How to Power Cycle a Wyze Camera? (2 Simple Ways)

Last updated on April 17th, 2024

Wyze security cameras are an excellent security solution for your smart home. From great accessibility to excellent performance, they are a complete package. But even great things have their flaws. These cams sometimes face an issue or don’t work the way you want them to.

When most troubleshooting methods don’t work, doing a power cycle of Wyze cameras is a great option. It should resolve most errors. But do you know how to power cycle Wyze camera? We will cover detailed instructions in this article.

What is a power cycle?

Power cycling a Wyze camera
Power cycling a Wyze camera

A power cycle is forcing any electronic device to power down to refresh it. You power it back on to complete the cycle. In simple words – you turn the cam off and back on again. This is done as a troubleshooting method for most error codes.

When the cycle is complete, it resets any settings that could have been causing the problem. Don’t worry; all your customized settings will still be intact. You even won’t lose any data from the data or storage.

P.S. A Power cycle is sometimes also referred to as a reboot or a soft reset, but completely different than a hard reset.

Why should you power cycle a Wyze camera?

You may be wondering why you would need to power cycle a Wyze camera or which circumstances are the best to do this under. Let’s discuss those.

  • Your camera stopped recording videos.
  • It keeps on disconnecting from Wi-Fi.
  • Or it won’t connect to the Wi-Fi network anymore.
  • The live view screen is frozen, and you are not able to view the video.

In all these cases, if other troubleshooting methods don’t work, power cycling will most probably do the job. It is one of the most effective ways to solve connectivity and performance errors.

Ways to power cycle Wyze cameras

We have different types of cameras and different ways to power them. In this section, we will discuss ways to power cycle different cams and different methods to do so.

Wired security cameras

Models like V1, V2, V3 are wired security cameras. They are plugged into a wall outlet for power. So, here’s how you can power cycle such wired cams:

Step 1: Unplug the power cord from the outlet or the camera.

Step 2: Wait for 10 to 15 seconds.

Step 3: Plug the power cord into the outlet or camera.

And that will complete the power cycle process.

Wyze cameras with a power switch

Steps to power cycle a Wyze camera with a power switch
Steps to power cycle a Wyze camera with a power switch

Some of the models, like Cam Outdoor, have a power switch on their back. It can be used to turn the device on and off. This is different from the reset button. Its only purpose is to turn the power on or off. Here’s how you can power cycle Cam Outdoor:

Step 1: Locate the power switch on the back of the camera.

Step 2: Flip the power switch to Off.

Step 3: Wait for 10 to 15 seconds.

Step 4: Flip the power switch back to On.

And that’s how you power cycle your outdoor camera.

Power cycle Wyze cameras remotely

Steps to power cycle a Wyze camera remotely
Steps to power cycle a Wyze camera remotely

If you are not home or near the cam you want to power cycle, the company has a great alternative for you. You can power cycle your cam using the Wyze app. It can be done remotely from any location. You don’t even need to be on the same network as the cam to do this. Follow the below step-by-step instructions to power cycle the cam remotely using the app carefully.

Step 1: Open the Wyze app.

Step 2: Select the device you want to power cycle.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Settings’ icon.

Step 4: Select ‘Advanced Settings’.

Step 5: Click on the ‘Restart Device’ option.

On doing this, your cam will automatically turn off and back on again instantly. You don’t have to do anything. It will automatically reconnect to the app.

Reconnecting a Wyze camera with Wi-Fi

Steps to reconnect a Wyze camera with Wi-Fi
Steps to reconnect a Wyze camera with Wi-Fi

When you do a power cycle, your camera automatically connects to the Wi-Fi. You don’t need to do anything. But in a rare case, if it doesn’t, you’ll need to do it manually. Here’s a step-by-step procedure to reconnect your cam to a Wi-Fi network:

Step 1: Open the Wyze app.

Step 2: Open the ‘Devices’ tab from the menu.

Step 3: Click on the ‘+’ icon to re-add your camera.

Step 4: Select the model of your cam from the drop-down list.

Step 5: Select your home Wi-Fi network and enter the correct login information.

On doing this, your cam will be connected back to the network. You’ll rarely need to do this procedure, as the connection happens automatically. For more detailed instructions, check out our guide on changing Wyze camera Wi-Fi.

How to power cycle a Wyze base station?

If you don’t want to refresh each of your cams individually, then doing a power cycle on the base station is an excellent option. It will refresh all your connected devices so errors can be reset. Here’s how you can power cycle Base Station:

Step 1: Unplug the power cord of the base from the power outlet.

Step 2: Wait for 10 to 15 seconds.

Step 3: Plug the power cord back in.

Some even prefer to unplug the ethernet cable along with the power cord during the cycle. It’s also a great way to reset the Wi-Fi network on your devices.

Conclusion

In case of cam errors, you can always power cycle your device to refresh it. It is one of the most effective ways besides doing a hard reset. Wyze cameras even do a power cycle on their own when there’s a power outage. You don’t have to interfere in that case unless you want to get your cam immediately back online.

FAQs

Why do I have to keep power cycling my Wyze camera?

Usually, you wouldn’t have to keep power cycling your Wyze camera. If you need to do it often, there might be some underlying bigger issue. We suggest you contact the support team.

Is there a power button on a Wyze camera?

Some of the Wyze cameras, like the Outdoor Camera, have a power switch on their back.

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Sarah Williams

I love writing stuff that's easy to read and fun to learn from. Beaches are my happy place—I just can't get enough of the sand, the waves, and the salty breeze. And you know what else? I'm totally into smart home gadgets! They're like magic tricks that make life easier at home.

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