Nest Cam on Google Nest Hub Max

Your Nest Hub Max comes with a built-in Nest Cam. You can use the Nest Cam to check in on your home when you're away with the Live View functionality and alerts when activity is detected. If you have an active Nest Aware trial or subscription, you also get continuous video recording, intelligent alerts and other advanced features.

Note: The Nest Cam built into your Nest Hub Max device does not support Night Vision. 

Set up Nest Hub Max’s Nest Cam

Before enabling the Nest Cam, make sure that your Nest Hub Max is set up.

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home appGoogle Home app.
  2. From Home, select the Nest Hub Max for which you would like to set up the Nest Cam.
  3. Tap Set up Nest Cam at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Note: If you have a Nest account or Nest devices set up in your home, you’ll be given the option during this setup process of migrating your Nest account to your Google  Account so that your Hub Max can work with other Nest devices.
  5. Follow the on-screen directions and when prompted, use your mobile device’s camera to scan the QR Code displayed on your Nest Hub Max.

Note: In the Home app, you will have access to the Live View and Talk & Listen functionalities. If you’d like to access the full set of Nest Cam features, such as activity notifications, Nest Aware features, etc., you can do so by downloading the Nest app and signing in with your Google Account.   

Using the built-in Nest Cam

Like other Nest Cam devices, the Nest Cam built into your Nest Hub Max allows you and members of your household to see a Live View of what’s happening at home. It also includes notifications and continuous recording, if enabled in the Nest app. If you’d like to toggle the Nest Cam functionality on or off, you can do so from the device settings menu or from the live view page.  

Turn on/off Home monitoring

Turn the camera on or off from device settings

  1. Make sure that your mobile device and Nest Hub Max are on the same network
  2. On your mobile device, open the Google Home appGoogle Home app.
  3. From Home, tap your Nest Hub Max deviceSmart display icon and then device settings.
  4. Toggle home-monitoring features onOn or offOff
  5. Toggle home monitoring audio onOn or offOff to hear audio in your live stream and recorded video. (optional)
    Note: This setting doesn’t affect any other features of the microphone. You can still use voice commands with your Nest Hub Max device if this option is turned off. 

Turn the camera off from Live View

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home appGoogle Home app.
  2. From Home,, tap Camera and then Menu3 dot menu icon and then Turn off camera

Turn the camera on from Live view

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home appGoogle Home app.
  2. From Home, tap Camera and then Turn on camera.

Connect the Nest Cam to the Nest app to access additional features

When you setup your Nest Cam, you can access these additional Nest Cam features from the Nest app:

  1. Make sure that you have the Nest app installed on your mobile device. You can download it from the Google Play Store (Android) or the App Store (iOS).
  2. From your mobile device, open the Nest app and select the Nest Hub Max thumbnail from your device list.
    1. Alternatively, if you already have the Home app open: From Home, tap your Nest Hub Max deviceSmart display icon and then device settingsSettings icon and then For more features, set up your Nest Cam in the Nest app. When the Nest app opens, sign in with your Google Account if you haven’t already. Tap Sign in with Google and then your Google Account and then Allow and then your Nest Cam thumbnail and then Yes.
  3. Toggle audio recording either onOn or offOff and tap Next.
  4. Toggle familiar face detection either onOn or offOff and tap Done.
 

The Nest Cam built into the Nest Home Hub Max device is now also set up in the Nest app. To access the Nest Cam features or change it’s settings:

  1. From your mobile device, open the Nest appGoogle Home app.
  2. Tap on your Nest Cam’s preview thumbnailand then settingsSettings icon.

Nest Cam Recording Behaviour

The LED light on your Nest Hub Max device tells you what the Nest Cam is doing. When the Nest Cam is enabled, a solid green LED will be displayed on your device. This means that your Hub Max is ready to stream images or video to help you monitor your home remotely from the Nest app. When you or a family member is watching the live view, the LED will blink green. 

Note:

  • If you are a Nest Aware subscriber and have set up the built-in Nest Cam in the Nest app, your device will continuously record video for you to review in the Nest app.
  • If you do not have Nest Aware but have set up the built-in Nest Cam in the Nest app, then your Hub Max will send the last three hours of activity snapshots for you to review in the Nest app whenever an event is detected in front of the camera. 

You can disable Nest Cam functionality at any time from either the Nest app or the Home app. 

 

Solid Green

Solid green light

Nest Cam is turned on and is currently monitoring. 

Blinking Green

Blinking green light

A member of your household is currently viewing Nest Cam’s stream.

 

For more information about camera/microphone controls and indicators on your Nest Hub Max, go here.

To understand how your data is handled when you use the built-in Nest Cam on your Nest Hub Max, read the Privacy Help Centre FAQs page for our connected home devices and services. 

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