What you need to know
- A special firmware update for Wyze Cam v2 is now available that converts them into webcams.
- Once converted, v2 cameras can work with Windows and macOS for video conferencing.
- Updated cameras cannot be used with the Wyze app until original firmware is restored.
Wyze has released a special firmware update for its v2 cameras today that can convert the smart home staple into a webcam for Windows and macOS. Spotted by Dave Zatz on Twitter, the update, which can be found by visiting a dedicated Wyze support page, requires flashing the v2 camera (opens in new tab) firmware using a MicroSD card.
When used as a webcam, the Wyze Cam v2 supports the built-in mic, speaker, and of course, video, and it works with popular apps like Skype, Hangouts, and Zoom. The company cautions however, that the camera was not designed to be a webcam, and the update is only being released to help those who require a camera for conferencing. Wyze has stated that they are not planning any bug fixes or improvements for the feature, so it is definitely use at your own risk.
- Wyze Cam v2 was not designed to be used as a webcam. This firmware is for folks who need a webcam but can't buy one.
- This solution should be used "as is." We are not planning on continuous improvements or bug fixes.
- Once the Wyze Cam is flashed to webcam firmware, it will not be able to connect to the Wyze app, unless you manually flash it back to stock firmware.
- This may or may not be compatible with your computer operating system. We have tested and confirmed that it works on Mac OS 10.13, Windows 7 and 10.
- This solution has been tested and works with Zoom, GoToMeeting, Blue Jeans, Google Hangouts, Skype, and Cisco.
Once converted, the Wyze Cam v2 will no longer work as a security camera and will not work with the Wyze app. However, users can revert to the original firmware using a similar method if they wish to switch back. Here's what the process entails:
- Windows 10: Right-click on the folder and select Extract all.
- Mac OS: Drag and drop the folder on the root directory of your microSD card.
- For both Mac and Windows, rename the file to demo.bin.
- Unplug your Wyze Cam from power and insert your microSD card.
- Press and hold the Setup button, then plug in your USB cable. Continue holding the setup button for 3-6 seconds until the light is solid blue, then release the button.
- Wait 3-4 minutes. The camera will reboot, and the light status will change during this time.
- Once complete, the status light will flash yellow and blue at the same time (not alternating).
- Connect the USB A to A cable to the Wyze Cam (USB port, not the micro USB port) and computer USB port.
Big features, small price.
The Wyze Cam v2 is a fantastic smart home camera that is easy on the wallet. This camera supports 1080p HD video, night vision, 2-way audio, and now, with a new firmware update, it can be used as a webcam for video conferencing.
Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit. If you wish to join him on his quest to automate everything, you can follow him on Twitter at @itschrisclose.
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