You can easily get Nest Hello video doorbell notifications right on your phone, but if you’re at home lounging on the couch, you can also receive alerts right on your Google Home Hub.
This is a feature that Google Home users have been able to take advantage of for a while now, but with the Google Home Hub and its built-in screen, you can now have the Nest Hello video feed automatically pop up whenever the doorbell rings, which is way better anyway.
How to Set It Up
The process for setting up Nest Hello notifications on the Google Home Hub are the same for setting it up on all other Google Home devices, and we have a guide that takes you through the process.
The gist is that you’ll need to download the Google Assistant app if you’re on iPhone (Android users are already good to go there). Next, you’ll enable “Visitor Announcements” in your Nest Hello’s settings within the Nest app.
At that point, you’ll connect your Nest app with the Google Assistant app, and you’re off to the races!
How to Show the Video Feed Manually at Anytime
Aside from the video feed automatically popping up when the doorbell rings, you can also bring up the Nest Hello’s video feed manually at any time by saying something like, “Hey Google, show me the Front Door” (or whatever you named your Nest Hello).
The video feed will begin streaming on the display. To exit out of it at any time, just say “Hey Google, stop” or you can swipe from the left side of the screen to go back to the main screen on the Home Hub.
If you have other Google Home devices around your house, they can also notify you when someone comes to the door. And with the Nest Hello’s Familiar Faces feature enabled, your Google Home can even announce exactly who is at the door if it recognizes that person.
Of course, if you don’t have Familiar Faces enabled, a regular Google Home is nothing more than just a glorified doorbell chime at that point. But on the plus side, if you usually hang out in an area of your house where you normally can’t hear the regular chime, something like this can be pretty useful.