Storing recordings on the SD card vs cloud

Ive tried to search the forums before asking this. I’ve installed a 32 GB card, formatted it, went > settings > advanced settings > local storage > made sure “Local recording to micro SD” was on, and set it to Record events only.

I don’t want it to record only 12 secs, (I think) I’ll get a full minute out of each recording if I use the SD card, and it will go longer than a minute if there’s additional motion detection during that minute. Is this correct?

I’ve used up about 1.2 GB so far, but whenever I get the notification that there’s motion, every recording is only 12 sec. Are these the ones stored on the cloud, and if so, how do I access the clips on the SD card?
Thanks in advance

PS I’ve looked everywhere for a basic setup guide, couldn’t find anything…I set these up a couple of hours ago and this is the only thing I haven’t been able to figure out

For the videos on the SD card, while viewing the camera feed in the app, you click View Playback. The events button on the main app page is for the 12 second cloud clips


Should be marked solution in my opinion. Because you nailed it


Anyone know why once I put 32 mb SD card in the camera stops working?

That’s a new one on me. Mine just starts over writing the order information. I would start a support ticket if it stops your camera

Welcome to the community, @cflbass.

There are three kinds of recording available in the app:

  1. Cloud motion/sound event: These are enabled in the camera settings (gear icon) > Event Recording. Also make sure that the Detection Zone under Detection Settings is not missing the area of motion. These are played back in the Events tab.
  2. microSD card recording: This is enabled in Advanced Settings > Local Storage and can be set to continuous or event only recording. This is played back by pressing the View Playback button on the live stream. This is completely independent from #1.
  3. Record button on live stream or playback: This saves to your phone’s camera roll or gallery, in real time, whatever is being played in the live stream or view playback. Note that it isn’t available when playing cloud events. It is viewed by tapping More and then the Album button, or by leaving the Wyze app and viewing the Wyze album in your phone’s photos or gallery app. This type of recording ceases when you leave the Wyze app.

More info on setting these up can be found in the Support Site.


Agreed. Awesome post. Thanks Ray and Dread Pirate for your help.
These cameras are a great bargain for the money!


I haven’t found a direct answer to this question yet:

If I’m using an SD card, set in Local for continuous recording, but NOT recording any “Events”, are any recordings going to the cloud?

Reasoning: I had some property recently stolen out of my home, and decided to put cameras in, just in case it happens again. That said, I don’t want recordings of my family going into the cloud, where who knows who’s able to see them. I just want to have local recordings to review if anything else goes missing. Thoughts? Thanks.

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I believe that it would be just to your SD card but I would bring the moderators in on this to make sure you get a correct answer


I tried recording Events with local storage.
There is no recording when the cloud events shows event but not in sd card.
cloud event is 12 seconds. what is the duration in sd card storage events?

I don’t record events, only continuous, so I don’t know.

Hi, @darrenfile1. If you want to record local to your mSD card only and do not want videos stored to the cloud, you can follow the steps given below:

From the live stream, tap the gear icon then Alert Settings. Turn off all four types of alerts (Motion, Sound, Smoke, CO) and then nothing will be recorded to the cloud.

I have just tested this on my cam, and it does not store videos to the cloud, so I know it works. :slightly_smiling_face:

After following the steps above, my videos were still being recorded local to my mSD card. I have my mSD card set as Advanced Settings > Local Storage > Continuous Recording .

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Thank you

You’re welcome!

I totally get where you’re coming from. But from someone who’s had a house fire and had their house broken into three times I’m not turning off any of those alerts. I guess I will have the trade off of some possible video of me watching a football game in the cloud but get alerted when my house is on fire. I have Nest Protect smoke/co detectors which would probably alert me much quicker than the Wyze notification. But I understand having a family and not wanting videos out there of them and protecting them. I’m just saying you might really want to think it through.

You’re better than the parents that post every little thing about their kids on social media. Those poor kids have zero privacy. I feel sorry for them.

Hi @darrenfile1, @StopICU33 is basically correct. However the instructions for the current version of the app are slightly different. After tapping the gear icon there are two sections you need to check:

  • Event Recording: turn off Detects Motion and Detects Sound
  • Alarm Settings: turn off Smoke Alarm Sound and CO Alarm Sound

With all four of these switches off, no video goes to the cloud and you can still record to the SD card in either continuous or event-only mode. Keep in mind, though, that you won’t get any event notifications because these are triggered by the cloud uploads.


Can User access sd card (no cloud) over internet ?
Like user in resturant to access home sd card…

Yes, but to view the SD card videos, you non’t click “events” in the app. The go to the camera stream and click “playback”

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