How do I use my Nest with my Rachio?

Nest Integration

Rachio helps protect your neighbors by mitigating fire spread.

  • Rachio will automatically begin cycling through your sprinkler zones if your Nest Protect detects smoke.
  • Rachio saturates your outdoors and helps mitigate fire spread to your community, creating a defensible space around your home.

How does it work? 

If the Nest Protect reaches its highest level of alert (emergency - level 3), Rachio will automatically run through each enabled zone for 5 minutes, two times. For example, if you have 8 enabled zones, the sprinklers will run for 80 minutes total. There is up to a 60 second latency between when Nest Protect reaches emergency and when the Rachio starts cycling.

Once these cycles start, they are unaffected by the Nest device, meaning you sprinklers will continue to run to completion, regardless of the Nest Protect status. If you want to stop your zones while they're running, you can do so by logging into your Rachio app and clicking on the Stop button on your apps History tab.

For a step-by-step guide on how to integrate your Nest account with Rachio, continue reading below. 

Step by Step Instructions

1) Logout of Nest

Before beginning the process of integrating your Rachio controller with Nest, you will need make sure you are logged out of your Nest account.

2) Login to Rachio

Now you will need to login to your account using our web app.

3) Add Nest

Once logged in, select "Integrations" in the menu on the left-hand side and then select "Nest".


4) Continue to Nest 

The next page will be a disclaimer explaining how the integration will work. After clicking "Integrate Now" you will need to login to your Nest account and select "Allow."


5) Select Home(s)

Once you have logged in you will be brought back to the Rachio Web App page and will able to choose the Home that you wish to use for this integration. If you have more than one home, you can add all of them that have a Rachio controller at the same location. Please note that it may take a minute or 2 for this pop up window to appear showing the Homes you can connect with. 


6) Confirm Success

Once a Home is selected you will see it show up under Integrations>Nest meaning it has successfully connected. 

7) Disconnect?

If at any point you feel the need to disconnect your Rachio from your Nest device, simply click on the "Revoke" button below the Home you would like to disconnect from. 

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Having issues getting your Nest and controller integrated? Try logging out of your Nest account again, clearing your cache, and repeating steps two through six above. If you are still running into issues, please feel free to contact our support team for additional assistance.

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Nest Cam Integration

Nest and Rachio can work together in other ways too! Utilizing the If This Then That (IFTTT) app, you can create recipes that allow Nest devices and the Rachio to interact with one another. For more details on IFTTT and recipes see this article. Our customers have come up with some pretty creative recipes with this integration like turning on the sprinklers whenever the Nest Cam detects an animal for example.

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