Add a Nest thermostat to Apple HomeKit With Matter

Cupertino, August 1, 2023

The Matter smart home standard is here, and with it you can finally add your Nest Thermostat to Apple HomeKit. With Matter, your thermostat works with automations, scenes, and groups in addition to all your HomeKit accessories, and you can take advantage of Siri voice control. All it takes is the right hardware and a few taps - we'll show you how. What you'll need As you might expect, you'll need to meet a few requirements to connect your Nest Thermostat to the Apple Home app. First and foremost, you need the latest generation Nest Thermostat. Unfortunately, the Nest Learning Thermostat line and the Nest Thermostat E are not supported. Your Nest Thermostat requires software version 1.3 or later, which allows compatibility with the Matter smart home standard. You also need version 3.1.108 or later of the Google Home iOS app and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled on your iPhone. Another piece of hardware you will need is a Google Matter controller that acts as a hub for your devices. According to Google, compatible Matter Controllers include: Google Home Google Home Mini Nest Mini Nest Audio Nest Hub (1st or 2nd generation) Nest Hub Max Nest Wifi Pro (6E) One last thing to note is that you don't have to worry about locating the Matter pairing code that came with your Nest Thermostat. You generate a new code during the installation process. Get your Matter code from Google Home Similar to adding a Matter smart device to Apple Home's Alexa, you'll need to generate a pairing code to add your Nest Thermostat to Apple. To get started, launch the Google Home app, then tap Devices. Next, tap your thermostat, followed by the Settings icon. Now tap Linked Matter apps & services. Tap Link apps and services and wait for the app to generate a link code. When you're done, tap Copy the pairing code or write it down. You now have 15 minutes to complete the pairing process in the Apple Home app. Add your thermostat to Apple Home With your Matter pairing code, it's time to add your thermostat to the Apple Home app. Start by launching the Apple Home app, then tap the Add button in the top right corner of your screen. Now tap Add Accessory to open the code scanning screen. Since you're using a code from the Google Home app, you'll need to tap More options... to continue. Then tap your Nest Thermostat once it appears under Nearby. Tap in the empty code area and then tap Paste or type the Matter link code and tap Continue. Once connected, assign your thermostat to a room and tap Continue. Name your thermostat and tap Continue again to finish adding it to Apple Home. Control your matter Connections If you ever want to remove Apple Home from your Nest Thermostat, you can do so through the Google Home app. After launching the app, tap on Devices and then on your thermostat. Next, tap the Settings icon and then Linked Matter apps and services. Find the Home service and then tap the X button to remove it. You can also remove your Nest Thermostat from other Matter-connected services in the Apple Home app. Navigate to your thermostat and tap it, followed by the Settings icon. Now tap Connected Services and then Uninstall next to Google LLC. Another way to manage your Matter connections is in the Settings app on iOS and iPad OS. Launch the app, tap General, then Matter Accessories. Now tap Edit and then the minus button next to your Nest Thermostat. Nest Now Matters for Apple Home Thanks to Matter, you can finally connect your Nest Thermostat to Apple Home. Now you can scene your thermostat with all your HomeKit accessories, create a heating and cooling schedule via automation, or shout to your HomePod for quick adjustments.

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