Going on vacation requires lots of preparation, and worrying about the safety of your smart home is the last thing that should be on your mind. Smart home Tech can help ease off these tensions when you travel by giving you the ability to automate your home even when you are thousands of miles away. This can assist you to monitor, and cut down energy use while securing your home with some of its features.
One such smart home technology is the smart switch from Wyze. It comes with a vacation mode which makes it look like you are at home while you’re busy enjoying your vacation.
To make this mode on your Wyze smart plug more efficient, you may need to plug in your lights to this smart plug. Then you can use this feature to cycle the on/off switch at random intervals. In this article, we are going to be looking at how you can activate the vacation mode, is there a Wyze app for your Computer to monitor it on vacation mode, and how you can install it.
How Do You Put Wyze On Vacation Mode?
If you are going out of town for vacation, you may need to put your Wyze switch on vacation mode. This mode makes it look like you’re currently in your smart home when you are not by turning the lights connected to the plug on and off randomly to prevent unwanted guests from breaking into your home.
To put your Wyze switch on vacation mode, follow these steps:
- Open your Wyze App, and select “Wyze Plug”.
- Select “Vacation mode”.
- If you are prompted to confirm, select “turn on”. Tap on it again to turn off the vacation mode.
Once you have selected the vacation mode, you should know that this mode would remain enabled, until you decide to switch it off. You should also know that you can’t turn all plugs at once to vacation mode, it has to be enabled on each plug. When your plug is in vacation mode, it will turn on at least once every hour. The limited-time it takes for the plug to be turned on is between 5 – 60 minutes.
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Is There a Wyze App For Windows?
So you might be on vacation, probably in another country thousands of kilometers away from your home, and you can just access your smart home devices, and automation using just your phone. Sometimes, you may not even get access to your mobile (it may be stolen or misplaced), and you quickly want to check up on things at home. So using your personal computer, is there a Wyze App available?
Unfortunately, there is no official Wyze app for your windows computer, although you can still have a Wyze Webview feature, which is for Wyze Cam Plus subscribers for their Smart Cam products. To get the official Wyze App on your personal computer, you have to install it through BlueStacks.
BlueStack is a windows application that acts as an android emulator. With this app, you can manage your Wyze android app on your windows computer. You can even interact, and configure your smart home devices such as turning on the vacation mode on your smart plug using this app. If you have been looking for a way to manage your Wyze devices on your PC, I am going to show you how to.
How Do I Install Wyze On Windows
Like we said above, you cannot directly install the Wyze App on your Windows computer, but you can be able to tweak it in such a way that you can use a Wyze android app. You need to download an App called “BlueStacks”. It was created to emulate Android games, and applications on PC.
To install Wyze on your windows, follow these steps;
- Once you have installed the App on your PC, open it, and sign in to your Google account.
- On the home page, there will be a tab for you to go to the Google Play Store. Click on it.
- Search for the Wyze app in the Play store.
- You will see the page for the Wyze app on the Google store, install the app.
- Open the app, and you will be taken to the Wyze login page just like when you use a mobile app.
- Log into your Wyze App. From there, it would take you to the homepage of your Wyze App.
From here on, you can use the Wyze App just as you would use it on your phone. You can use this to view your Wyze Cam, thermostats, etc. you can even use it to access the vacation mode of your Smart plugs.
Vacations are expensive, but smart home devices like Wyze smart plugs allow smart homeowners to limit those costs by saving money on electricity while they’re outside the country. Also, you don’t need to worry about uninvited guests while you are away because of the vacation mode that comes with it. You can now enjoy your vacation without stress.