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Control your Nest thermostat with the app

Once you add your Nest thermostat to the app, you can easily control it, even when you’re not at home. Adjust the temperature, change settings, check your Energy History, you can do all this from the app and more.


Add your thermostat to the app

Before you can control your thermostat with your phone, it needs to be connected to your Wi-Fi network and the Nest app. You’ll typically do all this during installation and setup, but if you haven’t already, check How to add your Nest thermostat to the app for detailed instructions.

After your Nest thermostat is added to your account in the app, it will appear on the app home screen.

If you want other people like your spouse to also have control of your thermostat, invite them to share access to your Nest home with the app.

Note: It’s important for each person to have their own account, because this will affect how your home automatically switches to Home or Away.

Use the Nest app to control your thermostat

Open the Nest app and tap your thermostat on the home screen. Your current and target temperatures will appear in the Nest app, just like on your thermostat. If your thermostat doesn't appear in the app, make sure you’ve added it to your account.

Depending on the type of system you have, you can:

Change the target temperature


  1. Drag your finger along the ring to change the target temperature.
  2. To fine tune the temperature, tap the up or down arrow at the bottom of the ring.

Note: The screenshot shown here is for the Nest Learning
Thermostat, but the controls for the Nest Thermostat E are the same.

Nest app thermostat heating screen example

Switch between Heat, Eco and Off

Your thermostat will automatically switch between Eco and Heat when you leave home and when you come back, but you can manually set it whenever you want.

There will be different options in this menu depending on the type of equipment you have installed. Follow the link below to learn more.

Learn how to manually set your Nest thermostat to heating, Eco, or off

Change your temperature schedule

Tap Schedule Nest app schedule icon to view or change your schedule.

Your thermostat will automatically learn your schedule so it can help save energy while keeping you comfortable, but you can also edit the schedule at any time. See the article linked below for detailed instructions.

Learn about Nest thermostat temperature schedules and how to change them

How to view your Energy History

To check your heating usage for the last 10 days, tap Energy History Nest protect history icon. .

How to read your Nest thermostat's Energy History

Change thermostat settings

Note: You will also be able to adjust many of the same settings on your thermostat.

  1. On the Nest app home screen, tap your thermostat.
  2. Tap Settings Nest settings icon.
  3. Here you can change your settings and view information about your thermostat.

Learn about Nest thermostat settings and how to change them

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