Whether you’re looking to purchase a single Nest Cam or adding to your existing smart home system, it’s important to get all the facts, especially when it comes to subscription services. The first thing you need to know is whether you even need a subscription to use your cameras, and how much that subscription is going to cost! So, how much does the Nest Cam cost per month?  

You do not need to subscribe to Nest Aware to use the basic features included with your Nest Cam on Google Home or Google Nest. However, to access additional features or storage options you will require a Nest Aware subscription.  

Okay, so does Nest Aware have a monthly fee? Do we need a subscription for each cam, or just one? We need more information on how Nest Aware works, so let’s keep digging and find out more!

Does Nest Aware Have a Monthly Fee?

Nest Aware offers two subscription levels, Nest Aware Basic and Nest Aware Plus. Both levels have the option of either a monthly fee or a yearly fee. You can find a full breakdown of the features offered in each plan level in another article here. We have provided the current monthly and yearly costs for both plan levels for you below: 

  • Nest Aware Basic: $6.00 Per Month/$60.00 Per Year
  • Nest Aware Plus: $12.00 Per Month/$120.00 Per Year

Please Note:

All fees listed in this article are subject to change at any time. The fees listed apply specifically to Nest Aware subscription plans purchased from Google directly. Subscription plan fees for plans purchased through a Google partner may not reflect the fees provided. 

Does Each Nest Cam Require a Subscription?

There are two versions of Nest Aware subscriptions, 1st and 2nd Gen. If you began using the Nest App prior to August 19th and use a Nest Account to login, you have Nest Aware 1st Gen. You will only be able to purchase 1st Gen subscriptions, and you will require additional add-on subscriptions for each device you add to your Home. 

If you began using the Nest App after August 19th, 2019 and use a Google Account to login, your Nest Aware subscription will be for 2nd Gen. This means that you only require one subscription to Nest Aware for all of the devices you add to your Home. 

Can I Switch From Nest Aware 1st Gen to 2nd Gen? 

If you have Nest Aware 1st Gen, you need to switch to 2nd Gen to use one subscription for all of your Nest Cams, or to upgrade to Nest Aware Plus. To do this, you will need to migrate your Nest Account to a Google Account first. Then, you can switch to Nest Aware 2nd Gen using your Google Account.

Please Note: Migration from your Nest Account to a Google count is irreversible, and will result in changes to current Nest Home settings and functions. Please reference the link here for more information.

Migrating From Your Nest Account To Google

To migrate your Nest Account to an eligible Google Account you must have one active subscription before migrating to retain video history. Google offers a prorated refund for unused time on your old subscription when you upgrade. 

To migrate to a Google Account, follow the steps outlined below: 

  1. Download the latest version of the Nest App on Google Play
  2. Make sure you have an eligible Google Account or create a new account
  3. Select the Nest App and login
  4. Select Settings
  5. Select Account
  6. Make sure you are signed in to the account you want to migrate
  7. Select Migrate to a Google Account
  8. Follow the in-app instructions to complete the migration

Switching to Nest Aware 2nd Gen

To switch your account to Nest Aware 2nd Gen, follow the steps below: 

  1. Make sure you’ve migrated successfully to a Google Account if applicable
  2. Turn off Auto-Renew and cancel your current monthly plan if applicable
  3. Save Video History if applicable on home.nest.com
  4. Select Your Subscriptions
  5. Select Get Started for the subscription you are updating
  6. Select a plan
  7. Select Next
  8. Select Confirm Purchase

Conclusion

While you don’t need a Nest Aware subscription to use your Nest Cam’s basic features, you may choose to subscribe to a Nest Aware plan to access additional features and storage. Turns out, there is a lot you need to know to get the best plan for you, and we’ve got you covered!

In this article, we answered the initial question of how much Nest Cam costs per month, as well as a lot of useful information on how Nest Aware plans work, and how to switch from 1st to 2nd Gen to get all your Nest devices covered under one plan!