Now all Google Nest cameras can stream video to your TV
Google is finally bringing an old feature to its new Nest cameras. Starting this week, you can stream the video stream from everything your Nest cameras and video doorbells on your TV using a Chromecast with Google TV. Google announced the feature in a Google Nest Community Forum blog post Wednesday morning.
“What?” You ask. “Couldn’t you do that already?” 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 inside the Nest Hub Max – on the biggest screen in your home.
But, as I noted in my review of the new Nest Cam (indoor, wired), none of Google’s new cameras could cast 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 will be supported, including our latest devices releasing in 2021: Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery), Nest Cam (indoor, wired), Nest Cam with projector and Nest Doorbell (battery).
However, Google only singles out the new Chromecast with Google TV as supported, so we don’t yet know if it will work on other Chromecast and Google TV devices.
The new integration is rolling out this week, according to Google. And there is nothing to activate to activate it. Just make sure your Chromecast is on the same Wi-Fi network as your cameras. You can either 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 and say, “Hey Google, show me the front door camera on my TV.”
Now we just need Google to follow up on its promise to add web portal option to its newer Nest cameras, so they can finally achieve feature parity with its older Nest cameras.