How To Connect Nest Camera To Wifi How to Connect Your Nest Camera to Wi-Fi Nest cameras rely on a stable network connection for optimal functionality. Whether you’re setting up a new Nest camera or need to reconnect an existing one, this guide will help you establish a Wi-Fi connection for your Nest device.

Step 1: Install the Nest or Home App 

How To Connect Nest Camera To Wifi
How To Connect Nest Camera To Wifi

Before connecting your Nest camera to Wi-Fi, ensure you have the Nest or Home app installed on your mobile device. This app will serve as the gateway to control your camera and manage its settings.

Step 2: Basic Network Requirements Before proceeding, make sure your network and setup meet these basic requirements:

  • Your router should broadcast a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network. If your router combines 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz on a single SSID, consider separating them into distinct networks or temporarily disabling the 5 GHz option while setting up the camera.
  • Ensure your Wi-Fi security encryption uses the WPA/WPA2-PSK protocol.
  • Disable VPN and AdGuard on your mobile device.
  • Initially, position the camera near the router during setup, and later move it to your desired location.
  • Turn off mobile data and ensure your mobile device is connected to the same 2.4 GHz network that your camera will connect to. While Nest products can work with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks in the US, a 2.4 GHz network often provides better range, especially for outdoor models.
  • Enable location and Bluetooth on your mobile device. Grant location access permissions as they are required to discover devices on your network.

Step 3: Connecting Your Nest Camera to Wi-Fi

For First-Time Setup: Follow these steps to connect your Nest camera to Wi-Fi for the first time:

  • Make sure your Nest camera is within the range of your network.
  • Open the Nest or Home app on your mobile device.
  • Allow the necessary permissions.
  • Add the camera via the app, following the on-screen instructions.

For Changing Wi-Fi Networks: 

How To Connect Nest Camera To Wifi
How To Connect Nest Camera To Wifi

If you need to connect your Nest camera to a different network due to a move or other reasons, follow these steps:

  1. Factory Reset the Camera:
    • Detach the camera from its magnetic mount.
    • Locate the reset button (found on the front or back, depending on your camera model).
    • Press and hold the reset button with a paper clip for 10-15 seconds, continuing through the jingle, and release it once the jingle ends.
    • After the front light turns off, plug in the camera charger. Ensure the camera’s battery doesn’t die during the reset, as this could potentially damage the device.
    • The camera will boot up and make another jingle, indicating that it’s in setup mode.
  2. Remove the Camera from the App:
    • Delete the camera from the Home or Nest app.
  3. Reconnect the Camera:
    • Reconnect the camera as a new device using the same process as for the first-time setup.

Step 4: Nest Camera Initial Setup For both first-time setup and reconnecting to a new network, follow these steps to complete the Nest camera setup:

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Using the Google Home App (applicable to certain Nest models):

How To Connect Nest Camera To Wifi
How To Connect Nest Camera To Wifi
  • Launch the Home app on your mobile device.
  • Navigate to “Devices” > “Add” in the bottom menu.
  • Select “New Device” on the Set-up device window.
  • Choose your home or create a new one and tap “Next.”
  • Grant Bluetooth access and wait for the app to search for your device (it may not find it but will proceed).
  • Select your Nest camera model.
  • Scan the QR code or enter the 6-digit setup code manually if necessary.
  • Choose the camera image corresponding to your device.
  • Accept the terms and conditions, then proceed through camera location selection (indoor or outdoor).
  • Add your network information, selecting your 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network and entering the correct password.
  • Wait for the camera to connect to your network (indicated by a jingle).
  • Choose the camera’s room and complete any customization options.
  • Tap “Done” on the final window to access your camera from the home screen.

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Using the Nest App (applicable to various Nest models):

How To Connect Nest Camera To Wifi
How To Connect Nest Camera To Wifi
  • Download and install the Nest app and create an account if you haven’t already.
  • Open the Nest app.
  • Tap the settings icon in the upper right corner of the app’s home screen.
  • Select “Add a product” to begin the setup.
  • Scan the QR code on the back of your camera or manually enter the numbers from the QR code.
  • The app will guide you through the setup process.

By following these steps, you’ll successfully connect your Nest camera to Wi-Fi and enjoy its features and functionalities