Many people have purchased the Wyze camera due to its local recording feature which saves them from paying a monthly subscription to see what happened inside their house.
The Wyze cam supports a 32GB MicroSD card which is mainly used to store footage whether it is motion detected or 24/7 continuous recording.
This feature allows users to not pay for a cloud subscription and also gives them the ability to record even when the internet is down.
The only drawback of this function is when the cam suddenly stops recording to the SD card (It means losing the ability to see what happened inside your home).
Many users have experienced this but don’t worry because in this post I’ll guide you through the solution that will fix this issue and get your cam back to work.
How To Fix Wyze Camera Not Recording To SD Card?
In the next chapters of this article, I’ll be showing you all the solutions and tips that I know will help you with your Wyze local recording issue.
The tips I’m gonna show you are easy to understand and don’t require much effort to be implemented.
Solution 1: Re-insert The SD Card.
The first solution is to easily remove the microSD card from the camera and then insert it again, this will help the camera to recognize the SD card.
In case you have a Wyze outdoor camera, you need to detach the card from the base station and not from the camera.
It’s important to eject your SD card safely because if you pull it out directly, it can corrupt the files and turn them into unreadable data, and can also lead to data loss.
Here’s how to eject the card safely:
- Open the Wyze app.
- On the Home screen tap on your camera.
- Click on the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Go to Advanced settings and select Manage MicroSD Card.
- Then tap on Eject SD Card.
After that remove the card manually and wait a few minutes and then re-insert it into the cam or the base station.
Solution 2: Power Cycle Your Wyze Camera & The Base Station.
If reinserting your SD card had no impact, I suggest power cycling your camera or the base station if you have the outdoor cam version.
This process will help your camera recover from an unresponsive state of its mission-critical functionality, such as in a crash or hang situation.
It can also help to temporarily fix firmware bugs and errors that may be the main responsible behind the local recording issue.
To restart your camera, you must unplug it from its power source and wait 60 seconds, then plug it back in (same for the base station).
Solution 3: Update The Camera & The app.
Updating the Wyze camera and app is mandatory for proper functioning and also to reduce bugs and avoid potential issues like the one we’re talking about in this post.
So make sure to update your Wyze camera firmware and its app to keep them running smoothly and benefits from the last features.
Here’s how to update your camera’s firmware:
- Launch the Wyze app.
- Tap on your Wyze camera.
- Then the settings gear.
- Then tap on Device Info, then on Upgrade.
- If you don’t see Upgrade, Then your firmware is already updated.
And here’s how to update the Wyze app on Android:
- Open the Google Play Store.
- Tap Menu, then my apps & games.
- Find the Wyze app.
- Tap Update.
And here’s how to update it on IOS devices:
- Go to the App Store.
- At the bottom right of the screen, tap Search.
- Tap your account.
- Find the Wyze app.
- Tap Update.
Solution 4: Re-add The Wyze Cam.
Now let’s move on to the fourth solution which is to remove the Wyze cam from the app and add it back again.
It may seem unnecessary and makes no sense, but believe me, it can fix your camera and make your local recording function work like before.
The only thing I hate about this process is that it’ll delete all your settings and you’ll have to configure it again to meet your security needs.
Here’s how to delete the cam from the app:
- Open the Wyze app.
- Select the camera in the app.
- Go to “Device Settings” (gear icon at top right).
- Then select “Delete Device” at the bottom.
And here’s how to re-add it:
- Go to add the device in the Wyze app.
- Select the camera you want to add.
- Follow the step-by-step process the same way you did the first time when you installed it.
- Tap Finish when done.
Solution 5: Format The SD Card.
Formatting your SD card can also be effective if your Wyze cam is not recording locally, it will help if your card’s file system is corrupted.
The quick and full format are your two options to format your SD card, and each of them has its own purpose.
The full format will delete all data and may take longer than the quick format.
The quick format is used to free up the available space to transfer or store other files.
Here’s how to format your SD card:
- Put your microSD card on a USB card reader
- Insert the USB card reader into the computer’s USB port.
- Open File Explorer.
- Click on This PC from the left pane.
- Click on the “Devices and drives” section.
- Then choose the SD card and select the format option.
- Use the “File system” drop-down menu and select the preferred option.
- In the “Allocation unit size” drop-down menu, use the default selection.
- In the “Volume label” field, confirm a drive name that will appear in File Explorer.
- Under the “Format options” section, select the Quick format option or don’t depend on the use case.
- Click the Start button, then on the Yes button.
Solution 6: Reset The Wyze camera.
Resetting the Wyze camera should also be on your troubleshooting list when the cam isn’t recording locally.
This process can be useful to repair your malfunctioning camera, the only downside of this feature is that it will delete all configured settings.
Note: make sure to remove the SD card before resetting the device to avoid losing your recordings.
Here are the instructions to follow in order to factory reset your Wyze Cam:
- If you have a MicroSD card inserted, remove it.
- With the Wyze Cam plugged into power, press and hold the setup button on the bottom of the camera for 10 seconds. This will reset the camera.
- For Wyze Cam v1 only: Press and hold it for 20 seconds.
- Wait at least 30 seconds for the unit to initiate.
- This process can take up to 5 minutes. It’s rare, but it’s possible.
- The LED status light on the device will change from Solid Yellow to Blinking Yellow.
- For Wyze Cam v3 only: The light will turn red.
- The device is now ready to be set up again.
Solution 7: Use Another SD Card.
Testing a new SD card is also a good solution to try if all the previous ones failed to fix your problem, as the issue might be caused by a damaged card.
Wyze cameras are compatible with Class 10 cards in FAT32 and exFAT formats.
FAT32: Wyze Cam v3 supports cards size 8GB, 16GB, and 32 GB.
exFAT: Wyze Cam v3 supports cards size 64GB, 128GB, and 256 GB.
Both Wyze Cam Outdoor (v1 and v2) and its Base Station have a 32 GB limit.
If you test a new one and you notice that’s working normally then what you need is just to continue with the new SD card to store your footage.
Finally, I wanna thank you for reading the article and I hope you found what you wanted and your Wyze camera is back to work after using these tips.
You can always reach out to Wyze support to help you with more tips and ideas, you can contact them via live chat, phone or email.