Smart technology is taking over many homes around the nation. These tools and devices help individuals and families stay connected and protect the people and things they find most dear. The Nest Camera is a smart security camera that helps you see who’s in your home and what’s going on—24/7!
How do you change the owner of a Nest Camera? Changing the owner on the Nest Cam requires you to remove the product from your account first. Then, a new user can add the device to their Nest account.
This article will give you some more information on the Nest smart security Camera and how you can manage users on your device.
What Does the Nest Camera Do?
The Nest smart security Camera is a great tool for families who want to stay connected to their home no matter where they are. The camera helps you look after your family—all from your smartphone. The camera offers live streaming 24 hours a day in high-quality 1080p video. Nest offers both indoor and outdoor options for their security cameras, and each have the capability to use night vision.
If the camera detects movement or suspicious sounds, it will send notifications to your smartphone through the Nest app. And, if you sign up to their subscription, Nest Aware, you’ll have access to a log of the past three days’ full videos to reference what’s been happening in your home.
There are many possibilities for using the Nest Cam. For instance, users can see if there is a stranger approaching their home and be able to notify the authorities at the right time. They can also monitor their baby when they’re away from the nursery, making sure infants are safe and sound.
Nest Cam users can even watch the family dog to make sure he’s not jumping on the couch and tearing up pillows. The Nest app connects to the device at home and lets users speak through the microphone to communicate with whoever is home. Or, in this case, they can command the dog to get off the couch!
Changing the Owner of Your Nest Camera
If you decide to switch your Nest Cam to a different owner, the process is simple and easy. To change the owner of a Nest Camera, you must first remove your account from the device, which will free it up for another user to take over as the new owner.
Follow these steps to remove a Nest Cam from your account:
- Login to the Nest app. If you manage more than one household, select the home that has the product you’d like to remove.
- Tap the device you want to remove.
- Select Settings in the top right corner, then scroll down to select Remove Nest Camera.
- Confirm your choice.
Important: Do not unplug your Nest Cam until the light ring is pulsing blue. This light will start pulsing only after the removal is complete. If you unplug the camera too early, you will have to reset it to get it working again.
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If you do not plan on using the Nest Camera again, it’s recommended that you perform a factory reset on the device. This will clear your settings and data so the product is fresh and ready for the new owner.
Important Things to Know Before Removing Your Nest Cam
Before you remove your Nest Cam from your account, however, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.
- When you remove a camera from your account in the Nest app, it will permanently delete all of the camera’s recorded history. This is important to remember if you have any videos recorded that you’ll need to access in the future. However, if you have at least one active Nest Hello or Nest Cam device, your saved videos will be available online at home.nest.com.
- If you were invited to share the control of a Nest Home, you can remove cameras from the home, but only the Owner can cancel a Nest Aware subscription.
- To cancel a Nest Aware subscription, navigate through the Nest app. You can cancel the subscription even if you already removed the device from your account.
User Accounts for Google Nest Devices
When deciding to change the owner of your Nest Cam, it’s important to note that with a recent Google update, regular users have many of the same permissions as the Owner of the device.
Users with full access to the device can:
- Add or remove devices
- Use and change device settings
- Link other services
- Add or remove other members
Only Owners, however, can update billing information and delete and edit Homes in the app.
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Google Recommends Users Migrate to a Google Account
How did you sign up with Nest? Google has recently encouraged Nest product owners to migrate their accounts to Google. If you already have a Google account, you can use that to login to the Nest app and manage your devices. If you do not already have a Google account, you’re recommended to create one. (But, if you’ve used Google platforms, like YouTube and Gmail, you probably already have one!)
When you switch to a Google account, you now will only need one unified login to access your products and manage their security. Google’s goal is to create a more seamless Smart Home experience when controlling and integrating Nest and Google Home products.
Also, once you migrate your account to a Google account, all members of your household will have similar access and control as you, the owner. So, it’s important to consider the people you are giving access to your Nest products. When adding new members to your household, make sure they are users you know and trust.
How to Add New Members to Your Nest Camera
After you change the Owner of your Nest Cam, you may want to add other users in your household to manage the device. You can do this by visiting the Settings in your Nest app.
Follow these steps:
- Select Family & Guests. Then, tap Add a Person.
- Type in the person’s name and tap Continue.
- Add the email address of the person you’d like to invite. You also have the ability to add this person from your Contacts.
- Tap Send.
They will receive an invitation to download the Nest app. Then, they will be able to follow the setup instructions to add the device to their account.
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New Smart Home technology is giving homeowners and their families new ways to protect and interact with their home. Devices like the Nest Camera, Nest Thermostat, and other Google Home products are making it more fun and easy to manage your home. Visit the Google Store to learn more about these products and discover your opportunities to grow your Smart Home experience.