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Turn Nest camera on or off

You can turn your Google Nest camera or doorbell on or off anytime so that you’re always in control of when it streams and records video. There are a few ways to switch your Nest camera on or off with the app:

What happens

When your Nest camera is turned off with the Home or Nest app, it won’t detect sound or motion, stream live video, or record and save activity.

In addition, your camera will stay powered and connected to Wi-Fi when it’s switched off. That way, you can turn it back on and control it remotely in the app. Your camera can also switch on automatically with its schedule, when you leave home, or in the case of an emergency.

Turn your camera on or off

Home app

Note: If you have more than one camera, you can also switch each of your cameras on or off in the same place in the app.

  1. Open the Home app Google Home app.
  2. On the home screen, touch and hold your camera's tile to view its live video stream.
    Note: If your camera is battery powered, the battery status screen will appear first. Tap Live video to go live.
  3. On the live view screen, tap More options 3 dot menu icon.
  4. Select Turn on camera or Turn off camera.
Note: If your camera is already turned off, you’ll also find Turn on camera  near the bottom of the live view screen.

Nest app

Camera settings

  1. Open the Nest app Nest app.
  2. On the home screen, select your camera.
  3. Tap Settings Nest settings icon.
  4. Tap the switch next to “Camera On/Off.”

The Spaces view

If your camera has already been turned off, just tap your camera in the home screen’s Spaces view to turn it on.

Unplug to completely power off

If your camera has to be wired or plugged into a power source to work, you can simply disconnect it to power it off completely.

However, if you unplug a battery-powered camera, it will continue to work for as long as its battery is charged. So if you want your battery-powered camera to power off completely, you’ll have to let the battery run out.

Note: When you completely turn off power for your camera, you won’t be able to control it or watch its video with the app.

When reconnected to power, it will take some time (usually less than a minute) to restart and reconnect to the Wi-Fi network and the internet, and start streaming again.

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