Home smart gadget maker Wyze has released a firmware update and instruction set to turn his low-cost security camera into a working webcam at a time when the right webcams from brands like Logitech are getting harder to find.
The update, released about an hour ago on the Wyze support website, includes manually installing firmware on your Wyze camera that temporarily turns it into a webcam, after which it no longer connects to the Wyze app and functions normally. However, Wyze says you can reverse the process of restoring the security camera's access to the device and making it function normally again.
According to the instructions, you need a Wyze Cam v2, a microSD card and a USB-A to USB-A cable in order to download the free firmware update from your computer to the camera. According to Wyze, all you have to do is insert the firmware into the root folder of the memory card, insert the memory card into an unplugged Wyze Cam v2 and then press and hold the set button while restarting to flash the firmware on the camera and again bootable as a webcam.
From there you should be able to connect the device to your Mac or Windows machine (taking care to use the device's USB-A port and not the microUSB power port) and manually select it as HD third-party output video source for applications such as BlueJeans, Google Hangouts, Skype and Zoom, among other providers.
It's not an elegant solution, and I'm having a hard time getting it working here at home on my own Wyze Cam. That may have something to do with just accessing a formatted microSD that I use for external storage on my Nintendo Switch. (A possible solution would be to copy the files, format the card, install the firmware and reformat the switch before restoring the files.)
Anyway, for those who need a webcam who have trouble finding one. right now because of the COVID-1