Since the day I bought my cameras, it was my intention to record only on SD cards, no cloud. And this is what I’ve been doing. When I need to retrieve video, I can either physically pull the SD card and copy the files, or I can use the app to save a video to my tablet.
The only change I’ve made recently (per advice from Wyze support) is to disable both Event Recording > Detects Motion & Detect Sound. Having both of these settings disabled prevents the cams from attempting to contact AWS. IMO, this is a counter-intuitive label, since I do, in fact, want the cams to detect motion - I just don’t want them to send my personal videos to somebody else’s server.
And, from what I can tell, this change only became necessary as of Nov 2019 since that’s when the cams started contacting AWS servers even for those who thought they were only recording locally.
I’ve lost power multiple times. For the most part, when power is restored, the cams come back online with the same config as before. Once in a while I have to restart a cam after a power failure, but I’ve never had to re-config anything.