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How To Create Nest Home And Away Rule For Your Wemo®

One of the major selling points of the Wemo® line of products is the ability to control them from anywhere you are in the world.  But did you know that you can also set them to work autonomously? 

You can pair your Nest® Thermostat account with your Wemo network to begin using your Nest to control your Wemo devices.  Once paired, your Nest can be used to turn your Wemo devices ON or OFF just by changing its mode to Home or Away.

Before creating a Nest Home and Away rule, make sure to do the following first:
  • Install your Wemo device.  To learn how, click here.  
  • Download and install the latest Wemo App from Google Play™ on your Android™ device or from the App Store® on your iOS device and associate it with your Wemo device.
 

 
What devices are compatible with this rule?
 
Nest Home and Away rules require a Nest Thermostat and a Nest account to work.  For more information, click here.  Once your Nest Thermostat is set up and working, you can begin to create Nest Home and Away rules. 
 
Nest Home and Away rules will work with the following Wemo products:
  • F7C027 – Wemo Switch
  • F7C029 – Wemo Insight
  • F7C030 – Wemo Light Switch
  • F7C063 – Wemo Switch Mini
  • F7C059 Wemo Dimmer
 

 
So where do I start?
 
Step 1:  Open your Wemo App and tap on Rules to bring up your rules list.
 
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NOTE:  If you have created rules before, you will see them listed here as either enabled or disabled.  You will need to tap on the plus (+) sign at the top-right side.
 
Step 2:  Tap on Nest’s Home & Away to open the rule creation screen.
 
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Step 3: 
Choose the Nest Thermostat you want to trigger.
 
The list will show under IF.  You can choose what action you would like to trigger this rule based upon the status of your Nest Thermostat.
  • Home:  Triggers when your Nest is set to Home mode.
  • Away:  Triggers when your Nest is set to Away mode.  
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NOTE:  Your Nest account can have multiple thermostats registered to it.  Each thermostat registered to the Nest account you have linked with your Wemo network will show up on the list of available Nest devices.
 
Step 4:  After you have chosen the Nest Thermostat you wish to trigger, you will need to choose which Wemo devices you would like to be controlled by this rule. 

There are two options you can choose for each device:
  • On:  Turns your Wemo device ON.
  • Off:  Turns your Wemo device OFF.
 
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Step 5:  After you have chosen the Wemo devices you want this rule to control, scroll down to WHEN.  Tap on the User-added image to open the time options for the rule.

Schedule rules have a few options available for the time it will run:
  • Time (Clock icon):  Set a static time.
  • Sunrise / Sunset:  Have your Wemo device controlled by the rising and setting of the sun.
  • Days:  Choose the days of the week you would like your rule to function.
Once you have chosen your time options, tap Done.
 
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Step 6:  After you have chosen the time, scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Rule Name.  This is where you can customize the name of this rule for easy identification.  Tap on Nest Home/Away Rule to bring up the on-screen keyboard.  Provide the name for this rule and tap Done to close the keyboard and accept the name.
 
Once you are satisfied with the name you provided for this rule, tap on Save to return to the rules list.
 
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After your rule has been saved, it will be set to enabled.  If you would like to create or edit the rule, you can find instructions on how to do that here.


Related Article:

How to control your Nest Thermostat using your Wemo App

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