Learn how to control your Nest products with Amazon Alexa

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.

Learn more about Nest and Alexa working together >

Amazon Alexa supports the following Nest products:

  • Nest cameras and video doorbells.
  • Nest thermostats.

Important: Not all 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 Nest products

Start by using the Alexa app to enable one or both of Nest’s
Smart Home Skills:

  • Nest thermostat by Nest Labs, Inc.
  • Nest camera by Nest Labs, Inc.

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 one or more of the Smart Home Skills listed
above in the Alexa app, it means the skill is not available for
your particular locale.

Note: You need to be a member of the Nest home to set up the
Alexa-Nest connection.

Allow Alexa to control Nest screen in the Amazon Alexa app

 

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.

Nest thermostat commands

You can control your Nest thermostat by talking to an Alexa-enabled device, for example, an Amazon Echo, Tap, 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 and then tap your thermostat and then Settings Nest settings icon and then 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 or thermostat's room 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
and a custom label. Labels appear under your thermostat’s name in the
Nest app, like Hallway - downstairs. So you’d say, “Alexa, set the Hallway
downstairs to ___ degrees.”

Alexa will control 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 will be
set to 70-74 degree range. Alexa will confirm your request, saying “Hallway
is in heat-cool mode, aiming for 72 degrees”.
 

App custom label

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.

Your options for the mode are HeatCoolHeat•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
you should say the name or location you gave your
camera
 when you set it up. If you're not sure which
location you assigned to your camera, here's how to
check:
open the Nest app and then tap your camera and then Settings Nest settings icon
 and thenWhere.

Unless the word “camera” is part of your Nest camera’s
name, don’t say it when talking to Alexa. For example,
“Alexa, show the Living Room” will work, but “Alexa, show
the Living Room camera” won’t.

In rare cases, you may have more than one camera with
the same location name such as “Hallway,” plus a unique
label. When you open the Nest app and tap on your
camera, look above the video feed: if your camera has a
label, it will be in parentheses, such as “Hallway (Downstairs).
” When talking to Alexa, you’ll need to say the location name
and label, for example, “Alexa, show the Hallway Downstairs.”

Nest app home screen spaces

Display live camera video

  • Alexa, show the “camera name”
  • Alexa, show feed from the “camera name”
  • Alexa, show “camera name” feed

After 30 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

You can teach Alexa new Skills

Works with Nest developers have created several new Alexa Skills for more control and convenience, and there are more new Skills coming. You’ll be able to say things like, “Alexa, tell the thermostat that I’m too hot” so it turns down the heat a few degrees. Or you can tell Alexa that you’re leaving so your thermostat will turn down to your Eco Temperatures. But you’ll need to turn on these new Skills before you can use them.

How to turn on Alexa Skills >

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:

Amazon.com: Alexa Quick Fixes >

Amazon.com: Alexa help >

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