How to Customize Nest Secure’s Alarm Levels

Nest Secure has three different alarm settings: Off, Home, and Away. Here's how to customize some of these settings to suit your needs.

Here's how each alarm level perfroms by default:

Disabled: Only doors / windows opening and closing are detected and logged, but the alarm does not ring at all and no alarms are sent.
Reception and guarding: Only the doors / windows opening and closing are detected and recorded, but the alarm sounds and you receive alerts.
Absence and Surveillance: All movement, as well as the opening and closing of doors / windows are detected and recorded. The alarm sounds and alerts are sent.

You can change these settings slightly. Start by opening the Nest app on your phone and tap the "Settings" button (the gear icon) in the upper right corner of the screen.

Press the "Security" option at the bottom of the list.

On the "Security" page, touch the "Security Levels" parameter.

From there, there are a few things you can change. We will start by pressing the "Quiet Open" parameter.

This function allows you to open a door or window without the alarm being triggered when the system is set to Home and Monitoring. You simply press the Nest Detect button and you will have 10 seconds to open the door or window without the alarm going off.

After pressing the "Quiet Open" setting, this section expands and you can press the toggle switch to turn it on or off.

Then press the "Motion Detection" parameter.

This setting allows you to enable or disable any motion detection when the system is set to Away and Protection.

Disabling this setting can be a good idea if you have cats or other animals jumping on the furniture and probably triggering the alarm. Keep in mind, however, that disabling this feature will completely disable motion detection at all security levels.

Finally, press the "Reduced Motion Sensitivity" parameter.

If you just have a small dog that does not cause a lot of problems and that would not move much, you can instead activate this setting to avoid false alarms by pressing the rocker switch for the # Turn it on or off.

Keep in mind that if you enable this setting, motion detection is always enabled for any object larger than that of a small dog, and it is probably advisable to be cautious with false alarms.

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