The affordable if barebones Yi Camera has most of everything important and essential you need in a consumer-grade Wi-Fi smart security cam. With that in mind, how do you connect the camera to your home Wi-Fi anyway?
The Yi Home Camera and all its generations—from the first to the third—serves as proof of concept that just because something is affordable it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cheap (as in low-grade and disposable). You can find plenty of affordable indoor cameras like Yi (or YI) that are fully functional.
How to Connect Yi Camera to Wi-Fi
Before you can connect your Yi Camera to Wi-Fi, you need to first download the Yi app from either the Android Play Store or the Apple iOS App Store depending on whether you’re using an Android phone or Apple iPhone.
From there, create an account in the Yi Home App. If you’re not sure how to make the account, then click this link.
Enable Location First Before Pairing
After making the account, make sure your phone is connected to Wi-Fi with a 2.4GHz band or higher before pairing your camera. The Kami Indoor Camera can handle 5G or 5GHz but all the rest of the Yi cameras tend to go with 2G to 4G.
Turn on the location for the app and phone. On the iOS device, choose the “Settings” app then click on “Privacy”. Choose “Location Services” then turn it on. Select Yi Home then select “Always” or “While Using the App”.
For Android devices, select the app for “Settings” and then click on search too type the location. Select “App Permission” and then go for the “Enable Location” option. If you don’t see the location on search, tap “Security & Location” then enable the location from there.
How to Pair Up the Camera with the App
You need to turn on your Yi Cam first using its USB cable and adapter. Just plug the cable end to the cam and then plug the adapter to a power outlet.
You can also power the camera by plugging in its USB to a device like a laptop or tablet that provides power through USB. Afterwards, do the following.
- Open the App and Pair it with the Cam: Open the Yi Cam app then login with your newly made or existing account. The plus sign or “+” icon is how you can add the camera to your app. Under “Select Device(s)”, choose the cam that you intend to pair with the app.
- QR Code and “Waiting to Connect”: If you’re unsure, click on the QR code under the device. Scan this QR code instead. This will pair your cam with your app. If you hear the voice prompt, “Waiting to Connect”, then click on “I Heard ‘Waiting to Connect'” at the bottom of the screen.
- No “Waiting to Connect” Prompt: If you don’t hear the “Waiting to Connect” prompt, click the button saying, “I Did Not Hear It”. Use a paper clip or needle to pus the reset button for a few seconds then select “Reset Successful” and try again.
- Connect to Wi-Fi: When connecting to Wi-Fi, make sure the Wi-Fi name on the app is correct. If you have a 5GHz Wi-Fi band then only the Kami Indoor Camera from the Yi Cam line could handle it. Yi Home Cameras instead work best with the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band.
- Enter Password for the Router: You will be given the prompt for entering a password. This is the password for your Wi-Fi router. After entering this password, select “Connect to Wi-Fi”. This should result in a successful connection.
- Scan the QR Code (Again): Face the QR code directly at the camera. Press next once you hear the prompt, “QR Code Scan is Successful”. If no prompt happens, click at the link on the bottom of the screen.
- Retrieving Pairing Status and Naming the Camera: It’ll take 1 to 2 minutes for the camera to undergo retrieval of pairing status. After pairing status becomes successful, make a name for the camera on the app and save it. This can be the location of the camera or a custom name.
- Yi Home Security Camera 3 Bonuses: If you have a Yi Home Camera 3, it includes a free cloud subscription for 6 months or half of a year. Use it wisely. Click “Activate Yi Cloud Service” or you can’t avail of the bonus offering. Also click “Confirm Activation” to finish the process.
If you have a camera that isn’t the Yi Home Cam 3 and lacks the 6-month free cloud service, you can still buy the cloud service from the app. Saving in the cloud is more convenient than retrieving the footage on physical hardware.
How to Reset Yi Camera
You should know how to reset the Yi camera from the above instructions. It’s all about finding the reset button on your model of cam then pushing it until you hear a prompt or light indication that the reset has been successful.
As mentioned above, you’ll need a pin to reset the Yi camera. A first generation cam will have the reset button on the back side of the camera or the upper left side of the QR code. Hold the reset button with the pin until you hear “Reset is successful” or you see the indicator light blinking yellow.
In regards to Yi Home Security Cam 2 and 3, you’ll need to remove the back cover of the camera altogether in order to access the white round reset button. It still requires a pin to push and you have to wait until the yellow light flash or “Reset is successful” voice prompt.
Points to Ponder
Connecting your Yi Cam to Wi-Fi mostly requires you to connect or pair the camera to the Yi Home App first. You also need to finagle the Location Settings of your iPhone or Android device to make all relevant features of your Yi Indoor or Home Camera available and fully functional.
In other words, you need to setup your Yi security or indoor camera first app-wise first before doing anything with it, including connect to your home Internet wirelessly. The Wi-Fi connection setup happens after you’ve paired up your Yi camera with its smartphone or tablet app.
- “Setting Up Your Camera With YI Home app“, YiTechnology.com Help, Retrieved February 21, 2022