Here are answers to some common questions about Works with Google Assistant's Device Access program. You’ll find information about Device Access for consumers and developers as well as where to sign up to get the latest updates.
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What is Device Access and why are you launching it?
To live up to the commitments we published in May 2019, Device Access will ensure that your privacy and data safety come first while you seamlessly use Nest and Google products with our Device Access partners in your home.
Device Access lets qualified partners securely access and control your Nest products with their apps and solutions. This gives you more choice in how you control your home. We require Device Access developers to go through an additional security assessment to help keep your data private and secure.
Read more on our blog to learn about Device Access and other ways to create a helpful home.
How does Device Access ensure that my data is secure?
Device Access developers will have to have their proposed use case reviewed, pass an annual security assessment, and agree to our terms of service before they are approved, so we can help protect your data.To learn more about the annual security assessment, read our blog post about the Strobe OAuth Security Assessment.
How are Works with Nest, Works with Google Assistant, and Device Access different?
Works with Nest (WWN) was the original way that third party partners could access and control your Nest products. They were fully integrated with a Nest product and could check and change its status. Works with Nest connections will continue to work for those users who have a non-migrated Nest Account in the Nest app for as long as our partners support them.
Works with Google Assistant (WWGA) enables the Google Assistant to control all your connected products. You can use the Google Assistant to create Assistant Routines in the Home or Assistant apps. We’ve announced two new aspects of WWGA specifically for the products in your home: Device Access and Home Routines.
- With Device Access, third party partners can directly access and control your Nest products, only after they pass a use case review from us and an annual security assessment from one of our authorized testers. For example, if you have a security system that offers a Device Access integration, you’ll be able to view and control your Nest camera and other products directly from your security provider’s app. Each year, they’ll be required to update their security assessment to validate that they continue to meet the security assessment requirements. Device Access allows you to integrate your partner products into your Google Nest ecosystem.
- Home Routines allow your Nest and partner products to work better together and be more helpful. For instance, if your connected smoke alarm identifies an emergency in your home, a Home Routine can flash your connected lights and turn them red to give you an additional visual cue. You can build your own Routines from scratch, or opt into common ones we've ready-made for you. We're working with partners to provide even more innovative Routines, suggested for you based on the products you have. You’ll always be in control, and can decide to opt in or out of these actions. All the while, your sensitive information won’t be shared, so your home data remains private.
Which partners are currently on Device Access?
What happens to my Works with Nest connections?
What if my Works with Nest connection isn't available in Device Access or Home Routines?
How do I learn more about becoming a Device Access developer?
Will developers have access to a developer console to manage their integrations?
Will developers have to pay for the commercial annual security assessment?
What happens if I fail the annual security assessment?
What happens to my Works with Nest developer integrations?
What is the Device Access commercial review process?
What is individual access? How is it different from commercial access?
Works with Nest had a sandbox for personal integrations. Can I do that with Device Access?
We will invite smart home developer enthusiasts to participate in our Device Access for Individuals, which lets you directly control your own Nest devices for your private integrations and automations. These smaller integrations do not require a security audit or review, and have a limited number of allowed users.Stay tuned for more details in the future. For now, sign up for more information on our Device Access site.