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How to control your Nest Thermostat with your voice

Make your home oh-so-comfy without ever leaving your recliner, even if you don't have a smart hub.

Change the temperature using your voice.
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Getting up to change your thermostat ($98 at Amazon) or using the Nest app is old-school. Voice commands are where it's at. You can adjust the temperature of your room with just a few words, using your home hub, of course.

The easy way

You can connect your Nest to a hub like Google Home, Amazon's Alexa and many more by going to the Works with Nest page, clicking on your device, then following the on-screen directions.

Google Assistant tips

You can use a variety of Nest commands using Google Assistant. 

Here are a few:

  • "Set the temperature to 72."
  • "Make it warmer/cooler."
  • "Turn off thermostat."
  • "Turn on cooling/heating."
  • "What's the temperature inside?"

Alexa tips

Make sure that when you ask Alexa to change the temperature you use the location that you have set up for the thermostat you want to control. For example, my thermostat is labeled as "hallway," so I have to tell Alexa, "Alexa, change the hallway temperature to 74."

Just don't say "thermostat" unless that's part of the location name. Otherwise, you'll confuse poor Alexa.

Editors' note: This article was published on July 11, 2017, and has been updated.

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