Creating a smart home is a lot of fun. It also offers you simple comfort in our modern world. Every time you invest in a new smart device, it's exciting to add it to your smart home network. A popular brand in the smart home scene is Google Nest. This is Google's approach to smart home security. Google currently offers a unique selection of smart devices, including cameras, video doorbells and thermostats. Homeowners looking for voice control may ask, "Does Nest work with Alexa?"
The answer is yes. Each of these Nest devices is compatible with Amazon's Alexa, so you can use voice commands to control your environment and protect you and your family. With voice commands, you can have both hands full and still operate the smart devices.
These are currently the Nest devices you can integrate with Alexa:
Migrate your Nest devices to Google
Now that you no longer have to wonder if Nest Alexa is working. You can start the integration process.
To control your Nest devices with Alexa, you must first migrate your existing Nest account to Google. This step applies to Next users who had their account before August 19, 2019. If your account was created after August 19, 2019, your account is already integrated into Google. If you don't have a Google Account, here are instructions on how to set one up.
Next, download the Alexa app to a smartphone or tablet, as well as an Alexa-enabled device like an Amazon Echo Dot speaker. Voice controls can be installed and used by downloading the Amazon Alexa app.
Connect the Alexa app to your Nest devices
With Nest's Alexa integration, you can control all compatible devices from any Alexa speaker. You don't have to go to every single device to operate or control it. Just say a supported command and tell Alexa what you want your Nest device to do. The next step is to connect your Nest devices to the Alexa app.
Activate one or both Alexa skills
- Open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet
- Tap the menu button in the corner
- Choose "Smart Home"
- At the bottom of the screen, tap “Your Smart Home Knowledge”
- Tap Enable Smart Home Skills.
- Look for "Nest Labs Nest Thermostat" and / or "Nest Labs Nest Camera".
- Select the ability to activate
- Touch Activate.
- Enter your Nest account information into your account
- Ask Alexa to discover your Nest devices by saying, "Alexa, discover my devices."
This only works on your own Nest devices that exist in a single account. If you share the account through Nest family accounts, this process will not work.
Use the Nest device name to connect
To command a single Nest device, you must identify the device name. For example, a command contains the name of the camera (or thermostat). The name is the location that you previously assigned to your Nest device in the Nest app. Examples of names are "kitchen, bedroom, living room" or another room to which you have assigned the device. You can view the name labels for your Nest devices by opening your Nest app.
In the app, tap the selected thermostat or camera. Select "Settings" and tap "Where". When you give Alexa a voice command, enter the specific name of the Nest device you want to control. If you don't have the word "camera" or "thermostat" as part of the device name, don't say it when you command Alexa. Just use the exact name you assigned to each device. The device name is the name you specified when you originally set up the device. This Nest manual contains information about device names.
Control Nest devices with Alexa
After setup is complete, you can speak Alexa commands to control your Nest devices. You can even control your compatible Nest devices from your mobile phone while at home or remotely.
To speak commands, just make sure your Nest products are turned on, have access to a power source, and connected to Alexa. You must also be within earshot of your Alexa-enabled device. In other words, don't try to speak to your Echo Dot downstairs while you're upstairs in your bedroom. Also keep in mind that these devices can be connected via both LTE and WiFi.
Commands that you can use for a Nest thermostat
- "What is the temperature in (thermostat name)?"
- “Set the temperature (name of the thermostat) to _ degrees”
- "Reduce the temperature (name of the thermostat)"
- "Make mine (thermostat name) warmer by _ degrees"
- "What is the temperature in the house?"
Remember, if you don't specify a temperature change, Alexa will adjust the temperature by 1 degree Celsius.
Commands that you can use for a nest camera
- "Show feed from (camera name)"
- "Show the (camera name)"
- "Hide feed before (camera name)"
- "Hide the (camera name) feed"
Note that a product with a screen must be used to view your camera's feed on an Amazon Alexa device. For example the Amazon Echo Show.
Do you need more information about Alexa and Nest?
Connecting your Google Nest products to Alexa leads to simplicity and convenience. You no longer have to pause what you are doing to customize some of the most important elements in your home. You can find more information about Amazon Alexa, Nest Security or articles to answer questions like “Does Nest work with Alexa?” On our blog.