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How do you ask Google Assistant to stream another camera in the same room/space?

clawhamm3r
Community Member

I have two cameras in my backyard. The assistant always streams the second backyard camera as it appears in the app. There's no way to name them individually and they are both auto added to the same room/space. Is there a way to specify which camera I want to see, or do I need to create rooms for Backyard 1 and Backyard 2 as a workaround?

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I'm talking about using the Nest app. When you set up a camera it asks you to choose a room (Nest calls these spaces now I guess?). I choose "Backyard" for both cameras and they are automatically grouped by room/space in the Nest app. This information feeds over to the Google Home app, and I'm not really interested in renaming rooms and devices in my Home app or having a room called cameras. My Google Home app is neatly organized with dozens of devices correctly broken out with their location in my home.

I figured it out though. The solution is to set a label in the location settings for the camera.
Camera > Settings > Where > Label

I guess this is technically how you "name" a camera in the Nest app, and the Google Assistant recognizes the label and streams the correct camera.

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MplsCustomer
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@clawhamm3r 

You can change the name of your camera in the Google Home app by selecting Settings for the camera and going to Name.

You should not need separate rooms; all of our cameras are in the same room, called "Cameras".  If we want to stream a camera, we just use the name of the camera.

I don't know what you mean by "auto added to the same room"; we've been able to assign devices to whatever "Room" we wanted.

I'm talking about using the Nest app. When you set up a camera it asks you to choose a room (Nest calls these spaces now I guess?). I choose "Backyard" for both cameras and they are automatically grouped by room/space in the Nest app. This information feeds over to the Google Home app, and I'm not really interested in renaming rooms and devices in my Home app or having a room called cameras. My Google Home app is neatly organized with dozens of devices correctly broken out with their location in my home.

I figured it out though. The solution is to set a label in the location settings for the camera.
Camera > Settings > Where > Label

I guess this is technically how you "name" a camera in the Nest app, and the Google Assistant recognizes the label and streams the correct camera.

Screenshot_20221207-111103.png

Screenshot_20221207-105326.png

@clawhamm3r 

Yes, it's confusing. I wasn't suggesting you reorganize or have a room called "Cameras"; it was just an example.

But you can rename your older Nest app cameras in the Google Home app.  (Weird, especially since the 2 apps have different nomenclature for the same thing.)

We quit using the "label" in the Google Nest app because it seemed to confuse Google Assistant, and have a unique "name" for each camera which the Nest app calls "where").

Yeah, that's what I was asking if I should do as a workaround in the original post...have a "Where" for Backyard 1 and Backyard 2. But the label is a cleaner solution, at least for my use case. I'm sure it will all change in the next update to either app haha.

janthadeus
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi folks,
 

I'm dropping by to ensure that everything is covered here. If you have other questions and concerns, feel free to let me know.
 

I appreciate the help, MplsCustomer.

 

Thanks,

JT

aatienza
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey there,

 

I just wanted to follow up to see if you still need our help. Please let us know as we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. 
 

Thanks,
Archie

Nope, I answered it in my second post. Thanks!

Brad
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

@clawhamm3r

 

Thank you for confirming that this has been solved for you. We will go ahead and leave this thread up for another 24 hours for any follow-up questions or concerns, then the thread will be locked.

 

Best regards,

Brad