How to format your SD card for Wyze cam

Tim Vickers

Wyze Cam is one of the few affordable brands that can record HD videos and live stream. However, its biggest challenge as a home camera is the SD card.

If you set a Wyze Cam to record HD videos, it can fill up your memory card in a day. In some cases, the camera may fail to recognize an SD card for unknown reasons.

What type of SD card does the Wyze Cam use?

Wyze Cams use micro SD cards. However, the card must be 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB. Any bigger or smaller cards may not work perfectly on the camera.

However, if the card is compatible and is not recording, you need to format it before putting it on the camera.

Wyze Cam SD card formatting

You can format the SD card using the camera’s app. However, if the Wyze Cam won’t format the SD card, you can remove it from the camera and format it on a PC.

However, formatting on your PC should be the last option.

2 ways to format an SD card for Wyze Cam

If Wyze Cam is not recognizing SD card, format it using any of these methods:

Option #1: Format the card on the Wyze app

The Wyze app is the recommended formatting option. If you are having troubles with your SD card on your camera:

  • Open the Wyze app
  • Tap the ‘Home’ option
  • Go to the ‘Settings’ icon.
  • Select “Advanced Settings”
  • Tap “SD Card Storage”
  • Click ‘Format’

The app will notify you once the formatting is complete. However, you should check if the process was successful. Try recording some footage on your camera.

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If you can record anything, the process was successful. However, if you are still having problems, you need to format the card on a PC.

Option #2: Use a computer to format the SD card

While formatting the cam’s SD card using the Wyze app is the recommended troubleshooting option, it may not work in some cases. To format the SD card using a PC:

  • Remove the SD card from the cam.
  • Insert it to a PC (use an adapter if your PC does not have an SD port)
  • Go to your PC’s file browser.
  • Select the SD card
  • Right-click and select the ‘Format’ option
  • Select FAT32 as the new format
  • Select ‘Start’ to format

If you are on a Mac, the process is different. To format an SD card:

  • Insert the SD card into your Mac (use an adapter if it does not have an SD port).
  • Open the Mac’s Finder
  • Click ‘Go’ and then ‘Utilities.’
  • Under the ‘Utilities’ option, select “Disk Utility.”
  • Select your microSD card
  • Scroll to the ‘Erase’ tab
  • Select the “MS-DOS FAT” as the preferred new format
  • Tap the ‘Erase’ option twice to confirm your decision.

Once you have formatted the card with your computer, try using it. In most cases, the card will work fine on Wyze Cam.

However, if it does not record, the issue may be with the card and not the camera’s functionality.

What format does the Wyze camera use?

The Wyze Cam uses SD cards with the 32 FAT format. While the company recommends its native cards (view on Amazon), you can purchase any high-quality card from third-party outlets.

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The Samsung MB-ME32GA/AM and the SanDisk Ultra 32GB UHS-I/Class 10 are the best options. However, the cam only accepts 8GB,16GB, and 32GB cards.

Any smaller or bigger card than the three options above may not work optimally on the Wyze camera.

While some users have used bigger cards to get more recording time, you are more likely to experience some challenges such as unexpected crashes.

Alternatively, you can alter the Wyze cam SD card recording time by changing the video quality.

When the cam records HD videos, an 8GB card may fill in a day. However, if you change the recording format to standard format, an 8GB card can record for up to three days.

While the Wyze Cam SD card installation manual does not specify which card class to use, the Class 10 cards are unmatched.

They are fast and reliable, especially when backing up the data from the camera.


Formatting your SD card from Wyze Cam is one of the best ways to troubleshoot a faulty card.

While the Wyze app is the most preferred option, you can use your computer (both PC and Mac) to format the card.

However, to avoid card issues on Wyze cameras, use the right card format and record on the standard video format and not HD format.

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