How Do I Get My Nest Camera to Record Video?

If you own a Nest camera, you already know that it can provide an extra layer of security to your home or office. But what if you want to make sure that it records video footage when movement is detected? In this tutorial, we will explain how to get your Nest camera to record video.

Step 1: Ensure Your Camera is Properly Installed

Before we get into the steps involved in setting up your Nest camera to record video, we need to make sure that your camera is properly installed and connected to the internet. Check the connection and power source of your device before moving on.

Step 2: Open the Nest App

To set up video recording for your Nest camera, open the Nest app on your smartphone or tablet. If you don’t have it installed already, download it from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Step 3: Select Your Camera

Once you’re in the app, select the camera you want to set up for recording by tapping on its icon.

Step 4: Go to Settings

Next, tap on the gear icon in the top right corner of the screen. This will take you to the settings menu for your selected camera.

Step 5: Choose “Video” Settings

Scroll down until you see “Video” and tap on it. This is where all of your video settings are located.

Step 5a: Enable “Activity Zones”

If you want more control over what triggers recording, enable “activity zones.” This feature lets you draw a box around a specific area within your camera’s field of view. When motion is detected in that area, recording will begin automatically.

Step 5b: Enable “Video History”

To ensure that all of your video footage is saved, turn on “video history.” This feature will save all of the video footage captured by your camera for up to 30 days.

Step 6: Choose “Recording Events”

Scroll down and select “Recording Events.” Here you can choose when your camera should record video.

Step 6a: Choose “All Motion”

If you want your camera to record all motion detected, choose “all motion.” This means that any movement detected by your camera will trigger it to start recording.

Step 6b: Choose “Person Alerts Only”

If you only want your camera to record when it detects a person, choose “person alerts only.” This setting is great for those who don’t want their camera recording every time a car drives by or a pet walks by.

Step 7: Save Your Settings

Once you’ve chosen your video settings, make sure to save them by tapping on the save button in the top right corner of the screen.


In this tutorial, we’ve explained how to get your Nest camera to record video. By following these steps, you can ensure that your home or office is always secure and protected. Remember to check that all of your settings are properly enabled and that your camera is connected to the internet before expecting it to record videos.