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Why your Nest camera is warm to the touch and what to do about it

Like any electronic device, Google Nest cameras produce heat while they’re on. It’s normal for your camera to get warm to the touch, but it’s designed to quickly disperse heat.

Nest cameras and Google Nest Hello produces some heat while they're being powered. Streaming audio and video, sending alerts, and other activities make your camera work harder, which creates more heat. When using Night Vision, your camera’s infrared LEDs may also make it warmer. Expect your camera to produce some heat when working normally.

Make sure you’re using your camera in the environment it was designed for.

  • Nest Cam IQ Indoor, Nest Cam Indoor and Dropcam: 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)
  • Nest Cam Outdoor: -4° to 104° F (-20° to 40° C)
  • Nest Cam IQ Outdoor: -40° to 113° F (–40° to 45° C)
  • Nest Hello video doorbell: 5° to 104°F (-15° to 40°C)

Tips to keep your camera or doorbell cool

While your camera or doorbell are engineered to effectively handle the expected heat during normal operations, there are a few things you can do to help keep it cool.

  • Put your camera or doorbell in a well-ventilated space.
  • If hiding your camera, make sure air can flow freely around it.
  • Don’t encase your camera or doorbell in a container that could cause overheating.
  • Don't cover your camera or doorbell with cloth, molded silicone covers or skins, or any other materials
  • If you have an outdoor camera or doorbell, you can give it some shade to keep cool, especially in climates with a lot of warm and sunny weather. You can mount your camera or doorbell under an eave or overhang, or even install a small shade above it.
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