If you don’t pay for a monthly subscription, the Canary Home Security Camera keeps video recordings for 24 hours before they’re deleted, which should give you plenty of time to download a video clip if you need to. Here’s how to do that.

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The process for downloading video clips is a bit odd, but it’s pretty easy to do once you figure it out and follow these simple steps.

First off, open up the app and tap on “View Timeline” at the bottom.

Next, scroll to find a video clip that you want to download and then select it.

On the next screen, tap on the ellipses in the top-right corner of the screen.

Select “Request Video Download”.

A popup will appear telling you that the app is preparing the video for download. Hit “Okay” and then wait for the app as it does its thing.

During this process, you’ll see the little “Preparing” icon toward the bottom. Depending on how long the video clip is, it could take at least a few minutes.

Eventually you’ll get another popup telling you that the video is ready for download. Tap “Go to Activity”.

Tap on “Download Video” at the top.

The video will begin to download. Hit “Okay” when it’s done.

From there, exit out of the app and open up your phone’s camera roll or gallery. The video will appear there and you can watch it and keep it without it ever disappearing automatically after 24 hours.

We wouldn’t recommend doing this for every single video clip that your Canary camera captures (because of possible data caps), but for those instances where you need to save a video clip to show someone later on, this is a great way to go.

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