Do Ring Doorbells Work With Google Home Hub or Only Nest?
I had bought a ring video doorbell, and I wanted to have it show up on my chromecasts. This was after I had already had some nest devices already connected, and they were working great. Well, some of my friends I asked said that the Ring is owned by Alexa while Nest Hello is owned by Google, and there could not be a possibility of compatibility. Guess what, they were wrong.
Ring video doorbells now work with Google Home and Google home hub. Now you can connect your ring video doorbells to the Google home and get access to your device using your voice using the ring assistant app. All you have to do to get started is to link your ring devices to your google account and start managing them with the google assistant.
Currently, ring video doorbell will only send you notifications and instant mobile alerts as soon as they detect motion. The moment you answer to that alert on your smartphone using the free ring app, you get to see, hear, and also speak to the people in your property from any place. The ring assistant app also enables you to ask google to start another new recording, to turn on or off your motion alerts and also to get health updates on your devices and to review the last ring notification.
To get started with the process above, all you need to do is to link your ring devices to your google home account and start to manage your devices with your google assistant.
As a side note, I have written an article on the best video doorbells that work with Google Home, you will be surprised at how cheap they are listed online.
How do I Connect My Ring Doorbell to Google Home Hub?
- Open your Google Home app on the smartphone
- Tap Add > Set up new device > Have something already set up?
- Choose Ring or Nest from the list of devices provided
- Follow the onscreen steps on your smartphone to pair the devices
- Tap Allow > Done
- Open the Google Home app
- Tap Home > Doorbell > Settings > Name
- Name your doorbell and tap Save
If there are multiple people in your home who you would like to share the access with you the ring doorbell, here is the process you can use to share with them. Go to your ring app and add users so that your spouse and kids or roommate can also be able to check the live video when the bell rings.
How To Add Users to Ring Doorbell
- Go to Menu > Settings
- Tap the + icon in the right-hand corner of the screen
- Add the person’s email address
- Tap Assign Role
- Choose from Owner, Shared User or Guest User
- Tap Send Invite
Set Up Notifications On Ring Doorbell
When someone has approached your home, or they press the button on the ring video doorbell, you get a notification on the phone. Then you can open the ring app to see who is at the door and talk to them.
This is one of the features I consider to be a killer concerning doorbells. This is because it can make you seem like you are at home even when you are not there.
Ring video doorbell has some customizable motion alerts and ring alerts. Motion alerts will pop up as a notification on your device when they detect motion around the device. The ring alerts send notifications when the doorbell is actually pressed.
Wiring and Installation Instructions For Ring Doorbell
The process of installing a ring video doorbell is so much simple and easier than you’d think. A ring video doorbell can either be hardwired or powered by using the rechargeable battery that is included. Here is the process …
- Step 1: Charge and install the included battery
- Step 2: Download the Ring app on your phone
- Step 3: Install the battery and complete the app setup
- Step 4: Turn off power to your current doorbell
- Step 5: Prep the wall for installation
- Step 6: Attach the doorbell wires
- Step 7: Turn the power on at your circuit breaker
Step 1: Charge and Install the Included Battery
You will need to use the rechargeable battery that is provided for your backup even if you choose to hardwire your ring doorbell. Unlike the first generation ring buzzer, the ring video bell 2 has a removable and rechargeable battery. That is the feature that makes them so easy and simple to charge even after mounting them on the wall. All you have to do is to connect your battery to the power adapter that is provided, and the battery will be fully charged when the red status light disappears.
Step 2: Download the Ring App on Your Phone
You can download the ring app on your android or iPhone device. This app will give you the main point of access for your video doorbell. This is the point where you will be able to receive the alerts from the doorbell and talk to the visitors through a live video screen.
Fortunately, the process of connecting is made easy by Ring. Just open the app, create your account, and then follow the steps above.
Step 3: Install the Battery and Complete the App Setup.
When the battery is fully charged, attach it to the doorbell and then wait for it to power on. One thing you have to note it is one of the faceplates is attached already; then you have to remove it before you insert the battery. This is done by pulling it down and away from the doorbell. Press the button that is on the right corner of the video doorbell and then select ring Wi-Fi network in the settings of your phone. Return to the Ring app and select the local W-FWi-Fi network and your password to connect. Now the ring video doorbell is online.
Step 4: Turn Off Power to Your Current Doorbell
Make sure that before you can remove the existing wired doorbell, turn it off at the circuit breaker. Then at this point, you can uninstall your old doorbell and set it aside.
Step 5: Prep the Wall for Installation
To install it on the wall, hold the video doorbell up to the wall of the doorframe and they mark the spot you need to drill it. Create holes using an electric drill. If you have problems doing this, you can get a handy friend or hire a professional.
Step 6: Attach the Doorbell Wires
Connect the doorbell wires(two) to the two screws that are on the back of the video doorbell. You can connect any wire to any screw and if you find the wires short, use the wire extenders that ring providers. Connect well and mount the ring doorbell with the included screws.
In order to complete the hardware installation, attach a faceplate. These are the satin nickel and Venetian faceplate.
Step 7: Turn the Power On At Your Circuit Breaker
Then go back to the breaker panel and switch the power back to the doorbell. That is the whole process; you have now just installed your ring video doorbell.
Ring Video Doorbells are found on the cheap, I have written an article here that highlights the best Ring doorbell you should get for your budget.
How To Stream Your Ring Video Doorbell Camera on Chromecast Enabled TV
In the first place, you will be required to set up Chromecast with Google Home, and then you will have to link your Chromecast enabled TV to Google Home. Here are the steps on how you can link your TV with Google Home.
First, you have to make sure that your mobile device is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your google home device.
- Open the Google Home app
- Tap on + and select “setup device” -> set up a new device on your Google Home
- Click the home name which you want to add a device and tap on next.
- Tap on the device that you want to set up and click on next.
- You will now get a code on your TV and mobile also, match the codes and tap. Yes, I’m.
- A list of rooms will then appear, click on the room name in which you have set up the device
- Then click the Wi-Fi network on which you want to connect the device
- Click on the Next button
- And select the video services you want to add and click on continue.
Google Assistant Commands to Stream a Video Doorbell to linked TV
- Hey Google, What’s on [name of specific doorbell]”
- “Hey Google, Show the [Doorbell’s Name]”
- “Hey Google, Show the [Name of specific doorbell] on [Chromecast Name or TV enabled with Chromecast]”
- If you want to stop streaming a doorbell video, just say “Hey Google, Stop.”
What Smart Doorbells Work With Google Home?
Nest Hello Video Doorbell
Nest Hello doorbell works completely with Google Home. Nest Hello has a 4.9-star review based on over 2000 customers that have rated it.
While there are several other video doorbells that also work with google home, the Nest Hello is the only doorbell that has true full integration with google assistant. This is because the Nest is the subsidiary of Google home. So if you are looking for a video doorbell that works specifically with google home, then Nest Hello is the one you should get.
What makes the integration of the nest hello to shine is by having your google home announce when someone rings the doorbell. This is great, especially if you are in areas in your home where you cannot hear the doorbell. The connection to the Google Home hub is even more exciting.
The google home hub has a built-in display that enables the nest hello video feed pop up automatically on the screen when someone rings the doorbell. This is for convenience as you can see while you are seated on your couch. Nest Hello also has good user interface within the app, and the doorbell is also small enough to fit anywhere you install it.
Benefits of Ring Doorbell
A doorbell that works with google home, Alexa or HomePod is undoubtedly the new trend in home automation.
Ring Doorbells Provides Convenient Control.
Ring Video doorbells enable you to access and also to control your doorbell with your verbal order without using another setup. All you have to do is to say the command words with your doorbell’s name, and you get the live feed of your Ring doorbell.
You will not need to open your app for you to access the doorbell for live streaming when you are using google assistant.
You Can Use Echo, Google Home or HomePod as Doorbell Chime
Yes, that is true! You can get chime over google home, Alexa and HomePod when someone passes your doorbell or when there is motion. You will not need to spend extra cash in getting the doorbell chime, though it is cheap.
Build Your Connected Home for Future Integration with Other Smart Devices
Besides doorbells, there are many other IoT devices that also work with Google Home, Alexa, or HomeKit. When you already have your ring doorbells connected, you can connect other devices to the google home to manage and control them using your voice.
Tips For Buying Smart Doorbells that Work With Google Home, Alexa or HomeKit
Before you can decide on buying a doorbell that works with Google Home, Alexa or HomeKit, you should make sure that the doorbell is a reliable brand. These are the factors that you should put into consideration.
- Check if the doorbell brand has some positive feedback from top tier media.
- Check at the customer reviews under the product description.
- Check if the company of the doorbell has warranty and product return policy.
- Check if the doorbell company has quick and responsive customer service.
After you have checked the above, then take this top tips below before you buy your wired, wireless doorbell that works with an assistant.
Tip 1. Make Sure the Smart Doorbell Does Support Alexa, Google Home or HomeKit
Make sure that the product description of the video doorbell has a 100% statement that it does work with Alexa, Google Home, and HomeKit. You can always find this information in the product title of the doorbell.
You can also check the reviews which are left by other customers so that you can see if the doorbell you are going to buy supports the virtual assistants.
Tip 2. Pick Doorbells with Google Home, Alexa or HomeKit Are High-Quality & Cost-Effective
You may have come across a video doorbell that costs less than $30 or even cheaper. These are the kinds of doorbells that last for only a few weeks or days and then die. You will have to spend your money on them, but in the end, you get a scrap box.
That is definitely not what you want to have. You may have to consider both the price and the quality of the doorbell when you are buying. Keep n eye at the sales activities of the company also; like coupons, giveaways campaigns, and pre-order sales.
Tip 3. Make Sure the Smart Doorbells Are Secured and Encrypted
Having a doorbell that is secure with qualified encryption will help you to prevent various vicious people from hacking them.
You can do this by checking at the tech specifications of that doorbell and see if they support standard network. They should also be secured by WPA2, WPA, Open and 64-bit WEP encryption.
How to Protect Your Footage on Ring Doorbells
When you have installed your ring video doorbells, they can also act as your security as security cameras for your home. This is by recording the footage of a packed thief that is in the home or someone that may be trying to break in.
The Ring allows you to have that video footage in the app for some time to watch it before they delete it. But if you want to use it later, then you can save it in the cloud for free.
The Ring will require that you sign up for a video recording plan that is free to only $10 per month to store your video. This protection is worth it as you will need it for evidence sometime in the future.
What Else Can be Connected to Google Home?
Google Home smart speakers work with a variety of smart home devices. Here is the list of all the smart homes that you can connect to your Google Home.
- JBL Link 20
- August Smart Lock Pro
- Philips Hue lights
- Solis SO-2000
- Polk MagniFi Mini Soundbar
- Eco4life Smart Wi-Fi Plug
- Nest Learning Thermostat
- Monoprice Wireless Smart Power Strip
- Nest Cam IQ
- Koogeek Light Strip
- Marshall Stanmore II Voice
- Orbit B-have
- Lifx Smart Bulbs
- Logitech Harmony remotes
- Bose Frames
- Kasa Smart Bulb
- Netgear Arlo Q
- Xiaomi Yeelight Smart Bulb
- Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener
- Ezviz Mini O
- iClever Smart Plug
- Sengled Smart LED with Motion Sensor
- Abode Essentials Starter Kit
- Ecobee (5th Gen)
- Nanoleaf Canvas
- Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED
- Wyze Cam
- LIFX A19
- C by GE
- Arlo Ultra HD
- Nest Hello Video Doorbell Camera
- Arlo Pro 2
- Nest Learning Thermostat
- Honeywell Home T9
- Schlage Encode
- Yale Assure SL
- Wemo Mini Smart Plug
- Samsung SmartThings Hub
What Cannot Be Connected to Google Home?
- Blink XT2 Smart Security Camera
- Fitbit Charge 3
- Sonos One
- Amazon Cloud Cam