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How to Install The Nest Cam Outdoor (Battery)

Last Updated Nov 29, 2021
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Have you ever wondered who took the flowers from your rose garden while you were at work or wondered what your kids were doing instead of their homework?  Well, wonder no more!  The Google Nest Cam Outdoor (Battery) will tell you everything you need to know.  After you install your camera you’ll always know what is going on, no matter where you are.

Before starting the setup and installation process make sure that you have a Wi-Fi network with internet speeds greater than 2 Mbps (for uploads) and a Google Account.  Having these two things will ensure that you have a carefree setup and installation with no hiccups along the way.

How Do I Setup the Nest Cam Outdoor (Battery)?

Thanks to the Google Home app, the setup process couldn’t be easier.  Google’s Home app is required for the camera to be properly set up.  The Home app can be found on Apple’s App Store or on the Play Store if using an Android device.  Once the app is downloaded, its user-friendly interface will guide you through the setup process.

Navigating The Setup Process

After opening the Home app it may prompt you to log into your Google Account.  This particular prompting depends on whether you have logged into the app previously.  If you are prompted and do not have an account, you can sign up for one here, if you don’t need an account simply use your current Google Account to log in.

Make sure to complete the entire setup before installing your camera.  In most cases the QR code on the camera body is needed to complete the setup process.  Once logged in, the setup assistant will help you finish the remaining steps of the setup.

If you’d like to learn more about the Nest Cam, check out this article.

How to Install Your Nest Cam With The Stand

If you’re looking for the quickest installation method that requires the least amount of work, then the stand is for you.   Unfortunately, the stand is not included in the box, it requires a separate purchase.  Due to its ease of use it is totally worth the extra cost.  The stand fits perfectly on a table, countertop, or on any flat surface.  Simply sit the camera on the stand and voila, you’re done with the installation.

How to Install Your Nest Cam With The Magnetic Plate

The magnetic plate is probably the second easiest installation method and one that doesn’t cost extra money.  There are two different ways to install the camera using the magnetic plate.  One way is with screws and the other is without screws.

For installation on a magnetic surface, put the magnetic plate onto the surface and then attach your camera onto it, no screws are necessary for this option.  This type of installation is perfect for a refrigerator or for a magnetic cabinet where a stand might fall due to doors opening and closing frequently.

Installation with the magnetic plate on any non-magnetic surface requires screws and the use of the wall plate.  Both the wall plate and screws are included in the box.

Useful Tools

Here are some useful tools for installing your Nest Cam with the magnetic plate:

  • Screwdriver
  • Power Drill
  • Drill bit for pilot holes: 3/32’ in (2 mm) 
  • Flashlight
  • Drill bit for wall anchors: ¼ in (6.5 mm)
  • Drill bit for hole to pass power cable through a wall: ½ in (13 mm)
  • Ladder

If installing on a wall, above are some tools that you might need, these are not included in the box.

How to Install Your Nest Cam With The Weatherproof Cable

If you prefer to keep your camera plugged in and not use batteries there’s an option for that too.  All you need for this installation to work properly is a weatherproof outlet and the cable which is sold separately.  The cable, like the stand, is optional and is not included in the box.  However, if it is inconvenient for you to change the batteries on your camera, it is worth the purchase 

Everything that is needed for this installation comes with the purchase of the cable.  You can choose from two different cable sizes: 16.4 ft or 32.8 ft.  Both sizes come with clips, screws, and wall anchors.  

How to Install Your Nest Cam With A Made for Google Accessory

Looking through the box and don’t seeing an installation option that fits your needs?  Maybe you should consider a Made for Google Accessory.  Made for Google Accessories are designed and manufactured by Google.  These accessories are certified to work with your camera.

An example of a Made for Google Accessory is the Wasserstein Anti-Theft Mount.  This is the perfect solution if you feel like your camera needs extra security.  Not only does this accessory have anti-theft protection, it also has a feature that prevents it from dropping.  This is just one of the accessories that are available to help meet your installation needs.

Installation Complete

Setup and installation of the Google Nest Cam Outdoor (Battery) has never been easier.  With so many ways to install your camera you can rest assured that you will find the perfect setup for your needs.  Now you can feel more safe and sound in the comfort of your home.  Know what’s going on while it’s happening, never be the last to know.

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