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Nest Camera Gaps. Need Help!

Community Member

I've been dealing with this issue for months and have tried several suggestions but I can't seem to find a solution. I'm beginning to wonder if my NEST camera is faulty or the camera itself intentionally turns itself off randomly so that I am encouraged to purchase the Nest Aware Plus subscription (I have a Nest Aware subscription). My event history has long and frequent gaps in the recording. I've attached an image of my recording history over the last 3-4 hours. nest camera gaps.PNG

The messages displayed in the "off" (light coloured) times are different. Sometimes it says its disconnected and that I should check the wifi, other times it says its not available.  During these times, the green light on the device is off. I have tried:

  • Turning Home Away Assist off (The above image is an example of Home Away Assist off)
  • Doing a factory reset. (I have done at least five factory resets on this device over the last weeks. The outages continue)
  • Moving the wireless router closer

Please suggest other things I can do, without having to purchase anything else, otherwise I will have to throw this camera away and end my nest aware subscription. The camera was not available for the last porch package stealing incident we had.



Community Member

Has this occurred from the beginning? Do you have the ability to try a different router? I’ve had equipment that didn’t like my router before. WiFi can be tricky. 

Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi there, 


I apologize for my late response. Thank you for all of your patience while waiting for a reply. I can definitely understand how frustrating your situation must be. I just wanted to make sure that your issue is addressed. 

  • Do you still need help with this issue?
  • What other troubleshooting steps have you done thus far?

Please let me know if you need further assistance. 

Best Regards, 


Dear KHendricks, this has nothing to do with the router.  Not sure why every one always jumps to the router as being issue.  

I am having the same issue and lo and behold I had to play around with the home assist to keep it from saying I was away.  And further more, this turned my camera off.

Community Member

I have been noticing the same thing.  Imagine my surprise to see that Google knowing had my home selection as away. Do you think I honestly want google to know that I have been away?

2.  Imagine my surprise after I caught that, my camera turned off.  Bad google

Community Member

I have the Nest subscription and mine just started doing the same thing.