How to install and set up the Nest × Yale Lock

The Google Nest × Yale Lock can be installed on most standard doors. However, your door needs to meet certain size requirements.

After you’ve removed your current lock and installed the Nest × Yale Lock, you must test and calibrate it. Then, connect it to the Nest app so you can control it with your phone.

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

If you want an overview of steps, you can watch our video on how to install and set up the Nest × Yale Lock.

Important things to know before you start

  • 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 ⅜ inches
    • 1 ¾ inches
    • 2 to 2 ¼ inches
  • The lock hole center is either 2 ⅜ or 2 ¾ inches from the edge of the door.

Note: 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. Don’t want to install it yourself? Contact our installation partner, OnTech, to help you check your system’s compatibility, install, and set up your Nest products.

  • Keep your old lock handy, just in case. The Nest × Yale Lock works with most standard doors. However, if there’s an issue, you can reinstall your old lock and get installation help. To get a professional to help install and set up your Nest products, contact our installation partner, OnTech.
  • Do not install the batteries before you are told to by the installation instructions. If you do, the lock may not calibrate itself correctly and have problems locking.
  • Install the Nest × Yale strike plate that comes 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.
  • Close the door during the lock test as instructed. If you don’t, your lock may calibrate itself to your door and jam. Don’t worry about getting locked out during the test. If your lock does not successfully calibrate, it should automatically unlock.

What you need to get started

Everything you need to get started to install the lock is in the box. Check that you have all the parts:

  • Nest × Yale Lock
  • Mounting screws
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Installation key
  • Installation manual
  • Nest Connect (Bundles only)

Nest Yale lock parts for installation image

Your lock’s installation manual also comes with a template for measuring your door. You can also use your own measuring tape.

installation manual

You’ll also need some additional tools:

  • Phillips screwdriver or a power drill with Phillips bit

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

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

1. Install Nest x Yale Lock

1. Remove your old lock

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 ⅜ or 2 ¾ inches from the edge of the door, you’ll need to re-drill them in the correct place.

Use a 2 ⅜ 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.

Don’t want to install it yourself? Contact our installation partner, OnTech, to help you check your system’s compatibility, install, and set up your Nest products.

Keep your old lock handy.

The Nest × Yale lock works with most standard doors. However, if there’s an issue, you can simply reinstall your old lock and get installation help. To get a professional to help install and set up your Nest products, contact our installation partner, OnTech.

2. Install the deadbolt

Screwing backplate into place
  1. Before you put the deadbolt in your door, adjust its length to fit your door and make sure the deadbolt is retracted.

  2. Press fit the deadbolt 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.

3. 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 lines up with the lock’s deadbolt before you install it. If not, adjust the cutout for the plate with a chisel.

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

4. Install the keypad on the outside of the door

Nest x Yale Lock press fit keypad

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

  1. Run the cable through the lock hole.

  2. Press to fit the keypad into the hole. It should hold itself in place.

5. Install the mounting plate

  1. Pull the mounting plate off the back of the lock.

Nest Yale Lock pull off mounting plate

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

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

Remove battery plate on table lock

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

cable through mounting plate

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

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

6. Install the lock

  1. 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.

Nest plug the lock

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

  1. 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 should snap into place.

Nest Yale Lock spindle through hole

  1. 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.

2. Test and set up your lock

1. Test your lock

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

thumb turn lock test

  1. With the door open:

  • Turn the thumb turn and make sure the deadbolt fully extends.
  • Turn the thumb turn so the deadbolt is retracted.
  1. With the door closed:

  • Turn the thumb turn to lock the door.

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

2. Install the batteries

  1. Close the door before you install the batteries.

Important: Keep the door unlocked while you install the batteries. If the door is locked, your lock might not test and calibrate itself to your door properly.

  1. Insert the included AA batteries into the battery compartment. The lock should turn on and play the Nest greeting.

  2. Don’t put on the battery cover yet. The Nest app requires you to scan the code in the battery compartment when you connect.

Note: If your lock does not successfully calibrate, reset it to defaults, and follow the steps to continue setup.

3. Create a master passcode

  1. To wake your lock, touch your palm to the keypad or press the Yale logo.

  2. The lock should tell you how to create a temporary passcode for your lock before you connect it to the Nest app.

Note: Once you’ve connected your lock to the Nest app, you’ll create a new passcode for your lock. After that, you won’t need this temporary master passcode anymore.

4. Calibrate the deadbolt/lock

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

3. Connect your lock to the Nest app

1. Sign into your account

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 first select the Nest home where you want to install your camera. Tap the Menu Arrow pointing down in the top left of the home screen to change homes.

2. Have Nest Connect, Nest Guard, or Nest Hub Max already set up

Your Nest × Yale Lock uses a Nest Connect, Nest Guard, or Nest Hub Max to get internet connection. It doesn’t connect directly to Wi-Fi. 

You must have one of these devices 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.

Once the Connect, or Guard, or Nest Hub Max is set up, you can continue to set up your lock.

3. Scan QR code

QR code lock

To begin, open the Nest app and then tap Settings Nest settings icon and then select Add product.

  1. The app should ask you to scan the QR code on your product so it knows what device you want to install. The Nest × Yale Lock code is in the battery compartment.

  2. 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.

Tip: As you scan the code, make sure you have good lighting and that there’s no shadow covering the code.

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

  2. Once the app knows what device you’re trying to install, it should guide you through all the steps.

4. Connect your lock to the app

  1. 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.

  2. The app should start to look for another Nest product that your lock can connect to (either a Guard, Connect, or Nest Hub Max).

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

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

5. Create Nest passcodes

Create a Nest passcode with the app. This passcode will replace the master passcode you created on the lock.

The app should 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 get started using your Nest × Yale Lock.

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