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Nest has introduced Google Assistant support that allows voice control over Secure from a supporting device. You can arm the system whether you’re home or away, check its status, or cancel it within seconds of making a mistake.
With voice commands, it’s easy to arm your system or check its status. Here’s what you can say to your Google Assistant:
- Hey Google, set Nest Secure to Home and Guarding.
- Hey Google, set Nest Secure to Away and Guarding.
- Hey Google, cancel security. (must be said within a few seconds of arming your system, and only if you armed your system with a voice command)
- Hey Google, what’s the status of my security?
When using your Google Assistant with your Nest Secure alarm system, keep in mind, you can’t disarm using voice commands.
When you arm through a Google Assistant-enabled speaker (such as Google Home), the speaker will announce how much time you’ve left and if there are any security concerns. Nest Guard will stay silent.
You can’t switch from one security level to another using a voice command. Instead, you’ll need to disarm and then re-arm with the security level you want.
It’s also worth noting that you won’t be able to do this if you have Nest Secure set up to arm only with a PIN. This could come across as hassle, but it’s clear that Nest would rather not risk an intruder getting in by shouting through an open window. This is mainly for arming Secure on your way out instead of a full replacement for your phone or the hub itself.
For all users with a Nest Secure and a Google Home or Assistant speaker or Assistant on your phone.
You can already use Google Assistant to control a Nest Secure system, but Google is taking things one step further.
Nest x Yale Lock is getting a new perk: smart lock will work with voice commands via Google Assistant.
The keyless touchscreen deadbolt allows users to lock and unlock a door from just about anywhere, and creates passcodes to manage access for family members, friends, and guests. Nest/Google Home app, also displays a history of who has entered through a Nest x Yale Lock-protected door, and when.
Now much of that functionality will also be accessible via voice commands with just about any device that has the Google Assistant, including smartphones and Google Home/Nest smart speakers. Users will be able to use Google Assistant to execute commands to remotely check the status of the lock while on the go, lock the door from anywhere, and add lock commands to Google Routines that run multiple tasks at the same time. That means you can simply add locking the door to your “Goodnight” routine and Google Assistant will automatically take care of it, so you can sleep soundly knowing you’re safe.
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Integrated with other members of the Nest family, the Nest x Yale lock can be paired with Nest Secure to disarm Nest’s alarm system.
Alternatively, pairing the lock with the Nest Hello video doorbell will allow you to see who’s at the door, and remotely grant them access (or not).
Nest remote access is secured via layers of bank-level encryption technology. And if your power or Wi-Fi fails or your app malfunctions, you will still be able to open the Nest x Yale Lock using the touchscreen. And if the lock batteries drain, you won’t find yourself locked out because the deadbolt can be opened by touching a nine-volt battery to the terminals at the bottom of the lock.
Using Google Assistant on Nest Secure
Since Nest launched its home security system Nest Secure, It has made minor updates you’d expect from a modern smart home device. Nest Secure has supported Google Assistant integration for quite some time, but with this most recent update, the product is taking that to a new level by turning itself into a Google Assistant speaker. With a new over-the-air update and flip of a switch in the Nest app, it turns your Nest Guard into a Home Mini, an always-listening Assistant speaker.
Nest Secure can now be turned into another Google Assistant speaker for your home
An update is rolling out to Nest Secure, that turns the Nest Guard into a full-fledged Google Assistant device. This is similar to the Next Cam IQ, which gained Assistant capabilities shortly after its release. So, you can ask it questions like, “Hey Google, do I need an umbrella?” before you set your alarm and leave the house. Nest Guard is the brains of Nest Secure; it contains a keypad and all the smarts that power the system and is usually placed in a spot with lots of traffic (like the front doorway) making it useful as you come and go.
Here are some of the ways the Google Assistant on Nest Guard can help you plan your day and keep your home safe.
Get real-time information: Ask for traffic, your flight status and the weather before you leave for the day.
Control smart home devices easily: In addition to arming Nest Secure with your voice, you’ll now be able to initiate a Routine (for example, “Hey Google, I’m home” to turn your lights on and your Nest Thermostat up as you walk in the door), lock your Nest x Yale Lock or announce who’s at the door with Nest Hello. You can preheat oven, toggle off connected smart bulbs, lock smart deadbolts, and more — entirely hands-free.
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Manage tasks: Set reminders, create calendar appointments (“Hey Google, add a meeting to my calendar”) or add items to shopping list (“Hey Google, add butter to my shopping list.”)
The speaker in Nest Guard was not intended to reproduce music with high fidelity. So, you probably won’t want to use it as a music player. However, it’s fine for managing things like timers and appointments. You can also control smart home devices like lights, robot vacuums, and even the Nest Secure system itself.
Nest added some Assistant commands for the Nest Secure after release, so you can use the Assistant-enabled Guard to arm the system and cancel an arming sequence by voice without another Home smart speaker. Just don’t expect to disarm the Nest Secure with your voice. For obvious reasons — an intruder shouting “Hey Google, disarm nest” through your door comes to mind.
Google Assistant on Nest Guard is an opt-in feature, and as the feature becomes available, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to enable the feature and turn on the microphone in the Nest app. The biggest advantage of adding Google Assistant to the Nest home security system is that the two were already compatible. Before, if you owned a Google Assistant device, you could easily control your Secure system using voice commands. Now, it’s even easier to do so, but directly, as Nest Guard does have one on-device microphone that is not enabled by default. So, your Nest Secure won’t just accept commands from your Google Home, it’ll start to behave like one itself, making your home security system more helpful.
Update: August and Vivint smart locks are now part of the native supported devices on Google Home/Assistant
Locking doors with August and Vivint products is now supported by the Google Assistant on Google Home and other devices.
Once it’s added to devices in the Home control section of the Google Home app with its little dedicated lock icon, users should be able to lock their door, list their locks and check the status of their door.
- Lock my front door
- Are my doors locked?
- Is my front door locked?
Does Google Assistant work with all August Smart Locks?
Yes, if you have a Wi-Fi bridge like the August Connect and you have Owner access to the lock.
Oops, glad you knew what I was talking about (MeWe, not Wemo). 🙂 I had automation on my mind I guess. 😉
As an owner of the Nest Secure it is a handy feature, but it’s still a whole lot more efficient to do it manually.
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I’m active nowhere 🙂 I just setup an account on Wemo, but I rarely use it. I do like getting notifications for your Google+ posts through the Google notification widget (which is also going away). I’ll figure it out. Just like things the way they are now I guess 😉
Shannon Kerr We’ve tried to ensure, most of our members can follow us through other networks. Which network you’re most active on or intend to use?
Gonna miss this Google+ community.