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Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey Google Nest Community,

Once you’ve finished installing your Nest Camera or Doorbell, you’ll probably want to start using all of its features that can help make your life easier and your home more secure. You can see who’s at the door, check if a package was delivered, and view your camera feeds while you’re away. To do that, you’ll need to connect your device to the Google Home app. 


Here’s some details you should know about our camera experience:

While we’re currently working to build a singular app experience, at this time, older cameras are only compatible with the Nest app, while newer Nest Cameras and Doorbells can be set up and managed with the Google Home App. You can find which app your device needs under connectivity requirements here.  The steps  below apply to the Google Home app, but if you’re a Nest user, you can add a device using these instructions


QR Codes and Setup Codes for the Google Home App

 If you have a camera that’s compatible with the Google Home app, such as the Nest Cam (wired), Nest Cam with Floodlight, and Nest Cam (battery), you can add it to your Home using a QR code or a separate setup code. Don’t worry if you don’t know where it is– the app will tell you where to find it!

  • Open the app and sign in to your Google account.
  • Tap the Device tab, followed by Add +  > New device opgutierrez_0-1687376177878.png.
  • Choose the home you want to add your camera to and choose the camera model that you want to set up. 
  • From here, you have two options; Use  your phone’s camera to scan your device’s  QR code or continue without scanning by entering the setup code. The app will tell you where to find it since it depends on which device you have. 
  • After that, the app will walk you through set up and installation instructions. 

If you need to remove your device from the Home app, you can do so with just a few taps:

  • Open your Google Home app
  • Touch and hold the device listed on the Device tab. 
  • Then tap Settings > Remove device > Remove.

Once you’re done with everything, you can set up Routines, stream live footage on your camera or monitor the activity of your devices. With the Google Home app installed, you can control some of your favorite smart home devices in one convenient location. 


Need more help? Join the community discussions about this topic in the Cameras & Doorbells forum, and make sure you’ve stopped by our Help Center. 

The Google Nest team