How to change Nest Detect settings
Google Nest Detect is an advanced sensor that can sense motion and whether your door or window is open. Changing the settings for each Detect so they work how you want is easy to do with the Nest app.
How to access Detect’s Settings menu
- Tap Settings .
- Tap Security .
- Scroll down to Devices and select the Detect that you want to change settings for.
- See the sections below for details about each Detect setting.
Pathlight is like a night light so you don’t need to stumble around in the dark. It’s ideal for hallways, the kid’s room or any location in your home where you’d like a bit of extra light. Nest Detect’s Pathlight is off by default to help preserve battery life. You can enable Pathlight any time after installation.
- Select Pathlight.
You can choose to enable or disable it, or select a brightness setting. For complete details see the following article:
If your Nest Detect is not accurately detecting whether a door or window is open or closed you may need to check it.
- Select Check setup.
- The app will then guide you through the process. It should only take a couple of minutes.
For complete details, see the following article:
Placement (location and type of installation)
When you first install a Detect, you’ll give it a location so you
There are three different settings you can change:
If you are removing a Detect that’s already installed and moving to
- Label: In addition to a room name, you can also add a label which will appear next to the wall, door or window’s name in the app. This is helpful if you have more than one Detect installed on windows or doors in the same room. Keep in mind that labels won’t be included in spoken notifications from Google Nest Guard.
Labels are completely customizable, so just type in what you want. For instance, if you’re adding labels to Detects installed on your living room windows, you can have them read Living Room Window (right), Living Room Window (left), Living Room Window (middle) in the app.
Learn about Nest Detect
If you need to remove a Detect from the Nest app, you can select this option. Keep in mind, if you’re removing it from the app because you’re transferring ownership, you should also perform a factory reset on the Detect.
For more information about removing a product from the app, see the following article:
Other settings that affect your Detect
These settings appear in Settings Security Security Levels. Click a topic below to learn more.
Quiet Open lets you open a door or window without triggering sounds on your alarm system.
Reduced motion sensitivity
To help reduce false alarms from a small dog moving around your home, you can keep motion sensing on but set it to Reduced Motion Sensitivity.
For all other Nest Secure settings and options, see the following article: