Google Kills Off Nest Thermostat App for Apple Watch

Google has killed its Nest app for Apple Watch, meaning Nest smart thermostat owners can no longer control the device's target temperature and operating mode directly from their wrist.

The deprecation of the wearable apps for both ‌Apple Watch‌ and Wear OS coincides with version 5.37 of the Nest mobile app, which was released on Tuesday.


Any mention of the ‌Apple Watch‌ app has since been removed from the Nest App Store listing, while Wear OS device users who try to launch the app from their watch are now met with the message "Nest is no longer supported for Wear OS" and are advised to uninstall the app.

Google's reason for the watch app's demise is simple. According to the company (via 9to5Google), "only a small number of people" used the watch apps, therefore Nest will focus on developing its full mobile app and Wear OS-only Google Assistant functions going forward.
We took a look at Nest app users on smart watches and found that only a small number of people were using it. Moving forward our team will spend more time focusing on delivering high quality experiences through mobile apps and voice interactions.
Google advises Nest owners that they can no longer adjust their thermostat or change the Home/Away mode from their ‌Apple Watch‌, but these actions can still be controlled remotely via the Nest mobile app, which can also still deliver notifications to their watch.

The Nest app joins a long line of high-profile ‌Apple Watch‌ apps that have met their demise over the last two years. Beginning in 2017, Twitter, Google Maps, Amazon, and eBay all quietly removed their ‌Apple Watch‌ apps from the App Store, after seemingly concluding their continued development was no longer worth the effort because not enough people were using them.

In a bid to rekindle interest in developing ‌Apple Watch‌ apps, Apple has added an ‌App Store‌ in its upcoming watchOS 6 that can be accessed right on your wrist, allowing apps to be downloaded on the ‌Apple Watch‌ independent of an iPhone.

This means developers won't need to create ‌Apple Watch‌ client extensions as part of their iPhone apps, and can instead create truly standalone versions for ‌Apple Watch‌, or even create watch apps that don't have iPhone versions at all. Still currently in beta testing, ‌watchOS 6‌ is due to be released in the fall.

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18 weeks ago
Just got rid of my Nest thermostats and replaced them with Honeywell T5's. It's so much nicer controlling the temperature with HomeKit. I have the option to use Amazon or Google as well. Google better get their butt in gear because they are eroding any consumer faith they had in the Nest product line.

The last to go is my Nest Hello doorbell. As soon as those HomeKit doorbells are out, I'm out of Nest completely.
Rating: 14 Votes
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18 weeks ago

Shocker. The app never worked anyway it just crashed. Shows how much they care about working with apple.

They’re too busy spying on people... must require a lot of resources to listen in on all these conversations:

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18 weeks ago
Shocker. The app never worked anyway it just crashed. Shows how much they care about working with apple.
Rating: 8 Votes
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18 weeks ago
I have an Ecobee, which works with Alexa and HomeKit, and love it. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to switch to a HomeKit enabled thermostat.
Rating: 7 Votes
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18 weeks ago
Who needs nest app on watch anyways?

https://www.thermowatch.net/

Been using this app for over a year, works fine
Rating: 6 Votes
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18 weeks ago
Bought 2 nests before it was acquired by Google, and now really regretting it. I’m staying away from all G home products, since I have no assurance that my hardwired home products will work in a number of years or even months.
Rating: 6 Votes
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18 weeks ago
Just moved to a new house and I’m leaving the Nest at my old place for its new future owners. I got two Ecobees for our new place.
Rating: 6 Votes
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18 weeks ago
Google really trying its hardest to alienate Apple users in the Nest ecosystem. Can’t really see HomeKit support coming after this. Apple should have bought Nest makes sense with the founders and the cost and design of the hardware.
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18 weeks ago

I have an Ecobee, which works with Alexa and HomeKit, and love it. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to switch to a HomeKit enabled thermostat.

A bit off-topic but there is one small caveat when using HomeKit with Ecobee.

If you do want to use HomeKit with it, make sure your automations are all done within the Home app.

If you set up your schedule on the Ecobee app or on the thermostat yourself, it’s fine. But the moment you change temperature thru HomeKit, it will remain at the temperature indefinitely. It will *not* return to its set schedule automatically and you must do it manually.
Rating: 4 Votes
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18 weeks ago

On May 16, Google / Nest have announced that while the "Works With Nest" program will end on August 31, 2019, apps like this one will continue working indefinitely, as long as you do not migrate your Nest account onto a Google account. Developer of this app will make every attempt to apply for Google's security audit, that would allow the app to continue working even after the account migration.

Thermo Watch developer here - I should point out that this is actually good news for existing users (or anyone who starts using the app before August 31) Because it means that for those users at least, the app will keep working fine. I don't plan on abandoning the app even after that day. It will still be getting updates for existing users, and will soon also have Homekit thermostat support, in particular so that it can display homekit thermostat temperatures on the watch face complications.
I also still have plans to update the app in any way possible so it keeps working even for new Nest users after that date.
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