How Nest cameras store your recorded video

A Google Nest camera doesn’t use memory cards to store your video on the camera. Instead, it uploads your video continuously to the cloud. This lets you view live footage on your phone or computer, and if you’ve subscribed to Google Nest Aware, your camera will automatically store your continuous video history in the cloud.

Because a Nest camera’s video history is remotely stored in the cloud, it’s protected from theft and damage, and you can access it from anywhere. For instance, if the power goes out or if your camera is stolen, all of your information stays safe in the cloud. You’ll still be able to see everything that happened leading up to that moment in the Nest app.

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Learn about continuous video history

The Nest service stores up to 30 days of video from your camera depending on your subscription. There’s no need to worry about managing the video and organizing it yourself. It’s all in the cloud, automatically.

Here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Video history requires a Nest Aware subscription.
  • Your video is saved on a rolling basis, so your oldest recorded video automatically expiresto make room for new video.
  • If your camera catches a moment that you want to keep for longer, you can create a video clip of the activity and download it to your phone, tablet, or computer. You can also share it on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or as a link in an email.
    How to create, share and view video clips and timelapses >
  • The video is encrypted on your camera before being sent securely to the cloud and streamed to your devices.
  • If you have an existing subscription and you upgrade it to one with a longer video history, you won’t be able to go back and see footage that was automatically deleted from your previous plan.
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