Learn how to control your Google Nest products with Amazon Alexa
Google Nest’s support for new technologies like Alexa gives you more ways to control your Nest home while you’re out and when you’re at home. With Alexa, there’s no need to go to your thermostat or find your phone. Just speak one of the phrases listed below to tell Alexa what you want your Nest product to do.
Amazon Alexa supports the following Google Nest products:
- Cameras and video doorbells
Important: Not all Google Nest products, Amazon products, and Smart Home Skill integrations mentioned in this article are available in all countries.
How to connect Amazon Alexa to your Google Nest products
Before you begin, make sure your Nest Account has been migrated to a Google Account.
Start by using the Alexa app to enable the Google Nest Skill. You can locate this in either device group:
Follow the on-screen instructions and choose which data to share with Amazon, then select Done.
Then, ask Alexa to discover your Nest products by saying, "Alexa, discover my devices."
Amazon has more detailed instructions on their website if you need them.
If you don’t see the Smart Home Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, the skill is not available for your particular locale.
Note: You need to be a member of the home the devices are connected to in order to set up the Google Nest Skill.
How to connect or disconnect a Nest product from Alexa
Whenever you say “Alexa, discover my devices,” Alexa will automatically look for all the Nest products in your home.
In the future, if you add or remove a Nest product with the Nest app, you can simply say the phrase again to sync Alexa with everything you’re currently using.
To disconnect a Nest product, click the disconnect button in the Partner Connections tool.
Google Nest thermostat commands
You can control your Nest thermostat by talking to an Alexa-enabled device, for example, an Amazon Echo or Dot. Here are some things you can say.
How to say your thermostat's name
Wherever you see “thermostat name” in the examples below you should say the location assigned to it on the Nest app, like “Hallway.” If you’re not sure which location you assigned to your thermostat, here’s how to check:
open the Nest app tap your thermostat Settings Where.
If you don’t say your thermostat’s name when giving a command, Alexa will ask you to say the name of the thermostat you want to control.
In rare cases, you may have two thermostats with the same location name, like “Hallway,” plus a custom label like “Downstairs.” If your thermostat has a custom label, you’ll need to say, “Alexa, set the Hallway Downstairs to ___ degrees.”
Important: Unless the word “thermostat” is part of your thermostat’s name, don’t say it when speaking to Alexa. Only use the exact location name you see in the Nest app when speaking your command. For instance, if your thermostat is named Hallway, then saying “Alexa, change the Hallway to ___ degrees” will work, but “Alexa, change the Hallway thermostat to ___ degrees” will not.
Ask about the room's temperature
- Alexa, what's the temperature in "thermostat name"?
- Alexa, what's the temperature in the house?
- Alexa, what temperature is my "thermostat name" set to?
Set a specific target temperature
- Alexa, set the “thermostat name” temperature to ___ degrees.
- Alexa, change the “thermostat name” to ___ degrees.
- Alexa, turn my “thermostat name” temperature to ___ degree
Increase or decrease the target temperature
- Alexa, decrease the “thermostat name” temperature.
- Alexa, increase the “thermostat name” by ___ degrees.
- Alexa, make my “thermostat name” warmer by ___ degrees.
If you ask Alexa to change the temperature without specifying by how much, it will change the temperature by 2°F or 1°C .
In rare cases, you may have two thermostats with the same location name
Alexa will control your Nest thermostat a bit differently when it’s in Heat •
Note: Alexa won’t be able to change the temperature if your Nest thermostat has been manually switched to an Eco Temperature, is in Off mode, is using Emergency Heat or if there’s an Emergency Shutoff.
Switch your thermostat’s mode
You might want to change your thermostat’s mode when the seasons change, or you might want to switch to an Eco Temperature before everybody leaves.
- Alexa, set the “thermostat name” to ___ mode.
Your options for the mode are Heat, Cool, Heat•Cool, or Eco. Keep in mind, your available options depend on which equipment you have installed.
Nest camera commands
The Nest camera skill lets you watch your camera’s live video with an Amazon video player (for example, an Amazon Fire TV).
Keep in mind:
- This skill will only work on Amazon devices that can display video. The skill won’t work on any devices that don’t have video capabilities (such as an Amazon Echo).
- If you’re using an Alexa Voice Remote, be sure to press and hold the microphone button on the remote while you’re speaking.
- If your Nest camera is turned off, Alexa won’t be able to control it. You’ll need to open the Nest app on your phone and turn on your camera before giving a voice command to Alexa.
How to say your camera's name
Wherever you see "camera name" in the examples below
Unless the word “camera” is part of your Nest camera’s
In rare cases, you may have more than one camera with
Display live camera video
- Alexa, show the “camera name”
- Alexa, show feed from the “camera name”
- Alexa, show “camera name” feed
After 60 minutes, your camera will stop streaming video to your Amazon device. To continue streaming, simply repeat the voice command.
Stop displaying video
- Alexa, hide the “camera name”
- Alexa, hide feed from the “camera name”
- Alexa, hide the “camera name” feed
Troubleshooting Alexa's connection to your products
Visit Amazon’s website for help with Alexa, including its connection to Nest products. For example, you may need to toggle permissions for the Nest skill, or you may need to disable the skill and then re-enable it. Amazon’s website has step by step instructions and additional troubleshooting suggestions: