How Nest products help presence sensing

Some Nest products can use their sensors to detect activity in your home.

These are the sensors each product uses to detect activity:

  • Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Thermostat E: An occupancy sensor detects if someone is in the room. Your thermostat also notes if you manually adjust the temperature on the device. Note: Google Nest Temperature Sensors don’t have activity sensors, so they can’t help with presence sensing.
  • Nest Thermostat: A Soli sensor detects if someone is nearby. Nest Thermostat also notes if you manually adjust the temperature on the device.
  • Nest Protect: An occupancy sensor detects if someone is in the room. Note: To maximize battery life, battery powered Protects check in less often, but they can work with other Nest products to help improve presence sensing accuracy.
  • Nest Guard: A motion sensor detects if people are moving nearby. Nest Guard also notes if someone has armed or disarmed it with Nest Tag, the Nest app, or a password.
  • Nest × Yale Lock: An optical sensor detects if the bolt is open or closed.
  • For more information about Nest product sensors, go to Sensors in Google Nest devices.
    Note: Nest cameras, Nest doorbells, and Nest Hub Max won’t switch devices in your home between Home and Away modes.
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