Learn about Nest thermostat settings and how to change them

You can change the behaviour of your Google Nest thermostat from the settings menu. You’ll be able to choose what is displayed on your thermostat, for example 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 customise your thermostat.

To open the settings menu:

  1. Press the ring to open the Quick View menu.
  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 that you have and the wires that you have attached. Only options that work with your system will be listed.

Nest thermostat quickview settings menu

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.

If one of the options below isn't on your thermostat, your system doesn’t support that setting. If you’re missing an option that 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 Nest thermostat schedule icon in the Quick View menu instead.

Depending on the type of system that you have, you can set up to three different schedules for Heat, Cool and Heat • Cool. If you have a fan installed, you can also set a separate fan schedule.

  1. Select the mode that you want to update Thermostat off icon: Heat, Cool or Heat • Cool.
  2. Select Schedule to open the temperature schedule for the current mode.
  3. 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.

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 nobody's at home.

Find out how to change Home/Away Assist settings


Your Nest thermostat will automatically switch to Eco Temperature after it senses that nobody’s at home, 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 Temperature 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 find options to adjust your safety temperatures here.

How to set safety temperatures

Sensor schedule

If you have Google Nest Temperature Sensors added to your account, you can adjust your schedule here. To adjust other settings, you'll need to use the Nest app.

Learn about the Nest Temperature Sensor

Fan Schedule

You can select Fan Schedule to get your fan to come on every day to circulate air in your home.

Note: The Fan option will only appear if you have a G-wire installed on your thermostat.

How to control your fan and set a schedule 

Nest Sense

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

Depending on your system type, you may not find all of the below Nest Sense options. Choose an option below to find out 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 longer to reach your desired temperature.
  • Early-On: When this is enabled, your thermostat automatically calculates when to turn on heating or cooling so that your home will reach a scheduled temperature on time.
    Note: If you have either auxiliary heat or a radiant system, the Heat Pump Balance or True Radiant options will control preheating. Early-On will control precooling if you have a cooling system installed.
  • Heat Pump Balance: For homes with a heat pump and auxiliary heat, you’ll find this option in addition to Early-On. When this is enabled, your thermostat automatically preheats your home so that it will reach your scheduled temperature on time.
  • True Radiant: If you have a radiant system, you’ll find this option in addition to Early-On. When this is enabled, your thermostat automatically preheats your home so that it will reach your scheduled temperature on time.
  • Cool to Dry: When this is on, your thermostat can use your air conditioner or heat pump to help reduce excessive humidity in your home.
  • 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.
  • Airwave: Airwave is for systems with air conditioning. If you have this setting on, the thermostat will automatically turn on Airwave when interior humidity falls below a certain level.

Check the link below for more details on each feature:

Learn about Nest Sense


Changing air filters is a simple way to save energy. Turn this setting on if you’d like your Nest thermostat to remind you to change your air filter.

Learn about air filter reminders

Nest Protect

If you have a Google Nest Protect installed and added to the app, you’ll find 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 that you enter a room. You can choose what to display:

  • Target temperature
  • Current temperature
  • Analogue 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 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 by or 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 get your Nest thermostat to make a clicking sound when you turn the ring.

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


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

Date and time

In the Date and 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, update your postcode in the Nest app.

  1. Open the Nest app Nest app icon.
  2. Tap Settings Nest settings icon and then Home info and then Address.

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


The current language that you chose during setup is shown here.

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 that you prefer, and press the ring.
  3. Press the ring again to confirm your choice, or select cancel if you change your mind.

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

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

Visit your phone manufacturer’s support website for instructions.

Nest app

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

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

Learn how to connect your Nest thermostat to the Nest app


If your thermostat is already connected to Wi-Fi, you can check 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.

Refer to this link if you’re having trouble connecting to your Wi-Fi network: Troubleshoot adding a Nest thermostat to a Wi-Fi network


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

Find out how to lock and unlock your Nest thermostat


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 find it below the thermostat icon on the Nest app home screen.


Your Nest thermostat displays attached equipment here.

You’ll find options to change settings for this attached equipment based on the questions that you answered during setup. The settings that appear here will depend on the type of system that 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: forced air, in-floor radiant or radiators

Heat pump
If you have an O or B wire, you can select which wire your heat pump uses.

Humidifier or dehumidifier
If you have a humidifier or dehumidifier system, you’ll find this setting to adjust the humidity level and set a schedule.

Humidifier and dehumidifier systems can be noisy. So you may want to set a quiet time schedule during times when you don’t want the system to interrupt your sleep.

Note: Quiet time will only affect humidification or dehumidification. It will not impact fans used during heating and cooling.

To set quiet time:

  1. If you haven't done so yet, select Set humidity to find the quiet time option. Turn the ring to set the humidity level and press the ring to confirm.
  2. Select Humidifier or Dehumidifier again.
  3. Select Quiet time.
  4. Enter the time frame during which you don't want the humidifier or dehumidifier system to run.
  5. Select Quiet time on.
  6. Select Done.

Note: In the Nest app, humidifier and dehumidifier are found in Settings Nest settings icon and then your thermostat and then Humidifier or Dehumidifier. You'll need to tap the Limit switch to turn quiet time on.

Wire type
You might find the star connector listed here if you have certain types of equipment like a humidifier, dehumidifier or multi-speed fan.

Important: No matter which thermostat you have, you can only put one wire into the star * connector, so only one function is supported at a time. Refer to the link below for more information.

Learn about the Nest thermostat's star connector

The Pro-Setup option should only be used by a professional installer. Be careful about adjusting settings in this menu. Incorrect Pro settings can damage your system and your Nest thermostat. Refer to 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.

Learn 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 local pro near you.

Your 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 and Network, or reset all settings on your thermostat to factory defaults.

How to restart or reset the Nest thermostat

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