How to change your doorbell ringtone

A video doorbell is a high-tech upgrade for your front door, adding visual voicemail to your door and a notification of who’s there on your smartphone or smart display. Another fun and little-known feature of smart doorbells is the ability to change the ringtone of the doorbell.

Depending on the model, you can change the sound of the doorbell itself or the sound of the electronic chime inside your home. For example, Nest video doorbells can use different tones at the front door, but Ring and Arlo doorbells only change the sound of compatible digital doorbells inside your home.

Changing the sounds of your video doorbell is fun to do for the holidays — Ring and Google have Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holiday-themed chimes — or just to sound nicer when your visitors come knocking. Here’s a guide to changing your video doorbell ringtone.

The Google Nest doorbell can play a variety of themes from its built-in speaker.
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Google’s Nest Doorbell battery and wired Nest Doorbell (first and second generation) can change their “doorbell theme” in the Google Home app. At certain times of the year, you might only have one doorbell theme to choose from, but Google periodically adds seasonal themes. For example, during winter holidays, there are Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year and Christmas doorbell sounds, and Halloween/autumn holiday themes are coming for October and November.

Echo smart speakers can also be chimes for a Ring doorbell, and you can change the sound the Echo plays when someone presses the doorbell using the Amazon Alexa app.


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