SkyBell + Nest Protect – Helping make a safer home at the front door


The true promise of the smart home is to combine the power of separate products to improve to a customer’s life. Today, we take another meaningful step in giving SkyBell HD customers another way to help make a safer home.

As part of the Works with Nest Protect API program, we’ve created a way for your SkyBell HD to visually inform you when it is unsafe for you to enter your home if there is a smoke or carbon monoxide threat.

How does it work?

When the Nest Protect triggers a smoke or carbon monoxide warning, the SkyBell HD will automatically blink red – providing a visual warning that it is unsafe to enter your home.

Now you can tell a child that it is not safe to go inside if they see SkyBell HD blinking red.

We hope that you’ll never need to use this automation, yet we hope that it helps keep you or your family safe if the circumstances arise.

How to get started

To join your SkyBell and Nest accounts, go to My Account on your SkyBell HD app and Connect to your Nest account with your Nest credentials. For each SkyBell HD device you want to connect, go to device settings and enable your Nest Protect. Your existing Nest Cam integration won’t be affected.

More than a sum of parts

By themselves, the Nest Protect and SkyBell HD are great products. Together, they’re even more powerful in helping consumers enjoy and benefit from smart home technology.

This is the first time a smart smoke detector and a smart doorbell can work together to help bring more ways for consumers to stay safe. It’s the result of both teams working hard to determine the most meaningful ways to empower users through connected technology.

Our Second Integration with Nest

SkyBell HD now works with the Nest Protect and the Nest Cam. The Nest Cam user experience was launched last October and allows users to monitor the inside and outside of their home. You can learn more on how the SkyBell HD works with Nest Cam and Protect on our Works with Nest page.

SkyBell Connect API Program

SB-Connect-v1SkyBell HD is able to change the color of the LED button and start blinking thanks to an available command API via the SkyBell Connect API program. We listen for the Nest Protect to trigger an alert – and then we send a command to the SkyBell HD to change the color of the button and start blinking. We are the only video doorbell with this capability and the ability to change the LED color.

This product partnership is also possible thanks to SkyBell HD’s “Always On” Wi-Fi. This allows partners to send commands to SkyBell HD at any time.

With a year of development and progress, the SkyBell Connect API program is robust, stable and is currently helping the best companies in the world get the most out of a SkyBell HD.

Special Thanks

We want to thank Andrew at Nest, and the entire Works with Nest team, for helping us make this possible. They’re consummate partners and their robust Works with Nest API program provides many ways for SkyBell HD and other developers to help achieve a thoughtful home.

Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas (@apthomas) is a co-founder of SkyBell - a smart home security company that is making homes and neighborhoods safer – starting with the front door. The SkyBell Video Doorbell allows homeowners to see, hear and speak to the visitor at their door from a smartphone. Learn more:

SkyBell has raised millions in funding, was named as a 2014 CES Innovations Award Nominee and is sold via Amazon, Best Buy and Home Depot. Andrew is responsible for SkyBell’s strategy, partnerships and business development – leading SkyBell’s integration plans with Honeywell, Nest,, Amazon Echo, Apple, Comcast and IFTTT.

Before SkyBell, Andrew directed web and mobile development projects for clients after beginning his career as a member of Google’s search engine team and later providing SEO services. A sense of adventure led him to Shanghai, China where he managed web development projects for a large Chinese video game company. Andrew graduated from USC with a BBA in Finance.

Andrew shares his experience and expertise by writing and speaking. His articles have appeared on Forbes,, and Huffington Post – covering topics including startups, the Internet of Things, crowdfunding and personal growth. Andrew has been interviewed on national TV, print and industry podcasts. He is regarded as a top IoT expert and one of the rising stars in the smart home space.