Requirements to use the Nest app

The Nest app lets you set up, control, and check the status of your Nest products. To be able to use the Nest app, your phone, tablet, wearable, TV, or computer needs to meet some minimum requirements.

You can install the Nest app on a number of Android and Apple products, and you can also manage your Nest home using a web browser on a Chromebook, Windows, or Mac computer.

Whichever device you’re using, it’s always a good idea to keep it up-to-date for the latest security and bug fixes.

Important: If you use the Nest app on an older product that doesn’t meet the requirements, it may cause compatibility issues. If you do have any problems with the Nest app, check that your device software is up-to-date.

The tables below outline the minimum requirements to install and use the Nest app on different types of devices.

Nest app requirements

Note: The Nest app is not available in all regions and languages.

The table below outlines the minimum requirements to install and use the Nest app on different devices.

Android phones and tablets

Android TV

Bluetooth LE requirement for Android phones and tablets

A few functions of the Nest app require Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which first appeared in Bluetooth 4.0.

Many Android phones and tablets include BLE. Chances are, if you bought your device within the last few years, it has BLE. To check, go to the technical specifications on your phone or tablet manufacturer’s website to know if your device uses Bluetooth 4.0 or later.

You can use the Nest app on a device without BLE. Many of the app’s features will work without BLE. But if you want to use the following features, your device needs to have BLE.

  • Google Nest Protect
    • 2nd gen Nest Protect needs BLE for App Silence and Safety Checkup with the app. If you want to use App Silence and Safety Checkup on an Android device, you also need to have Android 5.0 or later.
    • 1st gen Nest Protect does not have or need BLE.
  • Google Nest Thermostat: BLE is not needed (applies to all thermostats).

  • Google Nest Cam
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