Use the Nest app on a computer

We've optimised the computer version of the Nest app to take advantage of the bigger screen and the mouse. So if you're accustomed to the Nest app on a phone or tablet, you'll notice some changes.

A few advanced camera features are only available in the computer version of the app, while other features have been disabled on the computer version for security reasons.

Note: You can only use the Nest web app to control cameras and other devices that were set up with the Nest app.

Change settings 

  1. Go to with a web browser and sign in.
  2. On the app home screen, click your photo (or the generic manage account icon icon, if you haven't added a photo).
  3. Select Settings Nest settings icon.

To view specific product settings, select Settings Nest settings icon. Or, on the left side of the screen, click your photo (or the generic icon manage account icon, if you haven't added a photo), then select Settings Nest settings icon to manage your account.

Manage your account and view your messages

  1. On the home screen, click your photo (or the generic manage account icon icon, if you haven’t added a photo).
  2. Select Settings Nest settings icon to manage your account and other settings.
  3. Select Messages Nest app email icon to view your message history.

Switch homes

  1. On the home screen, click your home Nest menu icon.  in the upper right.
  2. In the menu that appears, select the home that you wish to switch to.

Manage your Nest products

  1. On the home screen, click a product to bring up its details.
  2. Scroll down to find tabs for product-specific options including Settings.

You may notice a few differences, such as features that are only available on a computer.

Nest web app features

To use features that are unavailable on a computer, you’ll need to use the Nest or Home app on a phone or tablet.

Product and feature

Available on a computer

Nest Secure

Check security levels (Off, Home and guarding, Away and guarding)

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Change certain settings

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Check sensor status (e.g. Google Nest Detect’s battery level)

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Check technical info, such as software version

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Change security levels


Change anyone’s passcode


Manage subscriptions such as mobile backup or professional monitoring


Nest × Yale lock 

Check whether the lock is locked or unlocked

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Change your settings for receiving notifications

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Change the location name of your lock

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Lock or unlock the door


Check or change a passcode


Change settings for Auto-lock, one-touch locking or privacy mode


Check lock history


Nest Protect

Silence smoke and CO alarms


Nest cameras and doorbells

Create video clips to download

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Create timelapse videos (you can only do this on a computer)

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Share recorded footage (you can only share saved video clips on a computer)

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Learn more about how to use the Nest web app to create, save and share video clips.

Nest Aware on a computer

Some Nest Aware features work differently, or aren’t available, depending on which device you’re using.


On a phone or tablet

On a computer at

Easily look through all your motion, sound or Activity Zone markers.

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Watch all of your camera’s video history.

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Create and share clips from your video history.

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Up to 2½ minutes long

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Up to 60 minutes long

Use Sightline to see quickly and easily exactly when and where your camera detected activity. Tap snapshot thumbnails to jump directly to important events.

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View your video history timeline by the hour, minute or second. Click markers to jump to moments when your camera spotted activity.


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Create and share timelapses.


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Create and edit Activity Zones.

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