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How do I connect my Nest Protect to Wi-Fi and my Nest Account?

Connecting your Nest Protect to Wi-Fi and your Nest Account just takes a few minutes. Here’s how.

Getting started

We’ve provided detailed connection and setup steps here, but if you’d like a quick overview, check out the Nest Protect installation video for a primer before you start. It’ll walk you through all the basics.

Watch the installation video

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Nest Protect (Battery) or Nest Protect (Wired 120V)
  • Access to a Wi-Fi network connected to the Internet
  • Nest app (iOS or Android) for set up
  • A free Nest Account

Overview of the steps

1) Remove the dust cover

To get your Nest Protect ready, remove the dust cover. You might want to keep the dust cover in case you decide to paint or renovate in the future. This will protect the Nest Protect (Battery) sensors from getting scratched or damaged during a remodel.

How do I install my Nest Protect (Battery)?
How do I install my Nest Protect (Wired 120V)?

If you’re installing multiple Nest Protects, you’ll want to unbox all of them and get them all connected to your Wi-Fi network and your Nest Account before installing them in your home. Spread them out on a table to give yourself easy access to each Nest Protect and the QR code that is printed on the back.

During setup you’ll be giving each Nest Protect a name that corresponds to its location (Master bedroom, Kids room, etc.). We suggest using sticky notes to label each Nest Protect with the room where you’ll install it.

2) Install the Nest app on your smartphone or tablet

Download the Nest app for free from iTunes App Store, Google Play, or Amazon App Store.

Learn more about the Nest app

If you already have the Nest app installed on your smartphone or tablet, make sure that the most recent version is installed.

  • On an iOS device, select the Updates option from the App Store app.
  • On an Android device, open the Google Play app and search for the Nest app to update it if needed.
  • On Kindle, select Amazon App Store, then Apps. Click on the Menu screen and choose App Updates.

Once installed, launch the Nest app and log into your Nest Account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one at this point. All you need is a valid email address. You’ll have to validate your email address before the account can be used.

3) Add your Nest Protect to your Nest Account

If you’re new to Nest

Tap the add Smoke + CO Alarm option from the Nest app home screen.

If you already own a Nest product

Tap the menu icon in the top right of the Nest app home screen while viewing the home where the Nest Protect will be installed.

Tap the Add Nest Protect option.

Next, scan the QR code printed on the back of your Nest Protect.

Note: If you’re unable to scan the code, you can manually type it in. Just follow the steps provided in the Nest app.

Pull out the blue tab fro Nest Protect and choose your language if needed.

Nest Protect’s ring will glow blue when it is ready to connect. If it isn’t glowing, press the Nest button once.

4) Connect your smartphone or tablet to the Nest Protect’s ad hoc Wi-Fi network

Your Nest Protect will create its own temporary Wi-Fi network to complete setup. This ad hoc network lets you configure your Protect and tell it your home’s Wi-Fi network name and password.

On Android smartphones and tablets, after you scan the QR code the app will automatically connect you to the ad hoc network. There is no need to manually switch Wi-Fi networks.

If you’re on an iOS device, you’ll need to switch Wi-Fi networks manually. The Nest app will tell you the name of the Protect’s ad hoc network. Be sure to take note of its name so you can select it from the list of networks in the iOS Settings app.

On iOS (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad), follow these steps:

Take note of the name of the Nest Protect’s wireless network.

Open the Settings app and select Wi-Fi.

Select the Nest Protect’s ad hoc network from the list of available networks in Wi-Fi settings. It may take up to a minute before the ad hoc network appear in the list of the Wi-Fi networks.

Note: If you don’t see the ad hoc network, press the Nest button on Nest Protect again, when you see the light ring glow blue the network should appear. You can also switch your iPhone’s Wi-Fi off then on again to force refreshing the list of available networks.

Go back to the Nest app. Your mobile device will now connect to your Nest Protect.

5) Enter your home network information

Next, the Nest app will prompt you to select your home Wi-Fi network from the list of available networks.

Tap to select your home Wi-Fi network.

Important note: To connect Nest Protect to the Internet and your Nest Account, your home’s Wi-Fi network must be discoverable. Hidden Wi-Fi networks are not supported with Nest Protect. See your Wi-Fi router’s manual for instructions to broadcast your network’s name or SSID.

Enter your Wi-Fi network password.

Troubleshooting Nest Protect’s Wi-Fi connection

6) Finishing setup

Tap to select the room where this Nest Protect is going to be installed.

Note: If you’d like to name it something other than the list of room names provided, select Custom and follow the instructions.

Next, confirm the Pathlight setting for this Nest Protect. In bedrooms, Pathlight will be disabled by default. But no matter where it’s installed, you can turn Pathlight on or off right here.

Learn more about Pathlight

That’s it. Your Nest Protect is now connected to the Internet, added to your Nest Account, and interconnected with other Nest Protects in your home.

If you have other Nest Protects to configure before you start installing them, stick a Post-It note to this one with the name of the room where it will be installed.

7) Connecting additional Nest Protects

When setting up additional Nest Protects to connect to the Internet and your Nest Account, the process is similar to the steps above but you don’t have to re-enter your Wi-Fi network information.

Tap the Add Another button and follow the on-screen instructions.

8) Install your Nest Protects

Now that all of your Nest Protects are connected to the Internet, added to your Nest Account, and interconnected with each other, you can install them in your home.

Follow the remaining installation steps in the Nest Protect User’s Guide to help determine the best placement in your home and within each room.

Learn more about installing Nest Protect (Battery)
Learn more about installing Nest Protect (Wired 120V)