Moving houses is as hectic a job as it sounds. But transferring a Nest Thermostat to a new homeowner takes on a much milder tone.
The Nest Thermostat holds the distinction of being one of the most affordable Smart Thermostats on the market. And it also sports a premium design and a very convenient touch interface.
And when I moved to my new home a couple of months ago, I decided to leave behind the Thermostat for the new homeowner in hopes of acquiring a new one.
Surprisingly, the overhaul process wasn't at all nerve-racking as I expected.
To transfer your Nest Thermostat to a new homeowner, all you have to do is remove the device from your Home/Nest app. A factory reset could also accomplish this task. If you plan on moving the Thermostat to a new home, make sure to delete your current Home settings from the app and reset the Thermostat.
With that said, let's take a closer look at how to transfer your Nest Thermostat.
Delete Nest Thermostat From the Home App
If you don't plan on resetting the wiring configs on your Nest Thermostat and want them to remain the same, simply remove the device from your Google Home account.
Follow these steps on the Google Home app to delete the Nest Thermostat device from your Home retinue:
1. From the Home screen, tap and hold the Nest Thermostat tile.
2. Click open the Settings icon from the top right.
3. Tap on Remove Device.
4. Confirm your selection by selecting Remove.
And voila! You've successfully removed Nest Thermostat from your Google Home account.
You could also reset the account settings from the Nest Thermostat interface. Follow these steps to do so:
1. Tap and open the Menu tab on your Nest Thermostat.
2. Scroll and select Settings. (Select - Account>Disconnect - on regular Nest Thermostat)
3. Tap on the Reset option and select the 'Account Connected to' option.
Reset Temperature Settings on Nest Thermostat
If you do not want to factory reset the Nest Thermostat but only deactivate the device from your Home account, do the new homeowner a favor and reset the schedule and temperature settings on the Thermostat too.
When you deactivate your Thermostat from your Home account, it will retain all your personal preferences.
As a result, the new homeowner may have a hard time personalizing the Nest Thermostat.
Resetting the temperature settings is as easy as the deactivation process.
Follow these steps on the Nest Thermostat to revert the schedule and temperature setting back to its factory defaults:
1. Open the Menu tab on your Nest Thermostat.
2. Scroll and select the Settings option.
3. Tap on the Reset option.
4. Select the Schedule option and confirm your selection.
Factory Reset the Thermostat to Reset the Settings
If you don't want to go through the hassle of deactivating your account and removing your preferences on the Nest Thermostat, simply factory reset the device to its defaults.
A factory reset will remove your personal preferences, schedule, routines, and other personalizations and make the Thermostat revert to its factory defaults.
Once done, the device will have to be re-configured again, and the new homeowner can configure the device to their liking.
Also, hard resetting the Nest Thermostat will remove and clear any latent bugs or errors that may have led to issues on your device in the near future.
To reset your device, first, you'll have to remove the Thermostat from your Google Home account.
Once done, follow these steps on your Nest Thermostat interface to reset it:
1. Open the Menu tab on your Nest Thermostat.
2. Scroll down and select the Settings tile.
3. Again, scroll and select the Reset option.
4. Select the 'All Settings' option and confirm the process.
Wait for the process to complete. Once finished, the new homeowner can configure the device like new to their liking.
One thing to keep in mind is to jot down the wiring configuration of your Nest Thermostat before factory resetting it.
After resetting the device, you'll have to enter the wiring configuration again on the Nest Thermostat to finalize the setup.
How to Delete a Home From the Google Home App
Another way to deactivate the Nest Thermostat and make it available for its next owner is to remove your entire Home ecosystem from the Home app.
By doing this, in addition to removing the Nest Thermostat from your account, you get to also remove other Google Smart Home gadgets, like Nest cams, from your account.
Deleting your entire home ecosystem may be a wise move if you have multiple Smart home gadgets in your house and if you want to remove them all at once.
Follow these steps on the Home app to delete your current Home from the app:
1. From the home screen, switch to the Home tab you want to delete.
2. Click on the Settings icon.
3. Tap on the 'Delete this Home' option.
4. Confirm your selection by selecting Delete.
You have now successfully removed your old Home ecosystem from the Home app.
How to Reconfigure Nest Thermostat
Now that you've reset the Nest Thermostat, let's look at how to reconfigure it once again from scratch.
This may be of special interest to those who would like to replant the device in a new home.
And those of you who had done the setting up part in the first place will know how simple the process really is.
Here's how t goes:
1. To start the process, prop up the base plate to the wall housing the lead wires.
2. Then, pull in the wires through the bracket. (Be extra cautious and don't touch the lead wires)
3. Plug in the wires to the appropriate ports on the Nest base.
4. Now, pry in the display deck of the Thermostat and power ON the device.
5. Once the device boots up, select the language of choice and proceed to connect to a WiFi network.
6. Next, install the latest version of the Google Home app on your smart device. Log in to your account and select the Add device option from the Settings menu.
7. Proceed to scan the QR code from the back of your Nest Thermostat display plate.
8. Continue with the onscreen prompts and type in the Entry Key displayed on the Nest Thermostat.
9. Proceed with the setup and enter the correct wiring configuration on the app.
After a few more prompts, you will be all set and done!
And there you have it, a comprehensive guide on how to transfer your Nest Thermostat to its new owner.
If you plan on taking the Nest Thermostat with you to your new home, best if you factory reset the device beforehand so that you can reconfigure it once you complete the move.
Also, be cautious and don't mess with the wires while dismantling the Thermostat. HVAC systems carry passive power and will harm you if you touch the lead wires.
As mentioned earlier, do note down the wiring configs before you reset the device to set it up correctly once you reconfigure the Thermostat.
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
How do I remove the previous owner of the Nest Thermostat?
If the previous owner had failed to remove his/her account credentials from the Nest Thermostat, a reset of the device could get rid of the old preferences. Open the Menu settings on your Nest Thermostat and go to Settings> Reset> All Settings to start the reset.
Can you share Nest Thermostat with family members?
Yes, you can share control of your Nest Thermostat with your family members if they're part of the Home ecosystem on your Home app. To invite a family member to your Home account, first, open the Home app> switch to the Home tab> click on the Add(+) icon> Invite home member> Invite person> Enter his/her Email address> Next> Send.
Does Nest have to be connected to Wi-Fi?
Not necessarily. Nest Thermostats can work without an active connection to the internet. You can control the climate and fiddle around with the Thermostat. But without the internet, you won't be able to access any smart features on the Thermostat.
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