We’ve all known for a long time that the Works with Nest program was on its last legs, but now we’re starting to see signs that its life support machine is off.
If you turn on the Philips Hue app, you may see a pop-up that says:
Philips Hue’s integration with Nest Thermostat, Nest Cam and Nest Protect will be discontinued as of November 17, 2020.
This will only be temporary as Google is incorporating existing Works with Nest features into the Google Home app..
The fact that native sync Hue / Nest is retiring is not as important as it would have been a few weeks ago, as Google recently added the Home and Away presence detection routines to its smart home platform.
When Google removed Works with Nest last year, it effectively took some of the “smart” ???? outside the smart home. Nest still has its Home / Away Assist mode, which used geofencing to operate its Nest devices, but integrations with other devices, such as turning off the Hue lights when your Nest went into Away mode, disappeared.
With the new Home and Away mode within Google Home routines, users can now do things like turn on the Hue lights when everyone leaves home.
More controls need to be added back when Works with Hey Google integration arrives. If it ever does… we’ve been waiting around 18 months for Google to successfully replace Works with Nest.
Previously, the advice had always been to wait to migrate from a Nest account to a Google one, if you were relying on Works with Nest integrations, but this warning from Hue indicates that waiting and waiting might not be an option for much longer.
The official Hue and Nest partnership was never good anyway, if we’re honest. It did not allow you to specify which cameras affect which lights, or at what times, for example.
And the only Nest Cam automations offered are those that automatically turn on the lights if no one is detected in a room for a while; a ‘smarter security light’ that turns on random lights if it detects movement when it’s dark (which inevitably kicks in when you don’t want to); and a copycat feature that turns lights on / off when Nest’s Home / Away status is Away.
However, if you trusted it… you have a couple of weeks to set up some alternate automations.
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