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How to restart or reset the Nest Learning Thermostat

The RESET screen of the Nest Learning Thermostat SETTINGS provides 4 different reset options. This articles discusses these options, what they do, and when you might use them.

There are some situations where you might want to reset your Nest Learning Thermostat and clear out some or all of the personalized settings and learning.

To reset or restart your Nest Learning Thermostat, follow these steps:

  • On your Nest Learning Thermostat, press the ring to bring up the main menu.
  • Turn to SETTINGS and press the ring again to select.
  • Turn the ring to RESET and press to select.


Selecting this option will restart your Nest Learning Thermostat without changing any settings.


This is the first option on the Reset menu. When selected, the Nest Thermostat will reset everything that it’s learned about what temperatures you like and when. All setpoints will be removed from your schedule and you’ll start the Auto-Schedule learning over again from scratch, clearing your cooling, heating and Heat • Cool schedules.

You may want to do this if there has been a significant change in your schedule and you want to be sure that the Nest Thermostat learns that new schedule as quickly as possible.


If you’ve turned off Auto-Schedule in the Learning Settings, you will see Schedule as the first reset option (instead of Auto-Schedule). It will also remove all setpoints from your schedule.


Selecting the Auto-Away option from the Reset menu will remove everything that the Nest Thermostat has learned about how to tell when you’re home and when you’re away.

You may want to do this if you move and take your Nest Learning Thermostat with you.


Resetting your Nest Learning Thermostat to defaults will remove all your personal settings and learned data. It will also remove that thermostat from your Nest Account.

After resetting to defaults, the Nest Thermostat will behave just as it did when you first installed it. It will need time to learn about you and your home before creating your schedule and activating its energy saving features.

You should only need to do this if you’re moving and leaving your Nest Learning Thermostat behind.