“Does SimpliSafe work with Nest?” is a common question asked by many homeowners across the country. SimpliSafe and Nest both have several useful appliances, so the question is very obvious.
SimpliSafe and Nest are two different brands, and that’s why there is a compatibility issue. Though you cannot make them work together in a straight way, you can still integrate them with other smart home assistants and access all their features.
If you have a SimpliSafe thermostat or other devices and you are worried about Nest SimpliSafe integration, don’t worry; I will get you covered. In this blog, I will show you can get the job done. Keep reading for more information.
Simplisafe And Nest: Do They Work Together?
Before 2019, it was possible to connect SimpliSafe with Nest Learning Thermostat. In 2019, Nest retired from Google, and all activities were passed to Google Assistant.
That means if you have a new system of Nest and SimpliSafe, you cannot integrate them directly and will need Google Assistant to do that. But if you didn’t create a Google account and have older Nest and SimpliSafe systems that are already integrated, they will continue to work.
Don’t worry if you are new to these appliances; you can still integrate Nest and SimpliSafe through Google Home or Amazon Alexa.
It means if you wish to interact with or schedule these appliances, you must do it through a central commands base station like Alexa and Google Home. You can arm, disarm, activate, deactivate, and check the system status from the Alexa or Google Home app.
So, SimpliSafe and Nest do work together not directly but through a home automation system. But you can still enjoy all of their existing facilities when you integrate them together.
Why Would You Want Simplisafe To Work With Nest?
There are a few reasons why you would want to integrate SimpliSafe with Nest and make them work together. Here they are:
Increased convenience: When SimpliSafe and Nest work together, you can control both systems from a single app or interface. It means you can arm your SimpliSafe thermostat or view Nest camera feeds in a single place. It’s more convenient and easy than switching between different apps.
Enhanced automation: When SimpliSafe and Nest are integrated, you can set rules in your own way. For example, when you leave your house and arm your SimpliSafe security system, the Nest thermostat will turn off, or the Nest camera will start recording. Nest will automatically start doing these tasks.
Security improvement: You would want to integrate SimpliSafe with Nest to improve your home security system. When they are integrated and working together, if SimpliSafe detects a breach or risk, your Nest camera will start recording and give you a complete picture of what’s happening. To have this facility, you just need to set the rules after integrating them together.
Integrating Simplisafe With Nest
Like I said earlier, if you want SimpliSafe and Nest to integrate and work together, you must do the integration with Google Assistant or Google Home.
But remember, you must have the SimpliSafe premium subscription or interactive plan with professional monitoring services to work with Google Home. Make sure you have this; otherwise, it will not work.
Now, let’s see how you can link SimpliSafe with Google Home to integrate with Nest:
At first, install Google Home app and SimpliSafe app on your smartphone or tablet. To connect SimpliSafe to Google Home, open the Google Home app first. In the left corner, you will see a “Plus” symbol. Click here, and there will be some options.
Scroll down and choose “Set up your device.” When you click there, you will have two options. Choose “Works with Google.”
Scroll and look for SimpliSafe, or you can search SimpliSafe from the search bar. After clicking there, you will be asked to give your login information for SimpliSafe.
Now, you are SimpliSafe device is connected to Google Home. Well, it’s time to connect the Nest device with Google Home. You can follow similar steps to connect to Nest.
Once you have successfully connected Nest and SimpliSafe with Google Home, you can now control both systems from there. You can give voice commands to arm or disarm SimpliSafe and activate or deactivate Nest.
Other Smart Devices Work With SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe is quite easier to operate and integrate with other smart home devices. You may not have access to the latest features like Geofencing in SimpliSafe, but you can trust it for easy home automation.
There are a number of smart devices with which you can integrate SimpliSafe besides Nest Hub. But you may need to subscribe to SimpliSafe’s Interactive monitoring plans to enjoy all features and integration.
Here is a list of smart devices you can integrate SimpliSafe with beside Nest:
- Google Home
- Amazon Alexa
- August (smart locks)
- Apple Siri & watch
- Philips Hue (smart lighting)
- LIFX (smart lighting)
Note: Right now, you cannot integrate SimpliSafe with IFTTT, Z-Wave, and Zigbee, but in the near future, you can also integrate SimpliSafe with them.
Yes, the Nest thermostat is compatible with SimpliSafe. But as I described earlier, like other Nest devices, you cannot connect it directly with SimpliSafe. You need to use Google Home to connect them.
Yes, you can use SimpliSafe without a Wi-Fi connection. But you have to choose a paid plan where cellular service is included. Any video camera will support the system when you have a Wi-Fi connection.
SimpliSafe works with several Nest devices through Google Home. Some of them are the Nest thermostat, camera, and displays.
Once you link Nest with SimpliSafe, you can control them both from a single system or interface. You can set rules and conditions to make them work together.
No, you won’t have to spend any money on integration. But you will need active subscriptions for both Google Nest and SimpliSafe to have access to all their features and capabilities.
The Bottom Line
Again, you can use your SimpliSafe device with Google Nest, but you may face some compatibility issues while using both. But the compatibility issue is not as seamless as you might think. As with most technology, you should research carefully and make sure the products you choose will work together and also meet your specific needs.
However, have you tried using SimpliSafe and Nest together? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below.
Before going to exit the page, if you are a Ring user, you can read our guide to determine whether your Ring device works with Google Nest or not.