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Add 2-step verification to your account on the Nest app

Note: This article is for users who have not migrated their Nest account to a Google Account. Learn about Nest accounts and whether you have a migrated account in our FAQs about accounts in the Nest app.

To improve security, 2-step verification is now required for all non-migrated accounts

  • 2-step verification helps prevent someone from signing in to your account on the Nest app without your permission.
  • Important: If you aren’t already using 2-step verification by text (SMS) by May 19, 2020, you’ll be automatically enrolled in 2-step verification by email.
  • You should always choose a unique password for your account on the Nest app and not reuse this password in other places.

How 2-step verification works

2-step verification helps prove your identity any time you sign in to your account or make changes to security settings.

As the name implies, 2-step verification relies on 2 different tools:

  • Something you know: Whenever you sign in to the Nest app, you’re asked for your email address and password just like before.
  • Something you have: After you enter your password, Nest sends a unique, temporary verification code to your phone or email in order to make sure it’s really you. Enter the code when prompted, and you’re in.

If you set up 2-step verification, you’ll need to enter the code sent to your phone every time you want to do the following:

  • Sign in to your account on the Nest app
  • Change your password
  • Reset a lost password
  • Remove your phone number

2-step verification requirements

  • Make sure you have the latest version of the Nest app to get the latest features and bug fixes. 
    Important: After you set up 2-step verification, you might not be able to sign in to your account with an older version of the app.

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  • The email address and password you use to sign in to your account on the Nest app. If you forgot your password, you can reset your password with the Nest app.
  • A phone that can accept text (SMS) messages and a reliable signal from your carrier.
    Important: Don’t use 2-step verification with a phone number or email address that might become unavailable in the future (like a temporary phone number or someone else’s email). Nest sends a unique passcode to the same phone number or email every time it requires 2-step verification.

  • A separate account for each person who can access your Nest home.
    Important: It's not recommended to share a single Nest account email address and password with other users. Instead, invite each person to share access with Family Accounts. Otherwise, someone might try to sign in but may not get the verification code.

Add 2-step verification to an existing account on the Nest app

When you switch 2-step verification on the Nest app, you’ll receive a text (SMS) message every time you try to sign in to your account.

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of the Nest app to get the latest features and bug fixes.

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  2. On the Nest app home screen, tap Settings Nest settings icon.
  3. Select Account and then Manage account.
  4. Tap Account Security.
  5. Select 2-step verification and then tap the switch to turn on 2-step verification.
  6. Follow the prompts to enter your password, phone number, and the unique verification code sent to your phone.

Note: When you turn on 2-step verification, you'll be automatically signed out of your account in the Nest app on any other phones, tablets, or computers you were using before. You’ll need to sign in again with 2-step verification on each device.

Change 2-step verification settings

Change your phone number

If you plan to get a new phone number and stop using your old one, you should turn off 2-step verification
before you deactivate your old line. Then you can turn 2- step notification back on with your new number.

Important: You’ll need to enter a verification code from your old phone number one last time. This is a
security precaution to confirm your identity and help protect your account.

  1. On the Nest app home screen, tap Settings Nest settings icon.
  2. Select Account and then Manage account.
  3. Tap Account security.
  4. Select Phone number and then Remove.
  5. Follow the prompts to enter your password and the temporary verification code sent to your old
    phone number. This will turn off 2-step verification.
  6. Follow the steps to set up 2-step verification again with your new phone number.

Remove SMS 2-step verification

When you turn off 2-step verification on the Nest app:

  • You’re still required to verify your identity when signing in to your account on the Nest app.
  • Instead of receiving a text (SMS) message with the verification code, you’ll get an email with the verification code.

Important: You won’t be able to turn off 2-step verification without your phone. Nest sends a verification code to your phone one final time to help ensure you’re the one requesting this security change.

  1. On the Nest app home screen, tap Settings Nest settings icon.
  2. Select Account and then Manage account.
  3. Tap Account security.
  4. Select 2-step verification and then tap the switch to turn off 2-step verification.
  5. Follow the prompts to enter your password and the temporary verification code sent to your existing phone. You’ll then be asked to confirm that you want to turn off 2-step notification.

Troubleshoot 2-step verification

If you haven't received a verification code

Check whether the verification code was sent to your phone or email. The Nest app will tell you which it is. Then, follow the steps for your phone or email below.

Phone

  1. Check the Nest app for the last 4 digits of the phone number the verification code was sent to. If the phone number is incorrect, contact Nest support for assistance.
  2. If the phone number is correct, make sure your phone has a good cellular signal. The text message may take a few minutes to send.
  3. If several minutes have passed and you still haven’t received a verification code, request a new one on the app.

Email

  1. Make sure you’re looking at the email associated with your account on the Nest app.
  2. Search for emails from account@nest.com.
  3. Check spam or junk.
  4. If several minutes have passed and you still haven’t received a verification code, request a new one on the app.

If you can't access your phone number or your email where we sent the verification code to

  1. Contact your phone or email service provider’s support for help regaining access to your phone number or email account. For instance, if you can’t remember your email account’s password, you should be able to reset the password on your email provider’s website and then access your email account to view the email we sent to you.
  2. If you can’t regain access to your phone number or email after contacting their support, you’ll have to factory reset your Nest products, and then add them to a new account. Note: You’ll have to re-invite people to share access to your home in your new account, and you’ll lose any video history and device settings information.

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  3. If you have issues adding a Nest product to your account, refer to troubleshooting steps in the Google Nest help center.
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