When I was reading an article about Nest home security cameras recently, I wondered what is required for each individual camera as far as subscription costs.

So, I did some more reading to find out if an individual Nest Aware subscription is needed for each camera.

Do I need a Nest Aware subscription for each camera? Each Nest Aware camera does require its own individual subscription, but there are discounts that are applied when multiple cameras are in question. The first Nest camera will cost $100 per year, while any additional cameras after that will be half of the cost at $50 per year.

Nest offers a variety of smart home products, services, and devices that are all compatible with each other. Nest Aware is the name of the subscription service for a Nest home security camera, also known as “Nest Cam”. Users who connect their Nest Cams to this subscription service have access to a variety of features and controls directly from the smartphone app.

The Features Of Nest Aware

Nest Aware is an optional feature that can be applied to any number of Nest Cams throughout the home. While a subscription purchase is not necessary for the cameras to function properly, the service does offer additional intelligence to every Nest camera and comes with more features that the device is not automatically equipped with.

For example, a Nest Aware subscription will allow your camera to alert you when it senses motion or sees any kind of activity within the entire view of the camera. This includes when a person is walking up to the area in which your camera is pointed, or even just walking by within the general vicinity of the camera’s view.

The cameras will also record and store the data to create a history of videos for the user to refer to at a later date and see everything that has happened within the view of the camera all the way back to the beginning of a 30-day period.

Each Nest camera possesses advanced software that is built into the device that is intended to react to movement and noise within its view. With the help of a Nest Aware subscription, your camera will send all of its video histories to an external cloud that will help to improve the detection features.

More specifically, the cloud will be able to integrate the camera’s video history with special algorithms that will make the camera more aware of what is going on around it to better alert the user if something is going on.

Nest Aware subscriptions also offer alerts to users from their smartphone app that will tell them exactly what the camera has sensed in the area that is being monitored.

Some of the more advanced features that Nest Aware offers to its subscribers are detailed alerts when people are in the camera’s view. More specifically, the camera will alert the user when a person is seen as well as when a person is speaking within the monitored area.

Even further, the cameras will be able to learn the faces of frequent visitors and send familiar face alerts to the user. For instance, if a close friend stops by the house every Sunday and is captured by the camera near the front door, the Nest Aware system will alert the user of a familiar face after the camera has had time to learn the specific facial features of that person.

Nest cameras that are equipped with Nest Aware features will be able to engage in a super sight view. This means the camera can track movement close up or zoomed in to enhance the video quality for the user.

All Nest cameras will store video history for up to 30 days after it is recorded, no matter what the level of subscription is for the device. 

How To Purchase Nest Aware

Nest Aware can be purchased as an add on while buying your Nest cameras. Under the option titled “Nest Aware Cloud Recording” at the time of purchase, customers are able to create an account to add this service to the device.

This will directly link to all of the options for subscription length and pricing. Customers then have the choice between annual or monthly subscriptions.

The price for the first Nest Aware subscription can be paid at a rate of about $10 each month or can be purchased up front for an entire year at a flat price of $100. If there are any additional Nest cameras being added to the home that need a subscription to Nest Aware, the price will be $50 for the year or about $5 each month.

This pricing discount will continue for any other Nest Cams that are signed up for Nest Aware within the same location.

If the camera has already been purchased and the user would like to add the services of Nest Aware to their existing device, this is also possible.

If you already own a Nest camera, you can add a subscription to any of the cameras at any time by going to the Subscriptions page within the Nest store. From there, the Manage option will allow the user to subscribe their additional device to Nest aware and follow through with the same payment process as described above.

Subscription plans are offered in different lengths of time including 5, 10, and 30-day plans throughout the month.

The discounts that are applied to all additional subscriptions for multiple Nest Cams will only be valid if these services are purchased directly from the Nest website. Additionally, the company offers a free trial for customers to try the service before committing to a membership plan. This free trial is included with almost every Nest Cam purchase and gives users a sneak peek of all of the features they can purchase when they subscribe to Nest Aware.

Is It Necessary to Subscribe to Nest Aware?

Although all Nest cameras will work without a subscription to Nest Aware, there are additional more advanced features that are available to users who choose to pay for the subscription.

The basic functions that most Nest cameras are able to carry out in the absence of Nest Aware services are the basic detection of motion and sound only. While this might work for some people, others prefer the innovative technology that comes with a Nest Aware subscription.

In addition to the basic motion detection of each Nest camera, a subscription will offer a more intelligent method of detecting motion, using the algorithms that were discussed earlier from the special Nest cloud.

Instead of basic sound detection with the single microphone that is used in the most standard Nest Cam, the camera will be able to detect sound intelligently just like it does with the motion with the added feature of dog barking alerts. Nest Cam IQ devices that are subscribed to Nest Aware use a total of three microphones to detect sound and relay the message to its user with increased accuracy.

Nest Protect offers a whole list of additional features that are available for subscribed users to go along with the improvements that are made to the basic functions of every Nest Cam.

Without a subscription, users are not given the ability to interact with their devices as much as they could or to gain the full experience that comes with making their homes safer.

Related Questions

How much does it cost to purchase a Nest camera that can be used with the Nest Aware subscription service?

There are several different options for Nest Cams that can be used almost anywhere inside and outside of the home. Depending on the size and type of Nest camera that is chosen by the customer, the costs can be anywhere from $200 to upwards of $400.

There are certain price differences that come with the indoor and outdoor compatible cameras because they each offer different features with the addition of a Nest Aware subscription.

What other products does Nest offer that are similar to their camera systems and Nest Aware subscriptions?

Nest offers a variety of advanced devices that are a necessity for every smart home.

These products include the Nest thermostat and the Nest Protect system. Nest aware is a self-learning thermostat device that is installed into the wall and has an extremely user-friendly interface. It essentially picks up on the regular patterns of the user and learns the correct temperature range to keep within the home.

Nest Protect, on the other hand, is an all-in-one smoke and carbon monoxide detector. The difference between this system and that of a traditional smoke alarm is the self-sufficiency of the Nest Protect. It is able to carry out functions such as testing and alerting the user of low battery levels all by itself without any manual promptings.

Is the Nest Protect worth it? We talk about that here.

Learn more about smart smoke detectors.

All Nest products are able to be controlled by users within a smartphone app and most devices are compatible with Amazon’s Alexa.