Chances are you’ll get a ton of inappropriate false positive traffic alerts from your Nest camera — a passing car, bugs flying through the frame, or a bush to the right waving in the wind. Here’s how you can limit these kinds of notifications using activity zones.
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Keep in mind that you won’t be able to get rid of every false positive motion alert, but by creating activity zones and tweaking your notifications, you can at least be able to keep them to a minimum.
Creating Activity Zones
Creating an activity zone for a Nest Cam or Nest Hello video call allows you to receive motion alerts only from a specific part of the camera’s field of view.
For example, if you live on a busy street and your Nest Hello is pointing straight down that street, you’re likely to get a bunch of useless traffic alerts. Instead, you can create an activity zone where you select everything in the frame except for a busy street. This way you will only receive relevant traffic notifications.
We have a guide to creating activity zones (you’ll need a Nest Aware subscription) and it will walk you through the process of creating an activity zone using the web interface, which is the easiest way to do it.
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You you can do this from the Nest app on your phone or tablet by going to your camera settings and selecting the Activity Zones option. However, it’s a bit cumbersome to do so on a small touch screen. So if you can do it through the web interface then this is the best option.