Your smart home can do a lot of things, but it mostly depends on you to activate them. Not anymore: the Google Home system is rolling out upgrades that allow you to activate features depending on whether or not you are actually present in your home. The system uses an Android phone’s location (assuming it’s turned on) to determine whether someone is home or not.
Compatible Nest cameras, the Nest Tag, or the occupancy sensor on the Nest thermostat or Yale lock can also switch the system to Home or Away mode. If either of these methods doesn’t work, you can set the status manually through the Google Home app.
Google suggests pairing the feature with lights that automatically turn off and on when you leave and return. Thermostats can be set to run more energy-efficient when no one is home, turn cameras on or off, and so on. The feature is currently rolling out in stages, but may take a week or two to be released to all users. It will appear at the top of the Google Home app when it’s ready.