Nest Secure Discontinued: Alternatives, What to Know

Google’s Nest Secure alarm systems were deactivated on April 8, 2024. Here’s what that means for Nest users.
Dalia Ramirez
By Dalia Ramirez 
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Edited by Claire Tsosie

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On April 8, 2024, Google stopped supporting Nest Secure, an install-it-yourself home security system that hit the market in 2017, effectively making it non-functional.

Former Nest Secure users can no longer control their equipment, including Nest’s keypad hub, sensors and key fobs, through the Nest app, and the products can no longer connect to the internet or send alerts.

Google stopped selling Nest Secure products in October 2020, shortly after announcing the brand’s partnership with longtime home security provider ADT.

Before it was discontinued, a Nest Secure starter kit — which included a Nest Guard hub, two Nest Detect sensors and two Nest Tag key fobs — used to cost around $400. Users could self-monitor their system for free or pay for professional monitoring through Nest partner Brinks Home. The system could also integrate with other Google smart home products, such as Nest cameras and video doorbells.

What alternatives are available?

In an April 2023 blog post, Google announced that existing Nest Secure users would receive an email from Google with a coupon code to purchase a Self-Setup System from ADT at up to a $485 value. The closest ADT package to this price is the “Starter” package at $389.96, which includes a Smart home hub, two door/window sensors, a Google Nest doorbell, and access to the ADT app. ADT’s monthly monitoring costs start at $24.99.

ADT Security System
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Professional monitoring monthly cost
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Switching to ADT may be a more seamless option for former Nest Secure users. However, an ADT system may not integrate with all Nest equipment, especially older models, and monthly monitoring costs are pricier than those of some other home security providers.

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Self-monitoring available for $9.99 per month. You can also access basic features with no plan.

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Changes made on April 8, 2024

In an April 2023 blog post, Google confirmed:

  • Nest Secure (Guard, Detect and Tag) would stop connecting to the internet on April 8, 2024, and would no longer be functional or controllable through the Nest app.

  • Dropcam, an earlier version of Google’s smart camera, would no longer be supported on April 8, 2024. Users would have had to download videos before this date to save them.

  • Nest x Yale Lock would no longer connect to Wi-Fi through the Nest Guard hub, so you won’t be able to lock and unlock your door through the Nest app (you’ll still be able to use the keypad). The lock will only connect to Wi-Fi with a Nest Connect device, which Google will send to eligible users for free as a replacement.

  • Nest cameras, video doorbells and life safety alert products still available for purchase on the Google store will still function normally and connect to the Nest app.

How do these changes affect new customers?

  • Nest Secure products haven’t been available for purchase since 2020; they’re not an option for new customers.

  • If you’re shopping for a home security system, Nest still offers high-quality cameras, doorbells and life safety alert equipment but does not offer alarm sensors.

  • To purchase a comprehensive alarm system that includes Nest products, you’ll need to choose an ADT alarm system package with Nest cameras. 

  • If you want your individual Nest cameras professionally monitored, you’ll need to call ADT to set up the service.

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