Fortunately, Adding nest to Homekit is Possible by using a third party Homebridge Plugin, which allow Nest devices to interface with Homekit , Then you can control and manage all devices from a single location.
When do I need Homebridge for adding Nest to Homekit?
You don’t need HomeBridge Plugin, until you want to manage and control all devices of Nest and Homekit Compatible devices from one platform.
“Homekit was first introduced in 2014 with the announcement of iCloud supported. Home KIT is IOS equivalent of a smart home hub that is built into your phone and allows to use the Siri to control your smart home with your voice. It takes all apps and put them in one screen and allows how to interact between the different apps as long as their home kit compatible. You can change settings on various smart devices with just a finger. It Allows all brand to integrate with smart home devices. The most important about home kit is, it allows to control your devices with your voice directly through SIRI on your iPhone or any other apple compatible devices.”
Means that it is now possible to control the Nest with Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad using Siri.
SO then you can change your temperature, switch on the light even energy saving mode on your device easily. You can turn off the light, lock the door and adjust thermostat all with the press of a button by using SIRI command. Homekit is one of the most secure and private Smart home platforms that you can use all of the communication even you are anywhere in the world. Just set up Homekit hub, it can be Apple TV, home pod or iPad so that you can use all off devices.
Get started with Homebridge you’ll need the following:
- A Nest
- A Mac (always-on preferable)
- A HomeKit capable iOS device
- Apple Watch (optional)
This basic tutorial is aimed at Nest users, but any home automated hardware works with the same principals. With all your favorite smart devices, including Philips Hue lights, WeMo, Harmony Hub and others, you’ll find loads of compatible Homebridge plugins.
This tutorial will work with non-Macs as well. You’ll just need to get Homebridge running on your Windows, or Linux box.
Steps to Follow:
Step 1: Download and Install Node.js using the Mature and Dependable package
Step 2: Download config.json, save it to your desktop and edit the file with your favorite text editor to include your Nest username and password
Step 3: Open Terminal and type the following two commands (you will be asked to validate your admin password):
- sudo npm install -g homebridge
- sudo npm install -g homebridge-nest
You will get an error on the last command, that is ok.
Step 4: Open Finder → Go → Go to Folder… and paste the following and click Go:
Step 5: Drag the config.json file from your desktop into the .homebridge folder
Step 6: Open Terminal and type the following command again:
Step 7: Download Devices from the App Store. It’s a free app that allows you to manage HomeKit devices
Step 8: Launch Devices, allow access to your Home Data, and tap Edit → Create New Room → tap Homebridge under the Add New Devices heading, and tap Add Anyway. If you already have a room configured, you can select that room instead, and add Homebridge to that room.
Step 9: You will now be asked to enter your 8-digit accessory setup code. Tap Enter code manually, and type 987-65-432.
If you wish, you can modify this code from step 1, in the Config.js file. When you have successfully entered the code you will see the Nest Thermostat. To save configuration press the Save button.
You can now access your Nest via the Devices app. Nonetheless, what is more important is the new ability to power the Nest with Siri.
It’s a third party integration to control nest devices via from iPhone, apple watch and IPAD with more enhanced features to be available.
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But IF You Feel Comfortable to Control all Nest devices from their APP Using IOS devices, then you need to have a Homebridge plugin.
- Just download Nest App on yours IOS device
- Tab the Bluetooth icon
- Make sure that nest products and apple device are connected by the same Wi-Fi
- Get notification on your apple device
- You have to add device
Easily you can control your nest device by using iPhone or iPad. You will get notification on your phone, nest does that thing automatically like turning off the heat, turning on the camera etc. You can use nest in mac computer also. Nest app for iOS is easy to control and easy to monitor from your iPhone.
You can also use Siri voice commands.
Set up Nest Account
- Select an email address.
- Enter and confirm the password.
- Enter your home address to setup this device.
- Select your city (if applicable).
- Phone number (Nest can send you alerts when anything needs attention).
- Choose whether this device appears on your energy bill.
- Google login is optional (I selected yes).
- Click I Agree to accept the terms of service.
Add iCloud Security Code
Open Settings and go to iCloud > Setup iCloud Keychain. Enter the security code when prompted, then click Continue.
If you have the other two apps, repeat this. For automatic backup, set up iCloud Keychain on all HomeKit devices.
Add the Nest Thermostat to your HomeKit system
Nest thermostat HomeKit connection:
- Sign into Nest on your Apple device.
- Tap the top-right Settings icon.
- Select Nest Works.
- Enable HomeKit by toggling its switch.
- Follow the screen instructions to finish.
This part of the process can take a while, and you may need to change it every so often. These will set up different triggers for different things you need to happen at home to feel comfortable.
For example, turning off all the lights when everyone leaves or heating the house when it’s cool in the morning and cold outside.
Look for “Lights” in the Home app on your iPhone. This will look for all lights that have a switch and are plugged into a power source.
Click on the plus sign in the upper right corner. Name this Automation something simple, like “Lights Off at Night.” Tap “Add Action,” then choose “After sunset” and “Off” from the list that appears.
Control Center automation, scenarios, and applications easily integrate your thermostat.
First, update the Nest App. Now trust your new phone: iPhone or iPad Settings. Touch or Face ID & Passcode (depending on which you have).
Scroll down and Tap Trusted Devices. Click Add a Device at the upper right. If asked, enter your Nest password. If successful, open the Nest app and click Allow.
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Nest Thermostat: You will be able to display and edit the automatic schedule, and to monitor the sound. Saving your energy will help. You can display your history via HAVC computer so that you can test how much energy you’ve used.
Nest Alarm System: IOS app helps you to monitor the nest-secure alarm, you can easily turn on and off the alarm remotely wherever you are. When you leave home, you will get a security alarm on your iPhone, it will alert you if you fail to set alarm, and if someone attempts to reach your house, it will also get a notification.
Nest Doorbell: You’ll enjoy 24-hour video streaming network. The app will alert visitors about them. If you can’t answer the door then pre-register the guest’s voice. It records a 30-day history.
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