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Do you have a Nest Thermostat? Do you always turn down your Nest thermostat before going out in order to save energy when going to work? That’s kind of stressful and a day will come whereby you will definitely forget to turn it down before going to work. 

However, the Nest Thermostat can automatically do that for you, by detecting when you’re away and when you come home. This feature is very useful and productive. You make your thermostat detect whenever you are away and home. 

By means of a feature called Home/Away Assist, the Nest Thermostat can use its built-in sensor, as well as the GPS location from your phone, to automatically decide whether you’re home or away. Nest Thermostat can automatically turn down the temperature if you’re away and turn it back up when it detects that you’re coming home. 

Just follow the below steps to know how to set it up.

Differences between Home/Away Assist and Auto-Away

First and foremost, it’s very important that we explain something that might be confusing you. The Nest Thermostat has two features as follows: one called Home/Away Assist, and one called Auto-Away, both of them which seem very alike to one another. Auto-Away has been around for a long time, while Home/Away Assist is a fairly new and a long-awaited feature added to Nest.



The major difference here, is that Auto-Away is only available on the Nest Thermostat, while Home/Away Assist is available on all of Nest’s products such as Nest Cam, Nest Protect, and so on. In addition, Auto-Away on the Nest Thermostat only makes uses of the unit’s motion sensor to detect whether anyone is home or not, whereas Home/Away Assist uses your phone’s GPS, with the motion sensor, yielding in more exact detection, sort of.

However, in order for Home/Away Assist to make use of the sensor portion, Auto-Away must be enabled, so you could say that Auto-Away is a part of the Home/Away Assist feature. None of them has to be enabled for the other to work, but if you want your Nest to use both the GPS and the motion sensor, you’ll need to turn both on.

Now that we have explained and elaborated on both, so let’s start setting up Home/Away Assist so that your Nest Thermostat can automatically detect and adjust itself based on your home/away status.

Setting Up Home/Away Assist

The first thing to do is to launch your Nest app on your Phone. Now tap on the settings or gear icon located at the top-right corner of the screen.



Then select “Home/Away Assist”.



Now tap on “What decides if you’re home”.



Then tap on “Use phone location”.



Then select the toggle switch that appears to toggle-on the option.



And a new screen will pop up. So tap on “OK” at the bottom.



If a smaller pop-up appears, tap on “Use phone”.



You might also get another pop-up asking permission for the Nest app to access your location. Accept this if you see this message.



So on the next screen, enter your address and tap on “Next”. Though, your Nest doesn’t save this address anywhere. Nest just used this to find your location on the map and make it easier to pinpoint your location.



So if the next screen appears, drag the map to move the pin on top of your house. You can easily tap on the mountain icon in the bottom-right corner to get an overhead satellite view. Then tap on “Done” after you are done.



The next step now is to enable Auto-Away, which makes uses of the Nest Thermostat’s built-in motion sensor to determine if you’re home or away. Now tap on the toggle switch to the right of “Nest Thermostat” and select “Next”.



Then tap on the back arrow situated at the top-left corner of the screen.



Now tap on the two temperatures that are displayed through the small orange and blue arrows.


Below the “Use Away temperatures” heading, you can hold and drag on the two dots to set your minimum and maximum desired temperatures. These are regarded Away Temperatures, and it depends on how you set them, to make your Nest Thermostat automatically turn on your heating or air conditioning to meet these specified temperatures.


For instance, if your thermostat is set on Away, and you still want the heat to be on if the temperature inside your house reaches 65 degrees, you can easily set it so that the heat will be on automatically whenever it gets that cold in your house. And also, if the temperature inside your house reaches 80 degrees during the summer, and you don’t want it to get any hotter, you can set this as the maximum temperature.

Once you must have set these temperatures to you desire, you can tap on the back arrow at the top-left corner to go back to the main screen. 

If you wish not to use either the GPS or the Nest’s motion sensor, you can simply skip those specific steps above; however, having both enabled will make your Nest Thermostat to function well when automatically determining whether you’re home or away. If truth be told, if you have the motion sensor portion enabled only, it will take about a week or so for the Nest Thermostat to learn your daily outlines and adjust itself competently.

In addition, if you go out base on an inconsistent schedule i.e. you can go out today, you won’t go tomorrow and you don’t leave and come home at the same time every day. The best option here is to have GPS enabled so that the Nest motion sensor won’t get confused with your erratic movement.

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