The Nest originally started out as a simple smart thermostat, but the company has grown quite a bit over the years. And now they have their own security system called Nest Secure. Here’s how to install and set it up.

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The Nest Secure comes with two keychain tags (to easily arm and disarm the system without entering a password), two sensors (which can act as a motion sensor and an open/close sensor for doors and windows), and a main unit that acts as keypad, alarm and other motion sensor.

In addition, you can integrate your other Nest products (such as the Nest Cam) as well as several other SmartHome devices into the Nest Secure system for an even more secure setup. However, for now, we’ll just show you how to install and configure Nest Secure to get it up and running.

If you already have a Nest product, you may already have the Nest app installed on your phone, but if this is your first ever Nest product, you need to download the app (available for iOS and Android devices) and click Sign Up to create an account. Nest entry.

Continue this process until you reach the app’s main home screen. You are now ready to set up the security system.

Nest security setting

The Nest Guard is the main unit in the system and you will set it up first. Click on the big «+» button to get started.

The app lets you scan the QR code on the back of the device you’re setting up, so give it access to the camera and use it to scan the code.

This will automatically detect which product you are setting up. In this case it is the Guardian of the Nest. On the next screen, the app will discuss what the device is doing. Click «Next» at the bottom to continue.

Connect the Nest Guard with the included cable and power adapter. Then click «Next» on the app.

The device will beep over time and a voice will guide you through the connection process. You will then connect the device to your Wi-Fi network, so select your network from the list.

Enter the password for your Wi-Fi network and click Next.

Give it a few minutes to connect to your Wi-Fi. After that click «Next» at the bottom.

Try the Next Guard’s built-in motion sensor by walking in front of it. It lights up whenever it detects motion. In the app, you can turn on «Reduced Sensitivity» if you have small pets that are more likely to turn it off. Click «Next» to continue.

On the next screen, choose where you will place the Nest Guard in your home.

Now it’s time to set the passcodes, which are used to arm and disarm the security system from the keypad, as well as to turn off the alarm if it sounds. Click «Next» on the app to continue.

The app will give you a generated password to use, but you can click «Change Password» at the bottom to change it if you like. Otherwise, click Save this password.

Nest will automatically email everyone on your Nest Family Account a unique password, but you can also add more people.

Nest Guard is now set up and ready to go. Technically, you can just use this one device to secure your home, but if you have multiple entry points, you’ll need to set up other sensors that come with the system. Let’s do it now.

Configuring Nest Detection Sensors

Click on «Add another product» in the app.

As with the Nest Guard, there is a QR code attached to the sensor that you can scan. After scanning, click «Next» on the app to start setting up the sensors.

Remove the QR code tab and wait until the light on the sensor turns blue. If it doesn’t, press the «Socket» button on the sensor to turn it on. Click «Next» on the app to proceed to the next step.

Wait until the sensor connects to the Nest Guard. Once completed, click «Continue Installation» in the app.

Then choose where you plan to place the sensor, on a door, wall, or window. Choosing one of these will determine what actions the sensor can detect and whether you need an open/close magnet. I’m going to select Wall and then click Next.

After that, I’m going to choose exactly where I put the sensor, either in the corner or somewhere right on the wall. Click «Next» after selecting one.

Next, choose where the sensor will be placed on your home.

It will then tell you what you need to mount the sensor and guide you through the process, including how high to mount it for the most accurate motion detection. When it detects motion, a white LED lights up on the sensor, which also acts as a night light of sorts when you make your way through the house at night when the lights are off.

After that, you can continue to add additional sensors, but we’re going to move on to setting up the socket tag for this guide.

Socket tag setup

Click «Add Another Product» to begin customizing one or both of the socket tags that come with the system.

Scan the QR code on the back of the tag again and then click «Next» in the app.

Assign a tag to someone in your Nest family account and click Next.

Give the tag a name (if you want) and then click Next at the bottom.

Click «Next» again when the tag is connected to your Nest account.

Try the mark by placing it next to the Nest Guardian. If it worked, a beep will sound and the indicator will turn green. Click «Next» on the app.

Click «Next» again to complete the setup.

Once you’ve got everything set up and added to your Nest Secure system, click Done at the bottom.

On the next screen, you can watch a video demonstrating the various features of the system. Then click Next.

If you would like to configure various settings for your Nest Secure system, click Settings. Otherwise, click Finish. You can access these same settings at any time.

You will now see your security system on the main home screen of the Nest app. You can click on it to arm or disarm the system.

There are three arm/disarm modes to choose from: Off, Home, and Away. Dom (aka «Home and Security») will arm the system and beep, but only for opening doors and windows — movement is excluded from this setting. Away (aka away and guard) is similar to the previous setting, but also includes movement. Whenever you set it to Away, you’ll have 60 seconds before it’s officially activated, but this can be configured in the settings.

You can also use the keypad on the Nest Guard to arm and disarm the system, and use your Nest Tag. However, using your Nest Tag will allow you to switch between Off and Away.

At this point, you are ready! Be sure to explore the various options and settings in the app to familiarize yourself with all the features.

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