One of the most exciting tech developments was the introduction of Apple Homekit. Homekit allows users to control their home through voice activation and mobile devices.
But do Nest product work with Homekit?
Is Nest Compatible With Apple Homekit?
Yes, Google Nest products are compatible with Apple Homekit. However, since they are not natively compatible, you will need to use Homebridge to set it up and work properly.
What Is Google Nest?
Nest is a brand from Google that developed products designed to simplify the process of heating your home and reducing utility bills associated with heating. Nest created a series of smart products to give you greater control over your heating.
They also developed several other innovative home products, including smart video doorbells, motion sensors, security cameras, etc., that can be accessed remotely through the Google Nest App.
Nest Devices You Can Control With Homekit
When you set up any of your Nest devices with Homekit using Homebridge, the following products will work:
Nest Protect: This smart smoke alarm can connect to your smartphone via WiFi or cellular. It can emit a loud noise when the smoke alarm is triggered. It can also save information about where the smoke came from and who triggers the alarm.
Nest Thermostat: This smart thermostat can be controlled through WiFi or a cellular connection. This enables you to set the temperature in your home based on the temperature outside and your personal schedule.
Nest Cam: The Nest Cam is an internet-connected camera for the home. It can be used to monitor your home remotely and keep a record of anything that happens on the camera’s computer. Information from the Nest Cam can also be accessed through the Google Nest App.
Nest Secure: The Nest Secure product is a home security system for your home that works with the Nest Protect and the Nest Cam. The device uses an alarm system and a camera to monitor your home.
Nest Doorbell: The Nest Doorbell is an internet-connected video doorbell that lets you see who is at your door virtually anywhere. Users can remotely answer the door through the Google Nest App and view who is at the door on their phone’s screen.
Nest Smoke Detector: The Nest Protect is a smoke detector that works with the Nest Secure product and the Nest Thermostat product.
Nest Hello: The Nest Hello is a video doorbell that lets users see who is at the front door of their home remotely with a smartphone. Users answer the door through the app and can see the person at the front door from their phone’s screen.
Nest Yale Lock: The Nest Yale Lock is an internet connected lock that lets users unlock their homes by turning their smartphone into a key. It uses Bluetooth and WiFi to connect to a smartphone.
Nest Hub: The Nest Hub is a Wi-Fi enabled device that can connect various Google Nest products to the internet and control these devices with the Google Nest app.
It’s simple. You connect HomeKit to the apps on your Siri-compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or watch to control your compatible smart home products using Homebridge.
How To Add Nest To Apple Homekit
If you are ready to set up Homekit with your Google Nest device using Homebridge, follow the instructions below for connecting Nest to Homekit.
When you add Nest to Homekit, this should work for the Nest Thermostat and Learning Thermostat, Nest Cam, Nest Doorbell, Nest Protect 2, Nest Smoke Detector and Fire Alarm, Nest Hello, Nest Yale Lock, Nest Hub, etc. Homekit Secure Video should work with this as well.
- Download Homebridge
You can find it for free at homebridge.io.
- Install and open the Homebridge software program.
- Look at the menu section of the dashboard and click the “Plugins” option
- Search for the Nest plugin.
- Click the install link to install the plugin.
- Configure the plugin.
This screen will automatically be displayed after it is installed. You will be asked to give it a unique name and other settings. There may also be a Homekit code for Nest on your device that you will need to enter.
- Restart Homebridge.
You can easily do this by clicking the restart button on the top right of the dashboard screen.
After restarting, the settings you configured will take effect automatically and your Homekit Nest integration is complete. You can now control your connected device with Siri or a mobile Apple device.
If you don’t have a computer to set up Homebridge on, you can also look into setting up Homebridge on a Raspberry Pi.
Setting up Nest with Homekit support is a quick process you can do in just a few minutes using the steps above. Once it is set up, you can use your iOS mobile device to control your connected device using Siri voice commands or the free Apple application for iOS called “Home.”