How to change which camera has a 1st gen Nest Aware subscription

Note: This article is about 1st gen Nest Aware subscriptions.

  • You have a 1st gen Nest Aware subscription if you have separate subscriptions for each camera in your home.
  • You can only buy 1st gen subscriptions if you don't use a Google Account to sign into the Nest app.

If you have one camera with a 1st gen Nest Aware subscription and another camera without a subscription, you can’t move the subscription between your cameras. Once a subscription has been assigned to a camera, it can’t be moved to a different one.

If you need to change which area of your home is covered by video history with a 1st gen Nest Aware subscription, you can either swap your cameras, or cancel your old subscription and buy a new one, if you want.

Move your cameras

If your cameras are in the same home, you can physically move them – especially if the cameras are on a stand or attached to the same type of base. You can simply swap their locations and rename them.

To swap the location of two cameras in the same home:

  1. Unplug both cameras, move each one to its new physical location, and plug them back in. The cameras will start up and automatically reconnect to your existing Wi-Fi network.
  2. Use the Nest app to update each camera’s “where” label.
Important: If you have another home in the Nest app, don’t just physically swap cameras between homes.  If you need to move a subscription to a camera in your other home, see the section below.

Purchase a new subscription and cancel your current one

Note: If you  haven’t migrated to a Google Account, you can buy additional 1st gen Nest Aware subscriptions.

If you can’t physically swap your cameras as described above, you’ll need to purchase a new 1st gen Nest Aware subscription for the camera that doesn’t have one. You can keep your current subscription on your other camera or cancel it. 

Don’t remove your camera from the Nest app. When you purchase the new subscription, you can assign it to any camera in your account that doesn’t currently have a subscription.


Important: 

  • Cancellation happens immediately and can't be reversed.
  • All video history, settings, and preferences related to the subscription will be erased. However, clips and timelapses you created will be saved to your account in the Nest app and can still be accessed on a computer as long as you have a camera added to the app.
  • When you cancel a 1st gen Nest Aware subscription, you will be issued a refund or credit. For more details, see FAQs about Nest Aware.
  • If you’ve migrated to a Google Account and cancelled all of your 1st gen Nest Aware subscriptions, you won’t be able to sign up for it again, but you can sign up for Nest Aware.

Canceling your subscription works differently depending on how you originally purchased it.

  • If you purchased the 1st gen Nest Aware subscription directly from Google Nest, you can cancel the subscription and purchase a new one in the Nest store.
  • If you purchased the 1st gen Nest Aware subscription from one of our partners, contact the partner to learn about your options for canceling and re-subscribing. For more information, including how to tell if you purchased your subscription from a partner, visit our FAQs about purchasing Nest Aware through one of our partners.
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