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What you get with a Nest Aware subscription

Nest Aware is a paid subscription service you can use with your Nest products to help keep you informed about important events at your home.

Standard features and upgraded Nest Aware features are different depending on which camera, speaker or display you have and which region your home is in.

To subscribe to Nest Aware, go to the Google Store.

Nest Aware features for different products

Select your product to compare features with and without a Nest Aware subscription.

24/7 and event video history availability

We offer two types of recording for Aware subscriptions: continuous 24/7 video recording, and event video recording, where the camera or doorbell only saves video when activity is detected. This table shows you what is available for each product.  For more details, select your product below to compare features with and without a Nest Aware subscription.

 

Event video recording

24/7 continuous video recording

Nest Doorbell (battery)
battery power only

 

Nest Doorbell (battery)
when wired to power

 

Nest Camera (battery)
battery power only

 

Nest Camera (battery)
when wired to power

Nest Camera (wired)

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

Nest Doorbell (wired)

Nest Cam

Nest cameras

Note: 1st gen Nest Aware subscriptions are only available for Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Cam Outdoor, Dropcam Pro, and Nest Cam IQ Indoor, with Nest Accounts that haven’t been migrated to a Google Account.

Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Cam Outdoor, Dropcam Pro and HD

 

Nest Cam Indoor

Nest Cam Outdoor

Dropcam Pro and HD

Nest Aware

1st gen Nest Aware

No subscription

Motion or Seen events

Basic motion detection

Intelligent motion detection

Sound or Heard events

Dog barking alerts

Person speaking alerts

People and faces

Person seen alerts

Activity Zones

Motion in Activity Zone

Video Enhancements

5, 10, or 30-day continuous video history

30 days of event video history with Nest Aware

OR

10 days of continuous video history and 60 days of event video history with Nest Aware Plus**

**Continuous 24/7 video history is only available for wired Google Nest cameras and Nest Doorbell (wired). Not available for Nest Doorbell (battery), even with optional wired installation.

Nest Cam IQ Indoor, Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

 

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

Nest Aware

1st gen Nest Aware

No subscription

Motion or Seen events

Basic motion detection

Intelligent motion detection 

Sound or Heard events

Dog barking alerts

Person speaking alerts

People and faces

Person seen alerts

Familiar face alerts*

Activity Zones

Motion in Activity Zone

Video Enhancements

Supersight close-up tracking view

5, 10, or 30-day continuous video history

30 days of event video history with Nest Aware

OR

10 days of continuous video history and 60 days of event video history with Nest Aware Plus**

*Note: Familiar face alerts are not available for cameras and doorbells in the U.S. state of Illinois.

**Continuous 24/7 video history is only available for wired Google Nest cameras and Nest Doorbell (wired). Not available for Nest Doorbell (battery), even with optional wired installation.

Nest Cam (wired), Nest Cam (battery), Nest Cam with floodlight

 

Nest Cam (wired)

Nest Cam (battery)

Nest Cam with floodlight

Note: 1st gen Nest Aware is not available for these cameras.

Nest Aware

No subscription

Motion or Seen events

Basic motion detection

Intelligent motion detection

Animal detection

Sound or Heard events

Smoke and CO alerts

 

People and faces

Person seen alerts

Familiar face alerts*

Activity Zones

Motion, person, package, vehicle, or animal in Activity Zone

Video Enhancements

30 days of event video history with Nest Aware

OR

10 days of continuous video history and 60 days of event video history with Nest Aware Plus**

– 

Up to 3 hours of Event video history included

-

✔ 

*Note: Familiar face alerts are not available for cameras and doorbells in the U.S. state of Illinois.

**Continuous 24/7 video history is only available for wired Google Nest cameras and Nest Doorbell (wired). Not available for Nest Doorbell (battery), even with optional wired installation.

Nest doorbells

Nest Doorbell (wired)

 

Nest Doorbell (wired)

Doorbell with Nest Aware

Doorbell with 1st gen Nest Aware

Doorbell only

Motion or Seen events

Basic motion detection

Intelligent motion detection

Sound or Heard events

Sound detection

Person speaking alerts

People and faces

Person seen alerts

Familiar face alerts*

Packages

Package detection

Activity Zones

Motion or Seen events in Activity Zone

Package delivered or retrieved in Activity Zone

Video Enhancements

5, 10, or 30-day continuous 24/7 video history

30 days of event video history with Nest Aware

OR

10 days of 24/7 video history and 60 days of event video history with Nest Aware Plus**

*Note: Familiar face alerts are not available for cameras and doorbells in the U.S. state of Illinois.

**24/7 video history is only available for wired Google Nest cameras and Nest Doorbell (wired). Not available for Nest Doorbell (battery), even with optional wired installation.

Nest Doorbell (battery)

 

Nest Doorbell (battery)

Note: 1st gen Nest Aware is not available for this doorbell.

Doorbell with Nest Aware

Doorbell only

Motion or Seen events

Intelligent motion detection

Animal detection

People and faces

Person seen alerts

Familiar face alerts*

Packages

Package detection 

Activity Zones

Motion or Seen events in Activity Zone

Video Enhancements

30 days of event video history with Nest Aware

OR

60 days of event video history with Nest Aware Plus**

– 

Up to 3 hours of Event video history included

-

✔ 

*Note: Familiar face alerts are not available for cameras and doorbells in the U.S. state of Illinois.

**24/7 video history is only available for wired Google Nest cameras and Nest Doorbell (wired). Not available for Nest Doorbell (battery), even with optional wired installation.

Nest displays

Google Nest Hub Max

  Nest Hub Max

Nest Aware

1st gen Nest Aware

No subscription

Motion or Seen events

Basic motion detection
Intelligent motion detection

Sound or Heard events

Smoke and CO alarm and glass break sound detection (US only)

People and faces

Person seen alerts
Familiar face alerts*

Activity Zones

Motion in Activity Zone

Video Enhancements

5, 10, or 30-day continuous video history

30 days of event video history with Nest Aware
OR
10 days of continuous 24/7 video history and 60 days of event video history with Nest Aware Plus

*Note: Familiar face alerts are not available for cameras and doorbells in the U.S. state of Illinois.

More about Nest Aware subscriptions

Better alerts for motion and sound

Nest Aware uses advanced algorithms to send you more intelligent motion and sound alerts. These alerts are more helpful because they’re more accurate and focus on the events that matter.

Cameras

Depending on which Nest camera model you have, you can get Person seen alerts or Familiar face alerts. These alerts let you know when a human (not your pet) has walked in front of your camera.

If you have a Nest doorbell, you can also get package alerts when a package is dropped off or picked up in its view.

Some cameras can send different alerts for different sounds. With Nest Aware, these cameras can tell the difference between a person speaking and a dog barking. You can pick which sounds you want to get alerts about and which ones your camera should ignore.

Speakers and displays

Your Google Nest and Home speakers and displays can also detect when the sound of a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm or breaking glass is heard in your home (US only). Nest Aware will notify you in the Home app, where you can check in on what’s happening, and use Emergency calling with the Home app if you need to.

If you set up the Nest Cam on Nest Hub Max, you can also get notifications in the Nest app. Note: Emergency calling and glass break alerts are not available in the Nest app.

Activity Zones

Activity Zones let your camera send alerts and mark your video history timeline when there's important activity in the zone. You can create your own custom zones to cover the areas you want to be notified about.

How to set up and use Activity Zones

Video history recording
  • Nest Aware comes with up to 60 days of event video history (depending on your subscription) that saves clips to the cloud when your camera detects motion or sound.
  • Your video history will show only clips of these motion or sound events. During times with no detected events, it will show blank areas.
  • If you have a newer camera like Nest Cam (battery), Nest Cam (indoor, wired, 2nd gen), or Nest Doorbell (battery), you can get up to 3 hours of event video history without a subscription.

  • Nest Aware Plus and 1st gen Nest Aware have continuous 24/7 video history. Your camera’s video stream is continuously recorded and saved securely and privately in the cloud so that you never miss a moment.

Note: Event video history isn’t available for 1st gen Nest Aware. Continuous 24/7 video history is only available for wired Google Nest cameras and Nest Doorbell (wired). Not available for Nest Doorbell (battery), even with optional wired installation.

Create and share video clips

If your Nest camera captures a moment you want to remember forever, like your baby’s first steps, Nest Aware lets you save and share it.

To learn more, go to How to create, share and view video clips and timelapses.

Create video timelapses

Timelapses can condense up to 24 hours of video into a 30, 60 or 120 second clip.

Learn more about how to make and share a timelapse video in the How to create, share and view video clips and timelapses article.

Choose the right Nest Aware subscription

Consider a Nest Aware Plus subscription if you need up to 10 days of continuous 24/7 video history, up to 60 days of event video history clips, or you need to record any of the following:

  • Everything that happens, even if nothing moves or makes a sound.
  • Small animals like cats, squirrels and birds.
  • People and objects when they don’t move much, like people sitting and eating.
  • Areas with poor or changing lighting, like many outdoor areas.

If you don’t need to record any of the above, and you only need 30 days of video history, you may prefer Nest Aware for events-only recording in situations like these:

  • Your camera monitors an indoor area, and you only need to record adults entering, leaving, and walking across the room.
  • You have a doorbell camera, and you only need to record activity at your door.
  • Your camera monitors an outdoor area, and people are clearly visible within your camera's field of view.

Note: Continuous 24/7 video history is only available for wired Google Nest cameras and Nest Doorbell (wired). Not available for Nest Doorbell (battery), even with optional wired installation.

Event detection accuracy

Cameras and doorbells use machine learning to ensure notifications are as accurate as possible, but the technology isn’t always perfect. Your camera is more likely to accurately detect objects that are larger, nearby, and within clear view of the camera. And your camera or doorbell may misidentify things like:

  • Confuse a picture with a real event. For example, a picture of a dog on a t-shirt might trigger an “Activity or animal” event.
  • A person could be misidentified as an animal in some situations, like if they’re crawling on the ground, or bent over to do housework.
  • Close relatives can be misidentified.
  • Other objects, such as a shadow or bush, may be misidentified by event detection.
Note: In some cases, your camera or doorbell may correctly identify an object that’s hard for you to find in the recording. This can happen if the object was far away, hard to see in the scene, or only visible for a short time.
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