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Nest App Updates to Version 4.0 – Brings New UI, Support for Nest Protect, and More

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The Nest apps for Android and iOS each received a massive update this evening to version 4.0, bringing with them support for the new Nest Protect. Outside of the apps, a firmware update for the Nest Thermostat is also arriving. 

So what’s new? Well, the UI has been overhauled to make you much more efficient when using it. You no longer have to turn the app sideways to reveal more options. Instead, the Nest team introduced new menus and easier-to-locate shortcuts for things like “Home” and “Away” toggling. If you own a Thermostat and a Protect or two (once they ship), you’ll easily be able to tap on them individually to alter their settings. There is also a hamburger-style menu at the top right which slides out a menu for more options and a new message system will send you important notifications.

It’s a heck of an update for Nest owners (and future Protect owners) to enjoy. Go get it.

Here is the Play store “what’s new” list for the Android app:

  • Redesigned from the ground up including full landscape-portrait modes and beautiful, animated weather
  • Nest Protect support and setup
  • Results of Nest Protect manual and self tests
  • Messages and push notifications for important events, like Emergency Alarm, and low battery levels
  • Directly contact emergency services in the case of a smoke and carbon monoxide event
  • “What to Do” instructions during a smoke and carbon monoxide event

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And here is the list of changes in the Thermostat update:

  • Quiet Time is a brand new 4.0 feature that allows you to set times when noisy stand-alone humidifiers and dehumidifiers won’t turn on, regardless of the humidity. That can keep the house quiet in critical moments, like your kid’s afternoon nap.
  • Heat Pump Balance is getting an upgrade, making Balanced and Comfort settings more efficient and using multiple stages of heat for pre-heating.
  • Your Nest Thermostat is now smarter about when to switch between fuel types in dual-fuel systems in order to better protect your system and provide more consistent heating.
  • Your Nest Protect and Nest Thermostat can now connect to improve the Auto-Away algorithm and shut down your heating system if there’s a CO emergency.
  • You can find out all of the Thermostat update details here.

If you are new to the Nest Thermostat, be sure to read our review on it. I still consider it to be my favorite Android accessory.

Via:  Nest

Cheers Adam!

  • Lance

    Nest 4.0 has introduced a bug which drains the units battery and then it refuses to connect to the Wi-Fi. Found this article: http://support.nest.com/article/Intermittent-low-battery-or-connectivity-issues-with-thermostat-software-4-0 Still no updates, The whole purpose of buying this unit was to remote monitor my thermostat settings. I hope they resolve the issue quick.

  • Jeff Mowbray

    What a progressive company. I love my second generation Nest. Plan on getting the new detector too.

  • Cowboydroid

    The web version now also looks exactly like the mobile version.

    • Cowboydroid

      LOL, why on earth would anyone downvote a purely factual statement?

  • rdrizzle

    I am on the fence so bad about the NEST PROTECT. I am reading that they already have a new one in the works to work with existing alarm systems using the motion sensors. Also, NEST PROTECT cannot be hardwired to existing fire/smoke alarm systems thereby not being compliant with fire code. Replace all of them at once or don’t bother because you won’t be safe. On the other hand, they look awesome and now the app update makes me want one even more.

  • Cowboydroid

    “Consistency and conventions are there to help your users. They help users get things done and not worry about how to get things done. Design guidelines are there to help you understand the consistency and conventions, especially if you’re not from around here.”
    -Matias Duarte

    Nest would do well to listen.

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  • BroRob

    I really like the UI changes! I especially like that I dont have to turn my phone or tablet sideways just to get to the settings!! Still hoping for Nest to get some form of integration in to my Iris though. I’d just like to poll the temp data, not necessarily control the nest through Iris, similar to pulling mod-bus data in to my DCIM software.

    • akhnaten

      I am considering switching to Honeywell in hopes of getting better home integration. I think Iris has a native thermostat too. It only costs around $99.

  • steveliv

    Wow. I really like this new redesign. I didn’t preorder a Protect, but i do intend to get a few for the house.

  • droidify

    I bought a Nest gen 2 and it worked for about a week. Unfortunately when it fails it breaks expensive stuff. It burned out a logic board because it was trying to run the a/c and heat at the same time. This is not a totally uncommon problem with them if you read the reviews on amazon. I bought a honeywell wifi t-stat and haven’t looked back. If it fails (which it hasn’t) it just becomes a standard 7-day t-stat.

    • ceejw

      Had my 2nd gen for over a year and never had one issue with it. Just looked up that honeywell, it looks like a huge step down in UI design compared to nest both on the thermostat and the app.

      • Cowboydroid

        He sounds like a Honeywell troll, if anything. Honeywell is to Nest as Microsoft is to Android, trying to protect their legacy market in the courts through litigation, and only making notional advances in their own technology to address competition.

        • droidify

          I am sorry that I explained my problem. A honeywell troll? Seriously. When yours fails I hope you don’t have the same problems that so many others have had. I guess they are all trolls too.

          • Cowboydroid

            I’ve had mine going on two years. Never had a problem with it.

            Honeywell thermostats are a usability nightmare.

          • droidify


          • Jeff Mowbray

            Ditto. It’s an amazing product

    • Eric Peterson

      I’m assuming you set it up without checking with anyone. It specifically states unless your heating/cooling system is prepared to have both systems on (already a feature in your existing thermostat, which 90% dont have) you should not have it set to AC/Heat and instead set it to AC or Heat.

      • droidify

        Well actually your assumption would be wrong. I had a “Nest certified Pro” set it up. There are certified installers on Amazon that claim they have had numerous major failures due to faulty nest hardware.

      • NexusMan

        I’m hoping this is true, and that is not a common problem. I was planning to buy one next week.

  • Daniel_Weber

    How do you pull up the energy report and schedule now? Cant seem to locate how.

    • Guest

      Select the thermostat, then click on settings, then engergy report. Tap on a single day to see when the heater was operating.

      • Daniel_Weber

        Thank You! as well

        • jasdempsey

          I thought I had deleted this comment. It’s not the ‘settings’ to click, but the ‘menu’ icon.

    • jasdempsey

      Click on the thermostat, then click on the menu icon in the upper right. Then Energy History. Click on an individual day to see when during the day the furnace was operating.

      • Daniel_Weber

        Thank You!

  • A new milestone here, this will be the factor that their strength in the market compared to the other items. Congratulations to them and expect good things to come.

    • Nw_adventure

      Nest sounded like a great idea until I read the horror stories online- So if you lose power and of course Wi-Fi, Nest has to re-connect to the network manually. Not a good idea to have this if you live in a place that has real winters, happen to go out of town and come back to a cold house and water damage since your pipes burst just after Nest went offline.. Seemed great otherwise.

      • Cowboydroid

        My apartment has lost power several times, and I have never had to reconnect my Nest manually to my Wifi.

        • rdrizzle

          I have had several power outages over the year with mine and neither one of them needed to be reconnected. They have always worked perfectly.

      • sb605

        You can set the Min low and the Max high. So, if you set those at 50 and 85, you are all set. Even if the Nest loses power and WiFi connection, it remembers the setting (has a built-in rechargeable battery), so when the power comes back on, it sends signals to the HVAC system even if it cannot connect to WiFi.

        • Nw_adventure

          Hmm if you check out the reviews @ Amazon, either this setting is unknown to a majority of current nest owners or doesn’t actually work as advertised. Nest makes it pretty clear in the warranty info that they are in no way shape or form responsible for any acts of god, nature, yada yada.