Wyze device control with all Alexa devices and Alexa Routines

I also thought I could enable/disable or power on/off the Wyze Pan with Alexa. I would love to see this feature added so I can also tell Alexa “I am leaving” and include the power on feature as part of the Alexa routine. Also . . . I would love to tell Alexa to execute my Wyze shortcuts as well. I voted for this feature. Hope it comes soon. :slight_smile:

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This is all fine and good for motion, but what about sound? And if I’m home I’d rather the thing be COMPLETELY off, and not just the motion detect off.

Is there a way to turn off the audio? I have it turned off in the Wyze app (iOS) but Alexa picks up everything and it’s pretty distracting on my Echo Show.

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That’s a good question. I don’t think you can disable the audio recording when recording the video.

Need more testing I guess…

Hello @Frederik. I just purchased a Wyze Cam Pan to see if these devices could be used throughout my home. There are several areas that are disappointing, however it is definitely a great value. One aspect that requires drastic improvement is the Alexa integration, or lack thereof on non-screen Alexa devices.

The Alexa skill must allow us to control the cameras and their settings using Alexa Routines. For example, I say “Alexa, Goodbye” and Alexa turns off all my lights, music, and adjusts the temperature. The Wyze Alexa skill must be enhanced in a timely manner to support non-screen Alexa devices (a marketing win), allowing customers to turn one or more cameras ON as part of an Alexa Routine. This enhancement must also include a 30 second or customizable camera activation delay to permit us to exit the home as not to trigger a motion or audio event. This would eliminate the requirement to launch the Wyze App, especially if you’re in a hurry.

Of course the Wyze Alexa skill must also allow us to activate or control other camera settings using Alexa Routines, however turning cameras ON should be made a priority. Please implement this enhancement ASAP.

Another disappointment with the cameras is the lack of storage subscriptions to allow us to have more than 12 second clips. Wyze is clearly leaving money on the table by only offering a free storage tier. Some customers would happily pay for additional storage and longer recordings, but Wyze isn’t interested at this time.

The Wyze Pan Cam is a great value, however not having Two Factor Authentication (Google Authenticator or Authy), the total lack of Alexa support on non-screen Alexa devices, and the extremely basic recording and storage tier means that I won’t purchase additional cameras until these issues are resolved.

Thanks.

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As an interim measure while we’re waiting for this, you can use IFTTT by making a recipe combining the Alexa trigger(IF step) with a Wyze action (THIS step). See this to get started:

https://support.wyzecam.com/hc/en-us/search/click?data=BAh7CjoHaWRsKwhsHWbSUwA6CXR5cGVJIgxhcnRpY2xlBjoGRVQ6CHVybEkiWC9oYy9lbi11cy9hcnRpY2xlcy8zNjAwMTIxOTMxMzItV2hhdC1pcy1JRlRUVC1hbmQtaG93LWRvLUktdXNlLWl0LXdpdGgtbXktV3l6ZS1DYW0tBjsHVDoOc2VhcmNoX2lkSSIpY2U5NzE0ZTYtNWQ0NC00N2Y1LWIyNGUtM2EwNjk4MDczZTRiBjsHRjoJcmFua2kI--8231e5eb27279ec6d0f13a268f11c5ed1aa69792

Also, if you haven’t found them already, there are #roadmap topics for both paid subscription and 2FA here:

Be sure to scroll up to the top of each topic (including this one) and click the VOTE button.

Currently wyze app only works with echo devices with screen. They don’t even discovered on Amazon Echo dot. :frowning:

I would be great to trigger the wyze actions using amazon alexa routines… like; start recording, or start monitoring, stop monitoring, night mode, switch off, etc…

Having some basic controls with Alexa much like IFTTT would greatly improve the use of having an skill on Alexa. A routine that uses Alexa’s voice when someone is detected on camera 2 or 5 would be really helpful.

I just want the ability to tell Alexa to turn off notifications when I’m home. I do not have Amazon Spots or Shows and don’t plan on buying any, so the Wyze Alexa skill pretty much useless to me.

Yes IFTTT will allow you to turn off motion tracking for free. Highly recommended.

Hello @JimD @solutions, you can use the in app Shortcuts to complete this task of turning on/off motion alert notifications. Check this link out HERE for more information.

https://support.wyzecam.com/hc/en-us/articles/360015658451-Shortcuts

I have a few cameras that are sitting on a wyze cam wall mount. The entire setup is such that I cannot use a smart plug. As such, should I want to turn off/on the Wyze cam, it has to be done using the app. I am wondering if Wyze can enable a feature allowing Alexa to turn on/off the Wyze cams.

There is a feature in the app that does allow you to turn on and off the camera. Note that it does not power cycle the camera. It is physically impossible to do cold reset of the device.

I eventually figured out that using IFTTP does allow you to say ‘Alexa trigger Cameras off/on’ and it will do so. Not as convenient as being able to add the command to an Alexa routine, but it’s pretty close.

“Alexa, leaving house” and “Alexa, at home” are perhaps the most common use cases I can think of for easy-to-use security system control that encompasses your security alarm system and cameras (laser fence, etc). Most Hollywood movies show such use cases time and again, basically: on and off. Yet, although I can turn my security alarm system on and off with one Alexa command, I cannot include my Wyze cameras in that command? I think the real world use cases of controlling security system components with ease are not fully appreciated–yet–by Wyze developers. I really like the way you are headed, but controlling a set of security devices IS a top feature to implement, not a bottom feature. Why does this not get more attention? Maybe I missed something.

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Not sure if this was mentioned, and if so I apologize. I was hoping it had the same ability that Ring has. I have a routine set up so if my Ring doorbell detects motion between 11:30pm (when my outside lights turn off) until 5:00am (when it starts getting light out), all of my outside lights turn on for 3 minutes. It’s a great theft deterrent and our area is having vehicle break in issues. I am really hoping that you somehow add this ability. I know there are some IFTTT Capabilities however, at least with my Ring setup, there was no way to automatically turn the lights off. If the Ring detected motion, the lights stayed on the rest of the night. Alexa routines were the only way I could find that allowed you to automate for a specified amount of time and do it during a certain time frame.

I also bought this because it was compatible with Alexa. What I’d like to request is that Wyze Camera notifications be turned on and off by the Alexa App’s HOME or AWAY feature. Turning off notifications from Wyze Cam when HOME is active and turning on the notifications from Wyze Cam when AWAY is active. That would be extremely helpful.

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Just FYI, you can accomplish this with IFTTT. Use IFTTT’s Location service as the trigger and Wyze notifications as the action. If you need to do it for multiple user’s geolocation, you can use Life360’s IFTTT integration the same way.

Can Alexa turn notification on and off for my cameras when away mode switches on or off? When home I have notified turn off for my cameras however when I leave I would like Alexa’s away mode to turn notify on in my cameras. Later when I tell Alexa that I’m home I want to turn notify off again.

UPDATE:
As a workaround I have set up two Shortcuts: “Away” used to send a Notification when a Person is detected on any of the cameras and “At Home” to turn off Notify when returning home.

As it is now when I tell Alexa “I am leaving” I bring up the Wyze app and press the “Away” shortcut. When I tell Alexa “I’m back” I bring up the Wyze app and press the “At Home” Shortcut. It would be nice if the Alexa App notify the Device Apps (Wyze in this case) when “Away” is turned on or off so that the app (Wyze) can be tailored to run a specific shortcut or macro.

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Yes, really basic stuff, except for not using the Wyze app.
This should be an inherent Alexa Skill, to turn cameras on or off upon what likely are some of the most used Alexa commands: “Alexa, I’m leaving” or “Alexa, I’m home”. In my case, this triggers or turns off Alexa’s “Guard” mode.
Enabling this feature would also reduce operating cost for Wyze, as far fewer (likely very unneeded) recordings would occur, requiring cloud storage. Turning on the app and pressing the Wyze shortcuts “I’m home” or “Away” is sort of doable, but many extra steps. Especially if the Wyze app is sitting in an “event” or “camera” mode and you have to back out a few steps in order to get to the shortcuts on the start page.