The Nest app is key to man­ag­ing your smart home setup, so let’s find out how to get started

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Be­fore adding Nest prod­ucts in the home, cre­ate an ac­count and sign in. Sim­ply tap the but­ton on the main screen to add a new de­vice, follow the set-up pro­ce­dure and, once it’s com­pleted, that de­vice will ap­pear on the main screen. To add sub­se­quent de­vices, tap the cog in the top-right cor­ner and tap Add prod­uct.


If you have other peo­ple liv­ing at home, get them con­nected too. This will en­able them to ac­cess the de­vices and more. Go to the set­tings cog from the Home screen and tap Fam­ily from the menu. To add peo­ple, tap Add a Fam­ily Mem­ber and send an in­vi­ta­tion via con­tact info or email ad­dress.


From the home screen you can check the status of your Nest prod­ucts. The in­door and out­door cams show a live feed, and Pro­tect gives your home’s health status. For con­trol of each de­vice, tap on the prod­uct. To al­ter the set­tings of an in­di­vid­ual de­vice, tap the cog icon.


Change what hap­pens to your Nest de­vices when you’re at home or away. Go to the set­tings cog (Home screen) and tap Home/Away As­sist. Here you’ll see your de­vices and ac­tions based on lo­ca­tion. Tap the Home or Away but­ton to dis­play the cur­rent setup and tap each de­vice to change the ac­tion.


If your Nest de­vices are dot­ted around the home, you can dis­play them all by room type on your home screen us­ing the Spa­ces fea­ture. Go into set­tings from the main screen, tap Spa­ces and tog­gle the switch to ‘on’ to ac­ti­vate this. If all de­vices are lo­cated in just the one space it’s best to keep this set­ting de­ac­ti­vated.


Works with Nest (WWN) prod­ucts can be added to your Nest ecosys­tem, but you can’t do this within the app. The pro­ce­dure for each de­vice is dif­fer­ent. You can gen­er­ally add a prod­uct by go­ing to the re­spec­tive man­u­fac­turer’s web­site, log­ging in and ac­ti­vat­ing the con­nec­tion with the Nest app.

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