It’s been a year since Google refreshed its line of Nest smart home products with a new Nest Doorbell (wired, 2nd gen) alongside a redesigned Google Home app. Prior to this, Google had been working to replace the Nest app with the Home app for setting up, controlling and automating compatible smart home devices. But to this date, the whole process has been confusing and frustrating for owners of both old and new-gen Nest products.

The new-gen Nest cameras are only compatible with the Google Home app. But despite Google making it official, the Nest community forum is still littered with multiple reports from people still frustrated with this shift. I’d be lying if I said I don’t like what Google is doing with the switch from Nest app to Home app. After all, you don’t need two apps to manage devices from the same company.

While the redesigned Google Home app has since left preview and is now available for everyone to install on iOS and Android, there’s still much to do to level up things. Many will agree that the Google Home app is still lacking in terms of features. But what’s even more frustrating is the time Google is taking to address a mess they created for Nest users.

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Up until now, Google hasn’t migrated the good things that the Nest app did better to the Home app, something I’ve been quite open about. For a process that started in 2019, its quite embarrassing, especially for a company of Google’s caliber.

The Home app, which is now Google’s focus, supports the new Nest cameras. However, the older cameras that are already installed in millions of homes are pretty much useless on this app. You still need the Nest app to work with the old-gen Nest cameras, which is absurd considering how long it’s been since Google announced the transition. But to their defense, Google did point out that the process could take time to get things right.

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All key Nest features missing in the Google Home app & website

No doubt the redesigned Google Home app is a delight to use. Besides a fresh look, you also get a bunch of features using this app, among them quick actions, alerts and notifications, grouping devices, spaces for quickly viewing and controlling groups of similar devices, and automation. But still, more than two years later, you’re missing out on several other features that are available in the Nest app.

When Google introduced the new Nest cameras, the Home app was missing features like a web client, scrollable timeline, ability to create and download custom video clips, and so on. But Google has done a pretty decent job with the redesigned Home app by adding some of these features to the app. Still, we’re nowhere near feature parity between the Home and Nest experience.

To this end, a frustrated Nest user made an embarrassingly long list of features that are available in the Nest app and website yet Google hasn’t added them to the Home app and website and we’ve shared it below.

Feature Nest app Nest website Home app Home website
Scrubbing live continuous video Yes Yes New cams only No
Scrubbable timeline in landscape & portrait Yes Yes No No
Create & download custom video clips Yes Yes No No
Color-coded zone-based clip events Yes Yes No No
Hour/Min/Sec increments Yes Yes No No
Feature Nest app Nest website Home app Home website
Create timelapse No Yes No No
Event view vs continuous 24/7 toggle Yes Yes No No
Pause, Rewind/Fast-forward 15-sec buttons Yes Yes No No
Jump to live view button Yes Yes No No
Pop-out live view No Yes No No
Feature Nest app Nest website Home app Home website
Zoom lock with high-res video Yes Yes No No
Volume slider Yes Yes No No
Fullscreen mode Yes Yes No No
Save clip/event to manager, camera roll or computer Yes Yes New cams only No
Manage & rename clips Yes No No No
Feature Nest app Nest website Home app Home website
Share clip (URL) Yes No No No
Share clip on social media No Yes No No
Video history calendar Yes Yes No No
Zone creation & management Yes Yes No No
Email notifications Yes No No No
Feature Nest app Nest website Home app Home website
Cam config: Notification settings Yes Yes No No
Cam config: Loud noises on/off Yes Yes No No
Cam config: Zone activity type management Yes Yes No No
Cam config: Out of zone activity management Yes Yes No No
Cam config: Auto geofencing on/off Yes Yes No No
Feature Nest app Nest website Home app Home website
Cam config: Schedule management Yes Yes No No
Cam config: Quality/Bandwidth Yes Yes No No
Cam config: Face detection Yes Yes No No
Cam config: Night vision options Yes Yes No No
Cam config: Camera sharing Yes Yes No No
Feature Nest app Nest website Home app Home website
Cam config: Status light management Yes Yes No No
Cam config: Mic management Yes Yes No No
Doorbell config: Chime on/off Yes Yes No No
Doorbell config: Quick response spoken language Yes Yes No No
Video preview animated push notifications Yes Yes No No
Feature Nest app Nest website Home app Home website
Adjust microphone sensitivity Yes No No No

It’s worth noting that we haven’t fully tested every one of these features internally, so be sure to chime in with your input via the comments in case you notice something is off. We’ll be sure to make updates accordingly now and in future when the status of these features changes.

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Tech has been my playground for over a decade. While the Android journey began early, it truly took flight with the revolutionary Lollipop update. Since then, it's been a parade of Android devices (with a sprinkle of iOS), culminating in a happy marriage with Google's smart home ecosystem. Expect insightful articles and explorations of the ever-evolving world of Android and Google products coupled with occasional rants on the Nest smart home ecosystem – all delivered with a dash of personal experience and a playful touch of tech.

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