How to program a schedule for your Nest camera

If you’d like your camera to turn on and off at specific times regardless of whether someone’s home, follow the steps in this article to set up a manual schedule.

You can schedule your camera to turn off and on again up to 32 times per week. For example, you can schedule your camera to turn off on Wednesdays from 6 AM to 8 AM so it doesn't stream video when you're getting out of bed. You can also schedule the camera to turn off between 5 PM and 10 PM so it won't stream video between the time you get home from work and when you go to bed.

Don't use Home/Away Assist at the same time

Whenever your camera's schedule is turned on, you should turn off Home/Away Assist. Home/Away Assist automatically turns your camera on when you leave and turns it off when you come home (how it works). So if you're using both Home/Away Assist and a manual schedule, there may be times when your camera gets conflicting information about whether it should be on or off. Use one or the other, never both at the same time. To turn off Home/Away Assist, see our article about how to change Home/Away Assist settings.

Tip: If you have other Nest products in your home, you can keep Home/Away Assist on for them. You only need to turn it off for any cameras currently using a schedule.

How to create a camera schedule 

  1. On the Nest app home screen, select the camera that you want to create a schedule for.

  2. Tap Settings  Schedule.

  3. Tap the switch to toggle Schedule On/Off. An editable daily schedule will appear when you toggle the switch on.

  4. Pick the day of the week that you want to schedule.

    Note: By default, your camera is scheduled to be on all the time. In the next steps, we'll be scheduling times for the camera to turn off. At the end of the scheduled off time, your camera turns back on.

  5. Select Add time (on a phone and tablet) or Add (on a computer).

  6. Set the time you want your camera to turn off and when you'd like it to turn on again.

  7. If you want the same schedule to repeat over several days, select Repeat and choose the days you'd like to use this schedule. Otherwise, you can go back and set different schedules for each day of the week.

    Note: If you schedule your camera to turn off at a certain time, but it's already past that time when you set the schedule, your camera won't turn off until the next time it's scheduled to be off. It will follow its regular schedule after that.

  8. Once you're ready to start using the schedule you've set, turn off Home/Away Assist. See our article about how to change Home/Away Assist settings.

How to turn your camera's schedule on or off 

You can switch between using your schedule and using Home/Away Assist to turn your camera on and off. If you turn off your camera's schedule, the app will remember the times and days you set, so you can simply turn the schedule back on again when you're ready.

  1. On the Nest app home screen, select your Google Nest camera.

  2. Tap Settings   Schedule.

  3. Tap the switch to toggle Schedule On/Off.

Tip: Be sure to turn off Home/Away Assist whenever you turn on the schedule for your camera. See our article about how to change Home/Away Assist settings.

 

 

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