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Add your Nest thermostat to the Nest app


This article applies to the following Google Nest thermostats models:

Nest Thermostat E

Nest thermostat e heating

Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest thermostat heating with silver ring

How to tell which thermostat you have

Note: For help with the Nest Thermostat, go to our Get started with your Nest Thermostat article.

You can add your thermostat to an account to control it from your phone, change settings remotely, get important notifications, and more.

1. Check Nest compatibility and get a wiring diagram
2. Install your thermostat on the wall
3. Set up your thermostat
4. Connect your thermostat to the Nest app - You are here
5. Get started using your thermostat

Connect your thermostat to the Nest app

Connecting your thermostat to the Nest app is simple, there are few steps:

1. Connect your thermostat to your Wi-Fi network

To connect your thermostat to Wi-Fi:

  1. Press your thermostat’s ring to open the Quick View menu.
  2. Select the Settings icon Nest settings icon.
  3. Choose Network.
  4. Your thermostat will take a moment to scan for available networks. Choose your home Wi-Fi network from the list.
  5. Enter your password if prompted.

If you need additional help connecting your thermostat or you get an error follow this link.

Troubleshoot connecting the thermostat to a Wi-Fi network

2. Download the Nest app

If you need to get the Nest app on your phone or tablet, you can download it from the Apple App Store or from Google Play.

3. Create an account in the Nest app

You’ll see a button to Sign up for an account on the Nest app login screen. You’ll need to enter your email address and choose a password. Once you’ve signed up you’ll receive a confirmation email.

For step-by-step instructions to sign up for an account, follow this link:

How to create an account in the Nest app

4. Get an entry key to connect to the app

Note: You’ll need to be able to touch your thermostat to add it to your account in the Nest app. This means that you won’t be able to add it remotely. After you’ve added your thermostat to your account you’ll be able to use the Nest app on your phone, tablet, or computer to control your thermostat from anywhere.

To connect your Nest thermostat to your account, you’ll get an entry key from your thermostat and enter it with the Nest app.

Get an entry key from your thermostat:


  1. Press your thermostat’s ring to open the Quick View menu.
  2. Choose Settings Nest settings icon.
  3. Turn the ring to Nest app and press the ring to select it.
  4. Select Get Entry Key to retrieve a unique entry key. Follow the next steps below to use your Nest app to add your thermostat to your account.

Tip: If you have trouble getting an entry key, you may have an issue with your home Wi-Fi network. Follow this link for some steps to take.

Troubleshoot adding the thermostat to the Nest app

Enter the key in the app:


  1.  Open the Nest app and sign in to your account if prompted.
  2. From the home screen, tap the Settings Nest settings icon.
  3. Tap Add product.
  4. Tap Continue without scanning and then select the type of Nest thermostat you're trying to add.
  5. Follow the Nest app’s instructions. When prompted, type in the entry key on your thermostat’s screen.

Once you’ve entered the key, the Nest app will add your Nest thermostat to your account. You’ll see your thermostat appear on the Nest app home screen. Tap your thermostat icon to control it and change settings

Visit this article to learn more about how to use your thermostat and change settings:

Get started using your thermostat


Installing and using your Nest thermostat:

1. Check Nest compatibility and get a wiring diagram 
2. Install your thermostat on the wall 
3. Set up your thermostat 
4. Connect your thermostat to the Nest app - You've just completed 
5. Getting started using your Nest thermostat


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