OnTech Support sold and installed my Nest Camera Outdoors. They cannot help figure out why it does not record any history upto 3 hours without a NestAware subscription. At most it shows the most recent event which again is deleted automatically after a few hours.
OnTech keeps deflecting issue to Google for which they don't have any correct contact numbers. Pls advise how to get history upto 3 hours (without Nest Aware subscription as I was explained by OnTech); else I have no choice but to return the camera. Thx
Terrible experience! I have the same issue with recordings not being accessible. Moreover, anything recorded overnight is long gone by the time i wake up. I would return it if you can - just my experience.
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I replied back to the email but as per usual have received no response.
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If you do NOT have a Nest Aware subscription, for the newer Google Nest cameras and doorbells you should have access to event video history for events that occurred and were detected within the last 3 hours. I would think OnTech Support would know this.
Thx. That is exactly my point. I should have "access to event video history for events that occurred and were detected within the last 3 hours". On Tech Support confirms that but cannot suggest why it is not recording/providing a history. They keep referring me to Google Nest Customer service at non-functioning phone numbers. I do not know how else to get Google's attention.
You should be able to view event video history for the most recent 3 hours using these instructions: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/10904254?hl=en
Do you have notifications configured and are you receiving any?
Are you able to open your cameras in the Google Home app and get a live view? If you go to home.google.com, can you see your cameras' livestreams?
The only way I know of to contact Support is by starting with this link:
Thx. Yes I do exactly what's in the link above but it does not have any history for the last three hours. At best the most recent event that automatically deletes after a few minutes. yes I do see livestream. But what's the point if it does not capture any history of events which is key to security!
If you go to your cameras in the Google Home app and select Settings | Video | Video history, what option do you have selected on this "Video History" screen? (We have a Nest Aware Plus subscription, which explains our selection and our options.)
I don't quite understand the automatically deletes part. Are you saving the clip to another device or just looking at live view on the app and then checking history? If the history is empty for the last 3 hours, then it appears to me that there was no event to record. Regardless though, if notifications are set up properly including an email notification, then you will always have a record of events captured in your email...but just a still shot of the trigger point, not a video.
Thx. By some stroke of luck I co9nnected with a LIVE agent who was extremely patient to help factory reset and reinstall the app. Right now it just has one video of me mounting the device. I will know tomorrow if the day's history is recorded or not. So will post again to report if this has been resolved or not. Thx all
I'm glad to hear you were able to reach live Support.
You can also test your cameras by walking in front of the cameras and then checking within 3 hours. Note, however, that if your cameras are running on battery power they may not always detect such an event. (When on battery power, the cameras are "Idle" and don't always wake up in time.) Our battery camera is plugged in with the optional power cable and consistently detects and records events.
Well, since you do NOT have a Nest Aware subscription, it's normal for all history older than 3 hours ago to be deleted. And if you have the battery camera running on battery power, it is "Idle" most of the time and may not wake up to detect an event. With our battery camera, if we unplug the optional power cable and walk in front of the camera, it usually will NOT detect or record the event. (When it is plugged in, it does a good job of detecting and recording events.)
That's why I suggested testing it by walking in front of the camera just to see if it even detects the event, and then check your history shortly thereafter to see if the event was captured.
Do you have events configured under Settings | Events? If not, the camera won't record.
I am afraid you are missing the point. I don't think it is normal for all history older than 3 Hours ago from to be deleted because it defeats the purpose of a security camera- what if I am not home and an event occured 4 hours ago. The product feature as explained to me by OnTech solutions is that it will record events in 10 second clips aggregating 3 hours and deletes the oldest to make room for the latest when it hits the 3 hours threshold.This was further verified by the Google Live Agent . Only if I wanted unlimited recording of all events is when I need the Nest Aware Subscription. What I am complaining about is that it does not keep the last 3 hours of event history which is set to detect people and cars within a defined perimeter/zone.
It may "defeat the purpose of a security camera", but that's what Google Nest does.
Without a Nest Aware subscription, you only have access to events that occurred in the most recent 3 hours. It will NOT record events in 10 second clips aggregating 3 hours worth of recordings. OnTech Solutions should know that. Any Google Live Agent should know that. Unfortunately, Google Nest's marketing literature for the new cameras continues to be somewhat unclear ("3 hours of free event video history" and "Up to 3 hours recording"), though for older cameras they are clearer ("you can get photo snapshots of detected activity up to 3 hours in the past" - https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9681538). But if you go to the Google Store's tech specs for the battery camera, for example, and expand the "Video history" item, it says:
"Captures and stores video clips of activity that happened within the past 3 hours"
(see screen capture below).
And numerous customers in this forum have posted about only getting access to events occurring in the most recent 3 hours. Here are a few of those threads:
And here's a post from Reddit: "When I purchased I assumed the 3 hours was for recorded time not 3 hours of real life time. If anything happens overnight while I’m away I have no record of it when I wake up except a notification on my phone." - https://www.reddit.com/r/Nest/comments/ry8t7i/are_nest_cameras_worthless_without_nest_aware/
As just another Google Nest customer, I'm sorry you're going to try to return your cameras. OnTech Solutions and the Google Live Agent should have provided you with correct information.
However, when the battery camera is plugged in with the optional power cable, we've found it works well. And with multiple other cameras and doorbells, we are satisfied with our Nest Aware Plus subscription ($120/yr) because it covers all our cameras and doorbells. And we can use our Nest Hubs to view any of our cameras or doorbells at any time.
Google agent informs me :
Nest Aware 2nd generation $6 / month $60 / year (30 day event history)
As before, they cannot explain what the 30 day event history means- does it mean history of ALL events recorded during a day for last 30 days? Pls clarify
On another note, I think Google should discontinue its relationship with OnTech for they are misleading customers and also act as used car salespeople selling 1 year membership plans promising support to which there is none.
If you have the $6/month ($60/year) Nest Aware subscription, it gives you access to up to 30 days of event video history on all cameras and doorbells in the same Google Nest "home/structure" on the same Google Nest account. This is all events detected and recorded.
@KKS1 How's it going with your Nest Camera? Were you able to read the information and check the links that MplsCustomer has shared? In case you have an update, you know where to find us.
I appreciate your response, MplsCustomer and JT.
Odd as I could have sworn they do. I do know my Gen 2 camera/floodlight sends a notification to my phone...I see it everyday. I'll have to keep an eye on my email as I thought I saw a Gen 2 notification there too. Can't verify since I delete them often.
Thanks for the info