Learn about Nest thermostat settings and how to change them

You can change the behavior of your Nest thermostat from the Settings menu. You’ll be able to choose what is displayed on your thermostat like the current temperature or the weather, switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius, reset your schedule or all settings, and more.

You can change options in the Settings Nest settings icon menu to customize your thermostat.

To open the Settings menu:

  1. Press on the ring to open the Quick View
  2. Choose Settings Nest settings icon.
  3. Turn the ring to scroll through the different
    options and press the ring to choose one.

Your Nest thermostat will show you different
options in your settings menu based on the type
of system you have and the wires that you have
attached. You’ll only see options that work with your system.

Note: If you have a Nest Learning Thermostat, you'll find the thermostat schedule Nest thermostat schedule icon in the Quick View menu.
If you have a Nest Thermostat E, you'll find the schedule under Settings Nest settings icon and then Schedule.

Nest thermostat quickview settings menu

If you don’t see an option on your thermostat, your system doesn’t support it. If you’re missing an option you think you should have, check your wiring and system type in the Settings Nest settings icon and then Equipment menu.

Nest thermostat settings

You’ll notice some settings are easy to change and we’ve provided step-by-step instructions here. For more complex settings, we’ve provided links to detailed instructions.

Here's what to expect for each option in the Settings menu:

Schedule (Nest Thermostat E)

Note: If you have a Nest Learning Thermostat, you'll find the thermostat schedule  in the Quick View menu instead.

Select Schedule to see the temperature schedule that your thermostat is currently set to. You can set a new schedule or edit your current one.

You can also view and set your thermostat's schedule in the Nest app

Learn about Nest thermostat temperature schedules and how to change them >


History (Nest Thermostat E)

Note: If you have a Nest Learning Thermostat, you'll find Energy History Thermostat history icon in the Quick View menu instead.

Energy History shows you how often, and for how long, your heating and cooling system was on.

How to read your Nest thermostat’s Energy History >

Home/Away Assist

Home/Away Assist can use your Eco Temperatures to help save energy while no one’s home.

How to change Home/Away Assist settings >


Your Nest thermostat will automatically switch to Eco Temperatures after it senses that nobody’s home if you’ve enabled Home/Away Assist to help save you energy.

In the Eco menu, the heating and cooling temperatures you set here will be used when you’re away.

Learn about Eco Temperatures and how to change settings >

Safety Temp

Safety Temperatures can prevent your home from going above or below certain temperatures when the set limits are reached. You’ll see options to adjust your Safety Temperatures here.

How to set Safety Temperatures >

Hot Water Schedule

You’ll only see this option if you have a 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat and it’s wired to control your domestic hot water.

Here, you can set a schedule to heat your domestic hot water.

Learn about the Nest thermostat’s domestic hot water control and how to change settings >

Nest Sense

Nest Sense is a combination of sensors and algorithms that help your thermostat learn about you and your home.

Depending on your system type, you may not see all of the below Nest Sense options. Click an option below to learn how to change its settings.

  • Auto-Schedule: When you first set up your thermostat, it will learn your temperature habits and automatically create a schedule.

  • Time-to-Temperature: You can't change this setting. Time-to-Temperature displays how long it will take for your home to reach the temperature that you’ve chosen. If your home is too hot or too cold, it will take more time to reach your desired temperature.

  • True Radiant: If you have a radiant system, you’ll see this option in addition to Early-On. When this is enabled, your thermostat automatically preheats your home so it will reach your scheduled temperature on time.

  • Sunblock: You can turn this on if your thermostat is frequently in direct sunlight throughout the day. It helps adjust to a more accurate temperature when it’s in direct light.

  • Leaf: You can’t change this setting. The Nest Leaf appears on the display or in the Nest app when you choose an energy-saving temperature.

Follow the link below for more details on each feature:

Learn about Nest Sense >


Nest Protect

If you have a Nest Protect installed and added to the app, you’ll see the option to shut off the system during a smoke and CO emergency.

Display or Wake Display

Note: This option works a little differently based on which Nest thermostat you have

If you have a 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat, you can enable or disable Farsight in the Display menu. Farsight can display information on your thermostat screen when it notices you enter a room. You can choose what to display:

  • Target temperature
  • Current temperature
  • Analog clock
  • Digital clock
  • Weather

If you don’t want to use Farsight or have a 1st or 2nd gen Nest Learning Thermostat, you can choose when you’d like your thermostat screen to wake up. Choose either Wake on approach (When you approach) or Wake on press (When you press).

How your Nest thermostat decides when to turn on the screen >

On the Nest Thermostat E, press the ring to choose to wake the display When you pass byor When you press.


Press the ring to adjust the brightness of your Nest thermostat’s display. You can select low, medium, high, or auto.

If you have a Nest Thermostat E, brightness is adjusted automatically.

Click Sound

You can have your Nest thermostat make a clicking sound when you turn the ring.

Press the ring to turn the clicking sound on or off. 

ºF / ºC

Press the ring to switch the temperature display between Fahrenheit and Celsius.

Date & Time

In the Date & Time menu, you can set your Nest thermostat’s clock to show you the time in a 12 hour or 24 hour format.

When connected to the Nest app and Wi-Fi, your thermostat automatically sets the date and time based on your location. It will also automatically adjust for Daylight Saving Time based on your time zone.

If the time is incorrect, select Location in the Settings Nest settings icon menu and update your zip or postal code.

Note: If your thermostat isn't connected to Wi-Fi, you'll be able to set the date and time manually. You can only manually set the date and time if your thermostat isn't connected to Wi-Fi.


The current language you chose during setup is shown here. If you want, you can choose a different language from the list below.

  • German/Deutsch
  • English (US)
  • English (UK)
  • Spanish/Español (ES)
  • Spanish/Español (MX)
  • French/Français (CA)
  • French/Français (FR)
  • Italian/Italiano
  • Dutch/Nederlands
  • If new languages become available, they will be automatically installed during a thermostat software update.

How to change the language of your Nest thermostat

  1. Press the ring to go to the Language menu.
  2. Turn the ring to the language you prefer, and press the ring.
  3. Confirm your choice by pressing the ring again or select cancel if you change your mind.

Your Nest thermostat will immediately switch to the new language you’ve selected.

Note: Changing the language on your thermostat won’t change the Nest app language. To change the app language, you will need to change your phone’s language.

If you need help, follow the manual that came with your phone, visit your phone manufacturer’s support website, or contact your service provider.

Nest app

If your Nest thermostat is connected to the Nest app, you’ll see the Nest home owner’s email address here.

If you want to connect your thermostat to the Nest app, follow the link below.

How to connect your Nest thermostat to the Nest app >


Note: For Nest Thermostat E, you can find this setting in the app.

The Location menu displays the current location of your home. If it’s not correct, you can change your location here. If your thermostat is connected to the Nest app and connected to Wi-Fi, it will use your location to gather local date, time, and weather information.

Note: Your location needs to be set correctly for your time to be adjusted automatically.

You can also choose the Construction of your home. Your Nest thermostat will work differently if it's in a small home or a business.

Using a Nest thermostat in a business >



If your thermostat is already connected to Wi-Fi, you can see which Wi-Fi network it’s connected to here. If your thermostat isn’t connected, you can view or select your Wi-Fi network, and enter its password if needed.

Follow this link if you’re having trouble connecting to your Wi-Fi network.

Troubleshooting adding a Nest thermostat to a Wi-Fi network >


You can use this option to lock your thermostat so it can only be adjusted within a certain temperature range, or to prevent anyone from changing your settings on your thermostat.

How to lock and unlock your Nest thermostat >


Note: For Nest Thermostat E, you can find this setting in the app.

From the Placement menu, you can choose the location of your Nest thermostat in your home. Select a room name, or choose Add custom to enter a custom room name.

You can also add an optional label to help you identify your thermostat. If you set a label, you’ll see it below the thermostat icon on the Nest app home screen.


Your Nest thermostat displays attached equipment here.

You’ll see options to change settings for this attached equipment based on the questions you answered during setup. The settings you see here will depend on the type of system you have. This may include:

Fuel Source and Heat Type
You can only change this setting from the Nest thermostat. Depending on your system, you’ll be asked to select your fuel source: gas, electric, oil, propane (LP), or geothermal. Then you can select a heat type: in-floor radiant, radiators, or electric baseboard.

Here you can reconfigure your system if you need to change some settings after setup.

If you have a 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat, you may also see:

Hot Water Temp
Hot water temperature settings are available only on OpenTherm-compatible boilers or boilers with OpenTherm adaptors

Learn about the Nest thermostat’s domestic hot water control and how to change settings >

Bacteria Prevention
To help bacterial growth, you can turn this option on if your domestic water hasn't been heated for at least 2 consecutive hours in the last 48 hours.

Learn about Bacteria Prevention >

Pro Setup
The Pro Setup option should only be used by a professional installer. Be careful adjusting settings in this menu. Incorrect Pro settings can damage your system and your Nest thermostat. Follow the link below for more information.

Learn about Pro Setup >


Nest Pro

If there’s an issue with your thermostat or system after installation or your system needs servicing, select this option to view your Pro’s contact information. You can remove the information at any time.

How to view or remove Nest Pro contact information >

If your installer didn’t enter their information or you performed the installation yourself, you can always find a Nest Pro near you with our online Pro finder.

Your Nest Pro installer can store their contact information by entering their 6-digit Pro ID here.


Here you’ll be able to check the current software version installed on your Nest thermostat and update it.

Press your thermostat's ring and select Settings Nest settings icon and then Software and then Update.

Note: You can check if you are on the latest version.

Technical Info

You’ll typically only need to view technical details when you’re troubleshooting issues with your thermostat.

You’ll find technical info on power and voltage, Wi-Fi network, sensors, and more.

Learn about the Nest thermostat’s Technical Info menu >

Legal Info

This option lists legal disclosures for your Nest thermostat.

Nest legal disclosures >


The Reset menu allows you to restart your thermostat, reset some settings like Auto-Schedule, Home/Away Assist, and Network, or reset all settings on your thermostat to factory defaults.

How to restart or reset the Nest thermostat >

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