Smart speakers as doorbell chimes

Based on Wyze FAQ, we can use smart speakers as doorbell chimes.
What I was expecting is hear chime from my Goole home speacker but I can hear nothing and also can’t find any related option even if Add Wyze doorbell v2 in Google home.

I’m having the same issue. I installed the new doorbell today without any significant difficulty and was able to link it to Google Home, where it shows up with other cameras on my network. I can see the live stream in the Google Home app, on a Google Home Hub smart display, and on a Google TV, but I haven’t yet seen any options in the Wyze or Google Home apps to enable any kind of chime or notification triggered by the new doorbell.

Crease, You got further than I did. I get no live stream on any Google device. The device shows as a camera in Google Home but I get no video on any device. GH shows as trying to connect but never loads any video. Unlinked/relinked Wyze in the GH ecosystem twice. No change.

That’s frustrating. Looking at it once today in the Google Home app, I got the “Connecting” message with the spinning indicator for several seconds before it gave up and showed “Live video unavailable”. Fortunately, the “Retry” button on that screen worked for me in that instance.

Back to the original topic of this thread, I asked on Wyze’s Discord server about using Google Home smart speakers as a chimes and @carverofchoice shared a helpful link from another forum thread, which worked for me. I haven’t yet taken the time to read that entire thread, but I did see a link there that describes the “doorbell press event”, and from there I learned that there’s a Google Home for web tool that allows automation scripting, so I might play with that when I can devote some time to it.

Hopefully you at least had a successful installation of the doorbell and can use it in the Wyze app. If you’re like me, part of your interest in these sorts of things is specifically getting them integrated into Google Home so that you and other family members can use that as a one-stop shop for interacting with your smart things and also have those things talk to your other things (like having live camera feeds show up on your smart displays). Having said that, there are cameras in this house from another manufacturer that won’t show me a live feed in the Google Home app but will show me the feed if I ask Google Assistant to stream it on a TV or Hub. I’m sure someone who knows more about these things than I do can explain that.

As frustrating as it is when these things don’t work as expected (and I definitely get frustrated with technology), sometimes I step back and think about how amazing it is that these things work together at all for me as an end user. Clearly people a lot smarter than I am have spent a lot of time designing systems and devices that work in a way that seems simple and makes it easy for me as an average person to use.

I don’t imagine any of this helps your situation, but maybe something in that other thread will.

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Thanks for the additional info. I’ve returned my vdbv2 and am not testing any further for now. I may try again after the first of the year unless I select a different doorbell before then. I sincerely hope that Wyze addresses some of the issues. If I give it another try and it’s the same situation, I may have to bail on Wyze.
I am a tech person. Worked with it including product design, development and test most of my career. While I get that the integration across ecosystems is challenging, I fully expect what they advertise as working, to simply work. That was the case with my Wyze v1 cameras. That is not the case with this new product. The cynic in me feels that Wyze is chasing the money and exponential growth at the expense of delivering on their products.

Thanks again!

I can relate to that feeling, too. I don’t know how many times I’ve thought, “Why aren’t you guys improving the firmware for this thing that I already have instead of rolling out so many new products?” The perfectionist in me wants to make the thing that I’ve already spent time working on better rather than shifting my focus to something else, but I realize not everyone operates that way.

I agree, which is why it’s disappointing that their FAQ touts the ability to use existing smart speakers as additional chimes, but this doesn’t seem to be the case out of the box (and it isn’t the first time Wyze has promoted a feature for a product on their Web site when that product didn’t actually have said feature). That’s not cool.

I hope you can find something that works well for you. For me, this thing came out when I happened to be looking, and the fact that it was advertised to work with a home’s existing doorbell chime (and that part actually does work for me) was what tipped the scales, even though I was hesitant because it’s such a new product.

Since you mentioned the possibility of selecting a different doorbell, I’ll mention my only other experience with these things so far: About a month and a half ago I installed a wired Arlo doorbell (which, incidentally, also triggers the existing doorbell chime) for my sister and brother-in-law because that’s what my brother-in-law bought. I’m a member of their Google Home household because I visit and house- and pet-sit and install and configure things for them sometimes (like the smart switches for their outside lights while I was doing the doorbell). Back at my own home, I can sometimes pull up their doorbell live feed on my Google TV even though they’re in another state, but lately (including today), I haven’t been able to get that live feed even in the Google Home app; it just says “Connecting” (which sounds like your experience with the Wyze doorbell). I know that the device is working, though, because my sister sent me a clip today after the doorbell captured a cat walking up her sidewalk and then sent her an alert that it had detected an animal. I don’t have the Arlo app because I don’t need that kind of access, so I don’t know if that needs any fiddling in order to get the feed working again in Google Home, but my brother-in-law can troubleshoot that if it becomes important to him. Still, that seems similar to your experience with the Wyze device, so that’s why I mention it.

One other note about the Arlo: It’s got a built-in battery which allows it to send a “tamper” notification and video if someone uses the provided tool (or a paperclip) to pop it out of its mount and disconnects the wires, but that same battery means there’s a waiting game when you reconnect it to power. Their documentation says that you should give it 15 minutes for the battery to drain power before it will power up from the wires and reconnect to Wi-Fi. That was a minor frustration for me because the wedge mount they include didn’t give me enough of an angle for the view/coverage I wanted, so I fabricated something else, which meant that I disconnected and reconnected the thing several times over the course of a couple of days…and had to w…a…i…t for the battery/power to reset each time before it would get back on the Wi-Fi.

That’s just my experience with that device. I don’t know if any issues like that would affect your decision, but I wanted to put it out there in case you’re shopping. Now I’ll wrap this up because I’ve gone way off topic.

Thanks for the Arlo info. I have looked at most that are out there. I want a wired doorbell and local storage. I’m not a fan of subscriptions. But, we’re I to consider one, the Wyze Cam Plus subscription would be at the top of my list. Or, it used to be.

That “wait for the battery to discharge” feature sounds semi-useful except when you’re installing and testing the device. That would be very frustrating!

yes, this works well.

You’re welcome. I was looking for the same features you want, and I didn’t want to completely bypass the existing chime, especially since I was installing this for my mom. A doorbell should sound like a doorbell—and continue to get the pets’ attention! I also wanted something that I expected to be a straightforward integration since other Wyze devices are already in use in the house and linked to Google Home.

Neither am I. Neither is at least one of the Wyze marketing people, according to what she said during the Wyze Week Community Fireside on Discord. I like things that I can have and use without mandatory recurring costs.

It was, especially because I like to do good work, particularly if I’m doing it for someone else, and I kept thinking, “What am I doing wrong? This thing popped right onto the Wi-Fi the first time!” Then I found an article in Arlo’s knowledge base that says, “Turn the circuit breaker off and wait until the battery dies. This will take around 10 to 15 minutes.” A’ight, I guess I’ll take this time to put away some tools and do something else for a while…

The first time I took it off the wall after I installed it, I walked into the house with it in my hand and my sister said that she’d just gotten a tamper alert on her phone, and it was still sending her a live feed, so, yeah, I can see how it could be a useful feature in the right conditions.

One thing I did like about installing the Arlo was the clear and easy installation instructions in their app (using my brother-in-law’s phone, because he’s going to manage it). When I installed the Wyze doorbell, I expected a step to select the chime type (mechanical or digital, like in the Arlo app), but that didn’t happen at all during installation. I found it in the settings myself and chose an appropriate option, and that made the ding-dong work. Much later, I’ve now seen a “Choose Your Chime Type” pop-up prompt in the Wyze app when I’ve selected the new doorbell. That’s frustrating for at least two reasons:

  1. The app should recognize that a chime type has already been chosen.
  2. This should’ve been presented as a step in the installation workflow.

It’s a new product. Clearly they have some kinks to work out, but this seems like a big step to leave out, and I wonder how many users are having problems getting their doorbells to ring during and immediately after installation because it’s missing.

I’m way off topic again. Good luck!

I’m confused by this comment. Are you saying that using smart speakers as doorbell chimes works well for you? If it does and you’ve been able to use that feature without a workaround, I’d be very interested to learn more details.

I see your “Beta” badge, so maybe you have some app or firmware version that hasn’t yet been released to production and pushed out to the masses. :man_shrugging:

I think this is what you’re asking?

Please specify which model of the doorbell you are using for the Button Press Trigger in your Alexa Routine.

I am using the VDBv1 in the same way, to have a routine to Announce on all my Dots and to launch a live stream on my FireTV Stick. However, I believe that the current problem is that the VDBv2 lacks the Button Press Trigger.

Those with the VDBPro and VDBv2 feel free to ring in so we can get the correct info.

I have the Wyze video doorbell Pro.

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That helps, yeah. Thanks for the additional information.

Without more context, I wasn’t sure what your previous comment meant or what your antecedent for “this” was. I appreciate the clarification, and I’m glad it’s working for you!

@SlabSlayer, I’m using a Video Doorbell v2 with Google Home. Since the original post in this topic referred to the FAQ for that product, I’ve been operating on the assumption that it’s a discussion specific to that product, but I also like learning what other users’ experiences have been with previous doorbells. Not being an Alexa user, I didn’t know that the the older Wyze doorbells could use Echo devices as additional chimes, which is pretty cool. Now I want that feature with my new doorbell and Google devices! :grin:

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This topic was created based on the problems users are experiencing with the VDBv2. It is tagged only with the VDBv2 tag.

To compare against the older VDBv1 what automation integration functionality your VDBv2 is missing, the VDBv1:

Alexa Triggers:

Google Home Triggers: None