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How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

If you’ve got a Nest Video Doorbell, there are a lot of cool things you can do with it — but one of the most fun things is to add new sounds to the doorbell to celebrate Halloween. You see, Google offers what it calls seasonal themes for its Nest doorbell settings. There’s an option for the winter holidays, but right now is the perfect time to choose the version that plays spooky sounds during the Halloween season (no matter how many people may be showing up at your door this year). Here’s exactly how to enable it.

Note: Our guide is for the Nest Doorbell, wired and battery models. The older Nest Hello doorbell works a bit differently, but the steps in this guide should still apply. While newer Nest Doorbells may get more evergreen themes, Google is still rolling out seasonal themes like Halloween to all doorbells for now.

Step 1: Open the Nest app

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

The Nest Doorbell is controlled via the Nest app, which you probably have downloaded on a mobile device. Make sure you are connected to the internet through a reliable connection before you begin. Also check that you are on the right device and, if necessary, the right account for controlling your video doorbell.

Open up the Nest app, and you should see a notification that arrives around the Halloween holiday. It will say New Ways to Say Hello, and at the bottom of the notification, you will see a couple of actions to take. Choose the option that says Browse Themes.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

If you don’t see this pop-up in the Nest app, someone may have already closed it. In this case, you’ll have to get there the old-fashioned way. Select your Hello doorbell from the Nest devices, and select the Gear icon at the top right for Settings. Scroll until you see the Doorbell Theme option, and select it.

Step 2: Switch to Spooky sounds

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday soundsvia: Reddit/peanut_brettle

In the Doorbell theme section, you’ll see a section that says Seasonal Themes. Under this section, you should see an option that says Spooky Sounds. Select it, and the dot to the right should turn blue to let you know that it is enabled. That’s it! Your Nest Hello should take care of the rest.

If you do not see the option for spooky sounds, double-check that your Google Home app is updated. The latest version as of October 2021 is 2.44.1.8.

Step 3: Enjoy the doorbell!

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Now, when someone rings the Nest Doorbell, it will play a spooky Halloween sound instead of the normal bell. This sound is randomized, so it may sound different every time, and Google updates the theme each year by removing some old sounds and adding new ones to the mix. This year, the potential doorbell chimes include:

  • Evil laugh
  • Skeleton dance
  • Spooky raven
  • Ghost boo
  • Howling werewolf
  • Cackling witch

The themes will automatically revert back after the spooky holiday is finished, so you don’t have to do anything to stop them or switch back. Unfortunately, this also means you can’t play Addams Family and have the sounds enabled all-year-round — at least, not yet. These themes will play on any other Nest devices in your house if you have visitor announcements enabled, as an accompaniment to the traditional notification.

If you want to get even more involved, you can set up a custom routine to activate any smart bulbs or smart plugs that work with the Nest app when the doorbell goes off. Devices like the Nest Hub can even flash a cartoony haunted house when the sound plays.

When the winter holidays come along, you will see a new set of themes here that include doorbells to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, or generic winter solstice sounds. Remember to switch to one of these as well to make sure your Nest Hello keeps celebrating the holidays!

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‘Tis the season for trick-or-treating, and spooky sounds are returning to your Nest Hello video doorbell! It not only changes the sounds your doorbell makes when it rings, but also your visitor announcements on Google Assistant devices. It’s incredibly easy to activate, here’s how!

When you first open the Nest app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, you might be greeted by a pop-up message giving you more information on the Halloween seasonal theme. Tap the “Browse Themes” button found at the bottom of the screen.

If this doesn’t appear, don’t worry! Keep reading, and we’ll guide you there from the Nest app’s Home screen.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Now that you’re in the “Doorbell Theme” menu, select “Spooky Sounds.” That’s it!

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

If you don’t get the Halloween pop-up message, select your doorbell from the Nest app Home screen.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Then, select the “Gear” icon in the top-right corner of the screen to open the video doorbell settings.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Next, scroll down until you see the “Doorbell Theme” option.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Finally, select “Spooky Sounds.”

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

You’re done! If you find it gets annoying or a little too spooky for your young ones, return to this menu to switch back to the traditional “Ding Dong” theme. Happy Halloween and stay safe!

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How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Most Wi-Fi cameras and video doorbells offer a paid subscription that comes with more features, but also offer a free tier that works well enough for most use. However, that’s not the case with Nest cameras at all. You pretty much require a Nest Aware subscription.

Nest’s paid subscription tier is called Nest Aware, and it starts at $5 per month (or $50 per year). That gives you a five-day video history, 24/7 continuous recording capabilities, and a few other handy features. While there is a free tier, and you might be tempted try getting away with using it, the bad news is that the free tier makes Nest cameras pretty much useless.

There’s No Video Recording At All

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Even at the free tier, you can get live video whenever you want. So, if someone rings your doorbell and you want to see who it is without going to the door, you can fire up the Nest app and see a live view of your Nest Hello. And that’s an important feature.

But we’d argue that an equally important feature for any Wi-Fi camera or video doorbell is that it records video of any detected motion so that you can see what you missed. However, the free tier on Nest cameras has exactly zero video recording capabilities.

Instead, you get what Nest calls “snapshots” that just capture a still image whenever a person or general motion is detected. In some instances, it works okay, but most of the time, it doesn’t capture what it’s supposed to.

Snapshots Are Only Kept for Three Hours

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

And if you’re thinking static image snapshots might be good enough, the next problem in line is that Nest’s free tier only keeps them for three measly hours.

That’s not even nearly enough time. Even a 12-hour hold might be useful, but three hours just isn’t very useful. That means you can’t even leave for a full day of work, and then check up on captured motion when you get home. Forget about taking a vacation. If you don’t check your phone every three hours, you won’t be able to see who or what your Nest camera captured.

You Still Receive Basic Alerts, but That’s About It

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

The good news is that you still receive notifications and alerts whenever a person or motion is detected, but all the other features that are advertised for Nest cameras fall within the Nest Aware subscription.

Face detection, Activity Zones, and the creation of clips and timelapses are all Nest Aware features that you’ll have to pay for. Of course, these specific features aren’t an absolute must or anything, but they are what separates Nest cameras from the competition.

In the End, Expect to Pay More Than the Camera’s Price Tag

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Everything comes with a paid subscription option these days, to the point where after you’ve paid any up-front costs, you’ll still pay a small fee every month or every year.

Like I said earlier, free tiers on some products are actually perfectly fine for a lot of people. However, this is not the case for Nest cameras. If you’re even thinking about getting a Nest camera of some kind, you’ll want to factor in the continuous operating costs of that camera as well.

For example, if you plan on grabbing a Nest Cam IQ, that camera’s main big feature (i.e. the reason you’d buy that specific camera in the first place) requires a Nest Aware subscription. In that case, you’re pretty much required to pay for a subscription to take advantage of the “IQ” part. Otherwise, you’re better off with a regular Nest Cam.

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How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

First announced last fall, the Nest Hello smart doorbell is now available to buy at various retailers and at Nest’s website. The Nest x Yale Lock is now available via Nest’s online store as well.

For those unaware, the Nest Hello is Google’s smart doorbell offering, and joins the ever-growing smart home market alongside other similar products like the Ring Doorbell and August Doorbell. Like its competitors, the Nest Hello has a button that acts as a standard doorbell (plus notifications on your smart devices!) and features a camera that offers a 160-degree field of view.

The video that Nest Hello streams is HD and, just like its competitors, Hello is able to stream video at any time, day or night. It uses both HDR and night vision so that it can adjust its video stream depending on the different lighting conditions. The system also has face recognition and allows for instant communication via its speakers, just like the Nest Cam IQ.

The Nest x Yale lock is exactly as you’d expect — a lock made by Yale in partnership with Nest. It works seamlessly with all of your other nest products. For instance, it can arm your Nest Secure system when you leave the house, set your Nest Thermostat to Eco mode, and turn on your Nest indoor cameras automatically. The lock is key free and connects to the Nest app just like any other Nest product.

You can buy the Nest Hello doorbell at Nest.com for $229, or you can find it at a variety of retailers like Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowe’s. The Nest x Yale lock can be had today at Nest’s site for $249 and comes in three finishes: Nickel, Bronze, and Brass.

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How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Ring

After putting out spooky sounds for Halloween, Ring has brought some new holiday sounds to its video doorbells and chimes! The company has several more options compared to the Nest Hello, but they’re just as easy to enable—here’s how!

Keep in mind that this feature works best with Ring Chimes. If you don’t have one of those, you can manually adjust your phone’s notification settings to holiday sounds, but that’s definitely not as fun.

First, open the Ring app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device and select the “Chimes” option in the top toolbar.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

If you don’t see the “Chimes” option, select the hamburger menu button in the top-left corner.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Then, from the side menu, select “Devices.”

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Tap the Chime you’d like to change. You can have multiple Chimes use different sounds if you’d like.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Next, select “Audio Settings.”

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Choose “Chime Tones” from the list of options.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Finally, tap the sound you’d like to use. Special holiday tones include “Deck the Halls,” “Ho Ho Ho,” “Jingle Bells,” “Sleigh Bells,” and “Dreidel Dreidel.” According to Ring, even more holiday sounds are on the way.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

You’re done once you’ve made a selection! Now go back and change all your Chimes if you really want to get into the holiday spirit.

If you want to go even more festive, Ring also sells holiday faceplates for the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and 3 Plus. Happy holidays!

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Nest doorbells are getting an update with chilling sounds for the Halloween season.

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Spooky season is here, and Google is adding its annual batch of Halloween doorbell notifications to the Home app via an update rolling out this week.

The Halloween-themed tones will be available until the end of October. Options include an evil laugh, a skeleton dance, a spooky raven, a ghostly boo, a howling werewolf and a cackling witch, according to The Verge.

How to pick a new chime

  1. Update your Google Home app to the latest version (2.44.1.8), available for all users by Oct. 1
  2. Open the Home app and tap your doorbell
  3. Select Settings
  4. Options for changing ringtone should be visible
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This is the third year of Google’s seasonal doorbell updates. Google is also adding six new “evergreen” ringtones available year-round, including a birthday tone. They will arrive with the Halloween options, but only for the new Nest Doorbell (Battery), not the older Nest Doorbell (wired, 1st gen), formerly Nest Hello.

The Nest Doorbell (Battery) costs $180.

In fact, Google just announced that a new Nest Doorbell (wired, 2nd gen) is on the way for early 2022.

After Halloween is over on Nov. 1, doorbells will automatically return to default tones. However, seasonal themes for winter holidays are likely coming soon.

Last year’s tones included nods to Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s and Kwanzaa and were available through the end of December. We expect a similar rollout this year. We’ve reached out to Google for details on upcoming Nest chimes. Stay tuned for updates.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Thanksgiving is over, so it’s formally acceptable to get into the vacation spirit! Nest is bringing slightly further cheer this yr as a result of vacation themes (together with Hanukkah, Christmas, New 12 months’s Eve, and extra) at the moment are accessible in your Nest Hi there Video Doorbell. It’s extremely straightforward to activate them!

The Nest Hi there Video Doorbell’s theme setting adjustments the sounds your doorbell makes when it rings, in addition to your customer bulletins on Google Assistant units. When the vacation is over, Nest will default again to a standard “Ding Dong” theme robotically.

To get began, open the Nest app in your iPhone, iPad, or Android system, after which choose your doorbell out of your checklist of units.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Faucet the gear icon on the high proper to open the video doorbell settings.

Scroll down and faucet “Doorbell Theme.”

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Choose the vacation sound you need to use. You may select a Hanukkah, Christmas, New 12 months’s Eve, Kwanzaa, or Winter theme.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

After you make your choice, you possibly can exit the Nest app. The following time somebody visits, your Hi there Video Doorbell will play a seasonal sound. Completely happy holidays!

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If you’ve got a Nest Video Doorbell, there are a lot of cool things you can do with it — but one of the most fun things is to add new sounds to the doorbell to celebrate Halloween. You see, Google offers what it calls seasonal themes for its Nest doorbell settings. There’s an option for the winter holidays, but right now is the perfect time to choose the version that plays spooky sounds during the Halloween season (no matter how many people may be showing up at your door this year). Here’s exactly how to enable it.

Note: Our guide is for the Nest Doorbell, wired and battery models. The older Nest Hello doorbell works a bit differently, but the steps in this guide should still apply. While newer Nest Doorbells may get more evergreen themes, Google is still rolling out seasonal themes like Halloween to all doorbells for now.

Step 1: Open the Nest app

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

The Nest Doorbell is controlled via the Nest app, which you probably have downloaded on a mobile device. Make sure you are connected to the internet through a reliable connection before you begin. Also check that you are on the right device and, if necessary, the right account for controlling your video doorbell.

Open up the Nest app, and you should see a notification that arrives around the Halloween holiday. It will say New Ways to Say Hello, and at the bottom of the notification, you will see a couple of actions to take. Choose the option that says Browse Themes.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

If you don’t see this pop-up in the Nest app, someone may have already closed it. In this case, you’ll have to get there the old-fashioned way. Select your Hello doorbell from the Nest devices, and select the Gear icon at the top right for Settings. Scroll until you see the Doorbell Theme option, and select it.

Step 2: Switch to Spooky sounds

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday soundsvia: Reddit/peanut_brettle

In the Doorbell theme section, you’ll see a section that says Seasonal Themes. Under this section, you should see an option that says Spooky Sounds. Select it, and the dot to the right should turn blue to let you know that it is enabled. That’s it! Your Nest Hello should take care of the rest.

If you do not see the option for spooky sounds, double-check that your Google Home app is updated. The latest version as of October 2021 is 2.44.1.8.

Step 3: Enjoy the doorbell!

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Now, when someone rings the Nest Doorbell, it will play a spooky Halloween sound instead of the normal bell. This sound is randomized, so it may sound different every time, and Google updates the theme each year by removing some old sounds and adding new ones to the mix. This year, the potential doorbell chimes include:

  • Evil laugh
  • Skeleton dance
  • Spooky raven
  • Ghost boo
  • Howling werewolf
  • Cackling witch

The themes will automatically revert back after the spooky holiday is finished, so you don’t have to do anything to stop them or switch back. Unfortunately, this also means you can’t play Addams Family and have the sounds enabled all-year-round — at least, not yet. These themes will play on any other Nest devices in your house if you have visitor announcements enabled, as an accompaniment to the traditional notification.

If you want to get even more involved, you can set up a custom routine to activate any smart bulbs or smart plugs that work with the Nest app when the doorbell goes off. Devices like the Nest Hub can even flash a cartoony haunted house when the sound plays.

When the winter holidays come along, you will see a new set of themes here that include doorbells to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, or generic winter solstice sounds. Remember to switch to one of these as well to make sure your Nest Hello keeps celebrating the holidays!

If you’ve got a Nest Video Doorbell, there are a lot of cool things you can do with it — but one of the most fun things is to add new sounds to the doorbell to celebrate Halloween. You see, Google offers what it calls seasonal themes for its Nest doorbell settings. There’s an option for the winter holidays, but right now is the perfect time to choose the version that plays spooky sounds during the Halloween season (no matter how many people may be showing up at your door this year). Here’s exactly how to enable it.

Note: Our guide is for the Nest Doorbell, wired and battery models. The older Nest Hello doorbell works a bit differently, but the steps in this guide should still apply. While newer Nest Doorbells may get more evergreen themes, Google is still rolling out seasonal themes like Halloween to all doorbells for now.

Step 1: Open the Nest app

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

The Nest Doorbell is controlled via the Nest app, which you probably have downloaded on a mobile device. Make sure you are connected to the internet through a reliable connection before you begin. Also check that you are on the right device and, if necessary, the right account for controlling your video doorbell.

Open up the Nest app, and you should see a notification that arrives around the Halloween holiday. It will say New Ways to Say Hello, and at the bottom of the notification, you will see a couple of actions to take. Choose the option that says Browse Themes.

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

If you don’t see this pop-up in the Nest app, someone may have already closed it. In this case, you’ll have to get there the old-fashioned way. Select your Hello doorbell from the Nest devices, and select the Gear icon at the top right for Settings. Scroll until you see the Doorbell Theme option, and select it.

Step 2: Switch to Spooky sounds

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

In the Doorbell theme section, you’ll see a section that says Seasonal Themes. Under this section, you should see an option that says Spooky Sounds. Select it, and the dot to the right should turn blue to let you know that it is enabled. That’s it! Your Nest Hello should take care of the rest.

If you do not see the option for spooky sounds, double-check that your Google Home app is updated. The latest version as of October 2021 is 2.44.1.8.

Step 3: Enjoy the doorbell!

How to turn on nest hello doorbell’s holiday sounds

Now, when someone rings the Nest Doorbell, it will play a spooky Halloween sound instead of the normal bell. This sound is randomized, so it may sound different every time, and Google updates the theme each year by removing some old sounds and adding new ones to the mix. This year, the potential doorbell chimes include:

  • Evil laugh
  • Skeleton dance
  • Spooky raven
  • Ghost boo
  • Howling werewolf
  • Cackling witch

The themes will automatically revert back after the spooky holiday is finished, so you don’t have to do anything to stop them or switch back. Unfortunately, this also means you can’t play Addams Family and have the sounds enabled all-year-round — at least, not yet. These themes will play on any other Nest devices in your house if you have visitor announcements enabled, as an accompaniment to the traditional notification.

If you want to get even more involved, you can set up a custom routine to activate any smart bulbs or smart plugs that work with the Nest app when the doorbell goes off. Devices like the Nest Hub can even flash a cartoony haunted house when the sound plays.

When the winter holidays come along, you will see a new set of themes here that include doorbells to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, or generic winter solstice sounds. Remember to switch to one of these as well to make sure your Nest Hello keeps celebrating the holidays!