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First, open the Google Home app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Find and select your second generation Nest Hub in the list of devices.
Tap the gear icon in the top right corner to open the Settings menu.
Then select ‘Sleep detection’.
At the time of writing this function is in ‘Preview’. There’s a chance Google will charge a premium for using sleep tracking in the future.
Tap “Next” to continue with the installation.
The next screen explains how the Nest Hub uses radar, not a camera, to detect body movement and breathing. Select “Next” to continue.
Another message will pop up with information about how sleep tracking integrates with Google Fit and Google Assistant. If you agree, tap Agree.
You will be asked to monitor “sound events” such as coughing and snoring. To turn it on, tap Next.
Another message appears with information about how this feature works and what Google does with the information. Tap “Agree” if you agree.
The sleep tracking information can be used with Google Fit to give you personalized sleep suggestions. Tap “Next” if you are interested in this feature.
Again you will be asked to “agree” to how it works and where your data will be used.
The next screen will give you a link to download the Google Fit app if you haven’t already. Tap “Next” to continue.
Now we can create a sleep schedule. Tap “Bedtime” to enter your usual bedtime, and tap “Wake Time” to enter your usual wake-up time. Select “Next” when you are done.
The rest of the setup takes place on the Nest Hub itself. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the toolbar and tap the gear icon.
Then select “Sleep Detection” in the settings.
Tap “Calibrate” to start setting up your sleep environment.
You will be guided through a series of slides with tips on how to place the Nest Hub in the right place. You want it at about the same height as your mattress, one to two feet from where you sleep, at an angle toward you.
Once you have gone through the tips, you will be asked to lie down on the sheets in your usual sleeping place and position. Tap “Start” when you’re done.
The Nest Hub will start to calibrate itself to detect your sleeping position.
When it’s done, the Nest Hub will read ‘Sleep detection is ready’. Tap “Done” to finish.
All you need to do from here is go to bed and sleep, the Nest Hub will do the rest. When you wake up in the morning, you will see a ‘Your sleep’ card on the home screen.
When you open this card, you will get a lot of information about how you slept that night …
… And other evenings.
You can also access this sleep information in the Google Fit app if you agreed to it during setup.
That is it! Will this information be as accurate as a medical sleep study or wearing a tracking device on your body? Probably not. However, for a casual interest in sleep quality, it’s a pretty cool tool.
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