Data security & privacy on Google Clips

Is Google Clips always on or always capturing?
No. Google Clips isn't always on, and it only captures when you decide to start capturing. Twist the camera lens clockwise to start capturing. When Clips is on, you'll see the light pulsing on the front. When you're done, twist the lens back to stop.

Is everything my camera sees being sent to Google?
No. Google Clips runs all image processing, analysis, and capture locally on your camera. Images and familiar faces the camera generates are all stored on the device itself and clips your camera captures can only be viewed in the Google Clips app using a direct Wi-Fi connection between the camera and your phone. Just like a point-and-shoot camera, imagery Google Clips captures never leaves your camera unless you decide to save or share it. If you decide to save clips to Google Photos, clips will be backed up to your Google Account if you have backup & sync turned on in the Google Photos app.

How can I know when Google Clips is capturing?
Google Clips lights up when it's on so people can know what it does and when you're capturing. You can see when your camera is or isn't capturing by checking the LED on the front of the device or by checking the Google Clips app. Your camera only captures when you decide to start capturing by twisting the lens clockwise.

How does Google Clips help others know it's a camera and when it's capturing?
Google Clips was designed and engineered with the privacy of Clips users, their families, and their friends in mind. Clips looks like a camera and it lights up when it's on so people can know what Clips does and when it's capturing. Clips was also designed to work best up close: The camera focuses on faces that are 3 to 8 feet away so that people know when they're in the shot.

How do I delete a clip that I don't want from my camera?
You can delete clips you've captured in the Google Clips app. Swipe left on a clip to permanently delete it from your camera.

Does Google Clips share my information with other apps, advertisers, or companies?
Google Clips adhere's to Google's Privacy Policy. When you capture content with Google Clips, all clips are stored on your camera and are not made available to anyone except you, including Google or other apps or companies. If you save a clip from your camera to your phone using the Google Clips app, clips are saved to your phone's media storage or Camera Roll. Any apps that you have granted access to your media may have access to saved clips. For example, if you decide to save clips to Google Photos, clips will be backed up to your Google Account if you have backup & sync turned on in the Google Photos app.

Are Familiar Faces generated by Google Clips backed up to Google or shared with other apps, advertisers, or companies?
Familiar Faces generated by Google Clips are stored locally on your camera and are not shared with Google or other apps or companies.

How does Google Clips learn who's important to me for Familiar Faces?
As you capture with Clips, your camera learns to recognize the faces of people it sees most often and helps you capture more moments of them. Your camera does this by using on-device machine learning, detecting and recognizing faces, and remembering who it's seen before and how often. You can also teach your camera to recognize specific people by taking a portrait  with the camera's shutter button or by letting Google Clips analyze photos downloaded from Google Photos (Android only). We call these important people "familiar faces," and the data and models that power this feature are stored and run on the camera itself–not in the cloud.

How do I stop Google Clips from capturing?
When you're done capturing clips with your camera, simply twist the camera lens counter-clockwise until it stops. You can see when your camera is or isn't capturing by checking the LED on the front of the device or opening the Google Clips app. It's as easy as that.

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