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Nest thermostat Off mode

If your home will be unoccupied for an extended period of time, like a vacation, you can set your Google Nest thermostat to Off mode. Off mode disables all regular heating and cooling schedules, but still maintains Safety Temperatures to help prevent your home’s water pipes from freezing or potentially preventing your home from getting severely hot. This way, your thermostat can help prevent possible damage to your home and still work to save you energy. 

Off mode doesn’t turn off the power to your Nest thermostat or your system. To completely prevent your Nest thermostat from activating your home’s system, even if temperatures reach extreme levels, you’ll need to disable your Safety Temperatures.

Eco Temperature savings compared to Off mode:

  • Off and Eco modes can both help you save energy. You’ll probably save more energy with Off, but it will take longer to return your home to comfortable temperatures. 
  • When your thermostat is set to Eco, it will run heating or cooling to try to maintain Eco Temperatures. If you have a system with independent fan control, your fan will also follow its schedule. 
  • When your thermostat is set to Off, it won’t run your fan, and it will only turn on heating and cooling in extreme conditions to maintain Safety Temperatures

Learn about Nest thermostat temperature modes

This article applies to all Google Nest thermostat models.

How to tell which thermostat you have

When set to Off:

  • Your thermostat will stay connected to the internet.
    So you'll still be able to control it with the app,
    and it can automatically download software
    updates.

  • Your thermostat will continue to record your Energy
    History. You’ll see an Off icon in the app when you
    check your history.
  • Your thermostat won’t turn on heating or cooling
    and won’t maintain your Eco Temperatures.
  • Your thermostat will still use your Safety
    Temperatures
    to protect your home during extreme
    hot or cold temperatures. In these cases, it will start heating
    or cooling automatically.
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This should prevent your pipes from freezing when it gets too cold and should keep your home from overheating when it’s very hot outside. You’ll also get Safety Temperature alerts on your phone.

Note: The Nest thermostat has heating Safety Temperatures enabled by default to help protect your home from getting too cold. You’ll need to enable cooling Safety Temperatures if you want your Nest thermostat to help protect your home from getting too hot.

Set your thermostat to Off mode

On your thermostat:

Nest Thermostat 3/4ths view

Nest Thermostat

  1. Press and hold the touch bar until “Turn off” appears on the screen. 
  2. Slide the touch bar to highlight Turn off and then tap the touch bar to select.

Nest thermostat e heating

Nest Thermostat E or Nest Learning Thermostat

  1. Press your thermostat’s display to view the Quick View menu.
  2. Turn the ring to Thermostat Thermostat heat icon, then press to select.
  3. Turn the ring to highlight Off, then press to select.

In the Home app:

  1. On the home screen, select your thermostat.
  2. Tap Temperature mode  Heat mode Cool mode Heat Cool mode.
  3. Select Off.

In the Nest app:

Note: The Nest app is only compatible with the Nest Thermostat E and Nest Learning Thermostat.

  1. On the home screen, select your thermostat.
  2. Choose Mode Thermostat heat icon. (You may see “Cool,” “Heat” or “Heat • Cool” below this icon.)
  3. Select Off.

Your thermostat will now only tell your system to heat or cool your home when the temperature reaches your Safety Temperatures.

Turn off Safety Temperatures to completely stop cooling and heating

Important: Your thermostat uses Safety Temperatures to help prevent your home from reaching dangerous temperatures that can cause property damage or safety concerns (like frozen pipes). When the Safety Temperatures are disabled, your thermostat can’t help prevent your home from reaching these dangerous temperatures.

On the thermostat

Note: You can turn Safety Temperatures off directly on the Nest Thermostat E and Nest Learning Thermostat only. To turn Safety Temperatures off for the Nest Thermostat, use the Home app.

  1. Press the thermostat’s display to get the Quick View menu.
  2. Turn the ring to Settings Nest settings icon and press to select.
  3. Select Equipment.
  4. On the “Equipment detected” screen, choose Continue.
  5. Select Continue again on the "Your system" screen.
  6. Choose Safety temp.
  7. Use the dial to change your “Heat to” and “Cool to” temperatures to Off.
  8. Select Done to exit.

In the Home app

Note: In the Home app, you can change Safety Temperature settings for the Nest Thermostat only. To change these settings for the Nest Thermostat E or Nest Learning Thermostat, use its display or the Nest app.

  1. On the home screen, select your thermostat.
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Select Temperature preferences.
  4. Tap Safety Temperatures.
  5. Tap the plus or minus symbols to raise or lower the temperature. If you have both heating and cooling, you can change their temperature independently.

In the Nest app

Note: The Nest app is only compatible with the Nest Thermostat E and Nest Learning Thermostat.

  1. On the home screen, select your thermostat.
  2. Tap Settings Nest settings icon.
  3. Tap Equipment.
  4. Select Safety Temperatures.
  5. Drag the slider bars until both say “Off.”

Now that your Safety Temperatures are disabled, you can place your thermostat into Off mode and your thermostat will never activate your heating or cooling system.

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