The Nest Hello is the perfect video doorbell for those who want to stay connected without having to worry about missing a visitor at their front door. However, there has been some confusion on how Nest Hello works with Apple products, more specifically, with the Apple Watch. No one wants to purchase a smart home device that doesn’t play nicely with our favorite smart devices, especially when it comes to a home security device like our video doorbell. So, does the Nest Hello work with the Apple Watch? 

The Nest Hello Video Doorbell will let you answer using the Apple Watch if combined with the Watch Cam For Nest Home app. However, this app does not support the newest Hello Doorbells released in 2021. 

Okay, while this isn’t great news, it isn’t the end of the line. There are other ways to use your Nest Hello Doorbell with your Apple Watch using HomeKit, and we’ve done our research to bring you the best solution we’ve found to assist you in using your Doorbell with your Apple watch as easily as possible! Read on to learn how to connect these two devices using a little device called the HomeBridge Starling Hub, and get these two devices working together!

Is There Another Way To Connect The Nest Home To HomeKit? 

No one wants to purchase a smart home device that doesn’t play nicely with our favorite smart devices, especially when it comes to a home security device like our video doorbell. We’ve established that the Nest Hello can work with the Apple watch for older models of the device using the Watch Cam For Nest Home app. 

However, if you have a Nest Hello Video Doorbell that was released in 2021, it is not likely that this model is compatible with the Watch Cam For Nest Home app. This can present difficulties with using your Nest Hello Doorbell with your Apple products in general, and with your Apple Watch specifically. While you will be able to receive some fairly basic alerts on your Apple Watch, these functions are very limited. 

However, there are two main ways to connect your Nest Hello with the Apple HomeKit. The first method involves using HomeBridge, a third party program, on a dedicated computer to run 24 hours a day. This is not a practical solution, but will work until you have the opportunity to utilize the second option we’ve uncovered. This option also runs the risk of causing damage to the device you are using to maintain this connection, as it cannot be turned off. 

You can also use a HomeBridge Hub called the Starling Hub to act as a bridge device between your Apple HomeKit app and your Nest Hello. This hub is able to integrate all of your Nest devices with your iPhone, tablet, and your Apple Watch quickly and easily. This is an excellent solution that will allow you to use your Nest Doorbell with your Apple Watch, as well as integrating all of your Nest smart home devices with your other Apple products.  

How To Connect Using A HomeBridge Starling Hub

Prior to connecting your Nest Hello Doorbell to HomeKit, you will need to make sure that you have connected your Nest Hello Doorbell to your Google Nest account, as well as making sure that your new doorbell is connected to your home Wifi before beginning the process of using the HomeBridge Starling Hub to connect to HomeKit. 

To connect your Nest Hello to Apple HomeKit using the Homebridge Starling Hub, follow the steps we’ve outlined for you below: 

  1. Use the provided Ethernet cable to connect the Starling Hub to your router or network switch.
  2. Plug the hub’s power adaptor into a wall outlet.
  3. Using the phone or computer connected to your home’s Wifi and type www.setup.starlinghome.io into the address bar of your browser.
  4. Follow the steps outlined to sync your Apple HomeKit to the Nest account your Nest Hello Doorbell is attached to.
  5. You will get a message stating, “This Accessory is Not HomeKit Certified”. Select Add Anyway. This message appears because Google has not authorized a connection with HomeKit and does not pose any danger to your devices. 

Conclusion

The Nest Home is a great way to keep an eye on your home when you’re away. But what if you want to use it with Apple products? It’s not too difficult, but some steps need to be taken before the connection can happen. 

In this article, we’ve answered our initial question of whether you can use The Nest Hello Video Doorbell with the Apple Watch, as well as provide you with an excellent way to connect your Nest Hello with the Apple HomeKit using another device as a bridge between your Apple watch and your Nest Hello. We hope these tips come in handy so that your smart home dreams can be your reality!