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How homeowners can monitor their home remotely when they’re away or renting their place.

Whatever takes you away from home, you’ll always want to know that everything is still in order.

A home monitoring system gives you peace of mind when you’re not there, so you can see who’s at the front door, or adjust the temperature to prevent pipes from bursting in the bitter cold. This means that you can simply control your home from your phone.

Here are some ways you can use smart devices to manage your home remotely.

Keep an eye on your home

When one new dad in California goes on holiday with his wife and their baby, he relies in part on his neighbour Bob to keep an eye on things. But he has also installed a smart video doorbell so he knows when someone has come to the house to deliver an unexpected package, for example – or if someone is trying to get into the house who shouldn’t be.1 He gets an alert on his phone, where he can see who’s at the door through the camera on the doorbell.2 The Nest Doorbell even allows you to manage your home remotely by selecting a list of pre-recorded messages when you can't get to the door or speak with your visitor.

For households that leave the cat at home to be fed by a neighbour, you can also set up Nest Cams in key rooms around the house to give you peace of mind when others are coming and going and you’re not there. Plus, you can turn it on to keep an eye on kitty if you’re missing her. 

Adrienne Preuss and her husband keep an eye on their holiday home with Nest Cams pointed strategically around the property. This helps them see through the Google Home app whether the house has suffered any damage from the frequent winter storms. 

“The vast majority of our neighbours there are like us – they’re only there in the summer,” says Preuss. “That means that if something goes wrong in the winter, we likely wouldn’t notice until the start of summer season.” 

People who may be especially worried about emergencies while they’re away can opt into Nest Aware, a service that uses sound detection through connected devices to alert subscribers to specific noises, such as breaking glass.3 When Nest Aware is activated, homeowners are alerted to potential issues through the Google Home app. 2  

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Keep the house on schedule

One of the easiest ways to manage your home remotely and make sure your house is safe, secure, and ready upon your return is to set up routines in the Google Home app to automate connected devices. Home & Away Routines can manage Nest thermostats, smart plugs and switches, Nest Cams, and more, offering a comprehensive home monitoring system.3 Presence sensing can help your devices adjust to your needs when you’re home or away. This includes turning your Nest Cams on automatically when you leave so you can keep an eye on things with the Google Home app.

One family in upstate New York uses Google Assistant routines to turn smart lights on and off when they’re away, or have their connected TV or music on their Nest Audio come on. They like the appearance that someone’s always there.

Keep the temperature just right

When you’re not at home, you don’t need the heating on at full blast. With the Nest Thermostat, you can set Home & Away Routines to lower energy usage.5 You can also use it to suggest comfortable temperature ranges when guests stay at your house, or set it to adjust automatically in case they forget to turn it down when they leave. And the Google Home app lets you control your thermostat remotely, allowing you to monitor your house temperature while away. 

For Jake Vest’s family in Chicago, the Nest Thermostat helps keep their second home near Lake Michigan running at optimal temperatures, thanks to its Eco mode. In the winter, that means it doesn’t waste energy heating an empty home, but still keeps the house warm enough to prevent frozen pipes. “It saves money and reduces energy consumption. It means you can control your heating from your phone. It’s a win-win,” says Vest. “And, I can make sure the house is at a comfortable temperature when guests arrive.” 

Your home is a special place. Home monitoring has never been easier. Smart devices can help you stay connected to it even when you’re thousands of miles away, and Google’s Nest will allow you to control your home from your phone. 

When you want to see how your house is doing, Nest Cams can be your eyesYour home can remain at the right temperature while you’re away – and you can adjust it from afarIt’s easy to manage everything through the Google Home app on your phone
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  1. Animal and vehicle detection features not available on Nest Doorbell (wired). Some features, including mobile notifications, video streaming and video recording, require working internet and Wi-Fi. Certain features not available or may require Nest Aware subscription on older Nest cameras and doorbells. Learn more at

  2. Some features, including mobile notifications, remote control, video streaming, and video recording, require working internet and Wi-Fi. Learn more at

  3. Requires a compatible smart device. Home routines should be used as a convenience feature for everyday home automations and not for life-sustaining or safety-critical use cases. Home routines depend on working Internet, Wi-Fi and service availability from both Google and the third parties who manufacture the devices included in the Home routines. Home routines may not always work and Google is not responsible for any harm or losses incurred as a result of any failed Home routines. For more information about Google Nest product and service availability, please visit

  4. Nest Aware subscription required (sold separately).

  5. Independent studies conducted in the UK have shown that Nest Thermostats combined with Seasonal Savings save the average user 10% on heating bills over the winter season. Individual savings are not guaranteed. Learn more at