We’re always looking for ways to create a more helpful home, and today we have an update for those who have a “blended” smart home. We’re happy to share that starting today we’re introducing a Google Nest skill for Amazon Alexa to work with our newest cameras and doorbell that launched in 2021: the Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery), Nest Cam (indoor, wired), Nest Cam with floodlight and Nest Doorbell (battery).
Here’s all the details: Alexa now supports live view streaming from Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery), Nest Cam (indoor, battery), Nest Cam with floodlight and Nest Doorbell (battery) to Echo Show, Fire TV, or Fire Tablets. With the Nest Doorbell (battery), you can also engage in 2-way talk with visitors at your door through your Alexa-enabled devices (Echo, Echo Show, Fire TV, and Fire Tablet). Coming soon, Alexa will support announcements when any of these Nest Cams or Nest Doorbells detect a person at your front door. To learn more about all of these capabilities, be sure to stop by our Help Center.
If you are already using both Amazon and Google Nest devices, don’t worry– our existing Alexa skills will continue to work with your favorite Nest devices. For example, you can continue to ask Alexa to adjust the temperature on your Nest Learning Thermostat or stream live video from your original Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Cam Outdoor, Nest Cam IQ Indoor and Outdoor, and Nest Doorbell (wired) onto compatible Amazon devices.
We also know that many of you use the Google Nest ecosystem exclusively, and if that’s the case, most of these capabilities aren’t new to you. You can already see and speak with visitors at your door using a Nest smart display and Nest Doorbell, as well as use your voice and Google Assistant to stream live video. The same goes for chimes: Nest Doorbell users can already use Nest smart displays and smart speakers as audible chimes to announce when visitors press the doorbell (and with a Nest Aware Plus subscription and familiar faces, visitors can even be announced by name). You can also already use your voice and Google Assistant to stream live video from your Nest Cam or Nest Doorbell on Nest smart displays.
Configure your settings to receive motion and doorbell press alerts:
In the Google Home App, go to your camera’s settings (Home view > Device tile > Settings (the gear icon) > Events > Seen events) and enable detection AND notifications for ‘Motion’
In the Alexa app, ensure that motion and doorbell press announcements are enabled under Devices > Cameras > (select the appropriate Nest camera or doorbell) > Settings
I own an Echo Show display and have a Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery), Nest Cam (indoor, wired), Nest Cam with floodlight, or Nest Doorbell (battery) installed at home already - What can I do? In conjunction with our newest Nest Cams and Nest Doorbell that launched in 2021, you can:
Watch your camera and doorbell’s live view on your Echo Show, Fire TV, or Fire Tablet display. Simply say, “Alexa, show the [doorbell or camera name].”
Talk with a person through your doorbell by saying “Alexa, talk to the front door.”
Have Alexa announce when someone presses your Nest Doorbell (battery) or when your doorbell detects motion (additional setting to be enabled in the Alexa app)
Will these new Alexa capabilities work with the original Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Cam Outdoor, Nest Cam IQ Indoor, Nest Cam IQ Outdoor or my Nest Doorbell (wired)?
For our Nest Cams and Nest Doorbell launched before 2021 (Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Cam Outdoor, Nest Cam IQ Indoor and Outdoor, and Nest Doorbell (wired)), Alexa supports live view on Echo Show and Fire TV.
Are all Nest skill features available in the US also available in other countries where the Nest skill is available?
Alexa functionality varies by country, so skill availability may change depending on this.
Where can I learn more about these new Alexa skills?