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Learn how Google Nest products work together

Google Nest products are designed to work together from the start. They can talk to one another and respond to things happening around your home. If one of your Nest products notices something important, like when Google Nest Protect detects smoke, your other products can help each other do the right thing automatically.

Also, 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

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. So 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.

Nest app Carbon Monoxide heads up with camera page


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


Smoke emergency

CO emergency

Google Nest thermostats

Google Nest cameras

  • 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

    Note: Emergency clip recording is turned off by default. To turn it on, go to Protect Settings  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 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

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.

Note: Security clip recording is OFF by default. To turn it on, go to Guard  Settings  Works with Security.

So 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 will not automatically arm Nest Secure. You will have to arm Secure separately because there may be times you want to lock your door without arming your system.

When someone rings your Hello doorbell

  • Google Nest and Home speakers and displays can automatically sound the Google Nest Hello's chime and announce visitors.
  • Google Nest display owners can watch Hello's live video stream on the Hub's screen and talk to visitors.
  • If you're a Nest Aware subscriber, Hello will announce the visitor's name 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. But 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

There's no need to upgrade your older products to get them to work with a newer one, they'll work together seamlessly. For instance, while 1st gen Protects 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 controlling your multi-zone system together in the same home.

Nest products can let your system know when you've left or come back home

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.

Learn how Nest products automatically switch behaviors when you leave or come home

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