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How to set up your new Wyze Cam security camera in your home

You're minutes away from being able to monitor your home from your phone.

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The Wyze Cam costs just 20 bucks -- and you can install it in just a few minutes. 

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The Wyze Cam is a $20 -- yes, you read that correctly, $20 -- indoor home security camera. Beyond its incredible value, the Wyze Cam is a solid performer with some great features. I particularly like that it comes with two weeks of free cloud storage and a built-in microSD card slot if you'd rather save your clips locally. 

For all of these reasons, the Wyze Cam won an Editors' Choice award and is one of our favorite home security cameras ever. You can also install it in less than five minutes, so let's go through the set up now, step by step. 

1. Plug in your camera 

Connect the power adapter to your Wyze Cam and plug it into an outlet. 

2. Download the Wyze app 

Download the Wyze app and create an account. If you already have an account, login using your existing credentials. 

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Follow the step-by-step guide in the app to install your Wyze Cam. 

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3. Select 'New Device'

Click on New Device on the home screen to begin the setup process, then select Wyze Cam from the list of products.

4. Press the setup button

Press the setup button on the bottom of the camera. You'll hear it say, "Ready to connect."

5. Connect to your Wi-Fi network

The next screen will ask you to enter in your Wi-Fi account name and password to connect. 

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Scan the QR code, wait for the camera to connect and then name it.

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6. Scan the QR code 

Hold the QR code in front of the camera and wait for it to say, "QR code scanned, please wait." When you hear it, click to the next step. 

7. Wait for the camera to connect 

You'll see a timer counting down as the camera tries to connect. It should connect within the first 10-20 seconds, but if it times out for some reason, you may have to go through the setup process again. 

8. Enter device name

Name your camera. Try to give it a unique name if you have other connected devices in your home, to avoid confusion. The app will then ask if you want to share camera access with a family member or friend, although you can skip this step and share access later on too. Now you can view your Wyze Cam's live feed. 

Altogether, installing the Wyze Cam should take you less than five minutes. 

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