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How to change Nest × Yale Lock's settings with the app

Together with Yale we’ve designed a lock that’s easy to set up and use, but you can also change settings to customize your lock to fit your home. You can set your lock to automatically lock itself, schedule guest access, turn on or off certain notifications, and more. 

After you install your Google Nest × Yale Lock you’ll add it to the Nest app. Then you can use the Nest app to change settings.

To change settings on your lock:

  1. Tap the Settings  icon from the Nest app home screen.
  2. Select your lock. 

You’ll be able to choose from a number of different settings on your lock. You can read below to learn more about some of your options. 



Your Nest × Yale Lock can automatically lock itself. You can choose how long your lock should wait before automatically locking, and you can have Auto-Lock on all the time or only when no one’s home.
  1. On the app home screen, tap Settings 
  2. Select your lock.
  3. Tap Home/Away Assist.
  4. Tap Auto-Lock to turn it on or off.

Important: If you have Auto-Lock on, always make sure to remember your passcode and make sure others who have access to your home memorize their passcode, so nobody accidentally gets locked out. For instance, you might be getting the mail and didn’t bring your phone with you.

When Auto-Lock is enabled, you can choose to have it automatically lock your door when you’re Home, Away, or both:

  • When you’re home, you can choose whether you want Auto-Lock on or off. Auto-Lock settings will be set to Home when at least one person who has shared access to your home is home and sharing their phone’s location.
  • When you’re away, the only available option is to have Auto-Lock automatically lock your door whenever the Nest × Yale Lock detects that you and your family are away. If you don’t want your lock to Auto-Lock when everyone is away, you will need to disable Auto-Lock altogether.

Important: It can take your Nest app some time to realize that no one’s home. This means it might take some time before your Nest app will automatically lock the door. You should always remember to lock your door.

When Auto-Lock is enabled and you leave home, your lock won’t automatically lock right away. There will be a delay before your home switches to Away to make sure no one’s home. For instance, you could just be getting the mail or stepping out briefly. Learn about how How Home/Away Assist decides to switch your home to Home or Away.

You can also set the time you want your lock to Auto-Lock:

  • Tap Auto-Lock door after to set the time to lock the door. You can select 10 seconds, 1 minute, or 5 minutes.


In this menu, you can adjust settings for some of the notifications on your lock. You can choose to turn
on notifications for when your door is locked, and when your door is unlocked.

To learn more about notifications on your Nest × Yale Lock, see the following article:

Learn about notifications on your Nest products >

One Touch Locking 

One Touch Locking lets you lock the door from the outside with just one touch. If this option is enabled, you can press the Yale Yale on nest lock icon logo to automatically lock your door. You can also press your keypad with three fingers or your palm to lock your door. One Touch Locking is enabled by default when you first set up your lock.

Privacy Mode 

When Privacy Mode is enabled, no one will be able to enter a passcode on your lock’s keypad. The door can still be unlocked by turning the deadbolt, or using the the Nest app.

Learn more about Privacy Mode >  

Device options 



You can use this option to set the volume for the voice and sounds on your lock. You can choose between SilentLow, and High. If you choose Silent, your lock will not chime or speak when locking and unlocking your door.

Note: Your lock may still alert you in certain circumstances, like a low battery or if your lock detects tampering. You’ll also still hear from your lock while Privacy Mode is enabled.

Spoken Language 

Here you can select the language that your lock speaks. After you make a selection it may take some time before your lock downloads and begins using the new language.

You can choose from the following languages:

  • English - US
  • Spanish - MX
  • French - CA


You can use this option to change which door your lock is installed on in the Nest app. You might want to use this option if you decide to move your lock to another door, or you chose the incorrect door when installing your lock.

You can also select where the door is in your home, and choose an optional label to help identify your lock.

Other settings 


Set up guest and family access 

Each person who uses the lock will have a unique passcode so you can see in the lock’s history who locked or unlocked the door. In order to add a family member or guest to your lock, you’ll send a Family Accounts invite to them.

You can choose if they have Full Access or Home Entry Only, assign a unique passcode, and also schedule access if you only want them to have access at certain times or on certain days.

See the following article to learn more about Family Accounts and inviting people to your Nest Home:

Learn more about Family Accounts >

How your lock works with your Nest Secure alarm system 

By default your Nest × Yale lock will not disarm your Google Nest Secure alarm system when the door is unlocked. You can turn on this setting in the Nest app. If you turn on this setting, your alarm system will disarm when a passcode is used to open the Nest × Yale lock.

To turn this option on:

  1. Tap the Settings  icon on the Nest app home screen.
  2. Scroll down and tap Security history away icon
  3. Tap Alarm Options.
  4. Set Nest × Yale Lock to On.
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