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Manually switch your home to Away or Home mode

Your home can automatically switch between Home and Away modes when you set up either Home/Away Assist or Home & Away Routines with presence sensing. When you leave and come back, your home will switch modes, adjusting the behavior of your products. But you can also manually put your home into Home or Away mode.

You shouldn't need to manually switch between Home and Away modes since presence sensing will automatically do it for you. But manually switching to Away mode can switch your home faster than waiting for Nest to notice that you've left. Manually switching can also be helpful for troubleshooting if your Nest products didn't switch as expected. For instance, you can manually set Home mode so you can stay warm while you troubleshoot a thermostat issue.

Note: If you are at home and manually put your home into Away mode, it will remain in Home mode for about 5 minutes. This is to give you some time to leave. After 5 minutes, if any of your Nest products notice you're at home, they'll automatically switch back to Home mode.

If you use the Nest app

You can manually put your home into Home or Away mode with the Nest app.
Note: You can't use your Google Nest thermostat to set Home or Away mode any longer, but you can manually switch your thermostat to Eco Temperatures.

On a phone, tablet, or computer:

  1. Open the Nest app on your phone, tablet or computer. If you have more than one home, select the home you want to control.
  2. Tap the Home icon.
  3. Select Home or Away to change your home's mode.

If you use the Home app

You can manually put your home into Home or Away mode with the Google Home app.

With the Home app

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap Favorites your home's name at the top. Then select Home or Away .

With a voice command (US English only)

Important: When you switch the mode of your home with a voice command, it won’t turn your Nest cameras on or off or change the state of Nest Guard. This is a safety precaution to help prevent an unauthorized person from adjusting these devices with their voice.

  • To switch to Home mode, say “Hey Google, someone's home.”
  • To switch to Away mode, say “Hey Google, everyone's away” or "Hey Google, everyone's leaving."

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