Google is finally bringing an old feature to its new Nest cameras. Starting this week you can stream the video feed from all your Nest cameras and video doorbells to your TV through a Chromecast with Google TV. Google announced the feature Wednesday morning in a blog post on the Google Nest Community forum.
“What?” You ask. “Couldn’t you already do this?” Well yes and no. It was possible to view the video feed from older Nest cameras, such as the Google Nest Doorbell (wired), the now discontinued Nest Cams, and the camera in the Nest Hub Max, on the largest screen in your home.
But as I noted in my review of the new Nest Cam (indoor, wired), none of Google’s newer cameras could stream to Chromecast devices. (All Nest cameras can stream to both Google smart displays and Amazon Echo smart displays).
The blog post confirms that “All Nest Cams and Nest Doorbells are supported, including our latest devices released in 2021: the Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery), Nest Cam (indoor, wired), Nest Cam with floodlight, and Nest Doorbell (battery).”
However, Google only chooses the newer Chromecast with Google TV as supported, so we don’t know yet if it will work on other Chromecast and Google TV devices.
According to Google, the new integration will be rolled out this week. And there is nothing to enable it. Make sure your Chromecast is on the same Wi-Fi network as your cameras. You can use the Google TV voice remote by pressing the Assistant button and saying “Show me the front door camera”. Or ask your Nest speaker or smart display by saying, “Hey Google, show me the front door camera on my TV.”
Now all we need is Google to deliver on its promise to add a web portal option to its new Nest cameras so they can finally get feature parity with its old Nest cameras.