The Nest Doorbell is the battery-powered video doorbell that works with any home. See what’s happening at your door from anywhere and get intelligent alerts about important activity, like when there’s a person, package, animal, or vehicle.* And because there are no wires, you can install it yourself. Nest Doorbell requires the Google Home app and a Google Account – it’s not compatible with the Nest app or the home.nest.com site.
Before you buy, experience the Nest Hub’s benefits.
View live HD video, replay video recordings, talk to visitors, and more – all from the Google Home app. The Nest Doorbell (battery) requires a free Google Account and is not compatible with the Nest app or the Nest site.
Everything works together.
The Nest Doorbell works with other Nest products. Hear announcements on Nest Mini when someone is at the door. And Nest Hub will show you who’s there when someone rings the bell.
Go back in time.
If you miss a notification, go back over the last 3 hours with free event video history. If you want more, add Nest Aware Plus for up to 60 days of event video history.** The Nest Doorbell (battery) does not record 24/7 video history, even with the optional wired installation.
Get alerts that matter to you.
The Nest Doorbell lets you see what’s happening at your door and answer it from anywhere. It knows the difference between a person, package, vehicle, and animal, and alerts you when there’s activity, so there’s no guessing.*
Install it yourself.
Wire-free means installation is painless. You can put it at the vantage point that works best for your door.
See clearly in any light.
See key details in all kinds of light. HDR helps with bright, high-contrast sunlight, and night vision gives you a clear image even in low light and darkness.
Designed for any door.
The Nest Doorbell is battery powered and wire-free, so it works with any door, whether you live in a house or an apartment. You can install it yourself. And it comes in a range of colors to make any doorstep more stylish.
Wi-Fi problems? Not a problem.
If your Wi-Fi goes down or there’s a power outage, the Nest Doorbell will automatically record important events for up to one hour in its local memory.
Choose the areas that matter most.
Activity Zones let you define specific areas and get notified when something happens there. So you only get alerted about things that are important to you.
See who’s there, even when you're not.
A taller field of view and HDR let you see people clearly from head to toe, and packages on the ground. If you miss something, 3 hours of free event video history lets you go back and see what happened with the Google Home app.
Talk to who’s there, from anywhere.
Talk and listen to visitors through the built-in speaker and microphone. Tell someone you’ll be right there, or let a delivery person know where to leave the package.*
Protects your privacy.
The Nest Doorbell uses encrypted video, two-step verification, and enhanced security through your Google Account to help protect your privacy. And a green LED light lets you know when the camera is processing or streaming video.
Battery life will depend on factors including activity, temperature, and camera settings that you select. You can extend the battery life of your camera by adjusting video quality, length of video clips, time between recorded events, and using activity zones to monitor specific areas.
*Some features, including mobile notifications, remote control, video streaming, and video recording, require working internet and Wi-Fi.
I think this is the 10th video doorbell I've had, my toughtest requirement is I want no false alarms. I have plenty of other cameras that detect motion and are fairly directional. The issue with all video door bells is they all have a fairly wide angle lens. This allows them to see motions from many locations besides just in front of the door. Many advertise to only pick up humans within x feet (using PIR). I've yet to find one that does just that. I live on a fairly busy street, lots of foot trafic as a school is just down the street. So I must have a camera that allows me to select the area of motion I'm interested in (that works).
Well the new Google Nest Doorbell (battery), seems to tick all the right boxes, but I've found until you try it in your own environment you just don't know for sure. I have tired almost all the major (and many minor ones) video doorbells, none solved all my issues (or had too short of a battery life). So what I really want is for the doorbell to be mounted at an angle mostly looking at a wall to minimize false motion from the street. I'm hoping the "AI" in this doorbell really only detects people, and can recognise who it sees, and that its activity zone do what they should. Theft prevention is also a must. Let's start there, the doorbell mounts to a metal plate that is secured to either a wall directly or to provided 30 degree angle block. The fact that this is metal is a plus, as it will strongly hold the doorbell (others have a plastic holder that does not have real strength). The metal plate attaches tightly to the back with a pin through the top (see image) that locks the plate securely in place. There is a larger hole in the bottom that must also slide in place to secure the doorbell. I does hold it securely, it comes with a "key" that you press in the top to release it so you can recharge it (they claim the doorbell only needs to be recharged every 10 weeks - this would be great). So mounting was fairly easy, I got about the field of view I was hoping for. I have many Google "smart home" products so I already had Google home installed (it must be). I also have other Google Nest products, as it's called a Nest Doorbell, so I expected this doorbell to also show up there (long story short it [currently] will not (-1 star, Google don't call it a Nest product if it does not play nice with other Nest products!)) I spent some time with their nice support people trying to figure this out.
So the Google Nest Doorbell (battery) must be added to the Google Home app to get it set up properly. This doorbell comes with a 30 trial of Nest Aware (there is the Nest name again). In order to use facial recognition OR the motion zones, you must have a Nest Aware account ($6/mo or $60/yr), for person recognition I understand this, but for the motion zones, this was a surprise (their docs said certain functions require Nest Aware, motion zones were not clearly identified). But the have the most complete set of motions zones of any doorbell, with up to 4 separate zones that can be defined, and you can trigger multiple alerts inside and outsize of each zone (I've not see this sophisticated of zone processing anywhere else. Within each zone you can trigger on people, packages, animals and vehicles. Again very cool, but must pay a monthly fee to use it... But now having tried it, I can tell you it is very accurate, it does a excellent job of recognising people. The user interface for setting up people you know is very easy to use/change. If you have a google home hub, and use the picture frame, people I know, functionality, it similar to this, except (currently) tied to the cameras captured images only.
The night time IR processing is also excellent (see image), It's the best I've seen/used. The definition of zones is also easily done with their software.
I did have some problems getting the software properly installed. My suggestion is to install and set up the Nest Aware trial before installing the doorbell. It seems (currently) that if then nest aware subscription is not enabled for your google home account when the doorbell is installed, some of the functionality does not appear in the app (can't enable motion zones, but can define).
Image quality is excellent, speed of push notiifcation to the phone takes a little over a second, a little more to get 2 way audio, which is loud and clear to/and from the doorbell. The doorbell is fairly thin, but some what tall, I think it's attractive (it come in 4 colors). If it's size really give it 10 week battery life, I'm all for it. Whenever it's recording a small green led can be seen. I think the button at the bottom is obvious as a doorbell, my wife does not. I prefer the simplistic appearance. It does come with a video recording "icon" that could be placed on you window (if required locally). So far it's the best battery powered video doorbell I've found. I do wish it was fully integrated with the other nest products, as it is it can't be fully part of Nest's home/away functionality.
The Nest Doorbell (battery) is our first smart video doorbell, but not our only product from Nest, as we also have their Learning Thermostat. Since we already have multi-room smart speakers throughout the house and security system hubs with screens, we were hoping to have the doorbell play a chime through them or display its video feed on our existing screens, when the doorbell button was pressed, however, the Nest Doorbell is only able to do this with Google branded speakers, hubs, or screens. Since we don't own other products in the Google IOT ecosphere, we can only get push notifications from the doorbell and view its video on our mobile devices through the Google Home app. Thankfully, a hard-wire kit is included with the doorbell, so we could at least use our wired electric doorbell chime for an audible notification throughout the house, and it would be permanently powered as an added bonus.
The doorbell camera itself is quite large as it contains a fairly sizeable battery. The battery is rated to last 1.5 to 6 months depending on the frequency of usage eg. average number of daily events it records and other battery saver settings like video/audio quality and minimum event recording length. When the battery power is low, it will enter into a "low power" mode to conserve more battery until you charge the unit; to charge it, you'll need to take down the unit and plug it in via the included USB-C cable for about 5 hours. The other option is to direct-wire it to a compatible doorbell transformer. As for installation instructions, a link to a video demonstrating the battery operated installation is included in the box, but no written instructions. If you want to perform a wired installation, you'll have to search for those directions on your own, but it's easy to find the video for that process as well. However, one thing that was unclear during my installation was whether or not I needed to install the diode that came with my chime on the wire contacts of the Nest Doorbell; while my chime appeared to be compatible, since I wasn't able to find any information from Google/Nest specifically mentioning installing a diode one way or the other, I did not install it. Other than that, the installation process was pretty straightforward and took about 15 minutes. There’s also an angled wedge included if you need to change the direction the camera faces by 20°.
For the most part, the doorbell works pretty much as advertised. When I ring the bell, a notification pops up on my phone through the Google Home app, and I can view the doorbell's live video and audio feed and use the mic to communicate with someone in front of it. The external chime that I wired to the doorbell also starts ringing right away and kind of works, but my problem is that the “length of ring” setting in the app for electronic chimes can only be set in whole second increments, which either cuts off the chime before the melody is done playing (6 secs) or allows the chime to start repeating before getting cut off (7 secs). With my normal mechanical doorbell, I never had a problem with the chime playing the melody all the way through exactly once.
The app experience is just okay. During setup, I was a bit disappointed to find that the Nest Doorbell (battery) could not be added to the existing Nest app that is used to control the Nest Learning Thermostat and can only be added to the Google Home app. Doing this took me a few tries too because the Home app wanted to use my existing Nest product to "assist" the setup by passing along my WiFi network name and password, but it kept failing. I ended up needing to remove the Nest thermostat from my account first, enter my WiFi network info manually, and then re-add the thermostat through the Nest app which was then pulled into the Google Home app. After setup, navigating the app is somewhat clunky and it took me a while to figure out how to download a saved event video clip (you have to go into the "event details"). Changing and customizing the settings for the doorbell was pretty easy though.
I was also surprised to find that the free 3-hour event recording history is not a cumulative measure of time. Instead, it is a 3-hour lookback period, which means you can view any events that happened in the past 3 hours, but no earlier, even if the amount of recorded footage during this period amounts to only a few minutes. So if I viewed something in the event history yesterday that I wanted to re-watch today, I wouldn’t be able to do so, unless I downloaded the clip during the 3-hour period when it was available to view or had a Nest Aware subscription. The monthly Nest Aware subscription adds benefits like a longer event history period, familiar faces recognition, allowing the unit to announce your frequent visitors' names, sound detection like glass breaking or smoke alarms, and emergency calling to 911. Note that there is no way to enable 24/7 recording (to capture non-event footage), even if you choose to hardwire the unit and get a Nest Aware subscription. The camera itself has local onboard storage for 1 hour's worth of footage, which is helpful if it gets disconnected from the internet and can’t upload it to the cloud right away.
I will say that the video footage is clear and crisp with plenty of detail at 960x1280p, and the viewing angle is wide at 160° field of view (FOV) in a 4:3 ratio. The audio picked up from the doorbell is also quite good with decent volume. However, when speaking through the mic in the app, the speaker on the doorbell itself isn't very loud, so sometimes it's hard for your visitor/guest to hear you. You can opt, instead, to respond to doorbell rings with a pre-scripted message that is recited in Google's text-to-speech voice. I also liked that you can select intelligent motion detection options for specific types of events like people, vehicles, animals, or packages versus all motion, and you can also define multiple detection zones within the view for specific event activity and customize the alert settings for each one separately.
Overall, I do like having the features of the doorbell, from the high quality video and audio capture, to the intelligent event recording and notifications, which was fairly accurate, though we did find that door-less mail and delivery vehicles often came up as “person” events because the camera picked up the driver inside. You have the flexibility for a wired or battery operation installation, and if you’re already using Google speakers and screens, this doorbell would work seamlessly with them. If you’re like me, and don’t though, you may still be able to hook it up to your existing doorbell chime as a low-tech workaround. The biggest drawbacks for me are the lack of 24/7 and non-event recording, the fact that my wired chime doesn't play through exactly once, and the relatively short "free" event history review period without a monthly subscription.
I was really looking forward to Google’s new battery doorbell simply because it would be easy to use and it would work well with my other Google Products. And so far - my excitement has been justified…minus the Google Home App Experience.
- I really like the look of this doorbell! Yes it is larger than other video doorbells but thats likely to have a longer lasting battery in it. Regardless, it is still slim and sleek and adds a nice improvement to your front door area!
- Installation was SO easy! I personally went the Wired approach instead of the battery approach, so I’d imagine the battery install would be even easier. But with the wired installation all you do is turn off the power, connect the plate over your existing wires, connect the old wires to your Google Doorbell, mount it, turn the power on, and you are good to go! Seriously all in all it took me 10 mins to set up.
- Another perk is that the doorbell works with my 20 year old doorbell chime even without a separate connector needed to be installed in the chime box itself. Very smooth!
- Once setup in the Google Home App, you are ready to go and the picture looks very solid. It can zoom in, has nice viewing angles, and overall looks clear.
- I have been very impressed with the night vision so far! You can clearly see everything at night and nothing is too blurry.
- The smart features in this camera are very cool as well. It can record people, do face recognition for people it sees a lot, check for packages, animals, cars, and in general any movement at all. It’s nice how you can pick and choose what you want it to look for, or even set up zones for what you are looking for in each area
- Overall I am just really pleased with how easy this was to install, the overall camera quality, and the amount of smart features.
- My biggest problem with the doorbell is you can only use this with the “Google Home” app, and personally I don’t think the Camera is easy to use within this app. The Google App quickly gets cluttered with all your smart tech, and the Camera just gets lost in the shuffle. On top of that the settings are all over the place, there’s not a good way to quickly see all your past events on your camera, and just overall its ease of use isn’t great. The only positive to my complaints are that they can be fixed with an App or Software update, and I really hope they do so.
- That being said, this Doorbell does not work on the Nest App and thats a big disappointment. The Nest App has been a really well made app that I have used for years, and now that I own a “Google Nest Doorbell”, I can’t even connect it to the Nest App. I just think the Doorbell would be so much better if it had its own dedicated app, like the Nest App, then being buried in the Google Home App.
- I opted for the “Nest Aware” free trial of their paid camera storage, and I still have a big issue: the doorbell does a poor job recording an event before it happens. For example: other doorbells will start recording an “event” when the mailman is in the street, leaves his truck, and comes to your front door to set the package down. The Google Doorbell only starts recording when the mailman is one step away from the front door. I think thats a huge software flaw to not record the event longer before and after the event. Plus, I am wired in so its not like its a battery conservation thing either. This doorbell should be giving us a lot more recorded length of each event.
- The Google Doorbell with Battery is a really well made, versatile product that is cheaper than its predecessors but has just as many smart features and the added benefit of going wireless if needed. As of the time of this review, I think the Doorbell is limited in the Google Home app - but software and apps can change over time and I have hope that this will eventually be a home-run.
Let me start by saying I wish there was one video doorbell that would do everything without a monthly service fee...
Now that that is out of the way, I do like the Google Nest Doorbell. Full disclosure, after initial testing, I opted for wiring the device because I can. We tested the battery version and determined that we'd really have to tweak the "always on" options down to "mostly off" to get the best battery results (supposedly up to 6 months but totally impossible to predict based on a combination of what settings you choose to leave "on" and how often you have people at your door) and decided to use the wires to take full advantage of this replacement doorbell.
We bought this doorbell for two reasons: (1) Our previous video doorbell had a delay of about 8-10 seconds before it would alert my phone (on mobile network) of a visitor. Most people would give up by then. (2) We are heavy Google Home/Assistant users and I wanted to try to "simplify" my smart home devices. I am pleased to say our "alert" time to the in-house chime and Google devices is "instantaneous" and over a mobile network my phone gets an alert within about 3-5 seconds. There was also a third reason: Our previous brand of doorbell confused users between the camera and the logo/doorbell button. Everyone was always pushing our camera for some odd reason. The Google Nest doorbell leaves no confusion between camera and button.
Installation was a breeze and starts with the unboxing experience. You have everything you need including a mounting plate, angle adjusting plate, screws, anchors, quick-release tool (helpful if you are using the battery feature), a quick install wiring harness, and a USB-C cable for the initial charging (charger not provided). All told it took about 10 minutes for me to physically install the device. However, before installing, you need to run connectivity process on your phone. Basically, scan a QR code then logon to your Nest or Google Home account and follow the instructions to connect to your wifi and unlock the Google Assistant features. Note that the app will ask you if you plan to use the device via battery or wire. Tools required include a drill (optional--only needed if you need to predrill for anchors), a level (optional) and a phillips screwdriver. Two-wire installation does NOT require a degree in electrical engineering. It was insanely easy.
Once installed, we discovered some interesting things. Again, my home is very "Google smart." A push of the button lit up video of the front door on our Google Hub in the kitchen AND turned down the volume on our Vizio Smart TV (YouTubeTV was active at the time). Obviously my mobile phone also received an alert. We are not 100% sure yet how/why the TV muted--which required manual "un-muting."
As for features and usability, I can live without the AI "facial recognition" which is part of the paid Nest monthly service. What I do not understand is why Google limits us to only 3 hours of free recording AND HISTORY. That means any overnight action will not be available when you get up in the morning. I wish I could store "unlimited" (realistically up to 7 days of "the doorbell was pushed" or "action detected" video history) video history in my Google One storage subscription. The fact that I do not get at least a TEXT history of things >3hrs ago is frustrating. Ideally I should still be able to see that at 4:15p yesterday someone rang the doorbell--and maybe even keep the screenshot of the person pushing the button.
As mentioned previously, response time to my phone when away from the house is better with the Google Nest doorbell than my old video doorbell. The image is clear and the alerts, which can include "package detection" are clear and concise. The "instant response" feature (i.e. "Please just leave the package at the door" or "Give me a minute please...") is nice too. The 145° camera manages to cover most of my patio and captures activity at the mailbox too. I have tightened the "alerting" zone so that I don't get alerts about people walking their dog or cars driving past our house.
In the end, while I am EXTREMELY disappointed in the limited recording history, the overall setup of the camera, integration with my Google smart home, and response time for alerts makes this doorbell a keeper...for now.
Affordable AIDoorbell with multiple install option
Google battery operated doorbell is a wonderful upgrade from its leading competitive brand and to its successor model of Nest hello. New slim design is very attractive with more color options and multiple installation options (hardwire, battery) for many use case scenarios. It does have 3 hours of cloud storage for free without the need to subscribe to Nest aware. There are few cons compared to its previous wired Nest hello model.
What is the box: Google doorbell, USB C cable, hardware kit (2 wedge screws, 2 wall screws, 2 wall anchors, wire connectors, eject release tool), doorbell bracket and angle wedge.
Setup and Installation: Very simple setup like previous gen but this one only works with Google home app and doesn’t support Nest native app. I have couple of nest cameras, 9 nest protect (smoke detector), Yale lock and have not migrated yet to google home since it doesn’t support the nest protect and now, I need 2 applications to monitor.
Just download the google home app, charge the doorbell by connecting to power source using the included cable and just follow the instructions on the app to complete the setup. Since I had nest connect it automatically connected to my network without the need of entering any passwords.
Once the setup is complete, you have the option to choose your installation method. This doorbell supports hardwire (using your existing doorbell wiring and transformer), rechargeable battery powered or connecting to indoor power adapter. If you don’t plan to hardwire using your existing doorbell wiring, you would need Nest smart display or Nest Speaker for Chime sound when someone rings the doorbell.
Video and Audio Quality: This doorbell records in 960 X 1280 resolution that captures up to 30 frames per second with 3:4 aspect ratio compared to Nest Hello that records at 1080P and more digital zoom. Field of view is only 145 degrees compared to 160 degrees on Nest hello. Audio is very clear and have no trouble even when installed with battery. Speaker and microphone are great on two-way audio and is very clear and crisp with no major delays.
It works great with the new smart displays (Nest hub max & 2nd gen Nest hub). When someone rings the doorbell, it automatically shows the live view of the door, and the communication starts without any lag on battery and announces or chimes right away. Very impressive for battery powered compared to battery powered on competitive devices.
It does have the same activity zones setup where you can setup for motion monitoring and recording. You need to select and highlight areas of your choice where you need the motion to be picked, notified, and recorded. This way you can save battery from unnecessary motion recordings. Like previous Nest hello this does support the AI (artificial intelligence) based object recognition to detect if the motion is due to people, dogs, cat, packages, vehicles and so on.
One of the major advantages compared to previous gen is, without any subscriptions you get free three-hour cloud storage of video feeds. It does come with a free 30-day trial for Nest aware to try for free if it’s worth subscribing to and make informed decision. Also, this doorbell records and stores up to 1 hour of video feeds locally in the event of internet outage or power failure and upload once the power or internet is restored.
Pros: Versatile design, AI-based recognition, multiple installation options, responsive live feeds (on battery powered), Free 3-hour cloud storage, Easy installation, Local storage when WIFI lost, Familiar face alerts, multiple colors to choose from (Snow, Ivy, Ash, Linen)
Cons: No 24/7 recording even if hardwired, big form factor (6.3-inch x 1.8 inch), Works only with google home app and not Nest app, No support to other smart home ecosystems (echo devices or apple devices).
Bottom-line: If you are looking for affordable battery powered(recharge) doorbell with multiple installation option for future use and AI smart notifications that integrates well with your smart displays then this is the device without any second thought.
I only wanted it for the video doorbell and to see when people and deliveries happen. Both things it does well. After having it for a few months I can say the cold weather kills the battery fast. I usually ha e to charge it every 2-3 weeks. But I kind of expected it so it doesn't really bother me too much. The biggest hurdle I had was getting a good mount for it. I got tired of trying what was available and what came with it and 3d printed my own. It came out so much better. I don't subscribe to the additional plans so I can't speak to how they work. It does what I wanted it to.
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Ease of Use
3 out of 5
I would recommend this to a friend
Brand response from Nest Support
Hi Jwreed4130, thank you for sharing your review here. We're sorry to learn that your experience with your Nest Doorbell (battery) has been less than ideal when it comes to battery life when using in cold weather. We'd recommend that you reach out to our support team so we can better assist you in finding a resolution. Please contact us on our Google Help page here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/gethelp
Battery, Installation, Set up
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Solid Video Door Doorbell ... for a price
>>>>> Bottom Line Up front: <<<<<
- Sleek modern “minimalist” exterior design – check,
- good quality audio and reasonable field of view video capture – check,
- super easy installation and instructions – check & check
- Must be married to the Google Ecosystem to unlock ALL of the functionality and special features – CHECK
If your ok with having only 3 hours of free "historical" events recorded to the “cloud” (and no means of local/backup storage for them) – I think you’d be hard pressed to find a a better video doorbell camera for the money. Be prepared to pay an extra monthly subscription fee to get anywhere from 30-60 days worth of "cumulative" event history (depending on how much extra you want to pay per month). Battery life was a big concern based off my personal usage settings, and the night time recordings where not as “good” as my previous video doorbell - ( which had better IR illumination and resolution) when compared to this Nest Doorbell.
> Overall Design/Aesthetics: <
Video Doorbells seemingly come into 2 varieties that I have noticed lately – “bar” / “rounded” shaped OR “box” / rectangular shaped. This Nest Doorbell clearly falls into the “bar” side of things shape wise, so if it had a very modern “flat” look to it from my eyes. In this “Snow” color, it matched well with my white door trim and looked right at home. If “Snow” white doesn’t work, the Nest Doorbell can also be had in 3 additional colors to better match your style: Ash, Ivy, and Linen. I really the clean flat overall look it provided over my other video door bell that was essentially a black rectangular box that protruded several inched from my nice white door trim. I also appreciate the inclusion of USB-C as the charging/communications port for the hardware. It is pretty much time for the Micro-USB standard to go away, as USB-C provided so much faster charge times and data transfer rates – and the Nest Doorbell benefits from this by getting faster charge times. Surprisingly there are still several other doorbells out there that use the older Micro USB standard.
Installation wise – it could be easier. Everything is provided in the box to get you going, and Google videos and resources really make the whole super painless. Obviously, you need to utilize the Google Home App to control and interact with the Nest Doorbell – which is odd since there is already a Google Nest App – for other devices (which we have in our home – like our Nest Thermostat). It would be nice if they just pick one or the other to not have to manage some Nest Devices in one app, and some Nest devices in the other.
Interesting side note – the Nest Camera will not work if it is not firmly inserted into the metal support bracket that is part of the installation process. I was a little to “careful” when locking into place and was surprised to see that I could not fully use the camera in the Google Home App.
> Personal thoughts /Usage observations: <
This Google Nest Doorbell (Battery version) checks off a lot of features that I believe most people are looking for in video doorbell “security” camera these days. The filed of view that the Nest Doorbell provides was more of a “tall” vantage point versus “wide” that I was more accustomed to from my previous doorbell. The was super useful to capture packages and events that occurred super low on my doorstep on my front porch. Since I live in a townhome, this was perfect since I didn’t need to see all my other neighbor’s front porches in my recorded events. Take into account the Nest Doorbell’s very useful and accurate “smart” alerts, and I was left impressed with the “smarts” the Nest Doorbell was bringing to the table. Unfortunately, in this default configuration, I was getting A LOT of events recorded at first – since my front townhouse door faces 3 driveways, a busy street, and neighborhood kids constantly playing in very close to our porch and driveway in the background. I really had to dig into the setting to cut back on many of recording options to negate the rate the battery was being depleted from the constant recording. Which in turn made me feel like I was potentially missing out on “events” – just to save battery. I know hardwiring is an option, and I may just break down and do that because I don’t think we will get a month of usage on battery alone. Your mileage will obviously vary based on event recording length and number of activities or “zones” you configure for your use.
>>>>> Closing thoughts: <<<<<
There are some pretty big features missing that I would like to have seen incorporated into the Nest Doorbell – chief among them is some type of option for local storage. I like the idea of having “optional” local storage so my events are not being stored someplace I cannot access them in the event of service outage (not to mention theoretical cloud security concerns). This makes me feel like I have to subscribe to the “Nest Aware” service for an additional monthly fee – to get the most out of things. Especially when you take into account that the “3 free” hours aren’t saved as a series of “recorded events – just a “period of time” – is a real bummer. This means if someone broke into your car at 2:00AM and you woke up at 7:00AM (5 hours later) you wouldn’t have been able to see the footage since the 3-hour window had passed – so again, If you want to actually use it as a “security” device – you essentially need the Nest Aware subscription.
To really get the most of out the super awesome smart alerts – you need to have/be a part of the Google ecosystem. We have a good mix of Amazon Alexa, Google Nest, Apple AND Android powered smart speakers and assistant devices throughout our home… so, it is interesting to me that roughly half my devices don’t play as nice with the Nest Doorbell as at all. Overall, I really like the Nest Doorbell for its aesthetics, installation, and relatively good feature set – just remember to get the most out of it you need to:
1. Have Google Devices
2. Pay for Nest Aware subscription
Otherwise, there are probably better choice on the market that will let you record in higher definition, save your capture locally and not require additional monthly fees – they just won’t look as good on your front door.
The Nest Doorbell (Battery) is Google’s easiest to install, most flexible video doorbell to date. It boasts an almost anywhere installation, night vision, automatic alerts, 24/7 live viewing in HDR, video and audio recording, and a free 30-day trial to Nest Aware (if you don’t already have it).
I have owned several video doorbells, and this is by far the easiest one I have installed. This doorbell runs off a battery, so you do not have to rely connecting it to a doorbell chime for power (though you can if you would like to). My setup had very few steps to get it operational. You charge it, add it to the Google Home App, and mount it. From there you are just making preference tweaks in the app.
Charging can take up to 5 hours. You can add it to the Google Home App while this is happening to save a little time. The mount comes with a flat mount base plate and an optional 20 degree wedge if you want to angle it away from a corner. For me the mounting was just installing the flat base plate with two screws. It took just a few minutes. The camera slides into the base which makes it easy to remove for when you need to charge it.
For my setup I am using this as an extra doorbell (and camera) for my backdoor. I already have a video doorbell at the front which is wired to the doorbell chime. The back door is not wired for this, so the battery operation allows me the flexibility to add a doorbell very easily here. There is no chime with the doorbell, so I am notified on my phone app and I have tied them to my Google Home Hubs to announce any rings.
Here are some of the main features of the doorbell:
• 960p video quality with HDR (2 settings for quality in the app)
• Night Vision
• Can be used indoor or outdoor
• Wire free installation – battery powered
• Phone alerts for movement
• Learning facial recognition (in the settings and with Nest Aware)
• Audio recording and speaking
Video Quality - I consider the video quality to be good. 960p is a lower pixel rate than you would typically see, but the HDR addition makes up for picture quality. The lower pixel setting was probably chosen to limit the strain on the battery. There are two video quality settings, and I had to use the max setting for the video quality to feel like it was worth using. The higher quality uses more of the battery power.
Audio Quality – The person viewing the camera feed can hear the person on camera clearly while they are close to the camera (5 feet). Sound quality diminishes as things are further away. The bigger issue was when the person viewing speaks there is a terrible echo on the camera side. For instance, if you are talking to the delivery person at your door, you will hear them fine, but they will hear you and their own echo. The echo is louder than the other person’s voice. I reached out to Google about this, but they did not have a reasonable solution of how to fix it. The Nest Cam also does this for me.
Recording – Without any additional subscriptions the camera can record 3 hours of events for you to play back for free. Live 24/7 video streaming is also free. You can subscribe to Nest Aware to increase your video storage to 30 days or 60 days. It is important to note that you cannot record in 24/7 mode with this doorbell even if it is configured in the wired setup. If you want to do 24/7 recording you need to look at the Nest Hello. Adding Nest Aware also gives you the ability to use Face Detection. This is something that you help the doorbell to learn.
Battery Consumption – The battery consumption seems to be fairly minimal. On max video quality I have used 14% over the course of a full week. My camera was installed outdoors and in a fairly high traffic area (we have a dog to let in and out constantly). These two factors will affect your battery usage. Also, the battery is not replaceable.
App Quality – I like the Google Home App that controls the settings. The playback feature is easy to use. Many of the other camera manufacturers have awful playback software. The alerts seem to be prompt as well, but that will be dependent on your internet connection. The Nest Doorbell will not work with the Nest App. You must use the Google Home App.
Quick Responses – There are quick responses that are pre-loaded in the app to respond to someone ringing the doorbell. You also have a Quiet Time option to use.
Activity Zones – You can control what the camera is looking at to avoid extra recording. There are also types of alerts that you can turn off: People, Animal, Package and Vehicle.
The Nest Doorbell (Battery) is a very easy to install video doorbell with good video quality. It really meets the need for people who want a doorbell, but do not have the wiring in place. For me, being able to add the backdoor camera and doorbell is a really nice feature. The biggest complaint that I have is the audio loop issue. Other than that I really enjoy this product. I am giving this doorbell 4 stars.
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A:AnswerOur priority is giving our customers choice and making devices for every home. The new Nest Doorbell can be powered with wires delivering 8 - 24 V AC, and at least 10 VA, 50/60Hz, for continuous charging. It also has a local storage fallback that allows it to record videos for up to one hour during an internet outage and also for battery-powered cameras and doorbells, during a power outage. supports both Nest Aware subscriptions.
With a Nest Aware subscription, you’ll get 30 days of event video history. With Nest Aware Plus, you’ll get 60 days. Nest Doorbell (battery), even when wired for continuous charging, does not offer 10 days of 24/7 video history with Nest Aware Plus.
A:AnswerThe Google Nest Doorbell (battery) is weatherproof with an IP54 rating. It is designed for outdoor use and can withstand dust, rain and snow.
For further assistance, feel free contacting our support team here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/gethelp
A:AnswerLike any battery device that depends on its frequency of use as well as temperature. Batteries tend to not last as long when its very cold outside.
Typically around a month for average use is a statement in the literature however it says you may see a longer or shorter time between charges based on you use.
We wired this one to an old transformer powered mechanical doorbell in the house so it has constant power.
But another brand we had that was battery only lasted about 4-5 months between charges due to low use.
A:AnswerNest Doorbell (battery) measures 1.8 in (Width) x 0.95 in (Depth) x 6.3 in (Height) (46 x 24 x 160 mm) and weighs 7.3 oz (206 g). The wall plate needs to be screwed in and you may need the following tools for installation:
- Phillips screwdriver
- Power drill
- Phillips drill bit
- 1/4 in (6.5 mm) drill bit (for wall anchors)
- 3/32 in (2 mm) drill bit (optional, to drill into hard materials like brick and stucco)
- Bubble level (to check doorbell alignment)
Please see the installation guide here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/10732535
A:AnswerNest Doorbell (Battery) comes with all the tools you need to secure it in place. Anyone will have a hard time pulling Nest Doobell (Battery) out from its base plate without damaging your wall since it can only be removed using a release tool that also comes in the box.
A:AnswerYou don’t need to delete and reinstall it again as a wired doorbell. If you don’t want to worry about charging your doorbell, you can install it using the doorbell system wires for your home. If your home doesn’t have a doorbell system, you can use an indoor power adapter to install your doorbell instead. Also, your Google Assistant-enabled devices such as Google speakers and displays, can announce when a visitor rings your Google Nest doorbell whether your Nest Doorbell is wired or battery powered. If you want to get notified when someone rings your doorbell when you’re home, connect a Google speaker or display and set up visitor announcements. You’ll only get visitor announcements on your speakers and displays if they are set up in the same home as your doorbell in the Home app.