Yi Camera Motion Detection Not Working (8 Ways to Fix) 

If you own a Yi camera, you may have noticed that the motion detection feature isn’t working correctly. This can be frustrating, but there are a few things you can do to try and fix the issue.

In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the most common causes of motion detection problems with Yi cameras and how to fix them. 

Let’s get started!

How to Fix Yi Camera Motion Detection Not Working 

yi camera motion detection not working

These are the possible solutions that you should try: 

Quick Fixes 

  • You should check if the motion detection is not enabled; you should enable it manually.
  • Ensure you have selected the correct motion detection area
  • Remove obsctrions in front of the camera. 
  • Check and change the detection sensitivity settings. 
  • Ensure the app has permission to send alert notifications 
  • Reset your Yi camera, remove the power and then power up again 

Enable Manually Motion Detection 

Firstly you should know that the Yi camera came with, by default, motion detection disabled.

So, you should check you have enabled it manually on your Yi camera. If motion detection is not enabled manually, your camera will not be able to detect any motions, and you will not be able to receive notifications. 

yi camera motion detection not working

This feature can be disabled to preserve the battery life, but if you want to turn it on, you can go through the settings and do this. 

To enable the motion detection manually, you can follow the below steps:

  1. Open the YI IoT app on your phone. 
  2. From the home screen, tap on the “hexagon ⬢” icon.
  3. Then tap on Settings under smart detection. 
  4. Next, tap on motion detection. 
  5. Here you can toggle the motion detection on
  6. Now motion detection is enabled on your Yi camera, and you will get a notification and alarm when your camera detects any motion. 

Check Detection Zone 

If the camera is not detecting motions while you have manually enabled the motion detection on it. It can not be an issue with the motion detection feature; this can be a detection zone problem.

You have not selected the correct range to detect motions.

yi camera motion detection not working

You must ensure you have set up the motion detection zone for the important and nearest area to the camera.

However, you can fix the camera angle and ensure it covers the area you want. 

Ensure there is nothing mirrored in front of the camera; this method can help improve your camera’s motion detection. 

Remove Obstructions 

It is possible your Yi camera is covered with an object, or it cannot detect the whole selected zone due to the obstruction.

To get the motion detection work, you should remove these instructions. 

You can check them in the live camera view and remove the object that has covered the camera. And then, ensure you can watch the detection zone clearly in the live camera mode or test the detection by moving in the detection zone. 

Change Detection Sensitivity Settings 

In the same way, detection sensitivity plays an important role. Because if you have enabled the motion detection level to be low, the camera will make a video and send an alert on your phone while an object moves significantly.

So, you should ensure you have selected the correct settings for your Yi camera. 

You can change them from the Yi connect app by following the below steps:

  1. Open the YI IoT app on your phone 
  2. Then open settings> and scroll down 
  3. Then tap on Smart detection
  4. Under the detection menu, you will find the Sensitivity Level option 
  5. You can toggle it on low, medium and high 

If you have your camera in an area with many motions to detect, your camera will not correctly detect movement on the Low or Medium detection level.

So, you should set it on the high and then check by moving here and there in front of the camera. 

Check Apps Permissions

Yi connect app is the main part of the motion detection settings. If the app does not have permission to send the alert message on your phone, you will not be able to get detection alerts. You can check and enable permission by going through your’s phone settings. 

Open the phone settings and browse to app configurations. You can find the app’s permission in this menu and turn them on or off. 

You should check if the camera is restricted to sending notifications on your phone; you can toggle it on and get the motion detection alerts on your phone.  

Update Yi lo T app 

As you know, your Yi camera performs every software feature and settings via the Yi lo T app; so, if the app is running on outdated software, it can cause to stop the detection feature.

Or the software bugs can cause other possible issues. 

yi camera motion detection not working

You should check and install its latest software version to remove these bugs and fix the features. You can follow the below steps to update the Yi lo T app.


  1. Open Google Play Store on your phone 
  2. Tap on the profile icon from the top left corner 
  3. Then tap on Management Apps & Device 
  4. The apps with the latest update will be labelled with “Update available.”
  5. Tap on Update to install the latest update  
  6. If you don’t have the android app, you can download it from Google Play Store. 

If you want to download it for your iPhone and PC, you can visit Yi loT’s official page. 

Reset Camera 

Resetting the camera is a quick and impressive method to fix the camera’s software glitches. You will not lose any of your data by resetting it. And it will refresh the connection between your phone. 

So you can reset your camera by turning the power button off and then turning it on. However, you can remove the power cable and then replug it into the camera. This can fix the software bugs on the camera. 

Hardware Issues 

Lastly, while you have tried all the methods mentioned above, your Yi camera is still not detecting the motions. You should contact the manufacturer and ask them about the issue. 

Their customer support will tell you every possible solution that you have not still tried if they have. Although if the camera has hardware issues, they will also help to fix it. 

You should watch this detailed video tutorial to learn how to fix your Yi camera and enable the motion detection feature. 

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