It’s always good to see a camera manufacturer listen to their fans and implement features that can enhance their devices. It’s even nicer to see them do it without charging their existing owners for new enhancements. That’s exactly what happened when they implemented IFTTT for Wyzecam. We continue to be impressed at the value that Wyzecam delivers at a very reasonable price. There are two versions of the Wyzecam and IFTTT works on both.
What is IFTTT?
For those unfamiliar with IFTTT, here’s a brief overview of the free service. IFTTT is an acronym for “If This Then That”. You can do some great stuff with this service and we will show you how to do it and highlight some of the capabilities as it pertains to IFTTT for Wyzecam.
First thing you need to do is visit the IFTTT web site or download the app and register. Once you get there, you will notice what they call applets. These are pre-written scripts to facilitate integration. An applet entails linking up a few services to do what you want without manual intervention. One of the services is Wyze. You will activate Wyze and whatever other services are needed to complete the applet. You will need to enter your Wyzecam logon credentials for any applet to work.
That’s really all there is to it. Now you’re ready to use IFTTT for Wyzecam. Get into the app and search for Wyze. As of this date, there are 11 applets. Most are written by Wyze. Most of the applets provide automation that are new functions.
Some IFTTT for Wyzecam Applets
Let’s look at a few applets.
A nice feature found in some high end cameras is a home / away feature also known as geofencing. This feature will allow you to turn camera options on or off based upon your physical location (actually your phone’s physical location). That’s the applet that is shown in the photo that accompanies this article.
Utilizing two applets, you can automate push notification activation based upon your location. This eliminates tons of motion alerts when you’re home. First, activate the applet to turn off push notifications when I am home. Activate the applet. The applet will ask that you activate the Wyze service if not already done. The applet will also prompt you for your home address. Don’t forget to also activate the applet to turn on notifications and I am not home.
We should start to see additional integrations between complimentary products. One set has already appeared for LIFX lights. An applet to turn your Blink LIFX lights on when motion is detected is already added to the IFTTT library. A prompt to activate the LIFX service will be provided at applet activation. This is a nice integration for added security or even to turn on the lights when the homeowner arrives.
Hopefully we will see more integrations from mainstream smart switch manufacturer like WeMo and HUE.
There are several other useful applets for IFTTT with Wyzecam that provide some very useful enhancement. Another example allows you to get text messages when Wyzecam detects a motion event. Another emails you when motion is detected. Another uploads a video to the cloud hourly. All nice additions to your existing investment. And best of all, it’s free. Nice job, Wyze Labs.
All of these articles are written by someone (me) that figured out how to do this stuff the hard way. I have owned and tested dozens of cameras. Manufacturer support varies. There are a few good companies that provide timely answers when you have questions. There are several that sell you the camera and seem to have little interest in post sales support (which leads me to finding out stuff the hard way).