Google-owned Nest offers a number of products within its portfolio, from the Nest Hello video doorbell to the Nest Cam IQ connected home camera.
One of the keys to unlocking some of the best features available on some Nest devices is the company8217;s subscription service 8211; Nest Aware. If you are wondering what Nest Aware is, what it offers and how much it costs, you8217;ve come to the right place.
One of the key elements of Nest Aware is the video history. Some cameras, like Netatmo Welcome, will store content locally or to the cloud, writing over the old content on a regular basis when the camera is full. The Nest Cams and Nest Hello don8217;t do that as they are live broadcast devices.
Nest Aware will let you save five days, 10 days or 30 days of video history. That means you can always access this content, even if your camera is stolen. If there were alerts, you8217;ll be able to look at those alerts and see what was happening.
For example, you might be using Nest Cam to spy on your children and with Nest Aware, you could only have it alert you when they go to raid the cookie jar. Or you might just train Nest Hello to focus on the cars in front of the house and the garden, rather than be alerted each time something else happens on your road.
Through Nest Aware you8217;ll be able to save to your Nest account, as well as share to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or through emails or messages. Without Nest Aware you can8217;t save or share video clips.
The Nest Cam IQ, Nest Cam Outdoor IQ and Nest Hello all offer person detection, but with Nest Aware you can also get familiar face detection. Over time, you teach your Nest Cam or Nest Hello to learn who grandma is, or your partner, creating a profile for them in the Nest app.
When your Nest Cam IQ or Nest Hello spots a familiar person, the alert will say 8220;Grandma is at the front door8221; for example, rather than a person is at the front door. If you have a Google Home device, you can also set up Google Assistant announcements for Nest Hello, so your Google Home Mini could tell you when grandma is at the front door when the chime goes off.
In the UK, Nest Aware will cost you £4/month for a subscription for five-day history, £8/month for a 10-day history. If you want 30-day history, it will cost you £24, which is pretty steep. You need a Nest Aware subscription for each Nest Cam or Nest Hello, but the price does reduce slightly for each subsequent camera.
With a month-by-month subscription you can cancel at any point if you don8217;t want it or need it anymore. You can pay yearly too though, which will save you a bit of money. For five days it will cost you $50 or £40, for 10-days it will cost you $100 or £80 and for 30-days it will cost you $300 or £240.
Yes, there8217;s a 30-day trial of Nest Aware when you buy any of the Nest cameras, including the Hello video doorbell.