Using a Wyze Camera With Homekit (Simple Steps)

Last updated on April 17th, 2024

Wyze Cameras are a popular choice for home security because they are affordable and easy to set up. They can be controlled via the Wyze app. Unfortunately, you cannot automate any settings using the app. For that, you will need to integrate it with smart home devices like Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit.

You can easily integrate these cams into Alexa, but what about Apple Homekit devices? Does Wyze camera work with Homekit? Let’s find out.

Wyze Cameras does not directly work with Apple HomeKit. The company has not yet developed a direct integration method with HomeKit. As a result, you cannot control your cams using Siri or the Apple Home app. However, there is a workaround that allows you to control your Wyze cams with HomeKit.

We will see a detailed procedure for the same in the coming section. But before that, for those who don’t know what’s an Apple Homekit, let’s take a look.

What is Apple Homekit?

Apple HomeKit is a smart home platform designed by Apple to allow users to control their smart home devices using voice commands or the Home app. This can be used only for selected devices, and Wyze cameras aren’t officially on the list. But with a few adjustments, you can use them with Homekit.

In this platform, you can group your devices into rooms or zones and create automation to control multiple devices at once. It also supports secure video streaming so that you can view your security cameras from anywhere in the world. This makes integrating these cams much easier.

How to use Wyze cameras with Homekit?

Steps to use a Wyze camera with Homekit
Steps to use a Wyze camera with Homekit

To use Wyze cameras with Homekit, first, ensure that you have the Homekit and Homebridge setup on your device. Log in to both platforms and keep them ready for this setup. Also, ensure that your camera is connected to the Wi-Fi. Now, here’s what you should do:

Step 1: Go to the Homebridge platform and select the ‘Plugins’ option from the main menu.

Step 2: Select the ‘homebridge-camera-ffmpeg’ plugin and download and install it to your device.

Step 3: Configure the plugin by adding your camera’s IP address, username, and password.

Step 4: Save the configuration and restart your Homebridge.

Step 5: Now, go to your Homekit app and click on the ‘Add Accessory’ option. This will open your camera.

Step 6: On the Homebridge page, you will notice a QR code on the home page. Scan that code using the opened cam on your iOS device.

Step 7: Go ahead and give the necessary permissions.

Now, all your devices configured in the Homebridge plugin will be available on your Homekit app. You can start using them and also automate them according to your preferences.

Benefits of using cameras with Homekit

Benefits of using Wyze Cam with a homekit
Benefits of using Wyze Cam with a homekit

For homeowners with a Homekit as the primary automation platform, there are several benefits to integrating Wyze cameras with Homekit. Here are some of those:

Voice Control

You can control these devices using voice commands, such as ‘Hey Siri, show me the front door camera.’ This is also possible with other home assistants, but if Homekit is your primary assistant, then it becomes easier to give a common command to it instead of a different assistant for different devices.

Automation

You can create automation to control your cameras with a single command. For instance, you can automate to turn on the camera when you leave your home and turn it off when you get back. Or to send you an SMS when someone enters through the front door

Secure Video Streaming

You can view the feed from your cams from anywhere in the world using the Home app. More importantly, this streaming is secure as compared to where you use third-party apps for streaming on big screens.

Conclusion

Even though Wyze does not officially work with Homekit, there are ways to make them compatible. It’s not an easy process for someone who’s not that tech-savvy, but it’s doable. If you follow the instructions correctly, you should be able to integrate your Wyze camera with Homekit with ease.

If you are stuck at some point or are having issues during the process, feel free to reach out to us for help.

FAQs

Can I add my non-Homekit cameras to Homekit?

Yes, you can add your non-Homekit cameras to Homekit using the method given in this article.

Is integrating Wyze Cameras with HomeKit worth it?

Yes, it is worth it to integrate Wyze Cameras with HomeKit as it gives you complete freedom over automation options, and you can also securely stream videos from your cam onto larger screens.

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