Troubleshoot event-based recording

If your camera uses Event-Based Recording (EBR) and experiences issues, you may see incorrect camera events, receive too many notifications, or miss important activity. Select the issue you’re experiencing below to troubleshoot.

Troubleshoot false events and undetected activity

Your camera detected something but it wasn't important activity

Although your camera uses advanced learning algorithms to recognize important motion activity, fast-moving shadows and lights may still be detected as motion.

If your camera repeatedly detects shadows or light in the same area, you can use activity zones to reduce the amount of camera alerts you get for that zone.

In addition, things that sound similar to what your camera tries to detect may cause false alerts too. For example, your camera may detect people on your television as a real event in your home.

If you cannot reasonably silence or remove the cause of the false alert, you have the option to turn off sound notifications  for your camera or turn off its microphone in the Nest app.

Something happened but your camera didn't pick it up

Follow the steps below to troubleshoot. After each step, check whether your camera can detect sound and motion by looking in the Home app’s Feed or the Nest app’s video history for new activity.

Important: An EBR subscription only records clips of important sound and motion events. So, you will see some dark gray areas in your timeline with “No activity detected” even when your cameras are on and streaming video. These gray areas are normal. Follow the steps below only if your history didn’t report events that you expected your camera to detect.

1. Check that power, internet connection and Wi-Fi are on

Your camera must be connected to power in order to work. If your internet connection or Wi-Fi is down in your home, your camera cannot notify you when it detects activity.

  1. Check that power is on in your home and your camera is plugged into a working power outlet. If there are power issues for your home or outlet, contact your electricity service provider for assistance.

  2. Make sure your device is connected to your Wi-Fi network and the network is connected to the internet. If your device is on but still says it’s disconnected, troubleshoot Wi-Fi connection issues.

2. Check that the camera and microphone are on

The camera needs to be on for your camera to detect motion from things like people and vehicles. The microphone on your camera also needs to be on to detect sounds like talking or glass breaking.

  • Turn on your Nest camera in the app.

    • In the Home app home screen, tap your camera > tap Settings in the top right corner of the screen > toggle the switch next to Camera on/off to turn on the camera.

    • In the Nest app home screen, tap your camera > tap Settings Nest settings icon in the top right corner of the screen > toggle the switch next to Camera On/Off to turn on the camera.

  • If you have physical access to your Nest Hub Max, you can also turn on the camera two different ways:

    • Swipe up from the bottom of the display screen, then tap the Camera icon. Your display will tell you whether you’ve turned the camera on or off.

    • Toggle the switch on the back of the display. This will turn on both the camera and microphone.

3. Make sure the camera can spot the activity you want

You may need to move your camera or change something in the camera’s view to improve motion detection results.

Read detailed information about how to make the most of your camera if you have EBR

Troubleshoot notifications

Your camera recorded activity but you didn’t get a notification

  1. Turn on notifications in the Nest app to receive camera alerts on your phone. You cannot currently receive notifications for camera events in the Home app.

  2. If notifications are turned on, check whether similar activity has recently occurred in the Home app’s Feed or the Nest app’s event history. You shouldn’t continue to receive notifications for an ongoing event.

You're receiving too many notifications

Use the Nest app to change the following settings to reduce the amount of notifications you get from camera events.

Change notification settings

You can change the types of notifications you receive, when they can be sent, and even the kind of activity you want to get notifications for. To learn how to change notification settings, go to our Learn about camera alerts article.

Switch your home to Home mode

If you don’t want to receive notifications for activity your camera detects while you’re at home, you can switch your home to Home mode in the Nest app to turn the camera off. Your camera will not send you alerts for activity while the video stream is off.

There are a couple of ways to switch between Home and Away modes in the Nest app:

Use activity zones

You can set your camera to only detect activity outside of a specific activity zone. That way, your camera won’t send you alerts for areas where unimportant activity occurs.

For example, if you have a doorway in your home that children or pets walk by often, your camera may send a lot of unwanted notifications. You can create an activity zone for the lower half doorway and set alerts for motion outside of that zone. That way, when a child or pet walks past the doorway, you won’t be notified.

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