How manually changing the Nest thermostat schedule affects Auto-Schedule

Nest Sense uses its unique Auto-Schedule feature to create a comfortable temperature schedule from the changes you make to the temperature in your home or business.

How it works

The Nest thermostat’s Auto-Schedule uses a series of algorithms and weighted pattern-recognition to create a temperature schedule. At first, every adjustment you make is incorporated into the schedule, but over time your thermostat will only incorporate patterns of changes.

The Nest thermostat listens attentively to your changes at first, but later on - when your schedule is set and initial learning is complete - you’ll need to make an adjustment on more than one day to have an effect.

For example, if you start getting up half an hour earlier and adjust the thermostat each day, the Nest thermostat will soon learn this new pattern and automatically change what time it turns on your system.

For more details about how your Nest thermostat will automatically create a schedule for you, check out our article about how Nest thermostats learn.

How to make manual adjustments to your schedule 

If you want, you can manually add new target temperatures to your schedule and remove or change existing ones. Once you’ve made manual schedule changes, Auto-Schedule continues learning but it will also respect target temperatures you’ve manually created or adjusted.

On the thermostat

  1. Press the ring and choose Schedule Nest thermostat schedule icon.
  2. ​Turn the ring and press to pick a time to add a new temperature or select an existing one to adjust or delete it.

With the Nest app

  1. Choose the thermostat you want to adjust.
  2. Select Schedule Nest app schedule icon.
  3. Pick a day to add a new temperature or change an existing one.
    • To add a new temperature, tap Add, then pick a time to add a new temperature.
    • ​To change an existing one, tap and hold on a temperature. Slide up or down to change the temperature and slide left or right to change the time.

Things to know about how Auto-Schedule works 

  • Auto-Schedule chooses temperatures that have been set by a person at least once.
  • If you make similar adjustments a couple days in a row, Auto-Schedule will match these adjustments to one another and create temperature setpoints accordingly.
  • Auto-Schedule uses pattern-matching to determine if that’s what you want on each day, each weekday, or the same day each week.
  • Temperature changes you make on the thermostat or with the Nest app have exactly the same effect on the schedule.
  • If you don’t like a temperature that your Nest thermostat is set to, you can either teach your thermostat a new schedule by turning the ring a few times until it learns, or you can make manual adjustments to the schedule (see above).
  • ​Manual changes you make to the schedule won’t be affected by Auto-Schedule.

How to turn off Auto-Schedule and set your own schedule 

If you want to set a schedule and have your Nest thermostat follow exactly that schedule from now on, you’ll need to turn off Auto-Schedule. You’ll also have to turn off Home/Away Assist and Early-On for your schedule to work like a traditional programmable thermostat. For more information, see the article below. The Nest thermostat won’t change things over the seasons or adapt the schedule according to your adjustments - it will behave as a programmable thermostat.

How to turn off Auto-Schedule and use your Nest thermostat as a programmable thermostat >

If you have a Nest Thermostat E, you can choose to use Auto-Schedule, or pick Basic Schedule, a pre-programmed schedule ready to use out of the box.

Learn about the Nest Thermostat E’s Basic Schedule >

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