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Nest Security

Get a seamless experience between smart home devices and security with Google Nest. The Google Nest Secure alarm system keeps protection simple but gives you lots of room to create a connected, safe home.

What Sets Google Nest Secure Apart?

What Sets Google Nest Secure Apart?

Designed to be easy for you to use but hard on intruders, the Google Nest Secure alarm system comes with the essentials you’ll need to protect your family and home. Google Nest also offers a host of other devices like security cameras, a video doorbell, smart lock and more that you can purchase separately and use with your home security system.

If you’d like professional monitoring for your system, Google Nest partners with Brinks Home Security, and you can choose between two monitoring plans. The cost of monitoring ranges from $19.00.mo. – $29.00/mo. The $19.00/mo. plan requires a 3-year service agreement with Brinks, but the $29.00/mo. plan does not require a contract. You can purchase the Google Nest alarm system for $399.00 or finance it with Google Store Financing.

*Google recently announced it is discontinuing the Nest Secure DIY home security system. It is no longer available on the Google Store, and the company will not manufacture any new units. The system is currently still available from other retailers. Current Nest Secure users will still receive Brinks professional monitoring for their existing systems. Nest says that they “will continue to support our security users in all the same ways,” according to CNET

Safety.com will provide updates on Google Nest Secure as they become available.

Pros

  • Lots of smart home devices and technologies can be used with the security system
  • Optional professional installation
  • Easy-to-use design

Cons

  • Smart home devices have to be purchased separately
  • Month-to-month professional monitoring is more expensive than the contract option
  • You could lose a Nest Tag key fob for arming/disarming
Nest Security Package

Nest Security Package

    Nest Secure Alarm System

    Starting at $19.00/mo

    Our take

    The Google Nest Secure alarm system is great for protecting your home with the essentials. One of the perks of Google Nest is being able to use other Nest security and smart home devices to create a more seamless experience. With a Google Assistant-enabled speaker, you’ll be able to issue commands for your alarm system. The Nest Tags make arming and disarming a cinch by simply swiping in or out. The Google Nest Secure alarm system retails for $399.00. 

    Package devices and features include:

    • 1 Nest Guard hub
    • 2 Nest Tags
    • 2 Nest Detect motion sensors
Is Nest Security Right For You?

Is Nest Security Right For You?

Cost: The Google Nest Secure alarm system is priced at $399 for the basic equipment. Monitoring ranges from $19 to $29.

Contract: A contract is optional with Nest monitoring. If you opt for the $19 per month monitoring program, you’ll lock yourself into a three-year contract. With the more expensive monitoring, you can skip the contract.

Wired or Wireless: Google Nest uses wireless connectivity instead of wired. Google claims that wireless interconnect allows you to add more alarms without additional wiring. Your system can signal alarms throughout the home, rather than just where the danger is. You also don’t have to worry about wiring constraints when deciding where to put your alarms.

Monitoring: Google Nest partners with Brinks Home Security to bring optional professional monitoring to your security system. You can opt for a three-year contract at $19 per month. You can also choose a contract-free option for $29 per month.

Installation: Google Nest allows for DIY installation, meaning you don’t have to pay extra to get your system set up. The company also partners with third parties who can perform your professional installation for a fee.

Equipment: The standard Google Nest Secure alarm system comes with a Nest Guard (which includes an alarm, keypad, and motion sensor), two Nest Tags to arm and disarm your alarm, and two Nest Detect motion sensors for your doors, windows, and rooms. Nest has plenty of other optional equipment you can purchase on top of the package, including the Nest Hello, Nest Hub Max, and Nest cameras.

Nest Pricing

Nest Pricing

The Google Nest Secure alarm system starts at $399 for the basic equipment of the Nest Hub, Nest Tags, and Nest Detect sensors. You can purchase additional equipment, ranging from $49 to $399. Though the system doesn’t automatically come with professional monitoring, you can choose to add it for either $19 or $29 per month.

Equipment cost starts at: $399.00
24/7 professional monitoring Optional
Professional monitoring starts at: $19.00/mo.
Motion detection Yes
Video surveillance Available with Nest cameras and video doorbells
Familiar face alerts* Available with Nest Aware subscription on certain Nest products *Not available on cameras for Illinois residents
Nest Security Installation

Nest Security Installation

Google does not offer installation for its Nest Secure alarm system. Instead, the company partners with Handy and OnTech, which are third-party providers. Handy is a platform that connects you to professional installation companies, while OnTech is a company that can perform professional installation. Installation with OnTech starts at $99.99 for your first device, and an additional $64.99 for each device after that.

Nest Security Equipment

Nest Security Equipment

The Google Nest Secure alarm system comes with three basic types of equipment: Nest Guard Hub, Nest Tags, and Nest Detect sensors. The company also offers additional equipment ranging from doorbells to security cameras.
Using Google Secure

Using Google Secure

Google Nest Secure is a DIY security system that comes equipped with your system hub, as well as equipment to pick up motion and movement, and equipment to arm and disarm your system.

Google also offers plenty of optional Nest products to make your system more robust. You can add the video doorbell to keep an eye on who is coming and going, even when you aren’t home. You can also purchase cameras to place outside your home.

Your Nest app serves as the home base of your wireless security system. You can easily see what’s going on in any part of your home. The app allows you to speak through the video doorbell or monitor your camera. 

Those who want the extra perk of professional monitoring can opt to add that to their security system for either $19 or $29 per month.

Nest Security — Bottom Line

Nest Security — Bottom Line

For those who want an alternative to the traditional home security system, Nest is a great option. The Google Nest Secure alarm system comes with a package of basic equipment, all of which you can install yourself. Those who want a more comprehensive alarm system can opt for professional monitoring and the addition of more security devices throughout the interior and exterior of your home.

Nest’s Response to COVID-19: In April 2020, Google temporarily downgraded the camera quality of Nest cameras to conserve internet bandwidth due to the increased number of people working from home. The company also fast-tracked its contactless communication services for hotels. The product was already a pilot program, but Google pushed the product out earlier than expected to help hotels keep their guests safe.

Frequently Asked Questions About Google Nest

Frequently Asked Questions About Google Nest

If I don’t feel comfortable with setting up my Google Nest Secure alarm system, can a professional install it for me?

Yes, if you don’t feel comfortable with installing the Google Nest Secure alarm system, a Nest Pro can do it for you. You can find a Nest Pro in your area and get their estimate within 48 hours.

Do I have to sign a contract for Google Nest’s services?

No, you do not have to sign a contract for Google Nest’s services. If you opt for the $29.00/mo. month-to-month monitoring plan with Brinks, no contract is required. However, if you choose the $19.00/mo. plan with Brinks, a 3-year contract is required.

What is Google Nest’s return policy?

If you’re satisfied with your alarm system purchased from the Google Store you can return it for a refund within 15 calendar days. If you want to return a Nest Thermostat, you’ll have to do so within 30 days. You may have to pay a restocking fee and any delivery costs. To learn more about Google’s return policy, you can visit the Google Help Center.

Does Nest Security call the police?

The Nest alarm system comes with the option to purchase a monitoring plan from Brinks Home Security for prices starting at $19 per month. Brinks Home Security has a 24/7 call center with a can call the police or first responders in an emergency.

Which is better, Ring or Nest Security?

Ring and Nest are two of the top-rated DIY home security systems on the market. Both systems serve as an alternative to the traditional monitored home security systems. While Ring is more budget-friendly, we believe Nest is the overall better option because of its optional professional installation, continuous video recording, and other smart home products.


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Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.