Does Nest work with Alexa? This is a question most people encounter when they start building out a smart home.
The Google Nest products and Amazon Alexa products are top of the line devices. But before you invest in them you want to ensure they will work together now and in the future.
Generally, yes. Most Nest thermostat and Nest camera products work with Nest, but you should review each device separately to ensure compatibility.
Yes. Per the Google Nest skill, all generations of the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Thermostat E work with Alexa.
Yes. Per the Google Nest skill, the Nest Hello Doorbell works with Alexa. However, the connection is limited to streaming the doorbell video feed only.
Yes. Per the Google Nest skill, the following Nest cameras work with Alexa:
No. At this time, the Nest Security products do not work with Alexa.
No. At this time, the Nest Protect smoke and CO2 alarms do not work with Alexa.
No. At this time, the Nest Yale Lock does not work with Alexa.
Yes. The following Alexa devices work with Nest compatible products. You can control your Nest Thermostat with voice commands and see you Nest Doorbell and Nest Camera video feeds.
Alexa Devices that Work with Nest:
As of now, all Nest products connect to Alexa using the Nest Skill in the Alexa app. Previously, there were separate skills for the Nest thermostat and the Nest cameras.
Starting in mid-2019, Google forces you to migrate your Nest account to a Google account to enable the Nest Amazon Alexa skill.
This migration requires that you have a free Google Gmail account. If you don’t have a Gmail account, then you should set one up before installing the Google Nest skill to make it easier.
Open the Skills & Games section in the Alexa app hamburger menu.
First click the search icon and type “Google Nest” in the search bar., Then, select the Google Nest skill to open it and press the “Enable to Use” button.
The Google Nest skill now requires a Google account. Make sure you have a free Gmail account set up before you begin to make the installation easier. If you don’t have a Gmail account then you will be asked to migrate your Nest account to a Google account during the installation.
If you already migrated you Nest account to a Google account then you simply select the Google account that is associated with your Nest devices.
If you haven’t migrated your Nest account to a Google account, you must follow the steps below to complete the setup. Otherwise, Nest will not work with Alexa.
First, you will see an error message saying Nest cannot enable Amazon Alexa. A link is provided to convert your Nest account to a Google account.
Second, you will grant Nest access to your Google account.
Third, you will go through a series of steps to convert your Nest account to a Google account. This includes disconnecting all of your "Works with Nest" connections such as IFTTT.
Once your Google Nest account is linked to Alexa, you need to tell Alexa to “Discover Devices”. Alexa will find all your compatible Nest products and link them. You need to tell Alexa to “Discover Devices” anytime you add a new camera or other compatible Nest device.
After connecting your Nest products to Alexa, you can use several voice commands to interact with your products. The Nest Thermostat commands can be used from any Alexa or Alexa Enabled device. The Nest Hello Doorbell and Nest Camera commands can be used on any Alexa device with a screen.
The name of your thermostat is the location of the thermostat in your Google Home app. For example, if the location of your thermostat is “Home” then you will use that name with the Alexa commands.
Alexa, set [Thermostat Location] to [Temperature]
Example: Alexa, set Home to 70 degrees
Alexa, increase/decrease [Thermostat Location] by [Amount] degrees
Example: Alexa, raise Home by 2 degrees
Alexa, what is the [Thermostat Location] temperature
Example: Alexa, what is the Home temperature
* This command tells you the current temperature recorded by the Nest thermostat.
Alexa, what is [Thermostat Location] set to
Example: Alexa, what is Home set to
* This command tells you the current heating or cooling set point in the Nest thermostat
The name of your Nest Doorbell or Camera is the location in your Google Home app. For example, if the location of your doorbell is “Front Door” then you will use that name with the Alexa commands.
Use these Alexa Nest commands to stream live video on Alexa devices with screens. This includes the Amazon Fire TV. The streaming video will automatically shut off after 60 minutes unless you close the connection earlier.
Alexa, show [Camera Location]
Example: Alexa, show Front Door
* This will show the Front Door video screen on your Fire TV, Echo Show, Echo Spot, etc.
Alexa, hide [Camera Location]
Example: Alexa, hide the Front Door
* Use this command to hide or close the video stream that you are watching.
Nest and Alexa work together today, but should we be concerned about the future?
Smart home owners got a scare in mid-2019 when Google announced they were ending the “Works with Nest” program. However, Google pivoted and announced that Nest products would continue to work with Alexa if you converted your Nest account to a Google account.
Google has a history of ending programs and integrations. This announcement was a concern for me and it happened right when I was looking to upgrade my thermostat.
Based on those concerns, I decided to migrate away from the Nest Learning Thermostat. I definitely wanted another thermostat that works with Alexa. After researching all options, I decided to install the Ecobee thermostat, which is Alexa enabled.
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