Having the Nest Hello doorbell installed has many benefits that make it easier to see who is at your door. But there are also a large number of people who are interested in having customized features added or taken away. One of these special DIY features is how to install Nest Hello without chime functions. As this is a tricky question, this helpful article will do a couple of important things for you. It will tell you in full detail and step-by-step instructions on how to install your doorbell without a chime.
I will also add highly informative tips on how the Nest Hello app set-up further affects how you are notified. This is not a difficult process to do yourself and I will provide all the best information to guide you. Even if you’re from abroad or US-based, you won’t go wrong with this info given as it will be helpful for everyone involved. Let’s get started.
Beginning with Nest Hello installation
First and foremost, you do not need to be an electrician to complete this job with confidence. My experience with wiring and electricity will help you to understand what is needed and why. It all starts with what you have at the front door already. Most doorbell set-ups come with two primary items. These include an outdoor doorbell button and the indoor chime or buzzer. These are typically connected to wiring that’s located inside the wall between wooden studs or where wiring has been fed-through.
You’ll need to find the electrical junction box in your home or flat and turn-off the power. If you know already that goes to the front door or entryway, all-the-better. If you have no idea you can always opt to turn- off selected breakers until the doorbell ceases to work. If none of this works, try the main breaker that turns- off all of the main power. This will usually do the trick unless perhaps your flat is connected to a secondary breaker box located somewhere in your complex.
Once that is completed you can now safely start to unwire the outdoor doorbell and indoor chime box. You will need the appropriate tools to do this, so having a screwdriver set ready will be essential. Handheld screwdrivers are best as you can feel the tightness of the existing screws and not strip the screw heads. Using a cordless drill with screw tips is fine if you lower the torque to the lowest power setting. Remove the cover of the chime box and disconnect the electrical wires.
You can then go to the front door and remove the doorbell button as well. Leave the wires exposed but only remove the button housing. This is where you need to pay closer attention to how the outdoor button and
chime are related to each other. Are they located on the same side of the wall or is the chime located elsewhere? This is equally important since these existing wires will aid you later. You will also need to look for a wall (power) outlet that is close to where the chime box is.
This outlet is important since you will need to power your Nest Hello doorbell button. It cannot be connected to the existing electrical wiring since this tiny unit requires a specific amount of electricity. Unless you have a professional electrician supply an adapter and a hefty bill for their services, save yourself the trouble. In the next section, I will give you all the details why the Nest Hello doorbell needs a certain type of power supply.
What kind of power supply do I need?
You need a power adapter to make the Nest Hello work properly. Connecting it to the main power will fry the electronics and your new doorbell is good as toast! This power supply regulates the correct amount of voltage needed to run the camera. Sadly, the electrical differences between countries mean that wall plugs are not all equal. In the US there is a standard 110V and in the UK and Europe, it’s 220V. Ideally, you need an adapter that will deliver the right amounts of current based on the country.
- For US wiring, you will need: 10VA (16-24V AC)
- For UK/Europe, you will need: 8VA (12-24V AC)
If you can locate a power adapter that supplies these specific electrical outputs, that’s great! But here’s where it gets even more irritating… These little power adapters all come with a male output plug. Now, why is this irritating? It’s because your Nest Hello doorbell requires two wires to feed into the back of the unit. So you can do a couple of things to solve this problem. You can buy an additional power adapter directly from Google Nest Hello Or from Amazon.
Both do the same job and can be attached to the back of the Next Hello unit easily and instantly.
The Chime Connector
While it sounds like it would be a great movie to watch on Netflix starring Michael Caine, it’s not. This is a
small but important piece of the kit that comes with every Nest Hello doorbell. It will only need to be connected to your doorbell assembly if you were adding a chime. But since you’re not going to be using this, it will be left out. But does that mean your unit will function properly? When you use an indoor power unit, this hardware is not required. A chime connector is added to work on a separate circuit with a chime box.
Don’t worry- you won’t miss this little add-on unless you really need to install a chime box for later use. I recommend that you keep this inside the original box with all the rest of the left-over Nest Hello scraps.
Starting your retro-installation:
You can replace an old doorbell fitting using the existing spot where it once was mounted. This is usually a DIY nightmare since all doorbells come in different sizes and shapes. You’ll need to improvise and consider how the new unit looks when you put it over the old doorbell anchor. If it looks good, then move to the next step. This is the most efficient method of how to install Nest Hello without chime functions anyway.
1.Install the metal base anchor plate
This metal anchor can go right over an old existing doorbell base. After the excess pieces are removed from the original you can place the new anchor base in that spot. If the original drilled holes line-up, you have an easy job. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to mark new holes with a pencil. Make sure the spot where the electrical wires come out is towards the bottom portion of the oval center hole. This makes it easier for the connected wires on the back of the doorbell to fit into the wire hole’.
Depending on the type of house you have you may need to drill into wood or something harder like cement or brick. You’ll need a special drill bit that can drill into harder materials. You’ll also need anchor inserts to secure the screws once the anchor holes are drilled. Wooden houses are the easiest so at most you only need 3/32 (.6mm) as a pilot hole. After that, you can then mount the base plate. For a better angle, you can also choose to add the ‘wedge’ attachment to angle the camera. This is so the camera gets a better view of people.
2.Check the original wiring where it leads to
This will require two people and takes a bit of patience. You first start with attaching a strong pull cord that is at least 2 meters (6 feet). This twine should be attached to the chime box wires only! This can be a thin nylon cord that is sold in the hardware store. If you don’t have any, then a good length of plastic tarp twine is good too. It should be no thicker than the two wires coming out of the hole. Fold over the sides of your wire to make a small loop and tape it off tightly with electrical tape. Only the loop should be showing.
Tie your twine onto the loop using a double knot and tape that off as well so it doesn’t slip. Then you can start to pull the wire to see where it leads to. If the wires are going upward to the chime unit, you can guess that it was routed through the wall in between predrilled access holes. Look at where the chime box is located and draw a possible path where those wires are being pulled. In the worst case, you’ll need to plug-in the power supply on the other side of where the doorbell is located.
The first step is to totally disconnect your chime box electricity supply. Put electrical screw caps over the exposed wires on each wire end individually. These will keep them from being any threat later when you turn on the electricity. This is also called capping-off’ and is just for electrical safety. Using plastic electrical caps help protect the live’ end, and once they are covered, they cannot deliver electricity anywhere. You can then start to pull the remaining wire that comes out from the front doorbell. Pull it until you can see the nylon twine lead.
3.Run the wiring through to the other side
This is why you need to locate a wall plug for this purpose. In any event, the location of your chime box is where the electricity is located. It’s more common than a wall plug is often placed close-to or underneath a door chime since this is what electricians have pre-planned. You might get lucky and find that an electrical outlet is underneath or close-by where your doorbell is. On the opposite side of the wall where your twine is hidden from you, you should drill a 1⁄4- inch hole into the wall. It should be the same size hole as the doorbell wire’ hole.
Use a rounded hook that can search inside the wall space to try to snag the nylon twine lead. This can be a wire coat hanger that has a small hook bent on one end. You will feel a tug on the nylon line if you catch it. It not, then grab a small fishing lure weight and tie it to one end of the nylon line. It has to be small enough that it can fit through the wire hole’ in your doorbell. Drop the lead weight through the hole and start to fish- it down.
Chances are your little coat hanger hook tool that will snag the line as it reaches the bottom of the wall.
Pull out the lead weight and start to tie-off your electrical wire from the power supply to the twine ends. Once you’re done, slowly pull the nylon cord back through the doorbell hole. You can then attach and finish- off your doorbell assembly. Use plastic wire hangers’ to help the electrical wire stay against the inside-wall- all the way to the power supply. After everything is connected you can then turn on the electricity. Now plug in your doorbell unit and begin the next steps for using the Nest Hello doorbell.
[For the complete instructions- watch this video from Nest Hello]
You will need some internet connection in your home or flat for this to work. I recommend that you have a wireless internet connection to make this work effectively. You need at least 2.4GHz up to 5GHz for this unit to be fully effective. However, the minimum connection speed needs to be 2 Mbps (upload speed) if you only have a broadband connection. Additionally, there are often issues if you have DSL when it comes to connections. In this case, there will be troubleshooting needed to start your mobile pairing process.
Pairing your Nest Hello with your phone
Once you’ve downloaded the app, it needs to have the QR Code scanned from the back of the doorbell chime. This should be done beforehand since you don’t want to disassemble everything all over again. Once the power is on and the app is engaged, it will search for the doorbell device. Then after it has connected, you are now ready to set-up all the special parameters. But first, you need to go to the Hello settings. Disable the internal chime’ so it does not function. It will help your device last longer with this function turned off.
Setting-up special parameters
There are special settings that you can select for this unit. It can even include language that is spoken instead of an audible doorbell sound. Both visitors and your smart device can be programmed to have different notifications when they are activated. Since all of your notifications go straight to your smartphone or Google device, you’ll then select from many useful functions. This program can even recognize faces and family. In all, there are just 6 steps to the initial set-up. After that, viewing your doorbell camera is just a push of a button.
I hope this helps you understand how to install Nest Hello without chime boxes being attached. This whole project can be completed in less than a couple of hours, but you will need the right supplies. Make it easier by buying all the appropriate tools and accessories to make your installation go faster. I hope that you won’t have installation problems, so carefully look at how your doorbell is beforehand. This way you might be able to skip some steps I recommend, and your work is better for being pre-planned. Good luck!