Smart Home Starter
The Smart Home Starter team picks the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

Does Nest Cam Outdoor Require a Subscription?

Last Updated Dec 5, 2021
nest cam

If you are considering a Nest Cam when choosing which security equipment is the best one for your home and budget, an important factor to know is whether you will need to purchase a subscription for your Nest Cam.

When purchasing a new Nest Cam Outdoor, you do not need a subscription to access some of the features within the Nest Cam.

However, it is possible to sign up for a subscription, which provides bonus material to the Nest Cam that is not applicable with the free version of Nest Cam. Keep reading for more information about the subscription and what it offers.

Does Nest Camera Have a Monthly Fee?

It seems there are so many objects out there that require monthly fees, and it is natural to wonder if the Nest Cam is one that also tags on these monthly fees.

The Nest Cam does not have a required monthly fee; however, you can sign up for a monthly subscription that starts at $6 a month.

There are a lot of perks and additional features to signing up for the subscription. If you would like to learn more about Nest cameras, take a look at this article.

How Long Does Nest Record for Free?

There are different Nest Cam’s available for purchase that have varying capabilities and what free perks they have, including free recording.

You can use the Home or Nest apps to stream free live video and review up to 3 hours of history. The way the history is displayed is dependent on the type of Nest Cam you have. Some cameras offer:

  • 3 hours event video history for free
  • 3 hours still image snapshots for free
  • More offered with a subscription

You can use the 3-hour free review time, or you can subscribe and receive additional perks.

Does Each Nest Cam Require a Subscription?

It is possible to have more than one Nest camera, so an important aspect to consider when purchasing a subscription to the Nest Cam is knowing whether each individual Nest Cam requires a subscription, if you can bundle the subscription to each camera, or if you can subscribe to one camera but not the other(s).

The good news is you can have as many devices as you need with no additional charges. Each individual Nest Cam does not require a separate subscription if you have the 2nd gen subscription service. There are additional charges for more than one camera if you have the 1st gen subscription service.

If you have more than one device, it may be more beneficial to upgrade to the 2nd gen subscription service. Additionally, once you migrate to a Google Account, you will no longer be able to add or renew any 1st gen subscription.

Is Nest Aware Free?

Nest Aware is the name of the subscription service applicable to Nest Cam. It has a variety of perks and additional features.

Nest Aware is a monthly or yearly paid subscription service for Nest Cam. However, there is a Nest Aware 30-day free trial you may be eligible for when adding a new device to the Home or Nest app.

There is a limit to the 30-day free trial to one per household. This free trial can be a great way to learn the ropes of Nest Aware and figure out whether you are interested in paying for the subscription and take full advantage of all the perks and additional features it has to offer.

What Are the Nest Aware Subscription Choices?

Nest Aware is the name of the subscription service for Nest Cam devices. It has 1st gen and 2nd gen options. The 1st gen has three options, and the 2nd gen has two options to choose from.

The two options available with the Nest Cam subscription are called Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus.

The plan you choose depends on which perks or additional features you need the most.

How Much Does Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus Cost?

Nest Aware is the basic paid subscription plan available to consumers who wish to have some additional perk and features that are not included on the Nest Cam for free, whereas Nest Aware Plus is the premium subscription service that costs slightly more than Nest Aware and provides more features.

Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus can be paid on a monthly or yearly basis. Nest Aware is $6 per month or $60 per year, and Nest Aware Plus is $12 per month or $120 per year.

While Nest Aware Plus does cost more than Nest Aware, it may be worth the extra money depending on what additional features you need.

Compare the Additional Features Included in Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus

When deciding which subscription service is the appropriate one for you, it is advisable to compare which additional features are included in which service:

Nest AwareNest Aware Plus
Event Video History30 days60 days
24/7 Video HistoryNoneUp to 10 days
Intelligent AlertsFamiliar faces;Smoke alarm;Carbon monoxide alarm;Glass breakingFamiliar faces;Smoke alarm;Carbon monoxide alarm;Glass breaking

Nest Aware Plus may be beneficial to those who wish to have longer event video history or 24/7 video history.

Can You Buy a Nest Aware Subscription for Someone Else?

There are a lot of things to consider with security for loved ones, and with birthdays and holidays, you may wonder if you can give the gift of security with a paid subscription to Nest Aware to your family or friends.

Unfortunately, gift subscriptions are unavailable for Nest Aware.

However, you can still give the Nest Camera(s) to your loved ones!

Wrapping Up Nest Cam Subscriptions

While you can use your Nest Cam for free, without a subscription, there are monthly and yearly subscription options available. The Nest Aware 1st gen subscription is available if you have not moved to a Google Account. The Nest Aware 2nd gen subscription is the newer subscription option that is being migrated to and preferred over the 1st gen.
If you have the 1st gen subscription, you can easily switch to Nest Aware 2nd gen by going to your subscriptions, choosing your desired plan, and following the additional prompts.

Sign up for our newsletter
Smart Home Starter
This site is owned and operated by Time Off Club, LLC. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This site also participates in other affiliate programs and is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.