It took a while, but you no longer need to use an app just to monitor your home through a current-gen Nest camera. As The edge explains, Google has introduced a preview home.google.com portal that offers web viewing for the latest Nest Cam and Nest Doorbell models. You cannot watch the recorded video, but you can capture the live stream, zoom in, and turn the cameras on or off.
The feature will be rolling out over the next week to battery-powered and wired Nest Cam models (including projector, indoor, outdoor, and IQ variants) as well as the battery-powered Nest Doorbell and its two wired counterparts (the Nest Hello and Doorbell second-gen). You can wake up all battery devices.
Google already offered web view for Nest cameras, but that support hasn’t been extended to products launching in 2021. Chief executive Rishi Chandra told customers that web view will be available this year. It’s unclear what kept these newer models from just using the old home.nest.com portal, but it’s safe to say it was frustrating when many competing cameras had web support.
Whatever the reason, Web Viewer makes newer Nest cameras and doorbells more useful. You can check the front door or a pet from your work computer rather than pulling out your phone. Google also points out that it will continue to add “more popular camera features” over time, so you may not need the mobile app as much in the future.