Learn about using Nest cameras indoors and outdoors

Google Nest cameras and Google Nest Hello are specifically engineered for use either outdoors or indoors. You should never use a Nest camera designed for indoor use outside. Doing so may cause performance issues, lead to damage and void your warranty. However, you may use Nest cameras designed for outdoor use inside your home, although it isn’t recommended.

Make sure you’re using your Nest camera, power cable and power adapter in the environment they’re designed for. For a complete listing of all camera specifications, please see Technical specifications for Nest cameras.

Do not use indoor cameras outside your home

Nest's indoor cameras include:

  • Nest Cam IQ Indoor
  • Nest Cam Indoor
  • Dropcam, Dropcam Pro
  • Dropcam HD

These cameras were all designed to be used inside your home. Do not use them outside. Doing so may cause damage and void your warranty.

  • The camera bodies, USB cables and power adapters for indoor models are not weatherproof and should not be exposed to water or excessive moisture.
  • Indoor camera operating temperature ranges are different. Direct sunlight may heat up an indoor camera beyond its operational temperature rating

Using outdoor cameras inside your home

Nest's outdoor cameras include:

  • Nest Cam IQ Outdoor
  • Nest Cam Outdoor
  • Nest Hello video doorbell

These are Nest’s only cameras designed for outdoor installation and use. They were not designed with indoor use in mind.

Nest camera algorithms are continuously updated to improve performance. This may include specific optimizations for indoor or outdoor environments, so your outdoor camera may not perform as well when placed inside.

If you do use an outdoor camera inside your home, you may also run into some issues with installation and performance. For instance, outdoor Nest cameras don’t have stands, so you may need to install a mounting plate to hold your camera in position.

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