Updated October 21, 2019 - The update is now live and rolling out to all Nest Hello Doorbell users in the U.S. Google has informed us that the update is now live for all Nest Hello Doorbell users and the Halloween theme pack will be available until November 4, 2019. After that, several other Holiday and Winter theme packs will become available, including Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and other generic winter sounds.
What you need to know
- A Nest app update has added seasonal themes that can be enabled for your Nest Hello Video Doorbell.
- A Halloween-themed sound pack is the first of many seasonal themes that can be chosen for the doorbell.
- Visitor announcements can also play seasonal sounds on any Google Assistant-enabled speaker in your home when someone rings your Nest Hello Doorbell.
Google has a few treats up its sleeve with an upcoming feature update for Nest Hello Doorbells, which looks to enable seasonal themes that change the sound of the doorbell to something a bit more festive than just a bell. "Spooky sounds" looks to be the first one that will be available to users and, given that Halloween is less than two weeks away now, should be enabled in the Nest app in the very near future.
Google Nest began rolling an update out to users yesterday (10/17), version 126.96.36.199, which begins laying the groundwork for the new themes behind the scenes, as found by 9to5Google.
Ringing the doorbell will deliver a seasonal sound instead of a ring or a bell, adding a little festive flair to visitors of your humble abode. Nest Hello Doorbell customers should be able to choose from that new "Spooky sounds" theme in the settings portion for their Nest Hello Doorbell soon, but we don't have an ETA on when this feature will actually be available for use.
Google is also providing the option to have any Google Assistant-enabled speaker or display in the home, such as a Nest Mini or a Nest Hub Max, announce that a visitor is at the door by playing the same seasonal sounds. As expected, users should be able to return to the normal "ding dong" sound at any time and we expect that Google will be rolling out several new themes once Halloween has come to a close.
Ditch that old doorbell
The best video doorbell
The Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell is the smartest video doorbell you can buy. Aside from the new festive holiday themes, the Hello Doorbell pairs perfectly with everything else in the Google Nest ecosystem. When paired with a Nest Aware subscription it can even detect when packages are left at your doorstep and automatically identify when family members come home.
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