Support Wyze Android app for versions older than Android 7

Hi, The Wyze app no longer works on my Nexus Android phone. Please make the app compatible with earlier versions of Android older than Android 7.

[Mod Edit]: Title modified to enhance search clarity.

Here is some back story and discussion about why the minimum supported OS level was changed.

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provide support for wyzeapp for android v 6.0.1

should be easy to do

This is not a good idea. I use a really old version of the Wyze app. I get it when I need it from a repository like APKMirror.

But I do not expect Wyze to support it. They chose to change their minimum OS versions for technical and practical reasons. That’s how technology works and the fact that we, as users, are still free to try to run old unsupported software is one of the great things about more open platforms like Android.

Google themselves stopped supporting it two years ago in September 2019. Few current apps run on it, as I’m sure you know. Why ask a company selling $25 cameras to use its resources to support a dead end?

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I Don’t need WYZE to support older versions, just keep them available for download for us Luddites. I have an Android 5 phone that has long since been retired but I used for monitoring my cams at my bedside. It didn’t work for anything else but I didn’t need it for anything else, just looking at my cam images.

Unfortunately, I was doing a software cleanup and accidentally deleted the old WYZE app from my phone. Now I can’t load it again (my Android version isn’t supported.)

I see above that there are archival sites that might have it but I’m reluctant to leave the official WYZE domain to load them fearing viruses or worse. Can’t there be a place on the WYZE site for safe legacy apps (whether they are fully functional or not)?

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Agreed, previous versions would be fine as long as there is camera, sound and notification functionality. On my Android phone, I had the previous version of the app, but at some point it logged me off, would not allow me to logon and stopped receiving notifications.

That is fair and I agree with you. Unfortunately very few vendors seem willing to offer APKs outside of the Play Store (and Amazon if you’re lucky). The only repository I still trust, other than F-Droid who stock only open source, is APKMirror. APKPure was compromised months ago.