Using a webcam is now compulsory. You may need one to communicate with your family, school, and workplace, or you may need one to video chat with friends as well as live stream a video. Either way, you need a device that can help you achieve all these tasks easily. If you own a Nest Cam, you might be wondering, “can I use my device as a webcam?”.

Nest Cams can’t be used just as a normal web camera is being used. Although a live stream feature is possible using the Nest Cam. With this, an embedded webpage, or a link can be shared with other individuals so they can watch you in real-time. 

So if you are planning to start a professional live stream, make end-to-end video conversations with friends and family, or communicate with business partners, using a Nest Cam would be a bad idea. But if you just want to make use of your Nest Cam to live-stream something for someone, or show someone what happened in your home/office, we are going to show you how to. 

How Do I Connect My Nest Camera to My Computer?

Setting up, and connecting a Nest Cam to your computer is easy, and just requires a few steps you can take. You can use windows, or mac to carry out these steps:

Plugin Your Device to Your Personal Computer

Connect your Nest Cam to your personal computer using the USB cord that was included in the box. A blue light would appear on your Nest Cam indicating that your Camera is getting ready to be installed. An icon would appear on your computer screen which would indicate that your device is ready to be set up. Double click on the icon.

Install the Nest Camera App on Your PC

Follows these steps to install the Nest app to your computer:

  1. After clicking on the icon, the Nest Camera App would launch, and you need to follow instructions on how to set it up. 
  2. Create a free account on the Nest app, and if you already have one, sign in. 
  3. Select the Wireless network you want your Nest Cam to connect to, and enter the Wi-Fi password, and confirm. 
  4. Next, pick a name for your camera (you can use one based on the location of the cam). 
  5. Finally, go through the final customizations, and add the page as a bookmark so it can be easily accessed anytime. 

If you would like to learn more about Nest cameras, check this article out. Now, let’s take a look at mounting the cameras.

Mount the Camera as You Wish

Once you have connected the camera to your computer, and you have finished setting the software up, find a decent place to place your camera. Unplug the USB totally, and connect your Nest Cam to a power output close to where you want to place it. 

How Can I Use My Camera as an External Camera?

Just as we discussed above, you can’t fully use your Nest Cam as an external Camera because most webcams are integrated with apps such as zoom and skype, but you can tweak it to get the best feature for live streaming. So how can I do this?

To use your Nest Cam as an External Camera, you have to use it solely for live stream features. You have two options you can choose from when sharing your live stream with others.

Public Share

Using this option, you can give anyone with a link to your Nest Cam the ability to view your live stream so long as the camera is switched on. With public sharing, you can’t control who views your live stream, and they too can share the link to watch you. 

Private Share

With this option, you can control who has access to your Nest Cam’s live stream. If any other individual clicks on your link, they will be required to put in a password that is controlled by you. At least 10 people can view your live stream if they have access to your password.

How to Live Stream with Nest Cam

To live stream through your Nest Cam, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Nest Cam account on your computer, and then select the camera. 
  2. Go to settings, and click on camera sharing. 
  3. Select the sharing option you are good with, and click on share. 
  4. If you selected the private share option, you will have to create a password. 
  5. Copy the link, and share it with whomever you want to share it with. 

You can stop sharing anytime by going to Settings, and selecting “stop sharing camera”.

Can You Use Google Nest as a Camera?

Google Nest is a line of smart home products that include the Nest Cam as a component. It also includes a Nest Hub which can be used to control all these components. 

The Nest Hub doesn’t come with a camera but a newer version, the Nest Hub Max comes with an inbuilt Nest Cam. This means you can use it as a camera to make video calls, or as a Nest Cam for live streaming videos of your home. 


Now you know everything there is to know about whether Nest cameras can be used as webcams.