Can you record only locally and not to the cloud?



Is there a way to turn off cloud recording and only record locally?


Yes, from the live stream, tap the gear icon then Alert Settings. Turn off all four types of alerts (Motion, Sound, Smoke, CO) and then nothing will be recorded to the cloud.

Insert a Class 10 microSD card less than or equal 32GB. From the gear icon, tap Advanced Settings, then Local Storage. Choose Record Events Only or Continuous Recording.


The card and live stream will still be accessible on demand from the cloud, however.


It seems to me that the WyzeProgrammers at Wyze should be able to have the Cam and CamPan record not only to the micro-SD card but also to a local drive on the network. The restraint of having a max of 32GB of micro-SD storage (way too many reports of failed and fried larger micro-SD cards) is not really necessary if files could also be written locally. Yes, I realize (IIRC) you can “copy/download” the files on the micro-SD card but that requires your intervention and Murphy’s Law says the time slice you need will have been over-written.

Once again Wyze, I and many others here want real local storage and not just the limited micro-SD storage.


“Officially” only 32GB cards are supported , I am using Samsung 128GB cards in 6 of my cameras with continuous recording and have not experienced any problems utilizing the full size of the card. The only issue I have noticed is that time-lapse on any size card seems to top out at 3 days using 7 second intervals.


The “cloud” is normally considered to be off -site server storage. While the card-recorded video and the live stream can be accessed remotely, they are being fed directly from the camera to your device. They are not “in the cloud” as the term is normally interpreted.


I interpret it as accessible from outside my house, which is what most people worry about when they ask if they can prevent recordings from going to the cloud. Just wanted to make that clear to him.


We are debating terminology here, but I think now it’s clear that live stream and card video is not stored outside of the camera, but is accessible remotely. It is important to know, however, that the remote transmission is point-to-point (camera to phone), and does not occur through a Wyze server (other than for initial connectivity).


Yes there is as stated by RickO. The problem with that solution is that you will no longer get push notifications when motion/sound is detected. Wish they could fix that. Would be even better to record to an FTP server as most cheap cams allow.

Or set a quota per camera and let the user decide of the clip length and timeout period.

Or allow to record to free cloud services such as dropbox, google drive, etc.

But still allow push notifications no matter where the motions are recorded.


computer251a You can interpret any way you want it but RickO is right that is not what storage on the cloud means, recording to the card and being able to be watched by you remotely in one device is not the “cloud”, there is not 2nd party storage involved, it goes from your camera to your phone via WiFi



Again, I was addressing the concerns most people have when they ask if they can prevent recordings from going to the cloud. Feel free to infinitely debate the definition of the cloud, though.


Is there anything in the works to be able to record to a local hard drive on a computer? After all, there is a USB port. Would be great to be able to hook up cam to my Mac, and have it record to a dedicated HDD, instead of limited Micro SD card.

What is the USB port used for? If it’s to download recorded video on SD card, do I need additional software to retrieve it? Or will it appear as an external drive on my Mac desktop?

Also, if I turn off cloud recording, will I still be able to remotely live view what the cam is pointed at (I understand it won’t record anything)?


If you turn off cloud recording (called Alerts), then you can still view the live stream and you can still record and remotely view video on the mSD card.

The USB-A port on the camera is there for the sole purpose of daisy chaining power to a 2nd/3rd camera so you don’t have to plug each on into wall power individually for cameras that are located close to each other.