Nest Aware has been a very popular service for Nest Cam owners and has been one of the main features that has differentiated it from other cloud video recorders (CVR). In this article, I will discuss what the differences are considered between the two services that you can use with your Nest Cam, and how they work.
Nest Aware comes in three different options: Basic, Extended, and Premium. The prices have remained unchanged since its introduction in late 2014. There is a 10-day free trial offered on all plans which you can cancel at any time before being charged. You also have to option to add another camera for $5 per month or $50 per year per camera when signing up for a subscription plan so you get 5 days of recorded history per camera.
Nest Aware Basic:
Includes 10 days of video history, and offers person detection and Nest Cam Home IQ for your Nest Cam only. You can upgrade your subscription at any time to add up to 5 cameras at $5 per month or $50 per year per camera (up to 20 total). All recorded video is securely stored in the cloud for a maximum of 3 months, after which it will be deleted automatically unless you purchase an extended plan.
Nest Aware Extended:
Everything included in the Basic subscription plus 30 days of video history and all the features described above. All recorded video is securely stored in the cloud for a maximum of 6 months, after which it will be deleted automatically unless you purchase an extended plan.
Nest Aware Premium:
Everything included in the Extended subscription plus 60 days of video history and all the features described above. All recorded video is securely stored in the cloud for a maximum of 12 months, after which it will be deleted automatically unless you purchase an extended plan.
The main differences between the Nest Aware service and other CVR services are that:
With Nest Aware, person detection is included as a standard feature. Other CVR services may offer this as an add-on for an additional fee. – Nest Aware offers Home IQ, which gives you more information about what’s happening in your home when motion is detected. This includes things like the time of day, whether it was motion caused by a person or an animal, and more. – Nest Aware offers longer video history storage than most other CVR services. – Nest Aware is only compatible with Nest Cameras.
If you’re looking for a cloud video recorder that offers all of the features of Nest Aware, plus compatibility with other brands of cameras, then I recommend checking out Cloud Cam from Amazon. It’s a great option if you want to be able to access your videos from anywhere in the world, and it has a free 7 day trial so you can try it before you buy it.
Is Nest Aware Plus worth it?
If Nest Aware Basic and Extended had greater differences than just video history length (like better scheduling, or movement/sound detection for example), then I would say no. But since they don’t, it’s definitely worth buying the extended subscription if you can afford it.
Nest Cameras are compatible with all three plans. If you have a Dropcam Pro you will need to upgrade your plan to access any features that require person detection or Home IQ. You can read more about this here.
To wrap things up:
In my opinion, the biggest advantage of Nest Aware is that person detection and Home IQ come standard in all plans so there’s no need to pay a monthly fee for them when checking out other CVR services unless they offer them for free or at a discount. Another big factor is that Nest Aware won’t delete any saved video history (of the last 3, 6, or 12 months depending on which plan you purchase) as many other CVR services will without an additional fee to hold onto your data.
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The price can be high for some people but consider how much you’re paying for your monthly internet bill, gas/electricity bill and rent/mortgage payment just to mention a few. Also don’t forget that Nest has offered multiple promotions in the past where they have discounted their plans by up to 50%. So keep your eyes peeled for those if you want more bang for your buck!
What do we get with Nest Aware?
Nest Aware comes with:
access to all your recorded videos, and the ability to download and share them – person detection – Home IQ
How do I activate Nest aware?
Nest Aware is automatically activated when you purchase one of the plans described above. Once activated it will stay in effect on all your cameras unless you decide to change or cancel your plan. How long does Nest Aware take to activate?
It usually takes about 5-10 minutes for your Nest Aware subscription to become active once purchased, but this time frame may vary depending on several factors, including how many cameras are being added to your account and whether there are any issues with billing. If you have already set up a camera before purchasing any of these plans then you should be able to view its video history starting from the day you purchased/activated Nest Aware. However, if the camera was already running before signup then some older videos may get deleted to make room for the new recordings.
What is Home IQ?
Home IQ is a feature that’s only available to Nest Aware subscribers. It gives you more information about what’s happening in your home when motion is detected. This includes things like the time of day, whether it was motion caused by a person or an animal, and more. You can find out more about it on this page.
Do I need to be subscribed to Nest Aware in order to use the Nest app?
No, you do not have to be subscribed to Nest Aware in order to use the Nest app. The app can be used to view camera footage that has been recorded locally on the device or in the cloud (if you’re subscribed to a plan). You can find out more about the Nest app here.
Do I need an active Nest Aware subscription to view my camera on a website?
No, you do not. Once you’ve set up your camera and activated it for use with the Nest app, you get 7 days of video history access even without a subscription. After that time is up your camera will still work but you won’t be able to view older videos unless you sign up for any one of these plans before your trial expires. The free trial lasts for 3 days so if you want to test drive the service to see if it’s right for you then I would recommend setting up all cameras first, activating them in the app, and testing accessing their live feeds/recorded videos on a website and/or mobile device before making any purchases.
Can I use my Nest camera on more than one device at the same time?
No, you can not. Each camera is associated with one account and can only be accessed by that account unless someone else knows your password or you share your camera’s login information with them. You can find out more here.
How many Nest cameras can I add to my subscription?
Nest Aware comes with 10-day video history access on up to 10 cameras for $10 USD per month or 30-day video access on up to 10 cameras for $30 USD per month (prices vary in some regions). The official support page states that additional charges may apply depending on where you live.
Will Nest Aware work with FaceID or other iPhone biometric security?
No, unfortunately not as of now. The latest news on this as far as I know is that while Google has been working on making Nest Aware accessible from within the iOS device settings menu, there hasn’t been any word on when it will be available. For more information please see Google’s official statement here .
How many days of video history do I get when subscribing to Nest Aware?
Nest offers 3 different subscription plans: 10-day video history access on up to 10 cameras for $10 USD per month; 30-day video history access on up to 10 cameras for $30 USD per month (prices vary in some regions); and 30-day video history access on up to 15 cameras for $45 USD per month (prices vary in some regions). Y