Can you use Wyze Cam as a webcam?

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With the rise in remote work and video conferencing over the past few years, having a quality webcam has become increasingly important. However, webcams can be expensive, leading many to look for budget-friendly alternatives. One option that has gained popularity is using a Wyze Cam as a webcam.

Here is how to set up and use a Wyze Cam as a webcam.

What is a Wyze Cam?

Wyze Cam is a line of affordable security cameras made by Wyze Labs. The cameras offer features like full HD video, motion detection, night vision, and two-way audio at a fraction of competitors’ price. The Wyze Cam v3, their latest model, retails for around $35.

Wyze Cams are designed as security and monitoring cameras for your home or office. They connect to your WiFi network and can be viewed and controlled via the Wyze app on your smartphone or tablet. Videos are stored both locally on an SD card and in the cloud with 14 days of rolling free storage.

How to Use a Wyze Cam as a Webcam

While designed as security cameras, Wyze Cams can double as webcams for your computer.

Here are the basic steps to set it up:

  1. According to the instructions, connect your Wyze Cam to power and your WiFi network. Make sure the camera firmware is up to date in the app.
  2. Download and install the Wyze desktop app for Windows or Mac. This will allow you to view and control the Wyze Cam feed on your computer.
  3. Open the Settings menu in the desktop app and enable RTSP (real-time streaming protocol). This lets you access the camera’s video stream as a standalone feed.
  4. Download and install an RTSP-capable software like VLC media player or SparkoCam on your computer. These can take the video stream from the Wyze Cam and use it as a webcam input source.
  5. Open your streaming software and enter the RTSP stream URL from your Wyze Cam. It will be in a format like “rtsp://”. This connects the app to the live camera feed.
  6. Select the Wyze Cam RTSP stream as your video input source in your favorite video calling apps like Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, etc. You may need to allow the app access to your camera in permissions.
  7. Your Wyze Cam feed should now broadcast as your webcam! Make sure to set up the camera in a stable position with good framing and lighting to get a quality picture.

Pros and Cons of Using a Wyze Cam as a Webcam

Using a Wyze Cam as a webcam has some advantages and disadvantages compared to a traditional webcam:

Pros of Using a Wyze Cam as a Webcam:

  • Cost – Wyze Cams start at around $35, much cheaper than most dedicated webcams.
  • Video quality – Wyze Cams shoot in 1080p HD for clear and crisp video. The latest v3 model has excellent image quality in day and night conditions.
  • Features – You get security camera capabilities like motion sensing, night vision, and storage when you’re not using it as a webcam.
  • Flexibility – Can be positioned anywhere with a view of you for optimal webcam positioning. Easily switched back to security camera mode.

Cons of Using a Wyze Cam as a Webcam:

  • Set up – Integrating the RTSP stream with apps takes more technical know-how than a plug-and-play webcam.
  • Control – No built-in settings like zoom, pan, and tilt since it’s not designed as a webcam. It must be positioned physically.
  • Look – The Wyze Cam shape and design is not optimized to sit on top of monitors and laptops like webcam form factors.
  • Stability – Since it’s designed to be mounted on walls and surfaces, you’ll have to get creative with positioning it stably for a webcam view.
  • Smart features – You lose out on special webcam features like background change, auto-focus, and facial tracking.

Tips for Using Your Wyze Cam as a Webcam

To get the most out of using a Wyze Cam as a webcam, keep these tips in mind:

  • Update to the latest firmware for best connectivity and performance.
  • Tweak the video settings like brightness, contrast, and resolution in the Wyze and streaming apps.
  • Turn off status lights and disable audio if only using it for video conferencing.
  • Mount the Wyze Cam securely using a tripod or mount to get a steady shot.
  • Position it at eye level and aim for a flattering angle. Use books or boxes to prop it up if needed.
  • Ensure sufficient lighting on your face to prevent graininess or shadows.
  • Set the motion detection zone so it doesn’t trigger during calls and distract your stream.
  • Use a USB extension cable if needed to get the ideal webcam positioning.


With the right setup and positioning, a Wyze Cam can provide an inexpensive alternative to a dedicated webcam. While it takes effort to get going, it opens up extra flexibility and security features beyond basic video conferencing. Just adjust the settings and placement to optimize the video output. Let us know if you have questions about using a Wyze Cam as your new webcam!

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About James Beetie

James - a self-confessed nerd - has owned smart home equipment for close to a decade, and he loves communicating the best ways of setting them up... and resolving the various bugs and issues that you'll no doubt come across!