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Can’t connect Nest Protect to the app or Wi-Fi

Here are some steps that you can take if you’ve just installed your Google Nest Protect or have replaced it and are having trouble adding it to your account or getting it online. You may also get an error in the Nest app, such as P008 or P013.

Error codes

If one of these error codes appears, select it to view specific troubleshooting steps.







If one of these errors appears or if there's no error at all, read below for some steps to help you add your Nest Protect to the Nest app.





1. Check the Nest service status

To check the status of the Nest service, go to Nest system status. While the service is down, you may also get a message 'The Nest service can’t be reached at the moment' in the Nest app.

If the Nest service is down, wait for the Nest service to resume, then check if you can add your Protect to the Nest app.

2.  Make sure that the Nest app version is up to date

Make sure that you have the latest version of the Nest app on your phone or tablet. You can download it from Google Play. To make sure that you have the latest version, you can uninstall and then reinstall the app.

3. Make sure that your home Wi-Fi is working

  1. If you’ve recently updated your Wi-Fi network’s name (SSID), password or other settings, you may have to update your Protect’s Wi-Fi settings in the Nest app.
  2. If you haven’t changed any of these settings, check that your Wi-Fi network works for other devices.
    • If other devices are connected to Wi-Fi but your Protect can’t connect, move on to step 4 in this article.
    • If other devices are disconnected from Wi-Fi, move on to step 5 in this article.

Tip: If you’re using your mobile phone to check, make sure that it’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Protect and that mobile data is turned off. To help make sure that mobile data is off, turn on Aeroplane mode and then turn on Wi-Fi.

4. Move closer to your router 

You may have to move your Nest Protects and mobile device closer to your router as you try to add your Nest Protects to the Nest app.

Note: If you’re trying to add multiple Nest Protects to your account, wait until prompted by the Nest app to wake up each Nest Protect. This will help save Nest Protect’s battery power.

5. Restart your router 

Restart your router to reset your Internet connection. You should also restart any Wi-Fi range extenders or repeaters that you're using.

Note: Every router is different. You may need to consult your router’s user manual for specific instructions on how to restart your router.

  1. Unplug your modem and router. You may have a combination modem/router, or they may be separate devices. All of the lights on your modem and router should be off.
  2. Wait for 30 seconds, then plug your modem and router back in.
  3. Your modem and router will restart. Wait for a couple of minutes or until you get steady power and connection lights. There may also be a quickly flashing data light.
  4. Once your router finishes restarting, test the Wi-Fi connection with another device.
    • If other devices reconnect but not your Protect, move on to the next step in this article.
    • If none of your devices reconnect, contact your Internet Service Provider to check the service status in your area.

6. Reset your Nest Protect and mobile device 

Reset your Nest Protect to its default settings. You should also restart your phone or tablet and re-open the Nest app.

Important: Make sure you have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on on your phone or tablet before you try to add your Nest Protect to the app again.

Double check that you’re using the correct SSID and password for your Wi-Fi network as you set up your Nest Protect.

7. Check the settings on your Wi-Fi router or access point 

If you can’t add your Nest Protect to the Nest app, this can be a result of incompatible settings on your home Wi-Fi router/access point.

2.4 GHz and 5 GHz network names

If you have a dual band router with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, make sure that they have different names so that you can correctly connect your Protect to the 2.4 GHz network. Nest Protect can’t connect to a 5 GHz network and may not be able to tell your networks apart.

How to use Nest products with 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks

Parental controls or firewall security

High firewall security or parental controls can block communication with Nest servers. Refer to your Wi-Fi router/access point documentation to check if these features are enabled on your network and how you can exempt your Protect from these restrictions.

Enable IPv6

Your Protect requires IPv6 in order to be added to the Nest app. Check your router's documentation to confirm that your router supports this setting and for information on how you can enable it.

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