11 USEFUL Alexa Commands For Your Nest Thermostat [Mar ’21]

You can use the app or Alexa Commands for Nest Thermostat to control your temperature

Updated: July 22, 2021

When it comes to Alexa, few things are more frustrating than hearing, “Hmm, I don’t know that one.

Thankfully, this rarely happens with Nest devices.

The Nest Alexa skill is fantastic, and as a result, it’s easy to control your Nest thermostat with Alexa voice commands.

To help you get started using these, this guide will tackle three key questions:

  1. Compatibility:  Which Nest thermostats work with Alexa?
  2. Set-Up:  How do I connect Alexa to my thermostat?
  3. Voice Commands: What Alexa commands can I use with Nest?

Let’s dive in.

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Alexa-Compatible Smart Home Devices

The Basics 

Do Google Nest Thermostats Work With Alexa?

Since Google and Amazon are rivals, they often make their products incompatible with the other’s platform.

For example, until 2020, Google did not allow its YouTube or YouTube TV apps on Amazon Fire TV devices.

Thankfully, however, this is not the case with Nest devices:

All Nest thermostat models and generations are compatible with the Amazon Alexa smart home platform.

So no matter which thermostat you have – 1st generation or 4th generation, budget model or premium – your Nest thermostat will work with Alexa.

The Most Popular Nest Thermostats

If you’re still in the market for a smart thermostat, we recommend narrowing your search to the three products listed below.

(These are the three most recent and best-selling Nest thermostats.)

  • Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Gen)
  • Nest Thermostat E (the budget counterpart of the above)
  • The (new, but less-proven) Nest Thermostat (4th Gen)

Set-Up Guide

Connecting Nest Devices With Alexa

These instructions will show you how to connect your Nest thermostat to the Amazon Alexa platform. 

In fact, this set-up process works for all Google Nest products (e.g., Nest doorbells or cameras).

How To Connect Your Nest Thermostat To Alexa

Step 1: Navigate to the Alexa Skills Store
From the home screen of the Amazon Alexa app (shown below), click "More" in the bottom right. From the menu that appears, choose "Skills and Games."
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Step 2: Find The Google Nest Skill
You should now be on the home page of the Alexa Skills store (see the image below). From here, click on the search icon in the top right and search for "Google Nest."
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Step 3: Enable The Skill & Link Accounts
The "Google Nest" Alexa skill will likely be first in your search results. Click on it and you'll come to the page in the screenshot below.

Now, tap "enable" on this skill and sign-in with the same Google account you use with the Nest app.
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Step 4: Confirm That Accounts Are Linked
After signing in and accepting some standard permissions, you should get the message pictured below, confirming that your Amazon Alexa account is linked to your Google Nest account.

Finally, tap the Close button.
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Step 5: Wait For Alexa To Find Your Nest Device
Next, you'll come to a page titled Discover Devices. Give Alexa the green light to start and she will scan your wifi network for your Nest device.

When she finds your device, this means your thermostat has successfully connected to Alexa. (In the rare case that she does not, just say, "Alexa, discover my devices" and she should find it on the second try.
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... 3 New Ways To Control Your Thermostat

Now that your thermostat is connected to Amazon’s smart home platform, you have three new ways to control your thermostat:

With the Alexa app, as shown in the screenshot above.  (To access this screen, open the Alexa app —> tap “Devices” in the bottom right —> and tap Thermostats (within the carousel at the top of your screen).

With a voice command, as long as you’re near an Alexa-enabled device (e.g., the Amazon Echo Dot or Echo Show).

With Alexa Routines (automated instructions for Alexa, which we’ll discuss in full in a guide coming out later this month)

Voice Commands

Alexa Commands For Nest Thermostats

Below you’ll find the full list of Nest voice commands, divided into three categories by type of request:

  1. Asking about the temperature
  2. Setting a specific temperature
  3. Adjusting the temperature

Note: Make sure to replace [thermostat] with the name of your Nest thermostat, which you created at set-up.  If you’re not sure what it is, you can find it in the Settings of your Nest app, under the “Heat and Air” section.

Pro tip: The commands in green are our personal go-to's and have consistently been well-understood by Alexa

1. Asking About The Temperature

  • Alexa, what’s the [thermostat] set to?
  • Alexa, what’s the temperature in the home? **
  • Alexa, what’s the temperature in the [room]? *
  • Alexa, what’s the temperature in the [room]? *

* These commands apply only if you have temperature sensors around your home  

** Alexa will respond with the temperature at your thermostat.  If you have Nest temperature sensors around your home, Alexa will give you the average temperature

2. Setting A Specific Temperature

  • Alexa, set the [thermostat] to [#] degrees
  • Alexa, change the [thermostat] to [#]
  • Alexa, turn my [thermostat] to [#] degrees

3. Adjusting The Temperature

  • Alexa, decrease the [thermostat] temperature
  • Alexa, make the [thermostat] warmer by [#]
  • Alexa, increase the [thermostat] temperature by [#] degrees

Note: If you ask Alexa to change the temperature without specifying an amount, she will change the temperature by 2°F.

FAQ Round-Up

Before we wrap up, we’ll answer the commonly-Googled questions about using Nest thermostats with Alexa.

Yes, all generations and models of Nest thermostat are compatible with Alexa, meaning that you can control your thermostat with either the Alexa iOS or Android app as well as Alexa voice commands.

Yes, your Nest thermostat will work without wifi, BUT you will have to control the temperature and settings manually, on the device itself (like a non-smart thermostat). I.e., you will not be able to control your device with the app or with voice commands.

Conclusion

And that should do it for this guide to Nest thermostat Alexa commands!  If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send us an email.

And if you liked thermostat voice control, be sure to check out some of our other smart home Alexa commands guides, particularly those on Roomba vacuum commands and Sonos speaker commands!

Otherwise, enjoy the convenience of these Nest thermostat Alexa commands, and we hope to see you back here soon!

Warm Regards,
The Commands Guru

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