How do I create a rule for the nest to set away when I leave and set home when I get home?

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Paul Kelsey

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Hey Paul,

Thanks for reaching out.

Unfortunately, it looks like Nest doesn't have an Action available to change the status of your Nest thermostat from Home to Away. I believe this is because Nest wants you to trust that the thermostat should do this automatically. However, if you would be interested in that being an available option, you will need to contact Nest about adding that as we can't control that aspect of a recipe.

However, you can create (or use) a recipe that can set your Nest thermostat to a certain temperature once you get home. Please first make sure you have created an IFTTT account and connected it with your Automatic account. After doing so, you can use the following recipe and set the "area" to your desired location:

I hope this helps, Paul. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.
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The easiest solution is to download the skylark app. We use it for this purpose, and it's worked out great.

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