How to fine-tune notifications on the Nest Doorbell with battery

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Speaker 1: Nests new doorbell can detect pets and packages and cars. Oh my here's how to customize the settings to get the info you care about. This is the $180 nest doorbell with battery. It's the first smart home security product that Google's nest has come out with in a while. And it adds a whole bunch of bells and whistles to the formula to make it much more than just a battery powered [00:00:30] version of the three year old nest to look. So I'm gonna talk through some of my favorite features and how you can use them to customize the doorbell. So it only sends you the info that you actually want to know about the basics are pretty much what you'd expect at this point. Mounts it where you want it, set it up with the Google home app. And then when someone comes to your door, voila, you can get notified on your phone or your nest hub. Speaker 1: You can talk to the person, you can get notifications, [00:01:00] just if someone stops by high or leaves of package, it's magic. It's a smart doorbell with video crazy stuff. And yet it's got, two-way talk high Def resolution, a 145 degree field of view with a three, four aspect ratio, smart alerts, facial recognition, and a few other cool perks, but let's focus on those smart alerts cuz the that's what helps this model stand out. It can differentiate between people, pets, packages, and cars, [00:01:30] and you can customize which notifications it sends based on what it recognizes. So if you don't care when your neighbor's dog walks by, but you do want to know when your copy of frost Haven finally arrives. Well, you can turn off notifications for pets, but keep packages primed and better yet. You can do all of that for free. Here's how once you're set up in the Google home app, tap on your device, then hit the gear icon in the upper, right? Speaker 1: You'll see lots of options for customization [00:02:00] in here, but the events button gives you the, the most tap that and you'll get a summary of your current settings. Tap again to customize and change the details. Let's skip these first two for now and scroll down to event history here you can toggle if it'll record any or all of these four, if you want to record, but don't need a notifi. You can switch the first toggle on and leave the second one off. Or if you don't want [00:02:30] all the specifics, you can have it just record whenever it senses motion, but I like letting the smarts do their work. It helps record less extend battery life, reduce the number of notifications, the amount of footage stored the, and you can get even more specific by setting up activity zones. Let's scroll back up at a zone. Speaker 1: Then you just drag and drop these corners to put it exactly where you want it and hit the check mark better yet. Within each zone, you can customize [00:03:00] the same set of notifications. So maybe you don't care if your neighbor's dog is on the sidewalk, but you do want to know if it comes sniffing around your porch. Finally, let's manage familiar face detection up until now. Everything that we've talked about is free and that actually puts nests doorbell a little bit ahead of the competition as far as what you can get for free. And you get three hours of event storage also for free, not a lot of time, but free [00:03:30] now for facial detection, you will need a nest aware subscription that starts at $6 a month, which is a little bit more than the $3 a month for Arlo and ring. But you get a little bit more storage and facial detection back to the app, turn on face detection with a toggle and hit and manage. Speaker 1: And here you can turn on which cameras are active with it and there's nothing else to do with it. Really you'll get notifications as it recognizes people over time. And that's [00:04:00] the majority of the stuff you can jump straight to notifications from the main settings menu. You can customize your battery savings to set how much cords you can decide. If you want your smart speakers to announce visitors or ring an indoor chat note for the latter, you need to wire it to a track. And then the video and audio settings have some options for sensitivity of detection, night, vision, big quality can volume and the light, lots of standard stuff, but quite a bit of [00:04:30] free customization. So you can really tailor the notifications and event history. So you only get the info that you actually care about. Thanks for watching. If you enjoy the video, please hit the thumbs up button and subscribe to CNET. How to do it all channel for much more.

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