How to Turn a Wyze Security Camera into a Webcam!



Buy it on Amazon – (affiliate link) – Needing a webcam? Wyze rolled out a firmware update to convert their inexpensive security cameras into webcams. It removes the security camera features but turns it into a simple web camera. You’ll also need a USB-A to A cable: (affiliate link). Subscribe!

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VIDEO INDEX:
0:00 – Intro
00:51 – Camera Prerequisitions
02:53 – Download Firmware
03:39 – Copy Firmware
04:15 – Flashing Firmware
05:23 – Windows Webcam Test with Google Meet
05:55 – Mac Test
06:34 – Camera visual quality
06:37 – Audio sample
07:28 – Conclusion

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  • Neos Smartcam is very similar with Wyze and also based on the same Xiaomi hardware. I wonder could this same firmware trick work with them too?

    Jaakko Leppänen July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • How about a firmware update so that you can save your files to your OWN cloud location?

    Graph Guy July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Can you revert it to a wifi cam if you don't want to use it as webcam anymore? If yes, how to revert the firmware update to factory settings?

    Kanetkar Rev July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • BTW, you can get rid of that annoying flickering by simply changing the "power line frequency (anti-flicker) setting" from 50 Mhz (default) to 60 Mhz in the webcam software you are using.

    Moto Play July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Hey, thank you for the videos, but i have different cctv camera, i have Yi Home Security Camera, can it turn into a webcam also? because i find this Yi Home Camera is good and clear to be a webcam, rather than i buy a new webcam which is expensive right now because WFH, Thank you so much before.

    Fadli Rakhman Herdiansyah July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • So having a desktop PC and a macbook Pro I wanted to use the WyzeCam to stream on my desktop. Unfortunately my desktop didn't have an SD slot for it so I had to do a lot of shuffling back and forth. A lot of people who are having the issue of the light never turning blue should try to format their SD card to FAT, that worked for me. Quick google search should help with that issue.

    Macon Moyer July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Tried with a mac running catalina – the demo.bin that downloads is called an ‘unsupported format’ and will not open

    St Columba's Church, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • my light never turned blue

    Lance van de Vyver July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • If we download and install the new firmware to turn it in to an usb cam, will it still be able to record video in the dark?

    SmoothSmash July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Anyone else having trouble getting the light to go from yellow to blue even following the steps perfectly?

    Itz- Trystin July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • I am following the instructions explicitly, however the LED flashes blue for a heartbeat once the micro-USB connector is plugged in, then goes yellow, then goes flashing yellow.
    Any suggestions? It's pretty clear the firmware is not getting flashed for me

    Odysseus Rex July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • NOTE: Make sure the Micro SD is in FAT32 (MS DOS FAT) format, not exFAT. I reformatted my card and my Wyze cam was able to read it. Thanks for the great vid!

    Dj Henski July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Mine is stuck on the blue light and ideas

    Deandre Rawlins July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • is this also working to Xiaomi Xiao Fang Camera?

    Christian Joulo Amay July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • This is a life hack micro center has these for $30

    Gin Pops July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Thank you Sir!!! Smoothh process

    JboriDaDon July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • USB-C to USB-A works just fine for me. It just doesn't supply power. So you will need to use two cables (the included micro-USB for power plus the USB-C to USB-A for data).

    Jared July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Thanks so much Lon. I set this up yesterday. Took just a few minutes. Only thing I didn't have, surprisingly, was a USB A-A cable. After setup it worked well with Zoom on my Dell, running Windows 10. You're right, audio isn't great so use a headset or alternate microphone if you have one available.

    Clean Toronto July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Will the camera continuously record to the SD card when in webcam mode?

    East Slope Woodturning July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Thanks for your work kudos cheers

    Johnny Gee Jr July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • If you hold the setup button and it doesn't turn blue, the problem may be that your SD card is not formatted to FAT, which is maybe the only format that works. Thanks to these comments on the Wiki, I found out: @t

    Tom Catalini July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • How can I set it up as a security camera once i do this?

    thisismicah July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • can you add both demo files to the sd card to use on both mac and pc or will it default to one or the other

    JaM e Z July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • they didnt tell me i needed a SD card when i bought it.

    porkshank9 July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Great information, especial the cable issue you mentioned. Thanks

    Bob Kas-Mikha July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • When downloading the software to a Mac, there is no way to unzip it….Did anyone else have this issue.

    Deanna Williams July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Thank you, this helped ALOT! 🙂

    fedr July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Thank you! Ordered two of these in hopes I could do this prior to seeing your video!

    Cookies Krisp July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • After installing the new firmware, will it still work as a webcam if the SD card is removed?

    Jason Misurac July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Questions?
    I made a USB 2.0 A to A cable, and it comes on for a millisecond, and then turns off (the cable is sound), do you know if it's possible with a USB 2.0 Cable?
    I am using a 8GB card because it was only 9 mbs for the file, is a 32GB really necessary?

    Dharmesh Mistry July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Wyze takes care of their customers.

    Kyle Brock July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • how do i get the firmware to the SD without that SD writer dongle that he used?

    Peter Crumley July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • I have not been able to make it work with a mac mini and the cables I have. Can you please post cable and or adapters from Amazon, Staples or bestbuy?

    Adrian Alborez July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Thanks, Lon! Perfect timing! I've found myself needing to join video conferences on my home PC during this pandemic without a camera. All the webcams are either sold out or priced several times more than the new price, and I can't justify paying hundreds of dollars for something I'll only use a handful of times. I already have a Wyze camera and I was already considering purchasing another one, so I'll give this a try!

    jmreinke July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • If you can get to the Windows UVC property sheet for the camera, you can change the power line frequency (anti flicker) from its default 50Hz refresh to 60Hz, that cleared up the horizontal banding on my system.

    Zentient1 July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • Does the SD Card need to be re formatted?

    Martin P July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • After using downloading the firmware and using it as a webcam will I still be able to use it as a regular Wyzecam afterwards? Or does it overwrite the normal features?… Nevermind I watched the end of the video and you answered this there!

    Andrew Fitt July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply
  • I got it to work by plugging the cam USB A to USB C on my computer while having it plugged into the power as well. Tested via google meet.

    Brian 2597 July 14, 2020 3:32 am Reply

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