As you already know, Nest's alarms are smarter than regular alarms. They pair with an Android app and can provide more specific feedback than BEEP BEEP BEEP. One of their other perks is that, like many gadgets these days, they get better with time. The company is now rolling out version 2 of its mobile apps. The update is available right away, so here's what to expect once it's done installing.

This release introduces a 10-day history of all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to go off during that period. The app will display where they happened and provide feedback on how to avoid setting them off in the future.


When Nest goes off due to Carbon Monoxide, the updated app will show how much it detected and for how long levels remained that high. And while I'm speaking of recommendations - the app's What To Do section now contains more information intended to keep families safe in the event of an emergency.

Going forward, the Nest Protect unit itself should, using its built-in humidity sensor and new algorithms, better understand the difference between steam and smoke. The company says that Steam Check reduces annoying steam-spawned alarms by more than half.

The change log doesn't stop there. There are new settings to check out, and the app has support for more languages.

What's new:

  • 10-day smoke and carbon monoxide history
  • What to Do 2.0 with additional safety tips so you can learn what to do during an emergency
  • Always-on setting enables you to set Pathlight to always-on
  • Brightness setting enables you to adjust the brightness of Pathlight and Nightly Promise
  • Steam Check setting enables you to to decrease alarms related to steam
  • Support Dutch and French
  • Bug fixes and enhancements

For the full spiel, check out Nest's blog post below.

Source: Nest blog

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Frazell Thomas

    I don't understand why I would need a 10 day history log for my smoke alarm.

    • Yury Tilis

      If you own a condo and rent it out, it might be handy to keep tabs on things like this remotely. That's about the only use case I can come up with offhand.

  • Ruperto17

    I had a false smoke alarm on one of my Nest Protects. Let's hope the new algorithm fixes that.

  • DrakeTungsten

    Steam check: logs in to Steam so you can play Half-Life 2.

  • rmkilc

    And it's still not HOLO?

  • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

    I actually really love my nest thermostat.