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How Do You Know if Furbo is Recording?

How Do You Know if Furbo is Recording?

The Furbo is an interactive smart dog camera that allows you to see, talk to, and toss treats to your dog from anywhere. As a result, it is a must-have item for any dog owner who doubles as a social media sensation. However, for social media likes to accumulate, you must record those can’t-miss dog moments to share them with the world. But how do you know if your Furbo is recording?

To record with your Furbo, the status light at the bottom of the device must be blue. This indicates that a live stream is in action, and when it is, you receive a notification on your smartphone. From there, you have the option of snapping a photo or recording a video of your dog.

Based on the sheer volume of Furbo recorded videos floating around social media, many people assume that Furbo automatically records all of your dog’s motions. While there is the option to upgrade to Furbo Dog Nanny and have all relevant dog actions recorded, the base Furbo does not record automatically. However, there are just a few simple steps to record your dog using your smartphone during a live stream.

How to Record Using Furbo

The Furbo is a motion- and bark-detecting dog camera. Whenever your dog barks or comes within sight of the Furbo, the blue status light comes on, indicating a live stream of the dog’s action. While you will receive a notification on your smartphone of the dog’s activity, it will not automatically start recording during this live stream. However, it is easy to start recording remotely from your smartphone using the following steps:

  1. Tap on the smartphone notification to open the Furbo app.
  2. Locate the camera icon on the lower left side of the screen. Tap on the “switch” icon next to the camera to change to video recording mode.
  3. During recording, the icon will be red. The maximum recording length is 60 seconds
  4. To stop recording, tap the icon again.
  5. The recorded video will be shown on the left-hand side of the screen. Tap on it to share.
  6. Recorded videos will automatically be saved to the camera roll on your phone. They can be shared via a broad number of mediums, just like the videos taken directly with your phone’s camera.

Using Furbo Dog Nanny to Record Videos

If you are not tied to your smartphone at all hours of the day and want to be sure that all of your dog’s precious moments are captured, there is the option to upgrade to Furbo Dog Nanny to have videos automatically recorded. The cost of Furbo Dog Nanny is $6.99 per month or $69 per year. It also comes with a 90-day free trial.

When using Furbo Dog Nanny, the system begins recording any time your dog barks or gets active. It will also begin to record when people walk in front of the camera, making the Furbo double as a neat home protection tool.

Furbo Dog nanny even has a dog selfie feature that sends you a special notification when the dog faces Furbo (dogs can recognize blue and are attracted to the status light on Furbo). However, the Furbo needs to be close to the dog’s eye level for this feature to work properly.

Recorded videos from Furbo Dog Nanny are uploaded to a cloud library so that you can go back and review them at a later time. There is even a cool feature that compiles all recorded videos throughout the day and curates them into a short 60-second highlight reel of your dog’s daily activity.


Furbo is a smart dog camera that can detect motion, barking, or any other dog-related event in your home. When this activity takes place, a blue status light will illuminate on Furbo, sending you a smartphone notification. From there, it is easy to record or snap a picture of your dog.

Although Furbo does not record automatically, an upgrade to Furbo Dog Nanny will automatically capture all significant dog events throughout the day and store the recorded videos in the cloud for you to review at a later time. This subscription-based service even records people’s activity, adding a home protection element to all of the can’t miss dog footage.