Part of the beauty of the smart home is how products from unrelated companies can work seamlessly together.
For this example, we'll show you how to add the new Wyze Cam v3 to your Google Home account. Once you have done this, you can ask the Google Assistant to display a live video feed from the camera on your Google/Nest smart displays, or on any television connected to a Chromecast device.
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This can be useful, as it saves you reaching for your phone and opening the Wyze app to check on your security cameras. Instead, just ask Google to show a live feed on the nearest available display or television.
Multiple cameras can be added to Google Home (from a range of manufacturers) and these instructions work just the same for Wyze's older Cam v2 as well.
Before we get started, you will need to set up the Cam v3 using the Wyze smartphone application (free for iOS and Android). This is generally true of most smart home devices, where they must be set up using the manufacturer's own app before adding the device to your Google Home or Amazon Alexa system. For more on setting up and using the Wyze Cam v3, the GearBrain review is here.
Once you have done that, you need to connect your Google and Wyze account together. To do this, follow these instructions:
- Make sure your smartphone and camera are connected to the same Wi-Fi network
- Open the Google Home app
- Tap the + icon in the top-left corner
- Tap on Set Up Device
- Tap on the second option, called "Have something already set up?"
You now need to search for the manufacturer of the device, which in this case is Wyze. Next, follow the on-screen instructions to pair your Google and Wyze accounts, which will require you to log into the latter with your email address and password.
Finally, allow Google to use your Wyze device list (that is, to see the names of your Wyze device and use those in the Google Home app).
Adding a Wyze camera to Google HomeGearBrain
Now just pick the Wyze device you want to add to Google Home, which in my case is the new Cam v3 called Back Yard Cam. You can then aside the camera to a room within the Google Home app, or create a new one. I made a new room called Back Yard and assigned the camera there.
The camera now appears on the home screen of the Google Home app. From there I can change its name, home and room, or unlike my Wyze account from Google Home. What's not possible here is to actually view the camera's video feed.
To do this, you need to speak to a Google or Nest smart display, or ask the Google Assistant on any device to show the camera on your Android TV-equipped television, or a TV connected to a Google Chromecast dongle.
You can issue commands like: "Hey Google, stream my camera" or: "Okay Google, stream my camera on the living room TV". The latter assumes you have a Chromecast in your home called 'Living Room TV'.
I found the Google Assistant to be quite fussy about how I describe the camera. Despite it being called Back Yard Camera, asking the Assistant on my Google Home display for this didn't work. Instead, I had to specifically say "Stream my camera", at which point a live feed from the camera appeared.
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