Google Assistant is a voice-controlled personal assistant. With it, you can tell your Nest products to do things and ask questions about their status. If you have an Assistant-enabled speaker (like Nest Audio) or smart display (like Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max), it can also play certain notifications from your Nest products.
For information about where you can use Google Nest products and the Google Assistant, check Google Nest device availability.
The Google Assistant works with the following Nest products:
- Nest thermostats
- Nest cameras
- Nest Hello video doorbell
- Nest Secure alarm system
- Nest × Yale Lock
Note: In most cases, when you give voice commands, you won’t be speaking directly to your Nest products. Instead, you’ll be speaking to one of the devices listed in step one below, and the Google Assistant will pass the information to and from your Nest product.
1. Get the Google Assistant
The Google Assistant is built into some products and can be added to others. For example:
- Google Nest or Home speakers or displays and other Google Assistant-enabled speakers - built in
- Google Nest Hub - built in
- Android phone or tablet - built in
- iPhone or iPad - download the app
- Nest Cam IQ Indoor - built in, must be connected to your Google Assistant
- Nest Guard - built in, must be connected to your Google Assistant
For the latest information about additional devices that support the Google Assistant, visit the Google Assistant page.
2. Connect your Nest products to your Google Assistant
For detailed instructions on how to connect your Nest products to your Google Assistant, visit Control smart home devices using Google Assistant. After that, you can use the voice commands in the next step with your Nest products.
Note: In order to set up Google Assistant on Nest Cam or Nest Secure, your Nest account must be migrated to a Google Account. If you haven't yet migrated your account, you'll be asked to migrate during Google Assistant setup. To migrate, open the Nest app and go to Settings Migrate to a Google Account.
3. Things you can say and do
If you’re giving a voice command, start by saying “Hey Google,” then tell your Google Assistant what you want to know or what you want to do.
Here are some examples:
- "Hey Google, what’s the temperature inside?"
- "Hey Google, make it warmer (or cooler)."
- "Hey Google, set the temperature to [#] degrees."
- "Hey Google, raise (or lower) the temperature [#] degrees."
For more things you can say, visit the article about how to control smart home devices.
You can tell your Google Assistant to play your Nest camera’s live video on a screen. To be compatible, the screen must be one of the following:
- A Google Nest Hub
- A display with a Chromecast device attached to it
- A display that has Chromecast built-in
Here’s what you can say:
Hey Google, play [camera's location name] camera on [display's name]. For example, “Hey Google, play the Porch camera on the Living Room Chromecast.”
Tip: If you're speaking to a Google Nest Hub, you can just say, "Hey Google, show the [camera's location name]" and it will play the video on the display.
- Hey Google, turn off [display's name]. Keep in mind, this command will tell your display to stop showing video from your Nest camera, but it won’t turn your camera off.
- For more things you can say, visit Stream your security camera.
Note: For all the “[camera's location name]” in the examples above, you should say the name or location you gave your camera when you set it up. To find this info, open the Nest app, select your camera, and check the label at the top of your video feed.
In rare cases, you may have more than one camera with the same location name such as “Porch,” plus a unique label. When you open the Nest app and tap on your camera, check above the video feed: if your camera has a label, it will be in parentheses, such as “Porch (back)” or “Porch (front).” When talking to your Google Assistant, you’ll need to say both the location name and label, for example, “Hey Google, show the Porch (back) camera on the Living Room Chromecast.”
Nest Hello video doorbell
Get an alert when a visitor rings your doorbell
Your Google Assistant-enabled speaker or smart display can let you know when someone rings your doorbell. For complete instructions to set up visitor alerts, visit the following article:
Show video on a screen
Like all our other Nest cameras, you can tell your Google Assistant to show video from your Nest Hello on a compatible display. Check the Nest cameras section above for details and things you can say.
Nest Secure alarm system
With voice commands, it’s easy to arm your system or check its status. Here’s what you can say to your Google Assistant:
- "Hey Google, set Nest Secure to Home and Guarding."
- "Hey Google, set Nest Secure to Away and Guarding."
- "Hey Google, cancel security." (Must be said within a few seconds of arming your system, and only if you armed your system with a voice command.)
- "Hey Google, what’s the status of my security?"
When using your Google Assistant with your Nest Secure alarm system, keep in mind:
- You can’t disarm using voice commands.
- When you arm through a Google Assistant-enabled speaker (such as Home speaker or display), the speaker will announce how much time you have left and if there are any security concerns. Nest Guard will stay silent.
- If Nest Secure requires a passcode to set the alarm, you won’t be able to arm using a voice command. Requiring a passcode isn’t the default setting, but you may have changed this setting in the app.
- You can’t switch from one security level to another using a voice command. Instead, you’ll need to disarm and then re-arm with the security level you want.
Nest x Yale Lock
Here are some things you can say to your Google Assistant:
- "Hey Google, is the [location name] door locked?"
- "Hey Google, lock the [location name] door."
- "Hey Google, make sure my [location name] door is locked."
Note: For all the “[location name]” in the examples above, you should say the name or location you gave your lock when you set it up. To find this info, open the Nest app and check the label beneath your Nest × Yale Lock.
When using voice commands, keep in mind:
- You can’t unlock your door using voice commands. This is a safety precaution in order to help prevent an unauthorized person from unlocking your door with their voice. For a list of other ways you can unlock your door, check the following:
How to lock and unlock the Nest × Yale Lock
- Make sure your door is closed when you tell the Google Assistant to lock your door. The Nest × Yale Lock can only turn the deadbolt. It won’t close the door for you.
Google Assistant Routines
The Nest × Yale Lock works with Routines you’ve set up for your Google Assistant. For example, you can say, “Hey Google, goodnight,” and have your lock automatically lock itself. To learn more about Routines, get help with your daily routines.
If the Google Assistant doesn’t wake up when you say “Hey Google” or if it’s having trouble recognizing voice commands, visit Google Assistant Help.