6 Easy Ways To Fix YI Camera Motion Detection Not Working.

YI camera
YI camera

YI camera’s motion detection feature lets you get alerted only when activity occurs. This option brings a sense of peace, eliminating the need for continuous monitoring of the live view.

However, like any feature within an electronic device, motion detection can sometimes experience glitches, occasionally causing users to miss crucial events that might put their property at risk.

So, how would you handle this situation?

While taking your camera to a repair shop is a viable option, this blog post offers an alternative. I’ll give you six simple fixes you can handle yourself without the need for a technician.

So, if you’re ready to take back control and keep your surveillance system sharp, read on to discover the tips that will put your YI smart camera’s motion detection back into action.

How To Fix YI Camera Motion Detection Feature Not Working?

In the following section, you’ll find different solutions that you can implement to fix your camera’s motion detection feature. The tips are easy to implement just try them one by one until you find the right one for you.

Solution 1: Power Cycle Your Camera.

Ensuring your YI camera operates smoothly can often be as simple as performing a power cycle. This involves briefly disconnecting the power source, providing the camera with a moment to reset.

To do this, first, unplug the power cable for about 60 seconds, then plug it back in. Once rebooted, ensure the camera is turned on through the YI Home app settings.

This swift process proves effective in resolving minor temporary glitches that may interfere with the motion detection feature.

Solution 2: Enable Motion Detection & Alerts Notifications.

Another thing to check is if your motion detection feature is already activated. In some instances, the root cause may be as straightforward as ensuring this feature is turned on.

Follow the next steps to do that:

  1. Open the YI Home app.
  2. Click on the gear icon of the camera to access the device settings.
  3. Under Smart Detection, Click on Settings.
  4. Then drag the Motion slider to turn it On.

Additionally, verify that alert notifications are working properly to guarantee timely updates when motion is detected. You can increase or lower alert frequency from the settings screen.

By confirming these settings, you not only ensure the motion detection feature is active but also that you receive notifications appropriately.

Solution 3: Increase Sensitivity Level.

Fine-tuning the sensitivity level of your YI camera’s motion detection can significantly impact its performance. You can follow the next steps in order to adjust the sensitivity level of your device:

  1. Launch the YI Home App.
  2. Click on the gear icon of the camera to access its settings.
  3. Under Smart Detection, Click on Settings.
  4. Click on the Sensitivity Level. By default, the sensitivity level is set to High.
  5. Drag the slider to adjust the Sensitivity Level.

Incrementally increase the sensitivity level, striking a balance to avoid receiving an excessive number of alerts.

This adjustment ensures that your camera pays attention to relevant activities without overwhelming you with notifications.

Solution 4: Fix Camera Placement.

Effective motion detection hinges on the proper placement of your YI camera. Ensure the camera is correctly positioned to cover the intended area, free from obstructions such as branches or furniture that might hinder its view.

Also, consider regularly cleaning the cam lens to prevent dirt and debris from disrupting the clarity of the view.

An effective way to clean your lens is by using a microfiber cloth. These soft, lint-free cloths are designed for cleaning delicate surfaces and won’t scratch your lens.

Maintaining an unobstructed view and a clean lens enhances your camera’s ability to detect motion accurately.

Solution 5: Update The Device Firmware & Its Companion App.

Optimal performance from your YI camera requires keeping both its firmware and the YI Home app up to date.

When the camera is connected to the App, it will automatically check for firmware upgrades, but you can see the firmware version of the camera and lens in the “Firmware Information” tab from the Menu to make sure that you are running on the last version.

Simultaneously, visit the Google Play Store or App Store to update the YI Home app. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Search for the YI Home app on Google Play or App Store (depending on your device).
  2. Tap on the app in the search results.
  3. Then tap on the Update button at the top of the page to download the latest version of the YI Home App.

Solution 6: Reset The YI Camera.

In the event that persistent issues with the motion detection feature persist, a more comprehensive approach involves resetting your YI smart camera.

It’s crucial to recognize that this action comes with a significant caveat, it will erase all data, settings and recordings stored on the device. Therefore, consider this solution as a last resort.

Here’s how to reset the YI camera 1st generation:

  1. Hold down the reset button.
  2. Wait until the yellow light switches on.
  3. Wait until you hear “Reset is successful”.

And here’s how to reset the YI camera 2nd generation:

  1. Remove the back cover.
  2. Hold down the reset button.
  3. Then you’ll hear “Reset is successful”.

This solution is recommended only when other troubleshooting steps have been exhausted without success.


Finally, I hope these tips have been helpful in restoring your YI camera’s motion detection functionality. For additional support, contact the YI Home app or consider professional help at a repair shop.

Adam B