How to turn your Nest camera on or off

Important things to know

  • There are several ways to switch your camera off or on with the Nest app.
  • When you turn off your Nest Cam or Dropcam with the Nest app, all video and audio activity stops.
  • If you have a Nest Aware subscription, video history recording is stopped too.
  • However, your camera will stay connected to power and the internet so it can be remotely turned on with the Nest app, and so that there’s no delay when it switches back on.
  • You can unplug it to completely turn it off, but you won’t be able to control it with the app or watch its video stream until it’s plugged in again.

How to switch your camera on and off with the Nest app

Turn it off or on in Settings

  1. Tap Settings Nest settings icon in the top right corner of the Nest app home screen.
  2. Scroll down and select the camera you want to control.
  3. Tap Camera On/Off to reveal the switch.
  4. Tap the switch to turn your camera off or on.

Create a schedule for your camera

You can use the Nest app to schedule when your Nest Cam turns off and on. It’s easy to create a unique schedule for each day of the week, or the same schedule every day. See the following article for detailed instructions.

How to create a camera schedule

Let it automatically turn on or off with Home/Away Assist

Your camera can automatically switch on or off with Home/Away Assist, so there’s no need to set a schedule. Your camera will turn on or off when you leave and come back home. To learn more, please see the following article.

How your camera works with Home/Away Assist

Turn it on in the Spaces view

If your camera has already been turned off, you can simply tap on the video window in the Spaces view to turn it on.

What happens when you turn your camera on or off with the Nest app

  • You’re always in control of when your camera’s video streaming and recording switches on or off.
  • When you turn off your Nest Cam or Dropcam with the Nest app, all video and audio activity stops.
  • If you have a Nest Aware subscription, video history recording is stopped too.
  • However, even when your camera is turned off with the app, it will stay connected to power and the internet. This is so it can be remotely turned on with the Nest app, automatically switch on or off on schedule, or to automatically start recording in case of an emergency.
For instance, if you have a Nest Protect that detects a high level of smoke, your Nest Cam can be turned on quickly so you have a record of how a fire started and spread, which could be useful for insurance purposes.

Unplug your camera to turn it completely off

If you want your camera to be completely off you can simply unplug it. However, you won’t be able to control it or watch its video stream with the Nest app. Once you plug your camera back in, it will take some time (usually less than a minute) to restart and reconnect to your Wi-Fi network and the internet, and start streaming again.

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