Google and Amazon devices haven’t always worked 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 range of devices.
That means you can ask Amazon Alexa to display the 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 was just released, but Google already has plans to add ad support to Amazon products so that Alexa can let you know when a camera detects a person, for example.
You will need to have the latest Google Nest Cam (internal), Nest Cam (internal or external, battery), Nest Cam with Floodlight 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 after it’s set up, and give you some product recommendations.
How to Connect Alexa to Your Nest Cameras
If you’ve already set up an Alexa Skill for any of your Echo or Fire TV devices, you’re already familiar with the process of connecting Alexa to your Nest camera.
Make sure you have the Alexa app installed and configured on your phone and follow these steps:
- Open the Alexa app and tap the More button at the bottom of the screen.
- Select skills and games from the list.
- Tap the search icon and type Nest.
- The first result must be Google Nest; select it.
- Select activate to use on the next screen.
The rest of the process requires you to log into the same Google account linked to your cameras and grant Amazon and Alexa permission to access, view and control your cameras.
Once you grant access to the cameras you want and complete the authorization step, the Alexa app will look for new devices on your network and present a list of what it has found. Tap on the camera you want to configure by assigning it to a room and finally select which Echo or Fire TV device you want to test the camera on. Alexa will guide you through the various voice commands you can use to view your camera.
The commands will be a variation of “Alexa, see my living room camera”, with the last part changing based on the name you gave your camera.
The best Google Nest cameras
Nest Cam (Wired): Best for Homeland Security
$99.99 at Best Buy
Google’s Wired Nest Cam is designed for indoor use to help you keep an eye on your kids or pets when you’re out and about. You’ll get alerts whenever the camera detects movement, people, vehicles or animals, along with three hours of 1080p video event history.
Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor): the best camera for anywhere
$179.99 at Best Buy
The Nest Cam (external or internal) can be used as a fully wireless camera thanks to its battery-powered design. You will need to purchase the power cord separately if you want to use it wired. You’ll get alerts whenever the camera detects movement, people, vehicles or animals, along with three hours of 1080p video event history.
Nest Doorbell: Google’s Best Doorbell
$179.99 at Best Buy
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 using night vision. Like the rest of Google’s Nest Cams, you’ll get free motion, pet, vehicle and person 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
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K Max brings 4K quality content to your television, with direct integration with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and smart home platform. Not only can you view your Nest Cams on TV via a Fire TV Stick 4K, but you can also 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 gives you 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
The Amazon Echo Show 8’s generous 8-inch screen size, high-quality speakers, and reasonable price make it our choice for the best smart display. You’ll have a clear view of your cameras on the Echo Show 8’s screen.
Amazon Echo Show 15: The ultimate family organizer
$249.99 on Amazon
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 just that. It even has a fancy facial recognition feature that can change some of the information displayed on the screen based on who is in front of it.