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Get started with your Nest Secure alarm system

Here you’ll find some articles to help you get started on using your Google Nest Secure alarm system. We’ve also included downloadable versions of the User’s Guide that comes in the box with your Nest Security Pack (including Google Nest Guard, Google Nest Detect and Google Nest Tag).

Nest Secure alarm system

Nest secure guard front top angle image.

Nest secure detect front angle image.

Nest secure tag front angle image.

Nest connect image.

Nest Guard

Alarm, motion sensor,
and keypad.

Nest Detect

With open-close

Nest Tag

Key fob to quickly
arm and disarm your

Nest Connect

To extend the range of
your Nest Guard.

(optional, sold


Download documents included with your Nest Secure alarm system 

Nest Secure starter pack

The Nest Secure starter pack includes one Guard, two Detects, and two Tags.


Additional Detects are sold separately.


Tag doesn’t have a user’s guide in the box. The Nest app will guide you through adding it to your account and assigning it to someone. For more information about Tag, see the following article:

         How to set up Tag for yourself or another person >


Google Nest Connect is an optional add-on for your Nest Secure alarm system if you need to extend the range between your Detects and Guard for better communication. It’s sold separately.

Connect doesn’t have a user’s guide in the box. The Nest app will guide you through adding it to your account and installing it in your home. For more information about Connect, see the following article:

        Learn more about Connect >

These guides should open directly in your browser. If you’re having trouble viewing them, you may need to download and install a PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

How to set up your Nest Secure alarm system 

Learn how to add Nest Secure and install Detects around your home by reading instructions or watching an installation video.

Watch how-to videos with the Nest app 

After you’ve installed Nest Secure, you can watch videos with the Nest app about how to use certain settings, manage security with the app, and learn about different alerts and alarms.

  1. On the Nest app home screen, tap Settings Nest settings icon.
  2. Tap Security Home guard icon.
  3. Tap How-to videos.
  4. You’ll see a list of topic names. Tap the name of the video you want to watch.
  5. Tap the Play icon.
  6. Tap Done when you’re finished watching a video to be taken back to the video list.

Nest Secure alarm system basics 

Here are some basics to get you started, such as how to arm/disarm, set up notifications, passcodes, Nest Tag, and manage your system with the Nest app.

Learn more about changing settings, using Quiet Open, and viewing History 

You can customize your settings with the Nest app, such as preventing your alarm from sounding when a door or window is opened. You can also view your Security History so you know when people arm or disarm your system, or what happened before an alarm was triggered.

Learn more about how Secure works 

Your alarm system has different security levels that you can set when you’re home and away. When you arrive home, you can get a Heads-Up alert to let you know to disarm your system.

Troubleshooting Nest Secure 

These articles explain what to do when you encounter Wi-Fi connectivity issues and how to restart or reset your devices to factory settings if they aren’t functioning correctly.

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