If you have a Google Chromecast attached to your TV, there’s no requirement to whip out your phone or crane your neck to notice the intelligent Hub Nest display in the kitchen.
You’re sitting on the sofa watching the latest episode of Bluey with your children when the doorbell rings or you hear a nursery noise.
You can ask Google to show you a live feed of your doorbell or security camera on said TV. Notice who is at the front door on your TV. Any compatible security camera from Nest, Arlo, Wyze, Eufy, Netatmo, TP-Link Kasa, and others can be streamed live on the big screen using any generation of Chromecast.
As of last month, you can also stream the newer Nest Cams, as long as you have a Chromecast with Google TV. Here’s a complete list of Nest cams that you can stream:
- Nest Doorbell battery *
- Nest Cam (indoor, wired) *
- Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery) *
- Nest Cam with floodlights *
- Nest Cam IQ (indoor and outdoor — now discontinued)
- Nest Doorbell wired (formerly the Nest Hello)
- Nest Cam (indoor, first-gen)
(*Only works with a Chromecast with Google TV)
Once your cameras and Chromecast are up and running, it’s easy to get that live feed streaming on your TV. Just make sure your camera and Chromecast are on the same Wi-Fi network. (If you initially set them up using the Google Home app, you should be good to go.) Then follow these steps.
Link your TV with CHROMECAST to GOOGLE HOME APP
- First, you’ll need to ensure your Chromecast is linked to the same account as your smartphone or tablet.
- Open the Home app on your smartphone.
- Find the tile for your Chromecast — it will be under the room you placed it in during setup.
- Touch and hold the tile.
- Tap the Settings on the top-right edge.
- Tap Recognition & Sharing.
- If your device is not linked, you will see a banner at the top of the page that says Enable voice control and more.
- Tap it and follow the steps to connect your Chromecast with your Google Home.
If your device is already linked, the banner will not be there, and your email address should appear under Linked account(s), indicating your TV is already connected.
How to stream your video doorbell camera to your brilliant display
You can consider a live feed from any compatible security camera or video doorbell directly on your TV just using your voice.
Say “OK, Google” or “hey, Google,” followed by “show [camera name] on [TV or Chromecast device name]” to a Nest smart speaker or display or Google Assistant on your smartphone or tablet.
If you hold a Chromecast with Google TV, hold down the Assistant button on the voice remote and say the “OK, Google” or “hey, Google” wake phrase, followed by “show [camera name].”
To stop the feed, say “stop [TV or Chromecast device name]” or press the Home button on the Chromecast with the Google TV voice remote.
Google Nest is a line of innovative home products, including smart speakers, smoke detectors, routers, displays, streaming devices, thermostats, and security systems, including smart doorbells, cameras, and intelligent locks.
Nest Labs initially owned the Nest brand name, co-founded by former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers in 2010. Its flagship product, the company’s first offering, is the Nest Learning Thermostat, presented in 2011. The product is self-learning, sensor-driven, programmable, and Wi-Fi-enabled: features often found in other Nest products. It was observed by the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in October 2013. After it earned Dropcam in 2014, the company presented its Nest Cam branding of security cameras starting in June 2015.
The company quickly extended to more than 130 employees by the end of 2012. Google gained Nest Labs for US$3.2 billion in January 2014, when the company employed 280. As of late 2015, Nest used an additional 1,100 and counted a primary engineering center in Seattle.
After Google reorganized itself beneath the holding company Alphabet Inc., Nest worked independently of Google from 2015 to 2018. However, in 2018, Nest was integrated into Google’s home-devices unit led by Rishi Chandra, virtually ceasing to exist as a separate corporation. Furthermore, in July 2018, it was announced that all Google Home electronics products would be marketed under the Google Nest brand.
Nest Labs was established in 2010 by former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers. The concept came when Fadell was creating a vacation home and found all of the available thermostats on the market to be inadequate—motivated to bring something better to the market. Early investors in Nest Labs enclosed Kleiner Perkins and Shasta Ventures.
Google announced strategies to acquire Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. Google concluded the acquisition the next day, on January 14, 2014. The company would function independently from Google’s other businesses.
Nest would purchase camera startup Dropcam for $555 million. With the buy, Dropcam became integrated with other Nest products; if the Protect alarm is activated, the Dropcam can automatically initiate recording, and the Thermostat can employ Dropcam to sense motion.
The Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect evolved available in France, Ireland, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Initially, they were marketed in around 400 stores across Europe. Another 150 stores will be added by the end of the year. In addition, the new Nest Cam, replacing the Dropcam, was announced, together with the second generation of the Nest Protect; internal reports were that sales of the rebranded camera fell.
Nest both earned the hub service Revolv and discontinued its product line, acquiring the expertise of Revolv’s staff.
Google announced that it would restructure its procedures under a new parent company, Alphabet Inc., with Nest detached from Google as a subsidiary of the new holding company.