How to change Nest Temperature Sensor settings

The Google Nest Temperature Sensor can help improve your comfort if it’s a few degrees cooler or warmer than you like in a specific room or area of your home. Your Google Nest thermostat will use the sensor’s temperature to more accurately heat or cool that room.


This article applies to the following Google Nest thermostats models in the US and Canada:

Nest Thermostat E

Nest thermostat e cooling

Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest thermostat gen 3 cooling

How to tell which thermostat you have

Note: The Nest Temperature Sensor is only compatible with the Google Nest Thermostat E and Google Nest Learning Thermostat. Use the Nest app to connect your sensor to your thermostat and change its settings.

How to view or change basic settings
  1. Tap Settings Nest settings icon on the Nest app home screen.
  2.  Scroll down and select the sensor you’d like to change.

You can choose from the following options in the settings menu for your temperature sensor:

  • Associated to: Tap to see which thermostats your sensor is connected to. You can also quickly change which thermostat your sensor reports to from this menu.
  • Check connection: You can test the connection between your sensor and your thermostat. This is useful if you’ve moved your thermostat to a new location and you want to make sure it’s in range.
  • Placement: Choose the room name your sensor uses in the Nest app, as well as add a custom label to help you identify it.
  • Technical info: Here you can find some basic technical information about your sensor. You’ll see when it last connected, as well as the battery status.
Remove Nest Temperature Sensor: Choose this option if you want to remove your sensor from your account. You won’t be able to use it again until you add it back.
How to connect or disconnect sensors
  • You can connect a sensor to more than one thermostat. However, we only recommend doing this if you have two Nest thermostats: one that only controls heating, and one that only controls cooling.

  • You can connect up to 6 temperature sensors to one thermostat. This lets your thermostat monitor temperatures in different rooms with different sensors. However, your thermostat can only use one temperature sensor at a time to control your system.

If you want to disconnect a sensor from your thermostat or connect it to another thermostat in your home, it’s simple.

1. Tap Settings Nest settings icon on the Nest app home screen.

2. Scroll down and tap your thermostat.

3. Tap Manage sensors.

4. Tap Temperature sensors to see a list of all the temperature sensors in your home.

  • You’ll see a blue checkmark next to sensors that are already connected to your thermostat.

  • Attach any available sensors to your thermostat by tapping the empty checkbox. 

How to see the temperature in rooms with sensors

If you simply want to see what the temperature is in all
the rooms that have sensors in them, it’s easy.


1. Tap your thermostat on the Nest app home screen.

2. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a list of sensors
connected to your thermostat along with the current
reported temperature.
There will be a dot next to the temperature if that sensor
is active.


Note: You may also see some additional sensor information
comparing their room temperature to the temperature of the
room where your thermostat is.
Nest app temperature home screen
How to set or change a sensor's schedule 

After you’ve finished setup with the app, you’ll need to set a schedule for your sensor so your thermostat knows when to use it.

1. Tap Settings Nest settings icon on the Nest app home screen.

2. Scroll down and tap your thermostat.

3. Select Manage sensors.

4. Choose Sensor schedule. If you’d like to set a schedule for your sensors, tap the button to turn this option on.

5. You can then choose a temperature sensor (or your thermostat’s built-in sensors) to use for each block of time.

Morning: 7am to 11am

Midday: 11am to 4pm

Evening: 4pm to 9pm

Night: 9 pm to 7am

Note: You can schedule the same sensor to be active at different times each day, but you cannot have more than one sensor per thermostat active at the same time.

Temperature schedule sensor

How to manually change the active temperature sensor

You can manually switch which temperature sensor is active with the app. This can help if you’re in a room that isn’t comfortable but has a temperature sensor that’s not currently active.

  1. Tap your thermostat on the Nest app home screen.
  2. You’ll see a list of temperature sensors connected to your thermostat at the bottom of the screen. You’ll see a dot next to the currently active sensor.
  3. Tap another sensor to have your thermostat use it to control your system.When the next sensor is scheduled to be active, your thermostat and sensors will automatically switch out of manual mode and back to their set schedule.
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