SAFE & SOUND
Let’s get your Nest Protect set up, and show you how to access its most important options
SET IT UP IN THE APP
Get the Nest app on your phone if you don’t already have it, and log into your Nest account (or create one if you need to). Tap the ‘Add New’ button to add a Nest device, then follow the instructions on-screen, which will guide you through adding the product using the QR code on the back, and adding it to your Wi-Fi.
GIVE IT A CHECK-UP
On the Nest app’s Home screen, tap the icon representing your Protect. A new screen will appear, with an immediate pop-up showing the health of your Protect, including the last times it tested itself. Dismiss this and tap the ‘Check-up’ option at the bottom to run tests, including the full alarm noise.
CHOOSE A LOCATION
As part of the set-up process, you’ll need to specify the Protect’s location – this is what it will call itself if it needs to alert you to something, so pick one that makes sense for where you’ve installed it. You can go from the specific (‘Master Bedroom’) to the wider (‘Upstairs’). You can also type in your own location.
Tap the cog in the top-right corner of this screen for some alarm options. ‘Sound check’ lets you choose whether your Protect tests its own alarm system once per month – you can specify a time, and it will wait until you’re not at home in that window. ‘Silencing alarms’ lets you toggle whether alarms can be stopped from the app.
When you have at least one product installed, the Nest shows a Home screen when you open it. This lists any products you own, grouped by location, with easy access to any handy controls for them – a Protect is represented by a small white circle, with a green ring showing if it’s all working as intended.
In the list of your Protects on this screen, tap one’s name for even more options. Some of its fancier options, including its night-light mode and advanced warnings before alarms, are listed under Nest Sense – tap them to see what they do, and turn them on or off. You can also change its location and tweak the light’s brightness.