Nest Gets Google Accounts, Alexa Integration

Posted on August 20, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Google, Mobile, iOS, Android, Smart Home with 2 Comments

With its Nest smart home business now integrated into Google Home, Google is enabling Nest users to migrate to Google accounts.

“Now you can migrate your Nest account to a Google Account,” Google’s Gilles Drieu explains. “It’s easy to do and only takes a few minutes.”

You’ll want to do so: Once you move to a Google account, you’ll get automatic security protections like suspicious activity detection, two-step verification, and security checkup. But there are other niceties, too: Once you migrate, your Nest devices will work together with your other Google devices and services. Plus, you’ll have only one account to manage and use with the Nest and Google Home apps.

Nest customers will receive an email explaining the migration. But you can migrate at any time: Just select the “Sign in with Google” icon in the newly-updated Nest app. The resulting wizard will let you create a Google account if you don’t already have one.

Google also revealed that it has worked with Amazon to create a Nest skill that works with Google accounts. If you want to enable this integration with a Nest Thermostat or Nest Cam, you can do so here.

“If you’re using Works with Nest with other partners, we suggest waiting to migrate your account until you receive an email invitation,” Drieu advises. “If you decide to migrate before receiving your email, your Works with Nest integrations will no longer work and you won’t be able to get them back. We’re currently working with partners to provide similar integrations through Assistant Routines, and you’ll receive your email invitation to migrate when these integrations are ready. If you don’t migrate your Nest Account, your existing Works with Nest integrations will continue to work.”

You can get the latest version of the Nest app from the Apple App Store (iOS) or the Google Play Store (Android).

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Comments (2)

2 responses to “Nest Gets Google Accounts, Alexa Integration”

  1. terry jones

    I think you got your articles mixed in with the day's press releases.


  2. supermarkert

    It's worth emphasizing that migrating to a Google account will break any IFTTT connections you have to your Nest (plus any other integration you are using except for Alexa), with no way to revert back. So if that's important to you, then wait for a future update, and hope.