How to extend the battery life of your Nest Doorbell (2023)

When deciding whether to buy a wired or battery-powered Nest Doorbell, there are a few things to consider: How long does the battery really last and how can I extend it? This guide will walk you through the issue and hopefully help you extend the battery life of your Nest Doorbell.

Table of contents

  • Power options for the Nest Doorbell
  • Nest Doorbell battery life
  • How to extend the battery life of the Nest Doorbell
    • awaken sensitivity
    • video quality
    • Maximum duration of the event
    • Stop checking your live stream
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Power options for the Nest Doorbell

IsNest doorbell mayto be connected. This way you can keep the Nest doorbell on permanently and forget to charge the battery. Unfortunately, the benefits pretty much end in never having to charge the battery.Even if you have the Nest Doorbell plugged in, you won't get 24/7 recordingUnlike the old Nest Hello, which is wired only. If you don't have existing doorbell wiring, you can always opt for itconnect it to a solar panel.

If you leave the Nest doorbell tethered at home, you'll have to worry about charging the battery via USB-C from time to time. Charging is a breeze as the doorbell can be detached from the base and plugged in anywhere in your home. Please note that a full charge can take around 4 hours. Likewise, there's no 24/7 recording, largely due to the need to keep the battery going for as long as possible before the doorbell needs to be charged. The upside isConnect the Nest Doorbell to an apartmentIt's quick and easy.

Nest Doorbell battery life

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to that, no matter what some might have you believe. In general, the Nest Doorbell battery should last around 2.5 months, literally. That is of course entirely up to you. You'll also know what to expect from your Nest Doorbell's battery. The Google Home app will give you an estimated remaining battery life on the doorbell page.

There are a few factors that determine how much battery your doorbell uses:

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  • sensitivity
  • video quality
  • duration of the event
  • Climate

Each of these factors plays an important role in determining yourNest Doorbell battery life. If you choose a high sensitivity, your device will wake up constantly and cause unnecessary recordings. Higher video quality also drains your battery as the device transmits more information to the cloud. On top of that, the long duration of events causes longer recordings which, coupled with maximum video quality, drains your battery like nobody else. Fortunately, these settings are easy to adjust.

What's not easy to set is the outside temperature unless you know something I don't. In cold-weather situations, Nest devices like the Nest Cam and Doorbell are thereprone to poor battery lifeand theCannot charge when connected to doorbell wiring. These circumstances really can't be avoided, although you should keep them in mind if you notice poor performance from your Nest Doorbell. Going forward, Google plans to release a second-generation wired Nest doorbell that doesn't need charging at all to avoid the persistent problem.

How to extend the battery life of the Nest Doorbell

The Nest Doorbell is incredibly easy to customize and configure. Through the Google Home app, you can change all of the above settings as many times as you want to get a feel for what really extends your doorbell's battery.

Personally, the changes I've made have made a huge difference and brought me closer to the 2.5 month promise that Google makes for the device. To find settings to extend the battery life of your Nest Doorbell:

  1. Go to on your mobile deviceGoogle HomeApplication
  2. touch yoursNest doorbell.
  3. Tap thefacility equipmenttop right.
  4. blowVideo.

Here are some of the settings that were mentioned earlier, as well as a few others that can have a significant impact on battery life.

awaken sensitivity

Trigger sensitivity is the amount of movement the camera needs at a given distance to start recording an event. By default, this setting is set to Half. That means you'll get a pretty decent range for your doorbell to detect people, cars, or animals. For the best battery life, we recommend setting the sensitivity toLow.

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I understand. you want powerrecord everything that happens. Well, here's the thing. With a doorbell, the main reason for using it revolves around the people who come to your door. At the lowest sensitivity, the Nest doorbell will absolutely detect people in front of your door and alert you.

the bell of the nestmayused as a security device, although Google's Nest Cams are best suited for this purpose. By leaving the Nest doorbell's activation sensitivity at a low level, you can still see what's going on outside your door and significantly improve battery life, especially if you live on a busy street.

video quality

By default, the Nest Doorbell has a video quality of 960 x 1280 at 30 fps. That might not sound like much, but in practice it's more than enough to identify people at your door. If you want to identify people walking on the street in front of your house, you can set the quality to the maximum so that the doorbell can transmit with the highest quality.

Set the quality to for the longest battery lifeAlt. While it may not be the best, it won't get your doorbell to broadcast everything it has over your internet connection. Believe it or not, that absorbs the power.

Maximum duration of the event

Every time the Nest doorbell detects motion, it starts recording and sends it to secure servers where you can view it in the Google Home app. Depending on the set event duration, this recording can last up to 3 full minutes. Setting it to 3 minutes or even just 1 minute per event can drain your battery depending on how busy your front door is.

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Well, this setup is a bit balanced. The lowest setting is 10 seconds, which feels too short, especially when there's an unfamiliar person near your door. On the other hand, 3 minutes may be too long. Depending on how comfortable you feel, you should adjust the duration of the recording. For me 30 seconds is enough and it won't kill the battery.

Remember, every time someone rings your doorbell, your camera will automatically record and send the full 3 minutes of video to your devices. The same applies to emergencies.

Stop checking your live stream

This might be the hardest and most important. When the Nest doorbell arrived and was first installed, I couldn't walk five minutes without checking what was on the other side of the door. Unfortunately, this drained the battery by almost 10 percent in just a few days. As long as you only catch the live stream when you need it, your battery should last a while.

By changing these settings, you can get six weeks or more more battery life with the Nest Doorbell. Everyone's experience can be wildly different, especially with the amount of activity on your doorstep, but this is a good place to start. Let us know what helped you extend your Nest Doorbell's battery life and if these tips made a difference.

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