How to Set Up Google Nest Hub

Make video calls, watch movies, stream music, and more with voice commands

What to Know

  • Open the Google Home app on your mobile device, tap the Plus (+) > Set Up Device > New device, then follow the on-screen prompts.
  • Your mobile device and your Nest Hub must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network to set up your device.
  • To personalize your Nest Hub, open the Google Home app, select your Google Nest Hub, then tap the Settings gear.

This article explains how to set up a Google Nest Hub so you can make video calls, watch movies, and control your smart home all on one device. The instructions apply to all models including the Google Nest Hub Max.

How to Set Up a Google Nest Hub

To set up your Google Nest Hub, you must use the Google Home app on your mobile device:

  1. Connect the power supply to your Google Nest Hub and plug it in. The Hub will turn on automatically.

  2. Download the Google Home app for Android or the Google Home app for iOS if it's not already installed on your mobile device.

  3. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app and tap the Plus (+) in the upper-left corner of the Home screen.

  4. Tap Set Up Device.

  5. Tap New device.

    A Google Nest Hub user sets up a new device.
  6. Choose a home for your device and tap Next. The app will look for nearby compatible devices.

    You can add homes in the Google Home app if you want to control smart devices in different locations with your Google Home app.

  7. Tap Yes when the app detects your Nest Hub.

    If the app doesn't detect your Nest Hub automatically, make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone and move closer to the Hub, then close the Google Home app and reopen it.

  8. A code will appear in the Google Home app and on your Nest Hub. Make sure the codes match, then tap Next in the app.

    A Google Nest Hub user sets up a new device.
  9. Read the terms of service and tap I agree.

  10. The app will ask if you want to share your device stats and crash reports to help improve the Nest Hub experience for all users. Tap Yes, I'm in or No thanks.

    Your choice will not affect your personal Nest Hub experience in any way. Google only uses the information to correct bugs and make general improvements.

  11. Choose a room for your Nest Hub and tap Next.

    A Google Nest Hub user agrees to Google's legal terms and opts-in to sharing data during setup.
  12. Select your Wi-Fi network and tap Next.

    Your mobile device and your Nest Hub must be connected to the same network. If you're connected to the internet through your data plan, disable it and connect to Wi-Fi.

  13. Follow the on-screen prompts to finish personalizing your Nest Hub. You'll also have the option to configure these settings at a later time. After reviewing your device settings, your Nest Hub will be set up.

    A Google Nest Hub user connects to Wi-Fi and activates Voice Match during setup.

Personalize Your Google Nest Hub

To customize your Nest Hub, open the Google Home app on your mobile device, select your Google Nest Hub, then tap the Settings gear. From this screen, you can configure call settings and customize the display. You can also link your Nest Hub to Disney Plus, Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services.

Download the Nest app for Android or the Nest app for iOS to view the device history and set up advanced features such as face recognition.

A Google Nest Hub user accesses their device's settings

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can you do with Google Nest hub? You can use Google Nest Hub to control a variety of smart devices in your home. It can help you access your media, turn your TV on and off, set up calendar events, create shopping lists, check security camera footage, and more. Check out Google's full list of Nest Hub features.
  • How can you connect your Nest Hub to a different Wi-Fi network? A Google Nest Hub can only remember one Wi-Fi network at a time. To connect to a different network, open the Google Home app, tap on your device, then go to Settings > Device Information. Tap Forget next to Wi-Fi. Then set up your Nest on the new network.
  • How do you set up a Google Nest Hub Max camera? Open the Google Home app and select the Google Nest Hub Max. Tap Set up Nest Cam and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • How do you set up SiriusXM on a Google Nest Hub? First, make sure your mobile device and your Google Nest Hub are both using the same Wi-Fi network. You can then pair SiriusXM with your Nest Hub by opening the Google Home app and tapping Settings. Under Google Assistant services, select Radio > SiriusXM and link your account.
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