The Nest integration with Home Assistant is back (kind of)

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Google's decision to retire the Works with Nest platform without an immediate replacement raised eyebrows and concerns amongst the community. This move rendered the Nest integration in Home Assistant ineffective for those without an existing Works with Nest developer account.

A new hope emerges

Recently, the successor to Works with Nest was revealed as the Smart Device Management (SDM) API. This development offers a glimmer of hope for those eager to integrate their Nest devices with Home Assistant.

Not one to sit idly by, YouTuber Digital Spring Media took it upon themselves to sign up for the SDM API and successfully integrated their Nest doorbell camera. If you're curious about the process, their video offers an insightful walkthrough.

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Proceed with caution: limitations ahead

Before you break out the champagne, it's important to be aware of a few limitations that might give you pause when considering this integration.

A portrait photo oif Liam Alexander Colman, the author, creator, and owner of Home Assistant Guide wearing a suit.

About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.


  1. Thanks for featuring my video on the blog! I also made another video on node-red following zoom-microwave’s reddit article

  2. Thanks for the videos, I have used your NodeRed solution until Home Assistant made the integration available. It now does the same in a supported way using an automation like the one I set up with a separate datetime titled picture for each person event:

    alias: Person Picture
    description: ”
    – platform: device
    domain: nest
    type: camera_person
    condition: []
    – service: camera.snapshot
    filename: >-
    /config/www/person/{{now().strftime(‘%Y, %-d %B –
    mode: single


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