Control Your Smart Home With Voice: Alexa Nest Commands
Amazon Alexa is taking the world by storm, everyday more “skills” are added to Amazon Alexa to give her even more functionality and usefulness. Alexa nest commands are among some of the most useful voice commands for Amazon Alexa because it allows you to control your home with your voice. Below we provide you the complete list of Alexa nest Commands, the nest devices that are compatible with amazon alexa.
What Nest Devices Can You Control With Alexa Nest Commands?
You can control most of the nest lineup of smart devices with Alexa nest commands. The nest smart thermostats, nest smart cameras, and the nest doorbell can all be controlled with Alexa nest commands. I find that I most often use Alexa nest commands to control the heating and cooling at my house while I’m in my office rather than needing to pull out my phone to change the temperature. In addition to controlling my nest smart thermostat with my voice I find viewing the live video feed on my Echo Show to be useful to see when deliveries are happening.
What Nest Devices Are Compatible With Amazon Alexa Nest Commands?
Nest Thermostat Gen E - Compatible with all Amazon Alexa Echo Devices. The nest thermostat e allows you to control your thermostat via wifi and voice with a compatible amazon alexa device. The nest gen e is a less expensive version of the nest thermostat that is mostly plastic vs polished stainless steel and glass like the more expensive nest generation 3 thermostat.
Nest Thermostat Generation 3 - Compatible with all Amazon Alexa Echo Devices. The nest smart learning thermostat allows you to control your thermostat via wifi and voice with a compatible amazon alexa device. The nest thermostat generation 3 is the top of the line nest thermostat with a full color display and packed with smart features to help you save energy, with luxury and comfort in mind.
Nest Thermostat Generation 2 - Compatible with all Amazon Alexa Echo Devices. The nest gen 2 was an earlier version of the higher end nest thermostat. It still works with Alexa Nest Commands.
Nest Cam Indoor - Compatible with Amazon Alexa Echo Devices with a screen like the Echo Show and Echo Spot. The nest cam indoor has been around for a long time and allows you to stream indoor video on your phone. It provides easy set up and reliable remote viewing.
Nest Cam Outdoor - Compatible with Amazon Alexa Echo Devices with a screen like the Echo Show & Echo Spot. The nest cam outdoor is a more rugged version of the nest camera designed to be placed outdoors. The nest cam outdoor is designed to be plugged into an outdoor outlet and secured to the side of your house to be used as security camera.
Nest Cam IQ Indoor - Compatible with Amazon Alexa Devices with a screen like the Echo Show & Echo Spot. The nest cam IQ indoor has upgraded sensors and is designed to be used indoors. It also has smart features like facial recognition that can be enabled on the camera.
Nest Cam IQ Outdoors - Compatible with Amazon Alexa Echo Devices with a screen like the Echo Show & Echo Spot. The nest cam IQ is the top of the line nest camera. It offers the highest resolution in the lineup, and is made to weather the elements. The nest cam IQ outdoors features HD resolution with a 4K sensor and smart facial recognition technology.
Nest Hello Smart Doorbell - Compatible with Amazon Alexa Echo Devices with a screen like the Echo Show & Echo Spot. The Echo Show & Echo Spot will display a live feed of the nest hello doorbell on their screens but it does not have the capability to chime like a doorbell on the Echo Show or Echo Spot. However your built in doorbell chime and notifications on your phone will still alert you when someone is at your front door and you can pull up the live video screen on the large screen of the amazon echo.
Nest x Yale Lock - The nest x yale lock does not currently work with Alexa nest commands but it does work with Google Home commands and you can learn how to set up google home to control your Nest x Yale lock with voice in another post.
Nest Secure Security System - The nest secure system does not currently work with Alexa. The nest secure system offers smart home security and works within the nest app with all of your other nest devices. The nest security system consists of a base station that connects to your wifi network, and then motion and window and door sensors you place throughout your house to detect motion or if someone is trying to break in a window or door.
Each compatible nest device has a different set of Alexa nest voice commands that can be used with the your compatible Amazon Echo device for voice control. If you don’t have an Amazon Alexa Echo device you can still use Alexa nest commands on your phone or tablet with the Amazon Alexa app and you don’t need an Echo device, however having an Echo device like the Echo Dot or Echo Show does make the user experience better because you don’t need to be near your phone to use voice commands.
Alexa Nest Thermostat Commands
You can control all of the current versions of the nest thermostat and the generation 2 nest thermostat with your Alexa nest commands. With your alexa nest voice commands you can change the nest thermostat temperature, thermostat mode and ask what temperature the nest thermostat is currently set at. I use voice commands every morning and night to adjust the temperature of my thermostat when I wake up or prepare to go to sleep.
“Alexa, set thermostat to 72 degrees” - Set’s the nest thermostat to the desired temperature.
“Alexa, set thermostat to heating mode” - Set’s the nest thermostat to heat mode.
“Alexa, set thermostat to cooling mode” - Set’s the nest thermostat to cooling mode.
“Alexa, set thermostat to eco mode” - Set’s the nest thermostat to eco mode.
“Alexa, set thermostat to away” - Set’s the nest thermostat to away mode.
“Alexa, set thermostat to home” - Set’s the nest thermostat to home Mode.
“Alexa, what is the thermostat temperature?” - Alexa will respond with the current temperature of the nest thermostat.
If you have more than one thermostat you will need to call your thermostat by the name you set for it in the nest app. You can also use the name you set for the nest thermostat in the app instead of saying “thermostat” if you prefer.
So to set the temperature of a thermostat named living room you would say:
“Alexa, set living room to 72 degrees”
Alternate Alexa nest thermostat commands should be spoken in the form below.
“Alexa, set [NAME OF THERMOSTAT] to heating mode”
The nest thermostat gen e and nest thermostat generation 3 are also both compatible with the nest temperature sensors that allow you to remotely monitor and control the temperature in other rooms further away from your nest smart thermostat. I use a temperature sensor in our master bedroom so I can see how hot or cold it is before we go to bed. I sleep better as most people do if it’s a little colder in the master bedroom before going to sleep. There are even studies that sleeping a colder room not only helps you sleep better but it can help slow down the aging process.
Most houses don’t heat and cool every room evenly and there are only so many adjustments you can do to your vent registers to get the temperature to the range your comfortable in. The nest temperature sensor doesn’t completely solve the uneven heating problem in most houses but it will allow you to control the temperature more precisely in certain rooms and be aware of differing temperatures within your house.
Amazon Alexa Echo Devices Compatible With Nest Commands
The full lineup of Amazon Alexa devices are compatible with Alexa nest commands. However the Echo Show and Echo Spot are the only two Alexa devices that will allow you to display nest camera or nest doorbell live feeds on their touch screens.
It should also be noted that even though the facebook portal and facebook portal + have video screens and have Amazon Alexa built in as of December 2018 they don’t support streaming video from nest cameras or any other smart cameras for that matter. You can learn more about echo show and facebook portal here.
I personally have an Echo Dot, Echo, Echo Spot & Echo Show in my home. My favorite device is the Echo Show with it’s 10” touch screen and substantial speakers. The Echo Dots are also great because of their inexpensive price point you can outfit your entire house with Echo Dot’s on a budget.
We have a short summary of each Amazon Alexa device below if your trying to decide what Alexa device is right for you. If you want more in depth comparisons of Alexa devices we have an Alexa guide section on our website.
Alexa Nest Camera Commands
All of the nest devices we have covered so far will work with any Alexa device for Alexa nest commands. But you can also stream video from the nest cameras and the nest hello on the Amazon Echo Show & Echo Spot devices. You can stream nest video from any of the nest cameras including the nest cam, nest outdoor, nest IQ cameras and the nest hello smart video doorbell.
Related Post: Echo Show vs Echo Spot
The Echo Show is the best device for streaming video as is has a 10” screen that makes it easy to see what is on camera. The Echo spot will stream the video and sound, but it does not currently enable two way communication through the hub. There are no smart home hub speakers on the market that allow two way communication with nest cameras, the Google Home hub also streams sound and video but does not allow for two way communication. If you wan’t two way communication with your nest smart camera or doorbell you will need to use your phone or compatible tablet.
Related Post: How to set up your nest cameras with Alexa.
Alexa Nest Camera Commands
Alexa Nest IQ Commands
Alexa Nest Hello Doorbell Commands
Works with nest hello smart doorbell
What Nest Products Don’t Work With Alexa Nest Commands
The nest protect smoke detectors don’t work with Alexa Nest Commands. However if you want your smoke detectors to be connected to Alexa and work with Alexa there is an option to have an Alexa controlled smoke detector. The First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detector has Alexa and a smart speaker built in meaning you can both use it for Alexa nest commands and to listen to music, podcasts or news briefings from Amazon Alexa.
Alexa Commands For Light Switches
With Alexa commands you can control your heating and cooling, your front door, your security system and your cameras.
If you want to control your lighting with google home voice commands you can install compatible smart light switches like the smart the dimmer below and they will respond to Alexa commands. Just install the light switch, set it up in the smart life app and connect the smart life app to Amazon Alexa. You can then control your lighting with Alexa commands by saying:
“Alexa, turn off lights.”
“Alexa, turn on lights.”
“Alexa, set lights to 50%”
“Alexa, dim lights to 10%”
“Alexa, set master bedroom lights to 90%”
Alexa Commands Smart Plugs
If you have plug in lamps or fans you can also control them with Alexa voice commands. Plug in smart plugs are one of the most popular smart devices on the market because of their ease of installation and versatility.
To control your plug in lamps with your voice just plug in the smart switch set it up in the smart life app and connect the smart life app to Amazon Alexa. You can then control your lighting with Amazon Alexa commands by saying:
“Alexa, turn off lights.”
“Alexa, turn on lights.”