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Control Nest products with Amazon Alexa

Google offers a Smart Home skill for integrating your Nest devices with Amazon’s Alexa voice control. With the Google Nest skill for Amazon Alexa, you can tell Alexa to change things like the temperature of your home and show your Nest camera live view on Alexa devices with a display. Here’s how to enable the Google Nest skill for Amazon Alexa and control your Nest devices with your voice using Alexa.

The Google Nest skill for Amazon Alexa supports the following Nest devices:

  • Nest cameras and doorbells
    • Alexa currently does not support Nest Cam (battery), Nest Doorbell (battery), Nest Cam (wired) and Nest Cam with floodlight.
  • Nest thermostats

Important: The Nest devices and Amazon devices mentioned in this article aren’t available in all countries. Learn where Nest devices are available.

Enable the Google Nest skill for Amazon Alexa

  1. Confirm that your Nest Account has been migrated to a Google Account
  2. If needed, follow the steps to migrate your Nest Account to a Google Account.
    Note: Certain Google Accounts can’t be used for migration, including Google Workspace accounts.
  3. Use the Alexa app or the Amazon website to find and enable the Google Nest skill for Amazon Alexa. 

For more detailed instructions, go to the Amazon website.

If you don’t find the Google Nest skill for Amazon Alexa in the Alexa app or on the Amazon website, the skill is not available for your particular locale.

Note: You need to be a member of the Nest home in order to enable the Google Nest skill for Amazon Alexa.

Add or remove a Nest device from Alexa

Whenever you say “Alexa, discover my devices” Alexa should automatically look for all the Nest devices that are supported by Alexa in your home.

In the future, if you add or remove a Nest device using the Google Home app or the Nest app, you can simply say the phrase again to make sure Alexa discovers all the supported Nest devices in your home.

Available voice commands

Nest thermostat voice commands

You can control your Nest thermostat when you talk to an Alexa-enabled device, like an Amazon Echo Show, or Dot. Here are some things you can say:

How to say your thermostat's name

Wherever you find the “thermostat name” in the examples below, you should say the thermostat’s name as it appears in the Alexa app.

Ask about the room's temperature or thermostat's target 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 ___ degrees.”

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 .

Alexa controls your Nest thermostat a bit differently when it’s in Heat • Cool mode, which can automatically switch between heating and cooling, as needed. For instance, if you ask Alexa to set the temperature to 72 degrees, both the lower and upper limit of your thermostat’s temperature range should be set to the 68-75 degree range.

Note: Alexa won’t be able to control your Nest thermostat if it’s set 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."

Depending on the equipment you’ve installed, your available modes may include Heat, Cool, Heat•Cool, or Eco.

Nest camera voice commands

The Google Nest skill for Amazon Alexa lets you watch your camera’s live view with an Alexa device that has a display (for example, Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show or Amazon Fire Tablet).

Keep in mind:

  • This feature will only work on Alexa devices that have a display. The feature won’t work on Alexa devices that don’t have a display (such as an Amazon Echo).
  • If you’re using an Alexa Voice Remote for controlling an Amazon Fire TV, 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 show you a live view from the camera. You’ll need to open the Google Home app or the Nest app on your phone and turn on your camera before giving a voice command using Alexa.

How to say your camera's name

Wherever there’s a “camera name” in the examples below, you should say the camera’s name as it appears in the Alexa app.

Display a live view from a camera

“Alexa, show the [camera name]”
“Alexa, show the feed from the [camera name]”
“Alexa, show the [camera name] feed”

After 12 hours, your camera should stop streaming video to your Amazon device. To continue streaming, simply repeat the voice command.

Stop displaying a live view

“Alexa, hide the [camera name]”
“Alexa, hide the feed from the [camera name]”
“Alexa, hide the [camera name] feed”
“Alexa, stop”
“Alexa, exit”

Troubleshoot Alexa's control of your Nest devices

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: Alexa Devices Help Alexa Features help

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