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New Nest Aware Subscription Plans Are Here! Are They Still Worth It?

Jalesa Campbell
Updated Feb 17, 2021
1 min read

Do you have a Google Nest Camera and subscription?

You might like what you’re about to hear.

Google unveiled its 2nd generation Nest Aware Subscription Plans last week: Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus.

The new Nest Aware Plan costs $6/mo. (or $60/yr.) and provides 30-day video history for motion/sound-activated recordings. The new Nest Aware Plus Plan costs $12/mo. (or $120/yr.) and provides 60-day video history for motion/sound-activated recordings. Additionally, you’ll get 10 days of video history for 24/7 continuous recording.

One of the biggest perks of Google’s new pricing structure for cameras is that whatever plan you choose, that is the price for all of your Nest cameras and video-enabled devices (even if you have a Nest Secure system). Yep, no more paying per camera, per month.

Now you’re probably wondering, how does this stack up against the old Nest Aware Plans?

Compare Nest Aware Plans

Nest Aware 5-Day Plan

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Nest Aware 10-Day Plan

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Nest Aware 30-Day Plan

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Nest Aware Plan (2nd Gen.)

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Nest Aware Plus Plan (2nd Generation)

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Cost
$5/mo. $50/yr.$10/mo. $100/yr.$30/mo. $300/yr.$6/mo. $60/yr.$12/mo. $120/yr.
Event history length
5 days10 days30 days30 days60 days
24/7 Continuous recording
YesYesYesNoYes, 10 days

One of the major trade-offs with Nest’s new subscription plans is 24/7 continuous recording.

With the old plans (5-Day, 10-Day, and 30-Day plans) you’ll have access to this feature. The new Nest Aware Plus plan provides this feature for up to 10 days, but you’ll have to pay more ($12/mo. vs. $5/mo.).

Sound Detection Added with New Nest Aware Plans

In the event your smoke alarm goes off or glass breaks in your home, under the new Nest Aware plans, your camera will be able to detect sounds and alert you. For instance, if your smoke alarm goes off while you’re not home, you’ll be alerted and can call 911.

How Do the New Subscription Plans Compare with Ring and Arlo’s Plans?

Admittedly, if you have multiple Nest cameras, video doorbells, or hubs, the new Nest Aware Plans are better in that you won’t have to pay per camera, per month.

Ring and Arlo still have per camera, per month plans.

With Arlo, you can pay as little as $2.99/mo. (for a single camera up to 2K quality) for 30-day video history, intelligent alerts, and more. For continuous recording with Arlo, you’ll have to pay an additional $9.99/mo. For 14-day video history.

With Ring, you can pay as little as $3/mo. (or $30/yr.) for a single camera and have access to 60-day video history, live streaming video, motion-activated recordings, and more.

While there are a number of camera subscriptions DIY security options today, the best will depend on your needs and the features you’re looking for.


Safety and Security Reporter

Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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