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Video history in the Google Home app

Video history is Nest's cloud-based video recording and storage service. Your Google Nest camera or doorbell automatically stores video securely to the cloud so you can access it anytime. Use this article to learn more about how to access video history for your cameras in the Google Home app.

  • Newer cameras and doorbells (launched in 2021 or later) have their video history timeline in the Home app.
    Note: Older Nest cameras and doorbells (launched prior to 2021) that have been migrated to the Home app also have their video history timeline in the Home app.
  • For older Nest cameras and doorbells (launched prior to 2021) that haven't been migrated to the Home app, find the video history timeline in the Nest app instead.
  • For any Nest camera or doorbell model, you can also find a list of recorded camera events in the Home app's Activity .

Learn how to view video history on Google Home for web.

Find your camera's video history

To access your camera's video history:

  1. Open the Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap Favorites or Devices .
  3. Select your camera.
  4. You can view video history under the camera’s live view, either a timeline or list of events. To switch between views, tap Timeline Sightline button or Events list Event history button.

Video history controls

  • Slide your finger up or down on the timeline or events list to scroll through your camera's video history.
  • Tap an event to play the recorded video. To switch back to the live feed, tap Live .
  • To skip from one event to the previous or next one in the timeline view, tap Forward or Reverse .
    • Note: If you tap Reverse while playing an event clip, it'll replay from the beginning.
  • Tap Pause .
  • To switch between a full screen or split screen view of the feed, tap Expand or Collapse .

What your camera's timeline means

  • Recorded events are marked as blue on the timeline.
  • For event video history, the time between recorded events when there's no activity appears as gaps in the timeline.
  • For 24/7 video history, footage with no activity is marked as gray on the timeline. If there are gaps in the 24/7 video history, then the camera was either turned off or offline.

Get more information about recorded events

In the events list, you can find the following information for each event:

  • Type of event
  • Date and time
  • Duration of event

To get more details about the recorded event, tap Info Info Icon.

To download the event, tap Controls Menu and then Save clip.

To get a list of recorded events for your camera in the home history, tap Controls Menu and then History.

Note: How far back in time you're able to review recorded events depends on what Nest Aware subscription you have.

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