How To Restart a Nest Camera Remotely (6 Easy Steps)

How To Restart a Nest Camera Remotely

Nest cameras are well-known for their high quality and are a less expensive alternative to other security cameras.

The Nest Camera Indoor plus Outdoor security cameras, as well as the Nest Cam IQ, an intelligent security camera that can identify a person and recognize both known and new faces, are among Nest’s offerings. 

You can restart your Nest camera in 6 easy steps:

  1. Log into the Nest app.
  2. Choose the camera you’d like to restart.
  3. Locate the ‘settings’ icon.
  4. Remember your camera’s settings.
  5. Tap the ‘remove camera’ option.
  6. Go through the setup process again.

Keep on reading to learn how to restart your Nest Camera and how to tackle other common Nest camera issues. 

Log Into the Nest App

Before you can restart a Nest camera remotely, you’ll need to log into your account via the Nest app.

If you don’t already have the app downloaded on your smartphone, you can access it for free via the Apple and Android app store. 

The app is free to use and no subscription is required.

If you don’t remember your login details, be sure to follow the instructions on how to recover or reset your password. 

Choose the Camera You’d Like To Restart

Once you’ve logged in successfully, you’ll then need to scroll and select the camera that you’d like to restart.

If you have multiple Nest devices connected, be careful about choosing the right one to restart. 

If you select the wrong camera, you may have to go through the steps to set it up again.

Locate the ‘Settings’ Icon

Next, locate the ‘settings’ icon so you can finally restart your Nest camera. 

You’ll find the settings icon in the drop-down menu.

The drop-down menu is in the top-right corner of the Nest app.

The icon will appear as a cog. Tap the icon to go into the settings.

Remember Your Camera’s Settings 

This step is important because once you reconnect your Nest camera to the app, this will assist you in restoring settings. 

If you are trying to restart multiple cameras, ensure that you note all of them down and the settings they have too.

You need to know how each camera option is set to progress to the next step. 

Tap the ‘Remove Camera’ Option

Now, remove the camera by scrolling to the bottom of the screen and tapping the, ‘remove camera’ option.

You should confirm when prompted.

Nest will send you a confirmation email stating that the camera has been deleted from your account.

If you don’t receive a confirmation email, repeat the process again. 

Go Through the Setup Process Again 

After removing the Nest camera, you’ll need to go through the setup process again to reconnect your camera to the app. 

Once that is done, your Nest camera will have officially restarted.

Any connection issues or other problems will likely be resolved after the restart. 

Why Do Nest Cameras Go Offline?

Nest cameras can go offline because of network congestion, network setting changes, or wireless interference. They can also go offline if your wireless network doesn’t have the bandwidth capacity for multiple wireless devices. 

Fortunately, there are a few ways you can ensure you never have to restart your camera again. These include:

  • Minimizing the distance between the camera and the router. Several components, such as furniture or walls, can interfere with the Wi-Fi signal, even if your camera is close to your router. So, be sure to remove them or adjust your router’s location.
  • Checking for any other devices that can interfere with your router. Other smart devices can obstruct the connection between your router and camera. If this is the problem, try turning off some of your other smart devices to see if this helps. 
  • Resetting your WiFi. If you’re experiencing frequent problems with your Nest camera, the problem may be your internet connection. You may need to upgrade your WiFi’s capability to ensure it can accommodate all of your devices, including your Nest camera.

Other Common Nest Camera Problems

If you’ve done all you can to adjust the location of your router, restart your camera, and move any physical obstructions, there may be other reasons the camera isn’t working. These include:

Too Many Motion Alerts on Nest Cam

Too many motion alerts will eventually cause you to ignore the important ones.

Moving the camera or adjusting the angle can occasionally help reduce, if not eliminate, false warnings.

For example, if the camera isn’t angled towards the floor, it may be possible to minimize alarms triggered by a dog or cat.

There are numerous software options that can assist with this problem.

You can utilize the Home / Away function to receive notifications just when no one is at home.

This will prevent warnings from being triggered by a known individual moving about.

Finally, ‘activity zones’ is a function that allows you to limit motion detection to a specified region of your home or office.

If you just want to hear alerts at the door, you can tell the activity zone to exclude the remainder of the room.

This is a very effective way to reduce, if not wholly eliminate, spurious motion alarms. 

Unfortunately, this feature is only available with a paid Nest Alert membership.

If video archives are essential to you, Nest Aware is a must-have. 

Viewing Issues With the Nest Camera

A dirty lens could be the cause of distorted or blurry vision throughout the day.

Wipe it down with a gentle, clean cloth. 

Problems at night can be caused when using your Nest Camera to look out a window.

This can typically be resolved by turning off the night vision and the status light. 

The Status Light on the Nest Cam Is Turned Off

Many issues can be resolved by turning the camera on and off, including the absence of the status light.

Assuming the status light isn’t switched off in the camera’s settings, this means the camera isn’t working at all. 

Hopefully, recycling the electricity will fix the problem.

If it doesn’t work, try a different outlet. If nothing improves, it is likely a problem with the hardware.

If the camera is still under warranty, contact the manufacturer or the retailer where you bought it because this isn’t something you’ll be able to fix on your own. 

To Summarize

You’ll be able to restart your Nest camera remotely by using the settings tool located in the Nest app.

To avoid issues in the future, you can place the Nest camera closer to the router and limit any WiFi interference. 

Nelson Barbosa

I'm an engineer in love with smart home tech. On my website, I share useful tips and tricks to help my readers get the most of their devices and make their lives simpler by adding just a drop of technology in everyday routines!

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