How to get Nest Hello visitor announcements on a Google Assistant-enabled speaker or display

Google Nest or Home speakers and displays with Google Assistant can announce when someone rings your Google Nest doorbell. If your device has a screen, you can also see who’s there. Your device needs to be in the same home as your doorbell to get visitor announcements.

You can get announcements from your doorbell on speakers or displays.

Here’s how to set up your Google Nest doorbell to work with your Google Assistant-enabled speaker or display.

1. Install the Nest and Google Home apps

On your phone or tablet, make sure you have both of these apps.

2. Set up your products in your home

You’ll need to install your products and add them to their respective apps before setting up visitor announcements. If you haven’t done so already:

  1. Install your doorbell and add to the Home app.
  2. Set up your Google Assistant-enabled speaker or display with the Home app.
  3. Add your doorbell to the Home app.
    • Important: If you have more than one home in the Home app, make sure you add your doorbell to the home with the speaker you want announcements from.
  4. Turn on personal results for your Google Assistant-enabled speaker or display.

3. Turn visitor announcements on or off

To turn on visitor announcements:

  1. Open the Nest app app home icon.
  2. Tap on your Nest doorbell.
  3. Tap Settings Nest settings icon and then Visitor announcements. This will take you to the Google Home app.
  4. When asked, follow the onscreen prompts in the Google Home app to complete setup.

To turn off visitor announcements, visit the article about how to turn off your speaker or display notifications.

How visitor announcements work 

  • When someone rings your Nest doorbell, it will send a visitor notification to all phones that share access to that doorbell with the Nest app.
  • Your indoor chime will ring if it’s wired to the doorbell and it’s set to ring in the app’s doorbell settings menu. Your Google Assistant-enabled device, such as your speakers and displays, will also announce the visitor.
    • If you have Google Assistant-enabled smart display, you’ll also see live video from your doorbell.
  • 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.
    • If you have multiple homes in the Home app, such as your primary residence and a vacation home, when someone rings the doorbell in your vacation home, you won’t receive a visitor announcement on the speakers and displays in your primary residence. You’ll still get a notification on your phone or tablet from the Nest app.
  • If you have familiar face alerts turned on, your Google Assistant can show or say the name you’ve assigned to the visitor. Keep in mind, you’ll need to enable familiar face alerts in the Nest app and assign names to the people you’ve told your doorbell to recognize. Otherwise, your Google Assistant will only announce that a person is at the door.

For more information, visit the article about how to use a doorbell with your speaker or display.

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