At Google Nest, we're putting people first and building technology around their needs, with a focus on creating whole home solutions that are truly helpful. Whether it's a Nest product or partner solution, we're committed to keeping our customers' data secure and respecting their privacy.

In May, we published a clear set of privacy commitments so Nest customers can understand how our technology works, and explain the safeguards we have in place to protect and secure their sensitive data. We're now offering our third-party ecosystem partners more ways to integrate with Nest products, but doing it built on a foundation of privacy and security.

Device Access Program

Device Access is a new program launching soon under the Works with Google Assistant program, offering a new way for partners to integrate directly with Nest devices. The program provides qualified partner access to the device API, where they can build integrated solutions for accessing, controlling, and monitoring owner-authorized Nest products within partner apps and solutions. The program provides Nest customers with more ways of controlling their products through partner solutions.
The Device Access program is built on a foundation of privacy and security, and is being piloted with a few select partners before it is more broadly available to commercial partners in the coming months. The program requires partner submittal of qualified use cases, acceptance of our NDA and Terms of Service, and completion of a security assessment before being allowed to utilize the device API for commercial use. The program process gives our users the confidence that commercial partners offering integrated Nest solutions have the right data protections and safeguards in place that meet our privacy and security standards.
The Device Access API currently allows partners, based on their presented use cases, to perform one or more of the following functions: gather certain information from Nest devices, enable control of thermostats, ability to access and view camera feeds, and receive doorbell notifications with images. Smoke alarm support is coming soon. All integrated solutions will also be required to request permission from end users before being able to access, control, and manage their Nest devices as part of the partner app, solution, or platform.

As part of the process, commercial partners need to:
  1. Sign our Non-Disclosure Agreement
  2. Submit use cases for assessment
  3. Agree to our Device Access Terms of Service
  4. Prepare your application for OAuth Verification, including the annual security assessment required for restricted scope applications

Device Access for individuals

We will also offer Individual user access, where you can create personal use integrations via the Device Access sandbox. These integrations won't be subject to a commercial use case assessment, but you have restricted access by a limited number of users per integration.

Availability and next steps

Device Access for commercial developers (app developers, device manufacturers, and platforms) will be available in early 2020 to qualified partners. The Individual Device Access sandbox will open in late 2020. We invite you to complete the following form to receive an email notification when commercial and individual Device Access programs are available.