself to your door correctly.

Insert the included AA batteries into the battery compartment.

The lock will turn on and you’ll hear the Nest greeting.

Don’t put the battery cover on yet. You’ll need to scan the code in the battery compartment to connect to the Nest app.

Note: If your lock fails the calibration test, reset it to defaults, and follow the steps for creating a master passcode and connecting it to the app again.

3. Create a master passcode

You’ll need to create a temporary master passcode on the lock before you can connect your lock to the Nest app.

Once you’ve connected your lock to the app, you won’t need the master passcode anymore.

Touch your palm to the keypad or press the Yale logo to wake up your lock. The lock will tell you what to do.

4. Calibrate the bolt/lock

The lock will ask you to close the door so it can calibrate itself. If the lock detects an issue (such as a jam) it will automatically unlock.

4. Connect your lock to the Nest app

1. Sign into your account or create one

If you’re new to Nest: Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play to download the Nest app and create a free account.

If you already own a Nest product: Sign into your account on the app, if you aren’t already.

Note: If you have more than one home in your account, make sure that you’ve first selected the Nest home where you want to install your camera. Tap Menu icon ] in the top left of the home screen to change homes.

2. Make sure you have Nest Connect or Guard already set up

nest connect and nest guard

The Nest × Yale lock doesn’t directly connect to the internet. It needs to connect through either Google Nest Guard or Google Nest Connect. You must have one of these already connected to the Nest app to add the Nest × Yale lock.

If you don’t, use the Nest app to set either of them up. Then you can continue with setting up your lock.

3. Scan the QR code

QR code lock

If you’re new to Nest: Tap Add New  on the app home screen.


If you already own a Nest product: Tap Settings  in the top right corner of the app home screen. Then select Add product.

The app will ask you to scan the QR code on your product so it knows what you’re installing. The Nest × Yale Lock code is in the battery compartment.

Once the app knows what you’re installing it will guide you through all the steps.

Tip: If you’re having trouble scanning the code, make sure you have good lighting and that you’re not casting a shadow on the code.

Start with your phone about a foot away and slowly move it closer to the code. It doesn’t need to fill the box in the app to scan.

If you still can’t scan the code, tap Continue Without Scanning and type in the numbers at the top of the QR code. 

4. Connect your lock to the app

Tell the app where your lock is installed. The app will use this location when it sends you notifications, so pick one that makes sense.

The app will start looking for another Nest product that your lock can connect to (either a Guard or Connect).

When it’s found one, press and hold the white button above the thumb turn on your lock to connect them.

Troubleshooting tip: If your lock can’t connect, try moving your Guard or Connect closer to your lock. Even a few inches or a couple of feet can make a big difference.

5. Create Nest passcodes

Next, you‘ll create a Nest passcode with the app. This passcode will replace the master passcode you created on the lock.

The app will then ask if you want to create passcodes for other people who share access to your Nest home. You can also invite new people to share access, and you can set a schedule that limits when a person can enter your home.

Now that your lock is installed and set up, you can learn more about using it and how to change settings in the following article:

Get started using your Nest × Yale Lock

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