Learn about the Nest app

The free Nest app lets you set up your Nest products, see their status, change their settings and get notifications when something happens. Here’s an introduction to the basics.

The Nest app helps you keep an eye on things and
stay connected to your Nest products anywhere you
have an internet connection.

For instance, with the Nest app, you can change the
temperature or view your energy usage on your Google Nest thermostat, get smoke and carbon monoxide alerts
from your Google Nest Protect, watch Google Nest camera video
footage, and more. All in one place.

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Get the Nest app

Here’s what you need to start using the Nest app.

  • free account. If you don't have one yet, you can create one directly on the Nest app's sign in screen.
  • At least one Nest product.
  • A Wi-Fi network that your Nest products will use to connect to the internet.

On a phone, tablet or computer

The app lets you view and manage all the Nest products in your home.

On a TV

The Nest app on a TV lets you view footage from your Nest cameras. Learn more about how to install and use the app on Android TV or Apple TV.

If you’re having trouble downloading or installing the app, make sure your device meets the requirements to use the Nest app.

Beginner's guide to the Nest app

On a phone, tablet or computer, the Nest app home screen
shows you all the Nest products in your home.

Here you can scroll through your products and select one to
manage its features and options.

If you have a Nest camera or Google Nest Hello, the Spaces view
 automatically organizes your products according to
the rooms you assigned them.

In the upper right corner, the Settings Nest settings icon icon lets you:

  • Manage your account.
  • Manage settings for your Nest products.
  • Change settings for features that affect your entire Nest
    home, like Home/Away Assist.
  • Manage who shares access to your home and Google
    Nest products with the Nest app.

Note: If you’ve migrated your Nest account to a Google
, you need to use the Home app to share access
to your home and products with other people.

In the upper left corner, the Menu Arrow pointing down icon lets you:

  • View important messages from your Nest products or
    when someone accepts an invitation to share access to your home.
  • Switch between homes if you have more than one.
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Add and set up new Nest Products

On a phone or tablet, you can use the Nest app to set up new
products in your home.

  • If this is your first Nest product, tap the Add Nest add product icon.  icon from
    the home screen.
  • If you already own a Nest product, tap the Settings Nest settings icon icon,
    then tap Add Product Nest add product icon. .

The Nest app will walk you through the process of adding and
setting up your new product.

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Get notifications on your phone or tablet

You’ll need to install the Nest app in order to get alerts on your phone or tablet when something happens. You’ll also need a working Wi-Fi internet connection in your home.

Nest notifications appear in the same place that other notifications, like calendar reminders and new emails, are displayed on your phone or tablet – usually at the top of the screen.

For example, you can be notified when your Nest Protect detects smoke or carbon monoxide, when your Nest thermostat turns on your system when your home reaches its Safety Temperatures, or when your Nest camera detects activity.

How to set up notifications for your Nest products >

View important messages

The Nest app can let you know when any of your Nest products need attention. You’ll need a working Wi-Fi internet connection in your home in order for your Nest products to be able to send messages. For instance, the message might be from Nest Protect telling you its battery is getting low, or the Nest app letting you know someone has accepted your invitation to access your home.

To see these types of messages:

  1. Select the Menu Arrow pointing down icon on the Nest app home screen.
  2. Select Messages messages icon.
  3. Tap a message to see its details. If you want, you can delete nest cam trash clip  messages when you’re done reading.

If a message is important or requires your attention, you can also get a pop-up notification on your phone or tablet as described above, such as when your Nest Protect detects smoke or carbon monoxide.

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