Differences between the Nest app and Home app

While you can use most Nest products in the Nest app and Google Home app, there are some important differences between what each app offers.

Migrated and non-migrated Nest accounts

Whether you have a migrated or non-migrated Nest account affects which apps you can use to manage your Nest products, and which Nest Aware subscriptions you can purchase. 

If you have a non-migrated Nest account:

  • You can only manage your Nest products in the Nest app.
  • You can only purchase 1st gen Nest Aware subscriptions for your cameras.
  • You cannot use features that are only available in the Home app.

If you have migrated your Nest account to a Google account:

  • You can manage products in the Nest app and in the Home app. Check the compatible devices section below for a complete list.
  • You can purchase a Nest aware subscription for all cameras in your home.
  • You can use features that are only available in the Home app.

To learn more about Nest accounts and migration, read our FAQs about accounts for the Nest app.

Compatible devices

The table below shows which Nest and Google Home devices you can add to the Nest app and Home app.

Note: Keep in mind that you may only be able to change certain settings for Nest products in the Nest app.

For example, even if you can view your Nest thermostat and manually change its target temperature in the Home app, you cannot use the Home app to manually change its temperature schedule. To do this, you must use the Nest app or the thermostat screen.

 

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Nest Cam

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Nest Cam IQ

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Nest Hello video doorbell

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Nest thermostat

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Nest Guard

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Nest Protect

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Nest × Yale Lock

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Google Nest Hub

 

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Google Nest Hub Max

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Google Nest Mini

 

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Home members and shared access

  • In the Home app, you can invite others to share devices in your home.
  • In the Nest app, you can also invite people to share access to your Nest home.
  • If you have a migrated Nest account or unified home, you should have a consistent view of people who share access to devices in both apps. They’ll also have a consistent view of your Nest products in both apps.

Event-Based and Continuous Video Recording

How your camera records and saves important activity and which app you can use to view saved video depends on which Nest Aware subscription you have.

With Event-Based Recording (EBR), everything your camera streams is temporarily saved to the cloud, but footage that contains no activity is eventually deleted from the cloud. Video clips of events (like a person seen) stay saved in the cloud, so you can view them in the Nest app or Home app. Depending on your subscription, you can review up to 60 days of EBR video history in the Nest app.

With Continuous Video Recording (CVR), your Nest camera streams video whenever it’s on and saves it all in the cloud. Depending on your subscription, you can review up to 30 days of CVR video history in the Nest app.

  • Event-Based Recording (EBR) is available with a Nest Aware or Nest Aware Plus subscription.
  • Continuous Video Recording (CVR) is available with a 1st gen Nest aware or Nest Aware plus subscription.
  • View EBR video history or CVR video history in the Nest app’s Sightline and event history.
  • View camera events in the Home app’s the Feed and History.

Familiar face detection

  • With a Nest Aware subscription, your Nest Cam IQ, Nest Hello, or Nest Hub Max can detect familiar and unfamiliar faces and notify you.
  • You can use either the Nest app or the Home app to turn familiar face detection on or off and manage your familiar face library.
  • When you make changes to these settings in one app, the changes will be reflected in the other app. You may have to close and reload the other app for the changes to take effect.
  • Use the Nest app to turn on familiar face alerts to get notifications sent to your phone when your camera detects a familiar or unfamiliar face. You cannot set up camera alerts in the Home app.

Learn more about familiar face detection

Sound detection

With Nest Aware, Google Nest or Home speakers and displays can detect the sound of smoke alarms and glass breaking and save the recorded audio as an event in the Home app’s Feed.

Nest cameras can also detect sounds and notify you of the activity. With Nest Aware, your camera gets improved sound detection and can send you even better alerts. 

The Google Home app

More information about specific features available in the Home app below.

The Feed and History in the Home app

The Feed is where you can find important activity from your Nest and Google Home devices in the Home app.

You can go to Home history in the Home app to search the last 60 days of activity for most devices.* You can also use filters to narrow your search results.

*The total number of days camera events are viewable in the Home app’s Feed and History depends on your Nest Aware subscription.

Learn more about the Feed

Home & Away Routines

With Home & Away Routines in the Home app (with a Google account), you can change how your Nest devices behave when you leave or come home. You can start a Home or Away Routine with the app. Or set up presence sensing to switch devices in your home automatically.

For example, your cameras can turn on the video stream and your thermostat can switch to Eco temperatures when you leave the house (Away Routine). When you return, your camera can turn off the video stream and your thermostat can switch out of Eco temperatures (Home Routine). 

Learn about Home & Away Routines

Emergency calling

If you are a Nest Aware subscriber in the US, you can use the Home app to contact emergency services near your home, even if you’re far away.

Learn more about emergency calling

The Nest app

More information about specific features available in the Nest app below.

Home and Away

With Home and Away modes in the Nest app (with a Nest Account or a Google Account), you can change how your Nest devices behave when you leave or come home. You can manually switch to Home or Away in the app, or use Home/Away Assist to switch devices in your home automatically.

For example, your cameras can turn on the video stream and your thermostat can switch to Eco temperatures when you leave the house (Away mode). When you return, your camera can turn off the video stream and your thermostat can switch out of Eco temperatures (Home mode).

Nest cameras

Video history in the Nest app

Video history is Nest’s cloud-based video recording and storage service. With either Event-Based Recording or Continuous Video Recording, your video is stored securely on our cloud servers so you can access it anytime, anywhere.

Event history shows video clips or snapshots of activity your camera has recorded and saved to the cloud. In addition, Sightline marks the kind of activity that's occurred for each event in your video history timeline.

Learn about Sightline and event history

Activity Zones

With Activity Zones, your Nest camera can send alerts and mark your video history when there's important motion in a specific zone. You can set up your own custom zones, and in some cases, Nest can automatically create a zone over a spot we think you’d find interesting. That way alerts can be more specific and meaningful.

Note: To create Activity Zones, you need a Nest Aware subscription.

Camera alerts

Camera alerts are notifications that let you know when your Nest camera has spotted important activity. The setting options that will appear will depend on the type of camera and whether you subscribe to Nest Aware.

Video clip creation and sharing

With a Nest Aware subscription you can create, save, and share video clips and timelapses from your Nest camera’s video history.

Note: If you have EBR video history, you cannot create timelapses in the Nest app.

Camera schedules

If you’d like your Nest camera to turn on and off at specific times regardless of whether someone’s home, you can program a camera schedule in the Nest app.

Supersight close-up tracking

With Supersight, your Nest Cam IQ or Nest Hub Max can automatically zoom in and track a person so you can identify them more easily. The Nest app will show you a picture-in-picture view that has the default 130° view with a close-up window.

Nest thermostats

Temperature schedules

Nest thermostats can help you save energy and keep you comfortable by creating a temperature schedule for you. You can make adjustments to any schedule your Nest thermostat makes for you, or if you prefer, you can create your own from scratch.

If you use the Home app to view your thermostat as well, it should reflect the target temperature based on the temperature schedule you created.

Learn more about temperature schedules

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