Google Nest Removing Its First Alexa Integration

Nest hardware users who have Alexa need to make some adjustments to keep everything working smoothly.

Google Nest Removing Its First Alexa Integration

Do you have a Nest Doorbell, Thermostat, or other smart home stuff from Google? Well, starting from September 29th, Google won't support the old way of making Nest work with Alexa. So, if you have an older smart home setup, you might run into issues.

But don't worry, the fix is pretty easy. You just need to switch your Nest account to a Google account. Then, get rid of the old Nest skill on Alexa, remove your Nest gadgets from the Alexa app, and add the new Google Nest skill from the Google Home app.

This change doesn't affect folks who started using Nest stuff with Alexa after August 2019 or those who already switched to a Google account. If you use the Google Home app instead of the old Nest one, you're good to go. And don't worry, you can still use the old Nest app even after making these changes.

Some people who have smart homes might be surprised by this news. Google started making changes to the Works with Nest (WWN) system back in 2019, and they asked users to move their Nest accounts. They also replaced the original Nest Alexa feature, but they kept it for people who were already using it. They gave users four years to make these changes, which is a long time for a task that only takes about 10 or 15 minutes.

If this change affects you, here's what you can do to make Alexa work with your Nest devices again:

1. Move Your Nest Account: Open the Nest app, go to Settings, then tap on Account, and select "Migrate to a Google Account." You can either use an existing Google account or create a new one.

2. Turn Off the Old Nest Alexa Feature: Open the Alexa app, tap on "More," and go to "Skills & Games." Scroll down a bit, find the Nest Alexa skill, and turn it off.

3. Remove Nest Devices from Your Alexa App: Open the Alexa app, go to the Devices tab, and choose a Nest device. Tap on "Remove Device." If you have more than one Nest product, you'll need to do this for each one. You'll have to add these devices back to Alexa later.

4. Enable the New Nest Alexa Feature: Open the Google Home app, go to the "Settings" page at the bottom of your screen, and tap on "Add." Then, select "Service" and choose "Amazon Alexa Skill." The Google Home app will help you through the rest of the process.

Your existing Nest devices will still function well with Alexa. However, you might need to set up some routines again after finishing this step. It might be a bit inconvenient, but it's better than losing all the useful Nest functions with Alexa. Additionally, if you like using the old Nest app, you can keep using it, but please be aware that newer Nest products won't be compatible with the old app.

Source: Google

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