Change Nest doorbell settings

The Nest Hello doorbell lets you decide when to get notifications about the activity your camera spots, and what kinds of activity it should look for. You can also choose a different video quality for the footage your camera captures, turn the microphone on and off, and even turn off your home’s indoor chime when you want some peace and quiet.

Here’s how to access your Nest doorbell settings:

  1. Tap your video doorbell on the Nest app home screen.
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Click the sections below for details about each setting.
Camera On/Off

This option lets you manually turn your camera on or off, regardless of your Home/Away Assist settings or schedule.

What happens when you turn the camera on or off

Indoor chime On/Off

You can turn off your doorbell chime so it won’t ring when someone presses the button. For example, Indoor chime On/Off can come in handy during sick days when you don’t want to be disturbed by a doorbell ring for an extended period of time.

Your doorbell will still send notifications to your phone when someone rings the doorbell. The visitor will then hear a tone when they press the button, but your indoor chime won't sound and you won't get visitor announcements from your Google Assistant.

If you only want to temporarily mute your doorbell chime, you can select Quiet Time Quiet time icon instead.

Important: If your indoor chime doesn't sound after Quiet Time has ended, check your settings. Make sure the Indoor chime On/Off setting is on.

Change your Google Nest camera’s microphone, speaker and audio settings

Tip: If your doorbell loses its Wi-Fi connection, the indoor chime will automatically turn back on regardless of its setting in the Nest app. That way, your chime will still work while you’re troubleshooting Wi-Fi and connection issues

Home/Away Assist

When Home/Away Assist is on, your camera can automatically turn itself on when you’re away and turn back off when you get home.

How your camera works with Home/Away Assist


If you want to have your Nest doorbell’s camera turn on and off at specific times, you can set a schedule.

Schedule your camera to turn on and off at specific times


When your camera notices activity, you can have it send an alert to your phone, send an email, or both. You can choose what types of activity your camera looks for and whether to get notifications all the time or only when you’re away.

Camera alerts and how to change settings

Visitor announcements

If you have a Google Assistant-enabled speaker or display, you can have it announce when a visitor rings your Nest doorbell. It can even announce them by name if you have a Nest Aware subscription and you’ve saved your visitor’s name in your familiar faces. You can set this up in the Google Home app.

Get Nest doorbell visitor announcements on a Google Assistant-enabled speaker or display

Quality and bandwidth

If your internet connection is slow or if your internet service provider limits how much data you can use in a month, change this setting to have your camera use less data.

Change your camera's video quality

Night Vision

Night Vision lets your camera look for activity when there’s little or no light.

How Nest camera sees in daylight and darkness

Camera Sharing 

This option lets you check whether you’ve chosen to share your camera’s video stream with others.

Share your camera's video stream or make it private

Activity History

If you don’t have a Nest Aware subscription, the Nest app will display snapshots of activity spotted by your camera over the last few hours.

If you choose to turn off activity history, your camera will stop capturing snapshots and all your existing snapshots will be deleted.

Opt-out of free Sightline snapshots and free activity history

Status Light

Nest doorbell includes a small status light that can turn on whenever your camera is capturing video or when someone’s watching the live feed. This option lets you adjust the brightness of the light.

In addition, Nest doorbell’s status light and light ring will always turn on for certain activities.

What camera lights and sounds mean

Chime Duration

This option lets you adjust how long your doorbell rings when someone presses the button on Nest doorbell.

Note: This option is only available if you have an electric chime. It won’t work for mechanical chimes.


You can turn Nest doorbell’s microphone on or off. Keep in mind, if the microphone is off, it won’t pick up sounds and you won’t be able to hear what people are doing at your door.

Note: Before you turn on the microphone or audio recording, make sure that doing so will comply with all applicable privacy laws.

Change Nest camera’s microphone, speaker, and audio settings

Spoken Language

Whenever someone rings the doorbell, you can tell Nest doorbell to reply with a pre-recorded Quick Response in the language of your choice.

Use Quick Responses

Doorbell Theme

Seasonal doorbell themes are available for your Nest doorbell around the holidays:

  • Halloween
    • Monster
    • Witch
    • Ghost
    • Vampire
    • Werewolf
    • Black cat
  • Winter holidays
    • General winter sounds
    • Hanukkah
    • Christmas
    • Kwanzaa
    • New Years

The app will let you know when a seasonal doorbell theme is available and let you choose to use it or not. You can also change the theme or set a different doorbell tone in Settings.

Note: If you don’t find one of the listed theme options in the app or Settings, you’ll need to factory reset Nest Hello and set it up again with the app. After you’re done, you may need to wait a few minutes for all the options to appear.

When you turn on a seasonal theme, a unique sound greets visitors when they ring the doorbell. If you use visitor announcements for your Google Nest or Home speaker or display, the sounds will play on the doorbell and in your home.

After the holiday, your doorbell automatically reverts back to the default tone, and the seasonal theme disappears in the app. It will return around the same time next year.

Wi-Fi Connection

This option lets you choose a different Wi-Fi network for your camera.

Tip: Don’t change this option unless you need to. For example, you might need to change this option if you’ve updated your Wi-Fi password, gotten a new router, or given your Wi-Fi network a new name.

Change your Wi-Fi password or replace your router


This lets you name your Nest doorbell with its location, for example, “Porch.” You’ll choose the location from a list during initial setup, but you can change it or add a custom label.

Change the name of your Nest doorbell

Delete History

If you want, you can permanently delete your camera’s entire video history, including any snapshots your camera recorded. However, this will not delete any clips saved to your account.

Important: When you delete your camera’s video history, everything captured up to this point will be erased. Once your video history and snapshots are deleted, they’re gone forever. They cannot be recovered. We do not keep backups.

Delete camera’s video history and snapshots

Remove Camera

If you need to, you can remove your Nest doorbell from your account and start over again.

Remove a product from your account in the Nest app

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