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why home away plus schedule can't be used together?

Community Member

I was expecting it's possible to use the home away feature and also schedule the cameras to stay on at night.

According to this article you should not mix them

Which is a bit silly as I would expect many users to have a similar requirement as I do.


Community Member

I mix the two and it works. You've just got to understand the limitations.

Think of both of them as a series of events. 

  • In the schedule, each change of state is an event. When the event fires, the camera state is changed.
  • Similarly with home/away, arrivals and departures are events and camera state will change when the event fires.
  • Neither of the two ways to trigger events will be affected by the other.


For example, what I have:

  • Schedules turns off some cameras at 7am and on at 9pm
  • Schedules also turn cameras off at 1:00am, on at 1:02am (see below)
  • Home/away turns cameras on when I leave, off when I arrive.

That works as long as I don't leave before 7am or return after 9pm. The scheduled short off/on at 1:00am cleans up after times I arrive home late.

It's not perfect but as the saying goes, perfect is the enemy of good. 

Community Member

I was thinking the same but unfortunately I have a combination of 

- nest hub

- 1 cam legacy (black one)

- 2 new cam indoor 2nd gen

AFAIK the nest app can schedule the cameras but google home app can't.

The two new 2nd gen cameras can only be added to google home. When I try adding them to the nest app it directs me to google home.

This means I can schedule the old cams not the new ones.

I was hoping I could use routines from the google home app to say "turn on all the cameras" command at certain times but it doesn't seem to be supported.

Are you doing schedules with any 2nd gen cameras too?


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Hey there,

Sorry to hear the feature you're looking for is unavailable, but we’re always looking for ways to improve, and appreciate your feedback. You can send it at any time using your devices by saying, "Hey Google, send feedback," or by following the steps found here. We'll keep this thread open for an additional 24 hours for follow-up questions or concerns.

Best regards,

Community Member

No second gen cams, I purchased mine in 2018. They're all accessible from the Nest App which is where I do the scheduling. The Google Home app is horrible. I did not know that newer cams are forced to use Home. Good reason for me to never buy another Nest device!


Sorry this wasn't helpful!