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Get started with your Nest camera

With Google Nest cameras, you can watch 24/7 live video of your home, get activity alerts sent to your phone when something happens, save video clips, and more. This article will help you get started with some of your Nest Cam’s most popular features.

For Nest doorbells, follow how to get started using your video doorbell.

Install your camera

Select your camera below to download your product’s user manual or set up your Nest Cam.

Note: If you’re having trouble opening the instructions above, you may need to download and install a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

How to watch and share camera video

Nest Cams have several ways for you to view, edit, and share your camera’s video. You can watch live video and recorded history with the app. You can also share your video stream or clips from your history with others.

Camera notifications and settings

Your Nest camera will send notifications to your phone when something happens, but if you’re getting too many alerts or not enough, you may want to change the settings. You can also add a Nest Aware subscription to get more meaningful alerts and filter out ones you don’t want.

Nest Aware subscriptions

With a Nest Aware subscription, your camera can let you know when it sees a stranger, a familiar face, or when something happens in a pre-defined area of your camera’s view.

Troubleshooting camera issues

These articles explain what to do when you encounter an error code in the app, if you have video streaming or playback issues, if your camera shows offline or Wi-Fi connectivity issues, or if there’s an issue with your camera’s audio.


To find warranty information for your camera, go to Google Nest warranties.

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