I am considering purchasing a Wyze Cam for my home, and I wanted to know if Wyze Cam needs an SD card to work. I gathered information to answer this question, and I have shared my research with you in case you also wanted to know if your Wyze Cam needs an SD card.
Does Wyze Cam need an SD card? Without an SD card, Wyze Cam can only store 12-second clips that are automatically recorded when alerts are triggered. Wyze Cam needs a microSD card to record longer video clips. The security camera holds a microSD card with up to 32GB of storage space.
To fully utilize all the capabilities of your Wyze Cam, you will need a microSD card. You will also need to know how to install the microSD card and record video onto it.
Without a microSD card (Amazon), Wyze Cam can only record 12-second clips when an alert is triggered. There is a 5-minute cooldown period before the camera can record another 12-second clip. These clips are stored for free in the Amazon Web Service cloud for 14 days and then automatically deleted.
To record longer clips, you will need to install a FAT32 Class 10 microSD card into the Wyze Cam. FAT32 refers to the format of the storage card, and Class 10 refers to the speed. This is a common type of microSD card on the market and can be purchased online here.
The MicroSD card can have a capacity of up to 32GB of storage space. Your microSD card can be less than 32GB but not more.
When you use a microSD storage card, Wyze Cam still sends the alert-triggered 12-second clips to the cloud as a back-up.
Follow these steps to install a compatible microSD card:
If the microSD card was successfully installed, the Wyze Cam will make a ding sound. If you do not hear the ding, repeat the above steps.
Never insert or remove a microSD card while the Wyze Cam is plugged in as this can damage the data on the card.
Once a new microSD card has been successfully installed, you need to format the card and tell Wyze to record to the card. Follow these steps:
A word of caution: if you format a previously used microSD card, it will erase any existing data on the card.
Wyze Cam with a microSD card has two recording options: Continuous Recording and Record Events Only.
With continuous recording, Wyze Cam records continuously until it runs out of storage space on the card. When this happens, the camera will start recording over the beginning of the card and continue recording without any lapses.
The table below shows estimates of how long a microSD card will last while recording continuously before it starts overwriting early video.
|360p and SD Video||HD Video|
|8GB||2-3 days||0.5-1 day|
|16GB||4-5 days||1-2 days|
|32GB||7-8 days||2-3 days|
With this option, Wyze Cam will record 1-minute videos anytime motion is detected. If there is continuous motion during any given period of time, the entire period will be recorded. The recording will stop when there has been no motion for 1 minute.
This recording option allows you to use your storage space and your time more efficiently because it produces only the most important videos that you may want to watch later. This saves space on your microSD card and saves you the time of having to comb through hours of video to find what you want to watch.
Wyze offers affordable indoor home security cameras with some impressive features including:
The camera has a magnetic metal plate that can be easily installed anywhere in your home with adhesive tape. When installing your Wyze Cam, keep in mind that it must be plugged into a wall outlet.
To set up Wyze Cam: