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Learn how Google Nest products work together

Google Nest products are designed to work together. They can talk to one another and respond to things happening around your home. If one of your Nest products notices something important, your other products can help each other do the right thing. For example, if a Google Nest Protect detects smoke, a Google Nest thermostat can display an alert with the right settings.

In order to get alerts, manage your products, and use your phone’s location for certain features, you’ll need to install the Nest app or the Google Home app.

Keep in mind that the features listed below require an active Wi-Fi internet connection at the time of the event (like high smoke levels) and rely on having your Nest products in the same home on the same account in the Nest app or the same home in the Google Home app. If you have another home in your account, or more than one account, the Nest products in one won’t affect the behavior of products in the other.

When Protect detects smoke or carbon monoxide (CO)

With Wireless Interconnect, when one Nest Protect detects emergency levels of smoke or CO, all the other Protects in your home can sound the same alarm.

In addition, Protect can tell other products in your home about emergency alerts and have those products respond in helpful ways.

Disclaimer: In Australia, the light ring may only illuminate on the Protect that detects smoke or carbon monoxide, but interconnected Protects will still sound an alarm.

What other Nest products can do when Nest Protect detects smoke or CO


Smoke emergency

CO emergency

Google Nest thermostats

Google Nest cameras that you set up in the Nest app

  • Automatically turn on and start streaming video in the Protect alert on your phone or tablet. Tap the video to switch over to your camera’s live feed.
  • Record an emergency clip, even if you don’t have a Google Nest Aware subscription.
    Note: Emergency clip recording is turned off by default. To turn it on, from the Nest app home screen, select Protect and then Settings and then Works with Protect.

Other Nest Protects

  • Sound the same emergency alarm and let you know where the smoke is detected.
  • Sound the same emergency alarm and let you know where the CO is detected.

When Nest Secure sounds the alarm

Motion in your home, as well as doors or windows opening, can trigger Secure’s alarm. When that happens, other Nest products can also participate and keep you informed.

Nest cameras that you set up in the Nest app

During the security alarm, your camera can automatically turn itself on and begin streaming video, even if it was scheduled to be off. You’ll get a notification and snapshot preview sent to your phone. Use the notification to quickly open your camera’s live video stream in the Nest app. If you have a Nest Aware subscription, footage of the event will be saved to the cloud and marked in your camera’s Sightline.

This feature is not available on cameras that you set up in the Home app.

Note: Security clip recording is off by default. To turn it on, from the Nest app home screen, select Guard and then Settings and then Works with Security.

If you have multiple products in the same room, be sure to give them all the same location name. You can change each product’s location name in the app’s Settings Nest settings icon menu.

When you unlock the Nest x Yale Lock

When you unlock your Google Nest × Yale Lock, it can automatically disarm Secure at the same time. You’ll need to turn this setting on in the Nest app. Check the following article for more information:

Learn how to change Nest × Yale Lock settings

Note: When you lock the Nest × Yale Lock, it won't automatically arm Nest Secure. You'll have to arm Secure separately because there may be times you want to lock your door without arming your system.

When someone rings your Google Nest doorbell

  • Google Nest and Home speakers and displays can automatically sound your Nest doorbell's chime and announce visitors.
  • With a Nest display, you can watch your Nest doorbell’s live video stream on the display’s screen and talk to visitors.
  • If you're a Nest Aware subscriber, your Nest doorbell will announce the visitor's name if they're in the familiar face library.

Nest products that share the same settings

Secure and the Nest × Yale Lock

Secure and the Nest × Yale Lock both help prevent unwanted intruders from entering your home. We also wanted to make them easy to use. Here are some thoughtful ways both products work together:

  • Secure and the Nest × Yale Lock use the same passcode, so each person only has to remember one personal passcode, not two.
  • When you unlock your door, Secure can automatically disarm at the same time. You can choose to enable or disable this feature with the Nest app.
  • When you set an entry schedule for someone, it applies to both the Nest × Yale Lock and Secure.
  • Security History shows the times you disarmed your Secure with the Nest × Yale Lock.

Old and new products work together

You don't need to upgrade your older products to get them to work with a newer one because they'll work together seamlessly. For instance, while 1st gen Protect smoke alarms don't have all the features of 2nd gen Protects, they will all speak to notify you when smoke or carbon monoxide is detected and sound the alarm if needed. The same goes for Nest thermostats and cameras. You can have 1st, 2nd and 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostats control your multi-zone system together in the same home.

Older products that you set up with the Nest app will work seamlessly with newer ones that you set up with the Home app. We’ll also continue to add support in the Home app for older products.

Presence sensing helps products work together

When you enable presence sensing in the Home app (or Home/Away Assist in the Nest app), your phone and the sensors in your products can help tell when you've left or come back home. This can make each one better at doing the right thing at the right time. 

For example, if you have a thermostat, its occupancy sensors can help your system determine whether someone’s there or not. That way, all your other Nest products can automatically do the right thing based on where people are.

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