Google has updated the prices of Nest Aware and it is a welcome change for anyone with multiple cameras. The more cameras you own, the more money you save compared to the old plans. But does this mean you have to switch if you use the old pricing structure? Not necessary.
Note that you cannot choose the old plans if you subscribe to Nest Aware today. But if you already subscribed to Nest Aware before Google made the switch, you have a choice. You can stick to what you have or go to the new plans. The option is yours (at least until Google changes your mind and forces you to change). So what's the difference?
The old pricing structure gave you more video for less
Earlier you had three options of $ 5, $ 10 or $ 30 per month. With each choice, you got 24/7 recording, which means Nest recorded video even if no event was detected.
Depending on the plan you chose, you can see recordings of 5, 10 or 30 days, but otherwise the functions were the same. The major drawback of the old structure was the requirement to purchase a separate subscription for each camera you own.
Nest gave small discounts for your second and third camera plans, but the costs were still increasing. And the price didn't drop any lower for the fourth camera and beyond.
But if you only have one camera, the cheapest option costs less than the cheapest new subscription. And if you care about 24/7 video recording, the old Nest Aware offered more than the updated plans.
The New Structure Gives You More Cameras For Less
Now Nest Aware 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 a 24/7 withdrawal. Instead, you get 30 days of event-based videos. That means it only records when a sound or movement is detected or someone presses the doorbell.
If you want to record 24/7, you should opt for the $ 12 plan, which gives you 10 days of 24/7 recorded videos and 60 days of event-based videos. But whether you opt for a $ 6 plan or a $ 12 plan, any Nest camera you own will be covered.
When to stick to the old plans
] Consider sticking to the old plans in the following scenarios:
- You have one or two cameras on the $ 5 plan and you don't plan to buy more.
- You subscribe to the $ 30 and 30 day option and need 30 days 24/7 history.
- You don't want to migrate to a Google account.
If you only have one camera and you pay $ 5 a month, you lose more than you win by switching. After all, the biggest benefit to the recently redesigned Nest Aware is a lower price for multiple cameras. But the $ 6 option takes away your 5 days of 24/7 recorded videos. However, you get 30 days of event-based recordings. So if you need more history, it's time to switch.
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 comes with 24/7 recorded videos. However, if you bump into the new $ 12 plan, you get 7 days of 24/7 history (compared to 5 days with the current plan) and 60 days of event-based recordings. If that's worth the extra $ 24 a year, consider making the switch.
If you currently have a $ 30 plan, consider sticking to it. It's an expensive plan, but none of the new Nest Aware options come with 30 days of 24/7 recorded history. If that's a necessity, stay where you are. But if you need 30 days or more of ALL recorded videos, you can save a lot of money by making the switch.
After all, if you'd rather stay on a Nest account, stick with the old Nest Aware plans. To make the switch, you'll need to migrate your Nest account to a Google account (if you haven't already).
When to Jump to the New Plans
Consider jumping to the new plans in the following scenarios:
- You have three or more cameras.
- You're on the $ 10 or $ 30 plan but want more history.  You plan to buy more cameras.
If you have three cameras on the old plans, spend at least $ 11 a month to get 5 days of 24/7 history. You can step down to $ 6 a month and save $ 60 a year, although you will lose access to 24/7 history. If that's important to you, you can pay an extra $ 1 per month and increase your 24/7 video access to ten days.
And if you're paying more than $ 20 a month for three cameras 10 days of 24/7 history, there's no reason not to switch to the new $ 12 plan . The $ 12 plan offers you the same features, plus an event-based video history for less than 8 per month.
Whether you switch depends on how much access to history is required for anyone who currently pays $ 10 or $ 30 a month. If the answer is & # 39; as much as possible & # 39; the new Nest Aware gives you more history, albeit in the form of event-based video recording.
Finally, if you plan to add more cameras, you should switch to the new plans. You cannot add new cameras to the old Nest Aware plans.
Hopefully this will help you see when to stick to what you have and when to jump to the new plans. Everyone's situation is a little different, so if you're not sure, don't act immediately. You don't have to switch to the new Nest Aware plan, but once you do, you can't go back. It is better to be sure of your needs before jumping.