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Nest's new Family Accounts feature makes your thermostat even smarter

Gone are the days of sharing your Nest log-in credentials.

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The days of sharing your Nest account credentials with family members are long gone.

The Alphabet-owned company on Thursday updated its iOS and Android apps, adding the option to share access to Nest products through a new feature called Family Accounts. Essentially, users are now able to invite friends and family members to join a Nest account, who can then their own respective log-in information.

To use the new feature, you'll need to install the latest version of the app (iOS | Android). After updating, the new app will walk you through inviting a family member to share your Nest account. It's simple; you only need to enter an email address for the individual.

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If you skip the initial setup, you can always view the settings for your Nest home and tap on Family from the list of options. Each family account is limited to 10 members.

Additionally, each member is able to set up another new feature included in the update called Home/Away Assist. Using your device's GPS location, Nest can easily identify when someone is home or away and set adjust the thermostat or turn your Nest Cam on when you leave.

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The setup process for Home/Away Assist involves granting the app permission to access your location information, and setting your home address within the app.

Previously, Nest relied upon movement in front of the thermostat or smoke detectors to determine home and away status for its various products.