If the idea of paying $20 for a starter security system is a bit off-putting, you aren’t alone. But if you have $20, Wyze has a camera that you can install that’s pretty good. All of that might require you to sacrifice a few days worth of Mcdonald’s. To use it, you need to know how to activate your Wyze Cam.
To activate your Wyze cam, you need to install the latest Android or Apple app version. Start by creating an account on the Wyze system and placing your WiFi’s name and password into the application. Test it by having someone wave their arms around while you are out of the room.
In the rest of this article, we will provide a more detailed step-by-step process on how to activate your Wyze Cam.
A Step-By-Step Process For Activating Your Wyze Cam
Follow this process when installing your Wyze Cam:
- Purchase a Wyze Cam from the shop.
- Find a good installation place in your house.
- Install the Wyze App.
- Add your device.
- Add your WiFi Information
- Test your new camera.
Purchase a Wyze Cam
To utilize Wyze’s service, you need to have a camera. Wyze currently offers two different forms of cameras:
Both include 14 days of cloud storage for free. Usually, after 14 days, the offer would expire. You would need to pay for their premium service to maintain this unlimited cloud storage.
At the time of this writing, you can get three free months of CAMplus (the premium service) with the purchase of Wyze Cam v2.
You can purchase the Wyze Cam v3 for $25, but they prioritize this price for current subscribers. You can buy the upgraded camera and one year of CamPlus for $35.
Find a Good Installation Place in Your House
To install the camera, you will need to find a place with a nearby power adaptor. Equipment included with the camera consists of the following:
Ensure the camera is nearby a workable power source. You should see a yellow light appear and start blinking. The blinking indicates you are ready for steps three and four.
Install the Wyze App
Wyze supports both Android and Apple Store devices of the following compatibility:
- You need an Android device of 5.0 or more.
- You need an Apple device with iOS 9.0 or later OR MacOS 11.
Once installed, you should see a large “sign up” button. Tap the button, enter your email, and enter your password. Once you’ve done this, we move onto step four.
Add Your Device
In the center of your screen, you should see a “+” button. Waze cameras have a setup button located on the bottom of the device.
Hold down the setup button and wait for a prompt. Depending on your camera, it may just beep or say “ready to connect.”
If you are adding a second or third device to your list, follow these steps:
- Tap the “home/+” button on the top left.
- Hit the “add device” button.
- Tap “cameras.”
- Choose your camera.
Add Your WiFi Information
The next part of the setup process will request your router’s name and password. You will have established this with your internet service provider (ISP). If you have not, you can typically find the router name and password on the side of your device.
After this, your app will display a QR code that your Wyze Cam can scan. The QR code contains your WiFi’s name and password.
Test Your Camera
To test your camera, you can activate it and ask a friend to wave your arms while you leave the room. If you receive a “motion detected” notice, you can access the video through cloud computing or a MicroSD card.
All MicroSD cards have a phone slot where you will be able to access the data. Otherwise, access a tablet or iPad that may have the same compatibility.
Can You Add Your Wyze Cam to Google Home?
After following the instructions above, you can switch to your Google Home, tap the “+” icon in the top-left area, select “set up device,” and choose option two (have something already set up?).
The next screen will allow you to look up the developer (Wyze) to select the appropriate device. Both Alexa and Google use a similar setup, so this process is relatively similar.
Wyze is a fantastic company that produces cameras of high quality at an incredibly reasonable price. With a bit of effort, you can easily integrate them with your smart home features. In the modern age, managing your security system from an Apple or Android device is necessary. You might also end up seeing some hilarious dog videos in the process.