How to Improve Your Nest Camera’s Quality and Bandwidth Settings

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To help save your home internet’s bandwidth (and potentially the world’s), Nest lets you adjust your security camera’s video quality. If things are starting to look a bit fuzzy, here’s how you can improve your recordings by raising your camera’s quality and bandwidth to “high.”

Change the Setting in the App

The easiest way to adjust your Nest camera’s settings is by using the company’s Android or iPhone mobile app. Once you have launched the “Nest” app on your smartphone (and signed in to your Google account if necessary), tap on the Gear icon in the top-right corner of the home screen.

Select the Gear icon in the top-right corner of the app

Next, scroll down to the bottom of the list and select the Nest camera associated with your account that needs its video quality and bandwidth setting adjusted.

Tap on one of your Nest cameras

Scroll down to the “Video” section and tap on the “Quality And BandWidth” option.

Select the "Quality And Bandwidth option from the "Video" section

Finally, move the slider to the “High” position.

Change the video quality using the slider

Be aware that changing this setting should improve the quality of your Nest camera’s video recordings, but it will also use more of your internet’s bandwidth. You might want to keep this at the medium position if your internet service provider (ISP) puts a cap on your home internet usage.

Change the Setting on the Web

If you aren’t a fan of Nest’s mobile apps, or if you want to make changes to your security cameras from your computer, you can access the company’s website from any web browser.

Start by visiting Nest’s website using your Windows, Mac, or Linux PC and signing in to your Google account.

Next, from the site’s home page, click on your avatar in the top-right corner of the interface.

Click on your avatar icon in the top-right corner

Now, select the “Settings” option from the drop-down menu.

Click the "Settings" option from the drop-down menu

Locate the “Products” section found in the bottom-left side of the menu and then click on one of your Nest cameras.

Click on one of your cameras in the "Products" section

Lastly, navigate to the “Quality And Bandwidth” sections under the “Video” heading and then move the slider to the “High” position.

Change your video quality using the slider

Again, choosing the highest-quality option will improve the look of your Nest camera’s recorded videos, but it will also use more data. If your ISP limits how much data you can use every month, you might have to consider the medium or low options.

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