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Nest Aware and is it worth the cost?

If you’re interested in Google’s purchase nest aware Nest Cams or Doorbells for your smart home, you’ve likely come across some references to Nest Aware, a paid subscription service that you can sign up to increase its features. So what do you get from a Nest Aware subscription? Is it worth paying the recurring fee?

What is Nest Aware?


Nest Aware on Android phones
The main feature of a Nest Aware subscription is an extended recording history. By default, Nest cameras only record three hours of event history, and an “event” is a short clip that’s triggered by sound or motion. This is good enough if you’re awake and at arm’s length from your phone, but not for accidents that are logged overnight or while traveling.

A standard Nest Aware subscription extends from the event date to 30 days. Google sells an upgrade option, Nest Aware Plus, which extends to 60 days and adds 10 days of continuous video history if you need to watch more footage. Just keep in mind that not all Nest cameras support continuous recording, the main limitation being anything battery powered.

The main feature of a Nest Aware subscription is an extended recording history.
The next biggest benefit is the detection of familiar faces. While the latest Nest Cameras and Nest Doorbell Battery can distinguish between people, animals, and vehicles using built-in AI, triggering corresponding notifications, Aware subscribers can teach their cameras to recognize individual friends and family. So instead of alerting you that there is “someone” at the door, you will be told if it is, say, Roger, Leksha, or Stephanie.

Something less well known about Aware is that it enables voice detection of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, not just via wired Nest cameras, but via any Google speaker or smart display. Speakers and displays can also trigger alerts when they hear glass breaking, and the Nest Hub Max will notify you if it hears someone talking. Max can act as his camera under consciousness, if you’re comfortable with that.

Finally, Aware makes it easy to call a local 911 call center. It doesn’t matter to most people, as you can always call emergency services on your own, but it can come in handy. If you’re out of town: Google “e911 technology” connects you to the 911 closest to your home, instead of the one you’re currently on.

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How much does Nest Aware cost?
Google Nest doorbell video quality
In its standard US version, Nest Aware costs $6 per month or $60 per year, the latter saving you $12 per year, assuming you want to be a subscriber long-term. Both rates cover all Aware-enabled devices in your home, no matter how many devices you add. This differs from many smart security plans, which charge you more the more you go over one camera.

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The price for Nest Aware goes up to $12 per month or $120 per year if you choose the Plus tier. The unlimited number of cameras persists, even with multiple devices recording 24/7/365.

Is there a free trial of Nest Aware?


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Yes, once you set up a compatible device in the Nest or Google Home apps, you will be offered a 30-day trial. However, there is a limit to one trial per household, so don’t expect any reboots when adding or replacing cameras.

It’s also worth noting that trial versions are only available in places where Nest Aware is sold; More on that in a moment.

How to sign up for Nest Aware


Nest Aware on Google Play
You can subscribe to Nest Aware or Aware Plus through the Google Store or through the Google Home app on Android devices. In the second scenario, click the Settings button (the gear icon), select Features, and then select Nest Aware.

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