How to use a Nest Hub with a Nest Hello Video Doorbell

Google Nest Hub
Google Nest Hub (Image credit: Joe Maring/Android Central)

One of the great things about Google's Nest acquisition is how well the Nest products are all integrated within the Google ecosystem. A prime example of this is with home automation and home security. It's easy to connect your video camera devices like a Nest Hello Video Doorbell to your Nest Hub smart speakers to see who is at the door, track packages, and monitor your home security. We'll show you how below.

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How to use a Nest Hub with a Nest Hello Video Doorbell

  1. Make sure your Nest Hello Video Doorbell has already been set up in the Nest app (opens in new tab). Do the same for your Nest Hub in the Google Home app (opens in new tab).
  2. Ask Google Assistant to sync devices.
  3. You should now see your Nest Hello Video Doorbell among your devices in the Google Home app. If you do not see it in the Google Home app, follow the troubleshooting steps in the Nest app.
  4. Tap to wake the screen on your Nest Hub device.
  5. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Cameras.

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  1. Tap on the Nest Hello Video Doorbell or whatever you've named the device in the app (here we've named it Front Door).

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  1. Tap on the Talk button to communicate with any visitors you may have.

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  1. Ask Google Assistant to show you the front door.

Nest Hello 5

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There — you have connected your Nest Hub with your Nest Hello Video Doorbell! You've just made your home a little more secure and a lot more convenient!

How to enable onscreen notifications

If you want to enable onscreen notifications on your Nest Hub when someone is at the door or whenever a package is delivered, there are just a few additional steps you need to follow.

  1. Assuming you've completed the steps above and both devices are set up and connected, open the Google Home app and tap on your Nest Hub device.
  2. At the top right of the screen, tap on the settings icon (gear-shaped).Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  1. Scroll down and tap Recognition & Personalization.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  1. Click to Allow personal results. You can indicate if you want this done upon Face Match, proactively, or not proactively.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

If you want to make sure that you receive advanced alerts like Intelligent motion detection, person and face detection, and package detection, you'll want to sign up for Google's Nest Aware subscription plan (opens in new tab). Plans are available from $5 to $30 per month, with discounts available for annual subscriptions.

Don't forget when setting up your Nest and Google Home accounts to enable two-factor authentication for enhanced privacy protection. If you need even more account security, consider looking into Google's Advanced Protection Program.

Our top equipment picks

If you started reading this guide having not previously owned any Nest devices and are ready to give them a try, we suggest starting first with the smaller Nest Hub and the Nest Hello Video Doorbell. Once you're comfortable with that setup, you can begin adding additional video cameras, locks, and other smart home accessories.

We've seen how these Nest devices can work in tandem to help monitor your home, but there are many other Nest compatible devices and accessories you may also want to consider.

Additional Equipment

Pair these gadgets with your Nest devices for additional home security and convenience.

Nest X Yale Lock Official Render

Nest X Yale Lock Official Render (Image credit: Yale Home)

Nest x Yale Lock with Nest Connect (opens in new tab) ($274 at Amazon)

Ask Google Assistant to lock or unlock the door with your voice, and get alerts when someone accesses the lock. Plus, you don't have to mess around with keys anymore.

Nest Cam Outdoor

Nest Cam Outdoor (Image credit: Google Store)

Nest Cam Outdoor (opens in new tab) ($238 at Amazon)

Add additional eyes to your property with the Nest Cam Outdoor. It's weatherproof and has night vision, so you won't miss a thing going on around your house.

Wasserstein Nest Hub Mount Official Render

Wasserstein Stand and Angle Mount (opens in new tab) ($20 each at Amazon)

Prop your Nest Hub devices up off the counter for better viewing angles and better sound distribution. You can even mount your Nest Hub to the wall with this device.

Jeramy Johnson
Editor-in-chief

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.