Do nest cameras work with Alexa?

 All nest cams work with any Amazon Alexa Device with a screen.

All nest cams work with any Amazon Alexa Device with a screen.

Yes, Nest Cameras work with Alexa.

How does Amazon Alexa work with your nest camera? 

If you enable the Nest Camera skill on Amazon Alexa you it will allow you to see a live feed of your nest smart cameras but you must have an Amazon Alexa Spot or an Amazon Alexa Show to see the video feed. 

Connecting your Amazon Echo to your Nest Camera is great option to quickly pull up your nest camera or nest smart doorbell feed without the need for your phone.  I have an Amazon Alexa Spot in the office so I can see my nest cameras quickly with just with a short voice command "Alexa, show me front yard".  Below you can see a live view example of  feed on the Amazon Echo Spot

  Amazon Alexa Spot  Showing a Nest Camea Feed

Amazon Alexa Spot Showing a Nest Camea Feed

Use the Echo Show or Spot with a Nest Cam as a baby monitor.

The Echo Show or spot can also be used paired with a nest camera as a baby monitor. In the middle of the night if your phone is dead you can pull up your camera feed on your echo show to see what your baby is doing without the need for your phone. I would get the Echo Show if I were using it with a nest camera as a baby monitor because it’s larger 10” screen has the best resolution.

The great thing about getting an Amazon Echo Show or spot is that it has the video functionality, built in Amazon Alexa, and full smart home functionality the Amazon Alexa devices are known for. You can also control your lighting, smart thermostats, and lock with the Amazon Echo show. Both devices have tens of thousands of skills with new skills being added each day.

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What nest Cameras work with Amazon Alexa? 

The entire line up of nest cameras work with Amazon Alexa including the nest hello video doorbell. My personal favorite camera is the Nest Hello Video Doorbell Followed by Nest IQ with clean surface mounted built in design and high quality 4k Video Feed.

1. Nest Cam Indoors

How to connect your Amazon Alexa Show or Amazon Alexa Spot to your Nest Camera. 

To get the nest video feed on your Amazon Alexa Spot or Amazon Alexa Show you need to do the following. 

1. Install your nest camera and complete the set up through the nest app. 

2. Open the Amazon Alexa app on your phone. 

3. Click the menu on the top left of the screen. 

4. The menu will have several different options. Click on the "skills" tab in the menu. 

5. This will take to you the Alexa skills store, Alexa skills are like "apps" for your Amazon Alexa devices. At the top of the screen there is a search bar. Enter "Nest" into the search bar. Two "Skills" will pop up. 

6. Select the "Nest Camera" Skill. 

7. Click Enable. 

8. Enter your Nest account user name and password. 

9. Once you do that the skill is linked to your nest camera. Alexa will then ask you to discover devices, just click yes. If Alexa does not ask you to discover devices go back to the main Amazon Alexa home screen. Click on the menu at the upper left and click on "Smart Home" within the menu. 

10. Once in the smart home menu click on the "+ Add Device"  button if you don't see your doorbell listed in the devices. The doorbell shows up as a camera logo which looks like a circle with one leg. If you don't see your camera already in the smart home devices click the "+ Add Device" button. If you already have the nest camera added to your account it will show show up in your devices tab with the name you gave it in the nest app.

 The Alexa App: Click on the menu in top left of screen to connect your Amazon Alexa show or Amazon Alexa Spot to the nest hello doorbell.

The Alexa App: Click on the menu in top left of screen to connect your Amazon Alexa show or Amazon Alexa Spot to the nest hello doorbell.

 Click on the "Skills" tab within the menu to add the nest skill.

Click on the "Skills" tab within the menu to add the nest skill.

 Use the search bar at the top of the page to search for "nest" type nest into the search bar and select the "Nest Camera Skill"

Use the search bar at the top of the page to search for "nest" type nest into the search bar and select the "Nest Camera Skill"

 Click "Enable" the nest skill. Once the skill is enabled it will ask you for your nest username and password to connect Amazon Alexa to your nest account.

Click "Enable" the nest skill. Once the skill is enabled it will ask you for your nest username and password to connect Amazon Alexa to your nest account.

11. To view on your Amazon Alexa device just say "Alexa show me my backyard camera"  and it will now display on your Amazon Echo Show or Echo Spot. Use the exact name you gave your camera in the nest app when pulling it up on the Echo Show or Spot. The camera I added shows up below as front door and is the circle within a circle that has the T on the bottom (It looks like a nest cam).

 The skill should automatically search for devices after the nest account is connected. The nest hello front doorbell is represented as "front door" the circular camera device on the left hand side of the screen in the middle row. If you see your doorbell as a device in the smart home screen your nest hello has been successfully connected to Amazon Alexa. Just say "Alexa, show me front door" and it will pop up on your Amazon Show or Amazon Spot.

The skill should automatically search for devices after the nest account is connected. The nest hello front doorbell is represented as "front door" the circular camera device on the left hand side of the screen in the middle row. If you see your doorbell as a device in the smart home screen your nest hello has been successfully connected to Amazon Alexa. Just say "Alexa, show me front door" and it will pop up on your Amazon Show or Amazon Spot.

Amazon Alexa Devices That Work With Nest Cameras & The Nest Doorbell

 

You can display a nest camera video feed on either the Amazon Echo Spot or the Amazon Echo Show

What is the best device to use to view nest cameras?

The new Echo Show with it’s 10” screen is the hands down winner to view your nest cameras on your Echo device. The large high resolution screen is even better than viewing the camera on your phone.

Can you use Amazon Alexa as a doorbell chime? 

Unfortunately, no. 

Amazon Alexa does not allow in bound sound notifications from third party devices and applications within the Amazon Alexa ecosystem because Amazon does not want you to be overwhelmed from notifications from your voice assistant.  So there is no way currently (October 2018) to use your Amazon Alexa as a doorbell chime to notify you if someone is at the front door.   However you can use a google home mini as a doorbell chime. 

What other cameras can you view on Echo Show or Spot?

The full line up of nest cameras can be viewed on both the echo show and spot, but you can also pull up the live video feed of the following cameras on Echo Show or Spot:

1. Amazon Cloud Cam

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To view the cameras on your Echo Show device you will need to follow the same steps we outlined above to enable a skill in the Amazon Alexa skills store.

Can you use Amazon Alexa as a doorbell chime? 

Unfortunately, no. 

Amazon Alexa does not allow in bound sound notifications from third party devices and applications within the Amazon Alexa ecosystem because Amazon does not want you to be overwhelmed from notifications from your voice assistant.  So there is no way currently (October 2018) to use your Amazon Alexa as a doorbell chime to notify you if someone is at the front door.   However you can use a google home mini as a doorbell chime. 

Smart Home Devices Mentioned In This Post: 

Nest Hello Smart Video Doorbell

Nest Camera Indoors

Nest Camera Outdoors

Amazon Alexa Show

Amazon Alexa Spot