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8/15/19
Why is Google forcing me to change my camera settings so I can't turn off the status light? 0 Recommended Answers 15 Replies 50 Upvotes
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I just received an email saying that Google is forcing Nest Camera owners to keep camera status lights on ALL THE TIME. I specifically bought Nest Cameras because I could turn the LED status lights off so they would be LESS obtrusive. Now big brother Google has decided that they want to be more transparent by forcing their Nest Camera users to keep the camera status lights on ALL THE TIME. That is insane!

Don't force your users to lose features on products that they have purchased and pay a yearly subscription fee on. That is REALLY insulting. Let users make the decision. You make the product! You should not be trying to CONTROL how users are allowed to use your products!!!
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8/15/19
Yet another reason why I decided to get rid of all my nest products. Every update they make removes features that attracted me to the product in the first place. With every product they make they think they know better than their users what the user needs and make these kind of changes that ruin what used to be a great product.
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8/15/19
Same here. I bought this product because of the advertised ability to control the status lights. I guess Nest/Google is just proving you don't truly own any of the devices you traded your dollars for. Very dissapointed.

Pro tip: A tiny piece of well-placed electrical tape may help ;)
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8/15/19
It's sad that we will have to go the electrical tape route. But so be it.
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8/15/19
Good idea. I'm switching to electrical tape.
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8/15/19
I use these cams to help me look after my step mum who has Alzheimer’s, they have been useful but when they start flashing this will freak her out! And however much you explain it to her she will just forget and freak out all over again. This will now render the cams useless to me !  Can we get a refund as you’ve changed the cams !!?
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8/15/19
I use my Cameras to monitor outdoors. Now the thieves will know where they are. I also use a few indoors cameras facing outside. Now these will be useless at night. Nest/Google if this is what you are going to do then issue those of us who spent thousands because they did not have a light a FULL refund. I have 10 cameras 6 indoor 2 IQ and 2 Outdoor. Plus Aware subscriptions. Really Google!
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8/15/19
Very disappointed with this change, I want to keep my front entry camera descrete as I've had a few cold callers who hang about if they dont see the lights.  I will have to use black tape now.
Was going to purchase two more but I'm holding back until this decision is reversed.,
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8/15/19
What a crazy regression and misunderstanding of who you're serving. You are rolling out a feature that takes control of the devices your paying customers OWN out of our hands in the name of protecting the privacy of the criminals we bought our devices to defend our homes from. Like many others I also use one as a baby monitor, a purpose for which it's now useless.
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8/15/19
If I notice the status light on I'm going to disconnect all my nest cams in protest.
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8/16/19
Thanks to the Status Light change I now have 9 cameras that are showing reflections of the status light in the images that they are capturing. In addition the status light causes reflections that make the cameras unwatchable for security purposes. In addition Thieves now know where all the cameras are should they want to take them. I do not believe that Nest/Google thought this through as I now have 10 cameras total that are useless at night due to these reflections and I would like Nest/Google to either reverse this decision or to refund my investment since I would have never thought when I purchased them that they would be made unusable due to a software update.
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