How to save video from your Nest Cam

It doesn't have to be in the cloud

How to save Nest Cam video
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Footage from smart security cameras can obviously be helpful in the case of an incident like (God forbid) a burglary, but you need to know how to get hold of that footage

Nest has a fairly robust set of options for creating and sharing video clips of footage from your camera. But sometimes you don't want to create or share a clip, you want to save them for your records. You never know when the cloud could evaporate and lose all your footage, and it's always safe to have a physical backup.

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But how, exactly, can you do that? Well, there are a couple of ways. We'll walk you through them.

How to save video from your Nest Cam

The first thing you need to know is that you're probably going to need a Nest Aware subscription, which can run you as low as $5 per month or $50 per year. That's for five days of video history, and it goes up to $10 a month or $100 a year for 10 days of video history and $30 a month or $300 a year for 30 days of video history.

Not only does this get you video history, but it gives you continuous video recording, activity zones, intelligent alerts and the ability to create clips, which is important. However, the Nest Aware subscription can get pricey as you'll need to buy it for each individual camera you have. Nest does offer a discount on those additional cameras though.

How to save video from your Nest Cam

Now, to actually save some footage you're going to have to make some clips. Nest automatically saves all your footage up in the cloud, but you can't take any of it unless you create a clip.

There are two ways to create a clip: on your phone or on your computer. On your phone, you can make clips that last up to 2 minutes and 30 seconds. On your computer, your clips can last up to an hour.

Here's how you do it on your phone.

1) Open the Nest app and choose your camera.
2) Scroll through your camera's history.
3) As the clip plays, press and hold New Clip to start the clip and release to end.
4) Click Save to download the footage to your phone.

And on your computer.

1) Go to and select your camera.
2) Click on Clips in the lower right.
3) Tap Create Clip.
4) Drag the sliders to choose your clip length.
5) Add a name for your clip and tap Save.

Now, it's important to note that your phone can only download clips made in the Nest app. Your computer can download all clips and timelapses, no matter where they were made. After you've done all that though you're good. Congratulations, you've saved your Nest Cam clips.

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