How to add your Nest thermostat to the Nest app

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

Before you get started using your thermostat you’ll need to complete all the steps below.

1. Check compatibility and get a wiring diagram
2. Install your thermostat and Heat Link
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

Nest Thermostat E

Note: You may have already done this as part of an earlier step. If
so, you can skip to the article about getting started using your
thermostat
.

To set up and install your Nest Thermostat E, you’ll need to use the
Nest app. Your thermostat will be added during installation so you
won’t have to worry about adding it later.

  1. If you haven’t done so already, install the Nest app for iPhone or
    Android. Then sign in or create an account if you don’t have one yet.
  2. On the Nest app home screen, tap Settings Nest settings icon and then Add product Nest add product icon. .
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to add you thermostat to the app and set it up in your home.
nest thermostat front view

3rd or 2nd gen Nest Learning Thermostat

If you’re adding a Nest Learning Thermostat, here are the steps you
can take:
nest thermostat gen 3 front view

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.

Troubleshooting adding the Nest 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 for free from the Apple App Store or from Google Play.

You can also use your computer’s web browser to go to home.nest.com.

3. Create a free account in the Nest app

You’ll see a button to Sign up for a free 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 a free account follow this link.

How to create an account in the Nest app >

4. Add your thermostat to your account in the Nest 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.
Nest thermostat entry key

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.

Troubleshooting adding the Nest thermostat to the Nest app >

Enter the key in the Nest 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

Nest app enter key page

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

Get started using your thermostat > 

 

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

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