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Google App Now One Step From Being Able to Control Nest (Updated: It’s Live!)

Update:  It’s now live!

Shortly after Google acquired smartphone company, Nest, the thermostat and smoke alarm maker announced a “Works with Nest” program that would enable all sorts of smart products to interact with those made by Nest. Of course, the most obvious partner in this program is Google. In the announcement, Nest noted that this “Fall” we would be able to say to our phones, “OK, Google, set the temperature to 72 degrees,” or something along those lines and watch as our Nest changed temperatures. While we have yet to see this integration fully appear, it does look as though we are about one step away from it becoming a reality. 

A reader of ours (and confirmed by us) noticed that if you tell Google to set the temperature on your Nest (“set Nest to 68 degrees”), it tries to complete the task. It fails initially, but that’s because it needs you to authorize your Google account to work with Nest, so there is an option to opt-in accompanying the failure notice (the “Works with Nest” button).

Unfortunately, this authorization step is the one that needs to go live from Google in order for all of this to work. As you can see below, Google and Nest have a page setup already for this action to take place, but when you tap on “Yes, I’m in,” it redirects to a page that is not quite live yet.

And actually, there are two integrations that we will soon see – one for simply setting the temperature, and another that will recognize that you are on your way home, so that it can set your preferred temperature. This action will be accompanied by a Google Now card.

So again, we aren’t quite there yet, but we are oh so close.

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Cheers Keith!
  • Matt

    I got it enabled by going to the works with nest site and clicking through the “Yes, I’m in” prompts… It took several tries before it took.

    (I edited out the location name from the screenshot, but everything seems to work)

  • Matt

    I got it enabled by going to the works with nest site and clicking through the “Yes, I’m in” prompts… It took several tries before it took.

    (I edited out the location name from the screenshot, but everything seems to work)

  • SpiderPKT

    It is working now. Go to http://workswithnest.google.com/ to set it up

  • AlexKCMO

    Nest makes Smartphones? Wat?

  • Bassdj

    Lol, 69.

  • markp99

    Hopefully this finally opens the door for IFTTT or Tasker automation to set AutoAway when you leave your Home geofence.

    • markp99

      “OK Google, set Nest away” – seems like it will work as expected, once this is all enabled.

  • I love mine…own the thermostat and two of the nest protects. Love
    being able to adjust temp when I’m not home or in bed. My utility bills
    have been pretty good too.Juegos Frin

  • Mason Lammers

    Any chance this will connect via a SIM card instead of WiFi? I haven’t researched the product eought but I assume it requires WiFi?

  • zurginator

    I had always been told it takes more energy to bring a temp back up/down vs leaving it steady, unless it’s for a prolonged period of time (10+ hours).

    • jwildman16

      I think that’s an old wive’s tail, but I’d love to see some data on it.

    • Dennis Ulijn

      Depends on the type of heating… Radiators tend to get hot quickly, dissipating a lot of heating quickly, heating a room very fast (depending on the size of the radiator vs size of the room, but this is mostly precalculated). Floor heating works slowly (it needs to heat up a 10cm thick slab of concrete/cement) before heating the room.

  • Mordecaidrake

    Is the Nest really worth it?

    • Ben

      I love mine…own the thermostat and two of the nest protects. Love being able to adjust temp when I’m not home or in bed. My utility bills have been pretty good too.

      • Mordecaidrake

        So a noticeable price drop?

        • gimlet72

          I have two of them. I noticed a drop in price I love them and doesn’t use the app that often. It’s nice when I leave the house it will adjust temp automatically.

        • Ben

          Hard to say because I installed it the same time I moved in. I have a 1600 sq ft house in cold Michigan weather and my electric was $70 and gas $50 last month if that helps.

    • Mike

      Yes. We’ve seen a noticeable drop in our energy use over the past 18 months that we’ve used it. The Auto-Away feature makes a big difference.

  • Suicide_Note

    This is great. Can’t wait to be able to do this.