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How to Protect Your Nest Thermostat with a Passcode

Oyetoke Tobi - Friday, July 22, 2016

The Nest Thermostat has the ability to use passcode to lock your Thermostat in to prevent other people from messing around with your Thermostat. This is one of the best features added to Nest. So you don’t have to worry that your kid’s or roommates will tamper with your Nest settings

It’s similar with your smartphone, if you have passcode enabled in order to prevent people from gaining access to your smartphone which includes your apps, files and other information. Now if someone wants to alter or change the heat or the air conditioning settings without your consent, then this will prevent them from going to the settings screen talk less of changing any settings. 

Fortunately, it’s extremely easy to set up a passcode on the Nest Thermostat, and prevent unauthorized users from altering the temperature settings and messing with the other settings.

So here’s how to lock your Nest Thermostat with a passcode.

There are two methods to set passcode on Nest Themostat which are:

Method 1: How to Add a PIN from the Nest Thermostat

So we’ll discuss how you can set up a passcode directly from the Nest Thermostat itself under this method. 

You can start by pressing the unit button to show the home screen main menu and then select “Settings”.


Then scroll to the right and tap on “Lock”.


Then select “Lock” in case its prompts you whether you want to lock your thermostat.


Then enter a four-digit PIN. You can do that by spinning the wheel and then pressing on the unit to go to the next digit.


Then re-enter the PIN in again.


Then from there, you can adjust the minimum temperature you’ll allow other people to change it to without the need to enter the PIN.


You can also set a maximum temperature. You can just make this a range, or simply use equivalent number for minimum and maximum temperature to prevent any adjustment at all.


Then tap on “Done”.


That’s it! Your Nest Thermostat is now locked, and then you’ll notice a small lock icon at the bottom of the Thermostat, showing that the Thermostat unit is passcode-protected.

So if someone wants to adjust the temperature past the minimum or the maximum temperature you set, or even have access to the home screen main menu, then they’ll have to enter the passcode.

Method 2: Add a PIN From Your Smartphone

Alternatively, you can lock your Nest Thermostat directly from your smartphone through the Nest app.

So launch the Nest app on your phone and then select your Nest Thermostat on the main menu.


Then tap on the Settings gear icon at the top-right corner of the screen.


Then select “Lock”.


Then enter a four-digit PIN.


Re-enter the PIN again.


So you can adjust the minimum and maximum temperatures using the two slider knobs. The app the minimum range is four degrees, so you can’t actually make them the same number and totally prevent someone from changing the temperature like you can on the Nest unit itself.

After setting a range, tap on “Lock” at the bottom side of the scree n.


Then from there, your Nest Thermostat will be locked, and the app will display a blue “Unlock” button in the settings menu. If you select that, it will unlock the thermostat and remove the passcode protection.



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