Following the recent announcements at Nest and Google, we wanted to share with our users some upcoming changes to our integration with Nest.
On May 7, 2019, Google announced that it is merging its Google Home and Nest brands under a new, single, smart home brand—Google Nest. As part of this new era for Nest, Google also announced that users will be asked to migrate their accounts from Nest to Google and that it will be ending the Works With Nest program.
Works With Nest is the partner program that has allowed trusted third-party companies to connect to your Nest thermostats, smoke detectors, cameras, and security sensors to their services. Since the Yonomi App launched in 2014, Yonomi has been a member of the Works With Nest program—using Nest’s APIs to sync your thermostats and smoke detectors to all the other devices in your home.
On August 31, 2019, Google will begin restricting access to the Works With Nest APIs.
Will My Nest Devices Still Work With Yonomi?
Sometime prior to August 31, 2019, all Nest users will receive a notification prompting them to migrate their existing Nest account to a Google account. If you migrate to a Google account, your Nest devices will immediately stop working with Yonomi and other Works With Nest partners.
For this reason, we recommend that you do not migrate to a Google account if you wish to continue to keep your Nest devices connected to Yonomi and maintain the most unified automation experience for your home.
You should also be careful not to accidentally remove your Nest devices from your Yonomi account. After August 31, 2019, you will no longer be able to reconnect your Nest devices to Yonomi.
New users that purchase their Nest devices after August 31, 2019, or those that already set up their Nest devices under a Google account, will not be able to connect to Yonomi.
What's Next For Nest and Yonomi?
Google has messaged that they will create a new partner program that will allow you to connect your Nest devices to your preferred automation services, but it is not clear when this will be available. Stay tuned and we'll share updates as more information is released.
In the meantime, we recommend you review this FAQ provided by Google about what this transition means for Google Nest customers.
Despite this move by Google and Nest, all of your other favorite devices will continue to work with Yonomi as they always have. You will continue to see exciting new device integrations announced by Yonomi we continue to innovate and grow with the ever-expanding smart home ecosystem.
We believe that most consumers and device makers continue to have passionate enthusiasm for an open and agnostic connected home, not one controlled by one or two major brands, and Yonomi remains committed to helping bring this vision of the smart home to life.