Samsung and Google have achieved some superb work collectively prior to now, notably with Android associated initiatives. However after years of an inexplicable lack of interoperability, the first good residence {hardware} divisions from each firms are lastly on the identical web page — beginning proper now.

As of Jan. 14, 2021, now you can add your Nest cameras, thermostats, and doorbells to your SmartThings Hub. Cameras can function movement detectors or sound sensors, doorbells can do the identical with the addition of button performance, and thermostats can set off occasions based mostly on temperature, humidity, or mode. Issues additionally work the opposite manner round with the thermostat, so you’ll be able to regulate your A/C, heater, or fan based mostly on occasions occurring in your house.

Step 1: Replace SmartThings

First, ensure that your SmartThings app is on the newest model. You also needs to word that the SmartThings Basic app has been deprecated, so this characteristic is simply obtainable within the new SmartThings app.

Step 2: Add a New System

From the principle menu in SmartThings, faucet the + button in direction of the top-right nook. On the Add display screen, go forward and choose “System.”

Now, ensure that the By Model tab is chosen, then scroll down the checklist and choose the brand new “Nest” entry. Right here, you’ll be able to select between “Digicam,” “Doorbell,” and “Thermostat” because the system kind. You probably have a couple of of those system varieties, simply select one for now. Lastly, faucet “Nest” on the final system display screen.

Step 3: Select the Information SmartThings Can Entry

Subsequent, choose your property beneath Location, then select a room so as to add the system(s) to. In the event you’re including a couple of system in a couple of room, simply begin with one for now. Press “Subsequent” once you’re achieved right here.

From there, you may be requested to signal into the Google account you employ with Nest. As soon as you’ve got achieved that, begin by enabling the toggle subsequent to “Permit Samsung SmartThings to see details about your property.” You will then see your whole Nest gadgets listed individually. Allow the toggle subsequent to every one you wish to use in SmartThings, then allow the next permission toggles that seem beneath.

You possibly can choose to not permit entry to sure performance, however that will restrict the probabilities for future automations, so remember.

Step 4: Join Your Nest Account to SmartThings

As soon as you’ve got enabled the entire gadgets and permissions you are snug with, scroll all the way down to the underside of the web page and faucet “Subsequent,” then faucet “Permit” to verify your selections. Once you’re completed there, faucet the “X” button (Android) or “Carried out” button (iOS) within the top-left nook to wrap issues up.

Step 5: Discover Your Nest Gadgets in SmartThings

Now, you may discover your whole Nest gadgets within the Gadgets part of the hamburger menu (three traces within the top-left nook). Alternatively, they will even be within the room you selected throughout setup, so you’ll be able to go to the Room part within the hamburger menu to see them in a single group.

In the event you had a number of Nest gadgets spanning a number of rooms, you may wish to manually reassign the opposite gadgets to different rooms in your own home at this level.

(1) “Rooms” and “Gadgets” within the hamburger menu. (2) Finding Nest Hey doorbell within the Gadgets menu. (3) Viewing Nest gadgets within the Rooms menu.

Step 6: View & Management Your Nest Gadgets

Now, similar to some other system in SmartThings, you’ll be able to faucet one among your Nest merchandise to view its present standing. For doorbells and cameras, this implies you get a dwell feed of the video with a textual content overlay letting you already know when sound or movement is detected. You possibly can scroll the timeline beneath the video feed to view previous footage.

For thermostats, you’ll see goal temperature, precise temperature, humidity, mode, and extra. As well as, you’ll be able to change the goal temperature, working mode, and even flip the fan on — although in contrast to the precise Nest app, you’ll be able to solely flip it on for a 15 minute interval, after which it routinely turns again off.

Step 7: Create Automations with Your Nest Gadgets

This is the enjoyable half: utilizing your Nest merchandise as presence sensors to set off automations. For starters, open the hamburger menu (three traces within the top-left nook), then choose “Automations.” On the following web page, faucet the + button in direction of the top-right.

Right here, you’ll be able to add a Nest product beneath the “If” subject (i.e., the set off for an automation), although word that cameras and doorbells will not seem beneath “Then,” that means SmartThings can not set off them to carry out any actions — however hey, they do not carry out many actions anyway. You possibly can, nevertheless, create automations that change your thermostat’s goal temp or operation mode by together with it within the “Then” subject.

However your major use-case will probably be utilizing cameras or your thermostat to set off occasions in your SmartThings system (e.g., activate lights or lock doorways). In these circumstances, choose your Nest system after tapping the + button beneath the “If” subject, then you definitely’ll see the obtainable sensors. Choose one, then select the way you need it to set off an motion. As soon as achieved, you’ll be able to head to the “Then” part to finish your automation!

(1) Doorbell choices. (2) Thermostat choices. (3) Digicam choices.


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