The Google Nest Doorbell (battery) is designed to run on batteries without the need for frequent recharging. You can also choose to connect it to your doorbell system’s wires, which lets it stay powered.
If you’re unsure whether to install your Nest doorbell using the system wires or to let it run on battery, use this article to help you decide.
Choose battery-powered installation
For the following situations, you should install your Nest doorbell so that it runs on its battery. Choose your situation to get more information.
You want to replace your current, battery-powered doorbell
Your doorbell system isn’t compatible with Nest doorbells
Note: For more information, go to our article to learn how to check system compatibility with the Nest doorbell.
Contact a local electrician to service your doorbell system’s transformer to make it compatible with the Nest doorbell.
Otherwise, you might want to install your doorbell to run on battery instead.
Your home doesn’t have a doorbell system
If your home doesn’t have a doorbell system, the easiest option is to install your doorbell wirelessly.
You can also install your Nest doorbell with an indoor power adapter.
You want to install your Nest doorbell someplace different from your current one
There are a couple common reasons to install your Nest doorbell someplace different from your current one:
- Your current doorbell is someplace inconvenient.
- You want to install another doorbell to a side or back door.
In this case, the easiest thing to do is to install your doorbell to run on battery alone. That way you don’t have to contact an electrician to rewire the doorbell system of your home.
Choose wired installation
For the following situations, you should wire your Nest doorbell to the doorbell system. Choose your situation to get more information.
You want to replace your current, wired doorbell
If your current doorbell is wired, you should be able to uninstall your old doorbell and connect your new Nest doorbell to the system wires.
Note: You should make sure that your doorbell system is compatible with the Nest doorbell. Otherwise, your doorbell might run into power issues.
If you plan to replace the Google Nest Doorbell (wired), you’ll need to remove any chime connector that was previously installed too. Your Nest Doorbell (battery) doesn’t need it for installation.
You prefer not to manually recharge your doorbell
With battery-powered installation, you’ll need to recharge your doorbell every so often.
If you prefer not to, you should wire your doorbell to the system wires. This keeps it powered, so you won’t need to recharge it.