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Don't run light routines when away

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Hey all, I have Phillips Hue lights with the Hue bridge and Google Nests. Was primarily using Hue’s automations in their app to control the lights at set times, just switched to setting them up as Routines in Google Home to try and fix this problem I’m having (spoiler: it did not fix the problem).

I’m trying to work out how to stop the lights coming on at the set times through automations/Routines if we’re Away/out of the house. Right now the lights will be triggered to turn off at the moment when everyone heads out and the home is set to Away, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to say ‘also don’t run any of these things scheduled to start if I’m Away’. I have to manually go and turn them all off if I remember so the house isn’t lit up using power.

It seems like such a simple thing - surely there’s a way to do it that I’m missing?


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Community Specialist

Hi eldubinoz,


Thanks for posting here in the Google Nest Community.

I totally understand that this is a good feature to use with your smart lights  but, this feature is not yet available. I'd suggest you submit feedback about it, here's how

Let us know if you have other questions and concerns otherwise, we will be locking this thread after 24 hours.