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.
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
For households that leave the cat at home to be fed by a neighbour, you can also set up
Adrienne Preuss and her husband keep an eye on their holiday home with
“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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Some features, including mobile notifications, remote control, video streaming, and video recording, require working internet and Wi-Fi. Learn more at g.co/nest/requirements.
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
Nest Aware subscription required (sold separately).
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