How to Connect Google Nest Cam to Alexa

Google and Amazon devices haven’t always played well with each other, but that seems to be changing. Google recently announced a new Alexa skill that brings the search giant’s Nest cameras to Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV line of devices.

That means you can ask Amazon Alexa to show your Nest Doorbell’s video feed to see who’s at your door, or ask to see your living room camera to make sure the dog isn’t sleeping on the couch. Again.

The skill has just launched, but Google is already planning to add ad support to Amazon’s products so Alexa can notify you when a camera detects a person, for example.

You’ll need the latest Google Nest Cam (indoor), Nest Cam (indoor or outdoor, battery), Nest Cam with Projector or Nest Doorbell, and an Echo Show, Fire TV, or Fire HD tablet to use the new features.

Below, I’ll walk you through the process of adding the Nest Cam skill to your Alexa account, detail what you can do once it’s set up, and provide some product recommendations.

How to connect Alexa to your Nest cameras

If you’ve ever set up an Alexa skill for one of your Echo or Fire TV devices, you’re already familiar with the process of connecting Alexa to your Nest camera.

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Make sure the Alexa app is installed and set up on your phone, then follow these steps:

  • Open the Alexa app and tap the After button at the bottom of the screen.
  • To select Skills and games from the list.
  • Tap the search icon, then type Nest.
  • The first result should be Google Nest; select it.
  • To select Activate to use on the next screen.

The rest of the process requires you to sign in to the same Google account that’s linked to your cameras, then grant Amazon and Alexa permission to access, view, and control your cameras.

Once you’ve granted access to the cameras you want and completed the authorization step, the Alexa app will search for new devices on your network and then present you with a list of what it found. Tap the camera you want to configure by assigning it to a room, then, finally, select the Echo or Fire TV device you want to test the camera on. Alexa will then guide you through the various voice commands you can use to view your camera.

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The commands will be a variation of “Alexa, look at my living room camera”, with the last part changing depending on the name you gave your camera.

The best Google Nest cameras

Nest Cam (Wired): Best for Homeland Security

$99.99 at Best Buy

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Google’s wired Nest Cam is designed for indoor use to help you keep tabs on your kids or pets when you’re away from home. You’ll receive alerts whenever the camera detects motion, people, vehicles, or animals, plus three hours of 1080p video event history.

Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor): The best camera for anywhere

$179.99 at Best Buy

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The Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor) can be used as a completely wireless camera thanks to its battery-powered design. You will need to buy the power cable separately if you want to use it wired. You’ll receive alerts whenever the camera detects motion, people, vehicles, or animals, plus three hours of 1080p video event history.

Nest Doorbell: the best doorbell powered by Google

$179.99 at Best Buy

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Our pick for the best wireless video doorbell, Google’s Nest Doorbell is battery-operated, has a 960 x 1280 video resolution, and can see up to 10 feet in night vision. Like the rest of Google’s Nest Cams, you’ll get free motion, pet, vehicle and people detection and alerts with the Nest Doorbell.

The best Amazon Echo and Fire TV devices

Fire TV Stick 4K Max: the best 4K option

$54.99 on Amazon

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Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K Max brings 4K-quality content to your TV, with direct integration with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and smart home platform. Not only can you see your Nest Cams on your TV via a Fire TV Stick 4K, but you’ll also be able to control your lights and other smart home devices from the comfort of your couch.

Fire TV Stick: the most affordable Fire TV

$39.99 on Amazon

The standard Fire TV Stick streams your favorite movies and TV shows in respectable 1080p HD quality. It comes with a remote that offers direct access to Alexa, making it easy to access your Nest Cam feed or request weather reports.

Amazon Echo Show 8: The best all-round smart display

$129.99 on Amazon

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The Amazon Echo Show 8’s generous 8-inch screen size, high-quality speakers, and reasonable price make it our pick for the best smart display. You’ll have a clear view of your cameras on the Echo Show 8 screen.

Amazon Echo Show 15: The best family organizer

$249.99 on Amazon

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If you want something with a bigger screen that you can use as a small TV, a family organizer, and a way to manage and control your smart home devices, the Show 15 is exactly that. It even has a sophisticated facial recognition feature that can change some of the information displayed on the screen depending on who is in front of it.

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