Google reorganized the Nest Aware pricingand this is a welcome change for anyone with multiple cameras. The more cameras you have, the more money you will save compared to the old plans. But does that mean you should change if you are using the old price structure? Not necessarily.
Remember that you cannot choose the old plans if you are subscribe to Nest Aware today. But if you’ve already signed up for Nest Aware before Google switches, you have a choice. You can either stick to what you have or move on to the new plans. The option is yours (at least until Google changes its mind and forces you to change). So what’s the difference?
The old pricing structure gave you more video for less
Previously, you had three options of $ 5, $ 10 or $ 30 per month. With each choice, you get 24/7 recording, which means video recorded by Nest even if it hasn’t detected an event.
Depending on the plan you chose, you could see 5, 10 or 30 days of recordings, but otherwise the functionality was the same. The big drawback of the old structure was the need to purchase a separate subscription for each camera you own.
Nest has offered small discounts for your second and third camera subscriptions, but the cost has gone up. And the price has not gone down for the fourth camera and beyond.
But if you only have one camera, the cheapest option costs less than the new cheapest plan. And if you care about 24/7 video recording, the old Nest Aware offered more than the updated subscriptions.
The new structure offers you more cameras for less
Nest Aware now has two pricing options: $ 6 and $ 12. But unlike the old Nest Aware, what you get differs significantly between the two plans. With the $ 6 option, you don’t get 24/7 registration. Instead, you get 30 days of event-based videos. This means that it only records when a sound or movement is detected or someone pushes the doorbell.
If you want 24/7 recording, you’ll have to opt for the $ 12 plan, which gives you 10 days of 24/7 recorded video and 60 days of event-based video. But whether you choose the $ 6 plan or the $ 12 plan, every Nest Camera you own is covered by the subscription.
When to stick to old plans
You should consider sticking to the old plans in the following scenarios:
- You have one or two cameras on the $ 5 plan and have no plans to buy more.
- You subscribe to the 30 $ and 30 days option and need 30 days of 24/7 history.
- You don’t want to migrate to a Google account.
If you only have one camera and pay $ 5 a month, you lose more than you earn by changing. After all, the biggest benefit to the recently redesigned Nest Aware is the cheaper price for multiple cameras. But the $ 6 option takes away your 5 days of video recorded 24/7. However, you get 30 days of event-based recordings. So if you need more history, it’s time to change.
The same logic applies even if you have two cameras at the $ 5 level. You spend $ 10, which is still $ 2 less than the new plan that came with 24/7 recorded video. However, switching to the new $ 12 subscription will give you 7 days of 24/7 history (versus 5 days with the current plan) and 60 days of event-based recordings. If it seems worth the extra $ 24 a year, you may want to consider making the move.
If you are currently on the $ 30 plan, you may want to consider sticking with it. It’s an expensive plan, but none of the new Nest Aware options include 30 days of 24/7 recorded history. If it’s a necessity, stay where you are. But if you need ALL recorded videos for 30 days or more, then making the change can save you a lot of money.
Finally, if you prefer to stay on a Nest account, you’ll need to stick to the old Nest Aware plans. To make the change, you’ll need to migrate your Nest account to a Google account (if you haven’t already).
When to switch to new plans
You should consider switching to the new plans in the following scenarios:
- You have three or more cameras.
- You benefit from a package of $ 10 or $ 30 but want more history.
- You plan to buy more cameras.
If you have three cameras on the old plans, you spend at least $ 11 a month to get 5 days of 24/7 history. You can go down to $ 6 a month and save $ 60 a year, but you will lose access to 24/7 history. If that’s important to you, you can pay $ 1 more per month and increase your 24/7 video access to 10 days.
And if you pay more than $ 20 a month for three cameras to have 10 days of 24/7 history, there is no reason not to switch to the new $ 12 plan. The $ 12 subscription will give you the same features, as well as an additional event-based video history for $ 8 less a month.
Whether you change depends on how much access to history is required for anyone currently paying $ 10 or $ 30 per month. If the answer is “as much as possible,” the new Nest Aware gives you more history, albeit as an event-based video recording.
Finally, if you plan to add more cameras, you will need to switch to the new plans. You can’t add new cameras to old Nest Aware subscriptions.
I hope this will help you see when you stick with what you have and when to move on to the new plans. Everyone’s situation is a bit different, so if you’re not sure, don’t move right away. You don’t need to switch to the new Nest Aware subscription, but you can’t go back once you’ve done so. Better to be sure of your needs before you get started.