6 Creative Ways to Hide Your Nest Cam

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Nest cameras are small and inconspicuous, but it’s still a good idea to keep it hidden so it can't be disabled. Guests may also be slightly disconcerted by the watchful eye of a camera, so keeping your Nest Cam low-key is the best way to keep your property safe and your dinner party conversations flowing.

Just make sure you’re aware of your state’s specific laws on hidden cameras before you start crafting a camera costume. 

An artificial plant

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You won’t need to ask your neighbor to come over and check on your house or the life-status of your potted plant while you’re away if you hide your Nest Cam Indoor in one of these bad boys. Cut a peep hole for the Nest Cam in the plastic pot, or shroud the camera in extra foliage to keep it out of sight.

A stuffed toy

Trojan horses are so 12th century B.C. Hiding your Nest Cam in a plush toy is the modern—and much cuter—way to disguise your security camera. You can easily make your own stuffed animal camera hideout with some scissors and a sewing kit, but make sure it lives on a shelf or somewhere it can’t be grabbed and thrown around by your little one.

A box of tissues

An intruder will be left needing a tissue or two once they’re caught on camera breaking the law. Retrofit an old tissue box by cutting holes in it for the camera lens and wires. (Or use the Nest Cam Battery and forget about those giveaway wires altogether.)

Paint the tissue box black to help the lens blend in. Don’t forget to add a tissue coming out of the top for maximum inconspicuousness.

Light switch plate

It's easy to use a blank double switch plate to secure and hide your Nest Cam right in the wall. It's much more appealing, and discrete than leaving it sitting out in the open.  

A bookcase

Typically, burglars don’t stop to peruse your book collection, so hiding your Nest Cam among similarly colored books and clutter is a great way to conceal it. Or, go the extra mile and tuck the Nest Cam into a hollow book. You'll probably have to glue a couple together and carve out an opening to get the right dimensions. 

Commercial Nest Cam costumes

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There are several clever Nest Cam disguises on the market if you're not feeling crafty.

For example, you can buy silicone skins to help your Nest Cam blend into the surrounding decor, or turn it into a cheerful daisy.

But our favorite is the cover that turns a Nest Cam into a popular animated character

They also fit the Nest Cam IQ.

Wherever you decide to hide your Nest Cam, make sure you don't accidentally obstruct its field of view or motion sensors. Check out our Nest Cam installation guide and our general guide to security camera placement for more tips.


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