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How to Control Your Thermostat with a Google Home Mini

As beneficial as it is to update your home with the latest technology, sometimes it can take a lot of figuring out. Furthermore, installing new technology in your home may require learning and navigation. When installing technology that controls your entire home, there may be a lot of moving pieces to ensure your universal tool works correctly. For example, if you just installed a Google Home Mini, you're looking to control everything in your house on one device. Everything from playing music to setting reminders, to more significant tasks like turning lights off, the Google Home Mini can help it all. It can even help with changing the temperature in your home, meaning you can actually control your thermostat using this device.

If you're not tech-savvy, you may have no idea how to control your thermostat using a Google Home Mini. But don't worry, this is where we come in! We've got the steps on how to use a Google Home Mini to control your Nest thermostat.

The Google Nest Thermostat and Google Home Mini

The Google Nest Thermostat is a smart thermostat that you can set up in the Home app. The app helps guide you all the way through checking compatibility, installation, and setup, making it much easier for anyone looking for help. Also, the app will help you pick all the right options for you and your home. Think of it as your home-tech helper without an actual person being there. Here's how you can connect the Google Nest Thermostat with the Google Home Mini.

1. Make sure your Nest Thermostat is properly installed

Before anything, make sure your thermostat is already working in your home. This is the way to get connected to the Google Home Mini. Be also sure to make sure your Nest Thermostat is up and running/working.

2. Download the Home App

As stated above, make sure you get the Google Home App to help you set up. The rest will be easy to do so through the app, so before anything, download it to your phone or tablet. You can do this through the Apple App store, or Google Play store.

3. Pair Your Nest Thermostat with the Google Home Mini on the App

Open the app on your smart device. When it's open, you’ll see any devices you may have already set up. In order to set up the new Nest Thermostat, you must tap the “plus” sign located at the home screen’s top-left corner where you’ll see a menu with a variety of options to choose from. Select the “set up device” option in the menu.

When you're on the the set up screen, you’ll see two choices: “Works with Google” or “Set up new devices in your home.” Choose the “Works with Google” option. There you'll be able to search for your Nest Thermostat.

Once you’ve selected “Works with Google,” you’ll see a screen where you can add compatible devices.

4. Use the App to Scan or Enter The QR Code on the Thermostat

There are a couple ways to program your Nest with the thermostat. The easiest way is to scann the QR code on the back of the Nest Thermostat display. If you don't see thee QR Code, or the scan is unsuccessful, you can continue without scanning and manually enter the code. It's important to note that you will need to be able to be physically with with your thermostat because you have to touch it in order to add it to your account in the Home app. Once you connect it to the app, then you're able to control the thermostat when you’re away from home.

You can also locate the Nest Thermostat faster by using the search bar at the top of the page. Once you see your Nest Thermostat, tap it.

5. Log in to your Nest Account

After you’ve selected your correct Nest Thermostat, you’ll be directed to a Nest login page. Instead of entering your Google Home login information, you must enter the Nest username and password associated with your account. Once you’ve entered your information, you’ll receive a verification code from Nest. Once you enter the code to verify you’re setting up your Nest Thermostat, select "allow" to connect it.

After you allowed the device to connect, check to see if your thermostat was properly installed. If it was a success, you'll see the Nest Thermostat appear on your Google Home.

6. Test your Nest Thermostat

Now that your device is pair with your Google Home, it is suggested you test it. In order to test it, you should start by using voice commands. You'll talk to your Google Home Mini (by saying, "Okay Google," and try setting the temperature to a certain degree. If your Nest Thermostat responds to the command and changes temperature, you’ll know your Nest Thermostat is working.

7. You're all set!

If the test was a success, you are now ready to control your thermostat using your Google Home Mini. You'll now be able to control the temperature with just your voice, making it a much easier process whenever you need it!

Interested in Learning More?

Contact ATI today for a zero-pressure consultation to discover what solutions may be best to help accomplish your technology needs. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

James Needham

Owner and CEO, ATI

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