What you need to know
- Google is getting rid of the option to disable the status light on all Nest and Dropcam cameras.
- The status light will always be on when a Nest or Dropcam camera is recording.
- You'll be able to dim the light from settings, but there will always be a visual indicator when the camera is on.
Google made key changes to Nest accounts following security issues earlier in the year. As part of a broader privacy push the search giant outlined after I/O 2019, Google is now getting rid of the option to disable the status light on Nest and Dropcam cameras.
Whenever a Nest camera, Dropcam, or Nest Hello camera is on and recording, you'll see a visual indicatior. When a live video is being streamed from the camera to the Nest app, the status light will blink. From Google:
The move is great from a privacy point of view as it prevents nefarious use of the security cameras, but the Nest community is predictably outraged at Google for taking away a key feature and making the cameras more prominent:
Nest users, what are your thoughts on the latest update? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.