How to arm and disarm Nest Secure
When you’re arming, you’ll get a countdown from Guard’s light ring that shows you how much time you have to leave before the system arms, or to disarm before the alarm sounds. If you want to change how much time you have to disarm, you can customize it to meet your needs.
Before arming, the Nest app and Guard will also let you know if any Nest Detects sense an open door or window, or if there’s another issue that could prevent arming. You’ll be able to address the issue (close the open window), or simply leave it open and continue arming. You can also cancel arming if you want.
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There are a few ways to arm and disarm Nest Secure with the Nest app.
Change security levels
The first way is to switch security levels. This will only change the security level on Guard, and won’t affect other Nest products in your home.
– Tap the Security icon on the app home screen.
– Select the security level that you want.
- Away and Guarding arms doors, windows, and watches for motion.
- Home and Guarding only arms doors and windows.
- Off turns the alarm off.
Learn more about security levels:
Important: Arming or disarming your system with the app will not change your home’s mode to Home or Away.
Switch your home to Away or Home mode
Another way to use the app is to manually switch your house’s mode to Home or Away.
Keep in mind that this can switch all of the other Nest products in your home and may switch Works with Nest products as well.
– Tap your home’s icon on the app home screen.
– Select the home mode you want:
Home mode sets Nest Secure to Off .
Away mode sets to Away and Guarding , arming doors and windows, and watching for motion.
Note: If your home automatically switches to Away mode, it won’t change the security level. If you have notifications on, you can get a reminder on your phone to arm Guard.
If Nest Secure is unarmed when the last person leaves home, they can get the Remind Me notification on their phone. And when the first person is on the way home, Nest Secure can ask if they want to disarm before they walk in the door.
Just tap the actionable notification to set it to Away and Guarding . You don’t even have to open the Nest app.
Note: How you need to interact with the notification will depend on your phone model and OS. You may need to use 3D or Force Touch, swipe, etc.
To see how to enable or disable Remind Me notifications for Nest Secure, see the article linked below.
– Hold Tag on Guard until you hear it chime.
– Guard’s light ring and security level buttons will light up to let you know what’s happening.
Keep in mind:
– Using Tag will can only switch between Away and Guarding and Off modes. You can’t set Secure to Home and Guarding with Tag.
– If the alarm is sounding, holding Tag on Guard will also silence the alarm and disarm Nest Secure.
– Arming and disarming Nest Secure with a Tag will switch your home’s mode to Home or Away.
By default, Guard doesn’t require you to enter a passcode before arming, it is an optional setting.
To arm Nest Secure, simply press the Away and Guarding or Home and Guarding buttons on Guard.
Learn more about Security levels:
If you want to select a different security level, you have a few seconds to press another security level button. After that, you’ll have to enter your passcode or tap Guard with your Tag to disarm, then select another security level.
Important: Arming and disarming Nest Secure with Guard will switch your home’s mode to Home or Away.
Tip: As an option, you can have Guard require a password in order to arm. For instance, if you don’t want your small children arming your system, you may want to enable entering a passcode before arming. This option appears in Nest app > Settings > Security > Alarm options > Set the alarm.
Disarming Nest Secure is simple no matter what level it’s set to.
– Enter your passcode with Guard’s keypad.
Note: If you make a mistake, press the button, then try again
– Press the button on Guard to confirm your passcode.
Note: If you don’t enter the correct passcode before the timer ends, Nest Secure will sound the alarm and send a notification to other people who have shared access to your Nest home.
If you enter the wrong passcode five times, you won’t be able to try again for 90 seconds. But you can use the Nest app or Tag to disarm.
Note: Your lock and your alarm system need to be in the same home in the Nest app in order for this feature to work.
Here’s how to enable or disable this feature:
– On the Nest app home screen, tap Security .
– Select Settings > Alarm Options > Nest × Yale Lock.
– Tap the switch to turn this option on or off.
If you need a quick refresher, here’s an article about the different ways you can unlock your door:
How to lock and unlock the Nest × Yale Lock:
Note: The lock cannot be used to arm Nest Secure because there are many times when you may want to lock your door without arming your system.
If you have a device that includes the Google Assistant, you can use voice commands to arm Nest Secure. If something is preventing Nest Secure from arming, your Google Assistant can tell you what’s going on.
For security reasons, you can not tell your Google Assistant to disarm Nest Secure.
See instructions for setting up your Google Assistant, including a list of things you can say, in the following article:
There are several things that can keep Nest Secure from fully arming or block arming altogether. If you have any of the issues below, Guard’s Info button will turn red and the Nest app will tell you what’s happening.
Things that will block arming:
– Very low battery on Guard
– A software update is in progress
– Hardware failure
– Wireless interference
Some issues may need your attention, so you may want to address them before arming. Guard will still arm, but it will let you know there’s an issue first. Your info button will turn yellow, Guard will speak, and you’ll also be able to see what’s wrong in the Nest app.
– A door or window is open
– Guard is using its backup battery
– Poor network connectivity
– Guard or a Detect needs attention and should be checked