Part of user authorization, your product will use an access token to make API calls to the Nest service. This access token serves as proof that a user has authorized your product to make calls on their behalf. Learn more about access tokens.
Authentication is the process of proving that a user is who they claim to be. Before granting an access token, the Nest service authenticates a user, granting an access token for that specific account.
Permission, given by users, for your product or service to access their Nest device. These permissions are represented by an access token. Users can revoke authorization at any time. Learn more about authorization.
Web-based or PIN-based authorization modes are available. When you create a client in the Nest Developer program, we will ask that you choose the authorization mode. We use OAuth 2.0 to authorize your apps with the Nest service.
OAuth Client. An integration of your product or service with Nest devices that uses OAuth 2.0 for authorization. When you create a Nest Account and sign up for the Developer Program, you can add up to 10 clients to the account.
The Client ID and Client Secret values assigned to your OAuth Client. These credentials are used to authorize a user's Works with Nest connection with your product.
The public name of your product. Client name is created at registration and is displayed to users in:
Client name must be unique, and cannot include "Nest" or "Works with Nest".
As a best practice, we recommend that you include the client name when you write permission descriptions.
As you add features to your products, you'll update your client with new permissions for the data you want to access. Your users will be prompted to accept these new permissions before they can use your updated product. We use client version to track user authentication of these updated clients. Client version is the last user-authorized version of a Works with Nest product, and is associated with an access token. Learn more about client version.
Every piece of data is addressable by URL. The URLs that point to a data value is known as a data location. Data locations can store strings, numbers, booleans, parent/child objects, or arrays. Learn more about data structure.
A person or organization who participates in the Nest Developer program, and integrates their software/hardware/service with the Nest service via the Nest API.
Device linking (pairing)
When a user pairs a Nest device to their Nest Account, they get secure remote device access from the Nest app or via a web browser.
Energy rush hours
Times when demand for energy is high, generally during extreme weather events.
A feature that combines existing activity sensor data from any Nest product with mobile device location to determine if anyone is home. That means our Works with Nest partners can get information about home occupancy from any Nest device. Learn more about Home/Away Assist.
The combined product and related application(s) that provides third-party devices or applications access to Nest devices. The integration can be delivered via web, phone, or other technology interface.
An account created at home.nest.com that grants the account owner (user) control of the Nest device via web/mobile applications.
A collection of intelligence services that use sensor data and algorithms from our products to build services and determine events. Learn more about Nest Sense.
An owner is a person who owns a Nest device, has a Nest Account, has installed a Nest device in a structure, and has connected their device with the Nest service. Learn more about Nest Account Owners.
Permissions provide access to categories of data values (examples: Thermostat, Smoke + CO, Camera, Away, ETA, etc.). When you create a client, we will ask that you choose applicable permissions, and describe how your customers might use your product with Nest. These permissions and descriptions are presented to your users when your product or service requests access to the user's device data.
Permission descriptions are user-facing. They appear in the Works with Nest user authorization page and the permissions view in the Nest app. Permission descriptions explain what your product does with user data and how this benefits users. Learn to write permission descriptions.
The tangible third-party device or service that the customer integrates with their Nest products. A product is linked to an OAuth Client for authorization and use of the Nest API.
Different versions of a product that are tied to a single client. For example, multiple colors of the same product as displayed on the Works with Nest Store.
How updates from the Nest service are received when using REST Streaming or Multiplex. In this documentation, it is analogous to the concept of "near real-time," which accounts for factors such as server processing and network latency, as well as perceived lag by the end user.
Rush Hour Rewards
Program that a user can enroll in with their energy company. Enrolled users can receive rebates or other monetary rewards.
A physical entity (house, apartment, condo), where the Nest device is installed.