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Is It Time to Ditch Nest Secure?

Julie Myhre-Nunes
Updated Apr 20, 2021
4 min read

Google and ADT announced a partnership last August, and then Nest Secure was discontinued in October. This series of events left many Nest users, including me, confused about how this partnership impacts them and what this means for their already-installed Nest Secure. It’s now been over six months since the Google-ADT announcement, and there are still aren’t a lot of answers about what this partnership means. As of April 2021, ADT products can be controlled through Google devices, and Nest products will be sold by ADT and its technicians. Beyond that, neither ADT nor Google has provided any information other than that the partnership exists. 

I’ve had a Nest Secure system with three door/window sensors for over a year, and we’ve been using Nest cameras around our home since 2018. I’ve been happy with the system thus far, but a combination of this news and changes to Nest Secure have me wondering if it’s time for me to look for a new security system. If you’re in the same boat as me, keep reading to see why I’m sticking with Nest Secure — for now.

How Nest Secure Has Changed Since Being Discontinued

When I first heard the news, I was worried Google would cut all support for Nest Secure, meaning software updates and security patches would end. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case, as Google promises to provide users with “continued feature support, software fixes, and critical security updates,” according to its site. Unfortunately, finding additional hardware has become nearly impossible. 

As previously noted, my home currently has three door/window sensors. When I first got Nest Secure in early 2020, I opted only to arm the external doors since I utilize cameras around my property. In December 2020, I decided it might be worth getting some extra sensors for the first-floor windows. I had a feeling the sensors would be challenging to find, but I didn’t think it would be impossible. I looked everywhere, including Google, Lowes, Home Depot, Best Buy — you name it, and I’ve looked there. I added myself to any and all restocking email lists, and still nothing. It’s gotten to the point where I’m telling myself that it’s probably not going to happen. Hopefully, I’ll be proven wrong. In the meantime, I’ve angled my Nest cameras to ensure my first-floor windows are covered.

I haven’t seen any other impact from the change other than impossible-to-find hardware, but I also haven’t had any reason to contact customer support.

Is It Time to Jump Ship?

Since nothing has been announced about the “smarter, more helpful home security solution,” as noted on ADT’s site, it seems a bit too early to move to another home security system. Of course, there’s a caveat to that. If you feel your home isn’t secure with Nest Secure, you should consider looking for another home security system. On the other hand, if you’re like me and you feel Nest Secure is fulfilling your needs and giving you peace of mind, then it might be worth sticking it out. That’s what I’m doing.

Why I’m sticking With Nest Secure — for Now

Nest Secure fits my lifestyle (it’s easy to use and access), it’s completely installed and functional, and frankly, I don’t want to pay for a whole new security system. Considering it’s been almost a year since Google and ADT announced the partnership, I’m hoping more information will be released regarding the future of Google home security soon. After that, I can determine if the new home security system is worth trying out. 

As of now, the main reason that would trigger me to switch to another home security system is if Google stops providing updates and patches to Nest Secure. Software updates and patches are essential to keeping your home security system secure, as it makes your system less susceptible to hackers. Using technology without software and security patches is like going into the snow without any clothes or shoes — risky and dangerous.

Other Home Security Systems to Consider

If you aren’t satisfied with Nest Secure and don’t want to wait for Google-ADT to announce all of the details about the new home security system, there are some options. First, you’ll have to ask yourself if you want to stick with a DIY system, like Nest Secure, or switch to a professionally installed and monitored system

Not sure which one is best? You’re in luck because we have a home security finder that will match you with the perfect system for your needs. All you have to do is click “System Finder” at the top of this page. Simply fill out a few questions about your home and desired security system, and you’ll be matched with the perfect system for your home and budget.

Bottom line: Although Google and ADT haven’t announced much information about the new home security system, I’m sticking with my Nest Secure system for the time being. 


Julie Myhre-Nunes

Julie Myhre-Nunes is Safety.com’s Editorial Director. She has covered cybersecurity for nearly a decade. Her work has been featured on Wired.com, CNBC and more.

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