An essential aspect of an efficient smart home is the integration of various products, so I wanted to know if Google Home Hub works with Ring cameras. To answer this question, I did a lot of online research and compiled the information I collected below.
Does Google Home Hub work with Ring cameras? Google Home Hub cannot display Ring camera’s feed or recorded videos, but you can ask the Hub to start a new recording, receive notifications, and check the status of the camera.
This was a big disappointment by Ring. Supposedly, according to Ring Support, the feature is coming. But for those who are impatient, you can pick up the Nest Hello (Amazon link) instead which is compatible with display video footage to your Google Home Hub. Or you can get an Echo Spot/ Echo Show (Amazon link) which will actually show Ring footage.
Google Home Hub and Ring Compatibility
You cannot view a Ring camera stream or recorded videos on a Google Home Hub.
According to Google, the Google Home Hub works in a limited capacity with Ring cameras. You can perform the following functions through voice control:
- Start a 30-second recording.
- Receive the most recent notification from the camera.
- Check the health of the camera.
I don’t know if it’s my specific problem, but I am not able to get Ring to interact with my Google Home at all.
I tried checking on the health of my device or asking it when the last time someone rang my doorbell, but no luck!
Ring does not include Google Home on its list of compatible devices. Therefore, according to Ring, their cameras do not work with Google Home Hub at all. If you’re like me, you may have considered selling your Ring for a Nest Hello. If you do, here is how you change the owner of your Ring device.
Ring cameras are owned by Amazon, and Amazon and Google are leading competitors in the smart home market. Many people believe that this is the reason for the inconsistent claims about compatibility between Ring cameras and Google Home assistants.
Many users have cited issues connecting their Ring device to their Google Home Hub. If you experience issues, I recommend calling Google Assistance customer service for help.
Set up Ring with Google Home
Here is how you can get set up with the limited functionality.
Go to the Google Assistant page and add Ring to your Google account.
It will ask you for permission to authorize this link.
Google Home Compatibility
If you already have a Google Home Hub and are looking for a security camera with more compatibility, there are many options. Click here for the full list of compatible cameras.
I recommend a Nest camera because Nest is owned by Google which ensures compatibility with your Google Home device. Nest makes an indoor and outdoor version of their home security camera. To shop for Nest cameras, follow this link.
If you would like more options for various types of cameras, I recommend Arlo products. Arlo offers four different wireless indoor/outdoor cameras which can be compared here. They also have four indoor-only camera options as well as security lights and doorbells.
Using a Camera with Google Home
To connect a security camera with Google Home Hub:
- Make sure the camera and Google Home are connected to the same Wifi network.
- In the Google Home app, click on the “+” sign to set up a device.
- Select the company that manufactured your camera.
- Follow the prompts to link your accounts.
When you are ready to stream your camera to your Google Home Hub, say “Hey Google, show [camera name]”.
Ring Camera Compatibility
Ring offers many different security camera options. If you are interested in purchasing one or more Ring cameras for your home, click here for a product comparison table to help you determine which cameras are best for your home security needs.
Ring products are fully compatible with Amazon Alexa devices. If you have an Echo Spot or Echo Show, you can view a Ring camera’s live stream or previously recorded videos using voice control.
To set up your Ring camera with your Echo:
- Enable the Ring Skill in the Alexa app on your phone.
- Type in your Ring account information when prompted to link your accounts.
- Click on “Discover Devices”, and your camera will be connected to your Alexa account.
Ring Camera Voice Commands
To view a camera’s live stream on your Echo Spot or Echo Show, say “Alexa, show [Ring Device Name]”.
There are many voice commands to view previously recorded videos:
- “Alexa, show me the last activity from [Ring Device Name].”
- “Alexa, show the most recent event from [Ring Device Name].”
- “Alexa, fast-forward.”
- “Alexa, fast-forward _ seconds/minutes.”
- “Alexa, rewind.”
- “Alexa, rewind _ seconds/minutes.”
- “Alexa, pause.”
- “Alexa, play.”
Ring Video Doorbells
Like Ring cameras, Ring Video Doorbells work with Amazon Alexa devices but not with Google Home. If you have an Echo and a Ring Doorbell, follow the same set-up steps used for the Ring camera. The same voice commands work as well.