Why can’t I pair my Yi Home Camera?


If you are now suffering from any App downloading/pairing/connecting failures related issues with Yi Home Camera, this article is a best solution summary for you.

Currently, there are two most common issues:

  • HW and App versions mismatch
  • Camera firmware is too old

Preparation work

skip this if you have successful experience to pair before
  1. make sure your App version is up to date
  2. make sure your Wi-Fi SSID and password is correct and there is no any other security related settings on your router, such as:
    • No static IP address assignment
    • No MAC address filter
  3. 2.4GHz Wi-Fi is supported only.

ISSUE 1: Product and App version mismatch

  1. Identify the product version of your camera

Please check the first 4 characters on the back of the camera as below  figure ,

  • if the format is [0~9][0~9][A~Z][A~Z], the 3rd and 4th characters standard for the country code (case insensitive):

CN: Chinese Version 

US / TW /KR/other Country Code: International Version

  • all other format strings: Chinese Version

Please be aware of that:

Chinese version is to be used in China mainland only.

International version is to be used in US/TW/KR only.


2. Install the matching App

You have to install the correct App, otherwise the camera can be never paired.

Currently we have official selling channels in CN/US/KR/TW only, in any other countries/areas, you can’t find this App in your local Google Play or App Store. Error message may be nothing/this App is not available in your market/your device is not support this App/etc.

Android Device:

Chinese VersionApp Download

International Version: install from your local Google Play

IOS Device:

Chinese Version: Switch to China App Store then install.

Alternately, you can also try the App Mi Smart Home.

International Version: install from your local App Store

ISSUE 2: Camera firmware is too old to pair

We always suggest customers to keep the camera firmware version update to date to get better product performance.

If you have already prepared the matching Camera and App, but still failed in camera pairing or you found the camera working improperly even after reset.

In most case, you can fix it via updating the camera firmware manually.

1. Download the latest version of firmware

Chinese Version:   Download Link         Backup Link

International Version:  Download Link (US Version)

2. Do manually update following the instruction.

Note: the firmware version must match your camera version. You can flash a Chinese version camera with any other version of firmware and power-on it, but it can never be paired.

I believe above two steps can solve most of your troubles, but if you still have problem, please feel free to contact us: support@weareyi.com

And you can find out more support information from our support site.

304 thoughts on “Why can’t I pair my Yi Home Camera?

    1. We don’t suggest to use China version out of China mainland. And we’re now planning to establish the official selling channels in Malaysia for local version.

      1. CN version is only officially selling in China mainland. CN version sold of out China is not authorized by Xiaoyi company, it’s individual behavior, not certificated and protected by local.

      2. I am using my Xiaomi Yi in Malaysia, I bought it from Banggood. I was using it since May 2015. I can get video even when I was in Australia.
        When my Samsung Galaxy S4 was update to Android 5.01, in December 2015, The Xiaomi Home camera icon was disappeared from my hand phone, My phone was not able to connect to the camera earlier, I tried again today (2nd Jan 2016), using the version “yicamera-v2.10.0.6_20151105_release_umeng.apk”. I got it reinstalled. The Smart Home Camera is working now.

        From the serial Number printed at the back of the Camera, I think I had purchased the China Version of the camera.
        Another advantage I have is, I can read Chinese, and understand spoken Mandarin.
        One more point, I placed my camera very close to the WiFi router,(just next to it)

      3. hi may i know where i can buy malaysia local version? i brought two CN models and after firmware update it wont run, and downgrading to old firmware the playback not working properly its really frustrating

      4. hi there i just bought a cn version installed everything but once update the firmware it auto shut down say cant be use outside china
        yes i am from malaysia but any solution?
        i bought an ori product but this is not my problem

      5. I just got mine today, CN version. I am in USA. If this is problem why I cannot connect I will not be very happy.

      6. How long we still need to wait ?
        Do you have actual date for release Malaysia version ?

    2. Hi, I bought a Yi 1080p home camera online & only found out it is a china version. I followed the steps that you provided above to change both firmware & IOS app version to china version. However, after the link to the wifi successfully, the camera still can’t link to my IOS device by saying “the camera can only be used within china area” in chinese. Could you advise what I can do next?

  1. Thanks a lot worked for me. I have CN version.
    And question it is possible to see camera in computer? Linux or Windows ?

      1. Hi, i am from philippines, bought a xiaomi yi here, but upon installation, it says that this camera can only be used in china. The QR code also says CN. PLS help me how to use this in my country

      1. i think your camera cn version and inter version not share yi account right ??

        as we have yi account and work on yi smart camera or Mi smart home but can’t not login on yi home need to new registry.

        ple discus with dev team to used eng version on Camera Cn version bec now all customer around the world buy online from your china reseller and ship from china then all in market will be in cn version.

        please help

  2. Im from malaysia,I have purchased CN version via online, and im dont know chinese. Tried hard to get the camera work but fail.Any posiblity for me to use it in english version?

      1. Hello, I bought this cam 2 months ago and it does working until 3 days ago, but when I changed knew version app it does not working now.
        I from Turkey, I have purchased via online(aliekspress) but I didnt know CN version and just work for chine, You have to solve this problem because its your product,
        if it will not working out of chine you have to change our cam.
        Because you didnt say CN version just working in chine when you purchased to Customers. We payed money and bought your product and its new . Why it doesnt work ?

    1. I need help i order xiaomi xiaoyi camera here in Japan its work after 1 hour its not work coz of REBOOT and now the camera its not work and they Said the voice from camera Only use in china i wonder how can i fix ??? I need help to fix this problime thanks..

    2. For those bought the China Version, First thing you need to know do not use the playstore App it will not work, you need to DL china version APP in order to connect to Yi Home Camera, Never upgrade your Firmware, Just Ignorethe upgrade version, if you upgrade to latest Firmware it will never connect, solution is to downgrade Firmware to older version manually.

    3. Hi Muthu, I too have purchased the CN version online but couldn’t get it to work. Did you manage to get yours working?

  3. Time zone off in Chinese app in US. Can you program way to switch recording time zone? Works well in iPhone app but very frustrated with Android.

  4. Hi, the first 5 figures of the QR code behind my yicamera reads as HPPV6..
    I’m able to connect the yicamera to my Wi-Fi, the 1st scan of the QR code as provided on my android phone (via YI Home – Green coloured APP) appeared to be successful. However, during the “connecting phase” the yicamera indicated that the QR code (initially scanned through the Andorid APP) is invalid, and request for the set-up to be re-initiated.
    Can you assist on this error msg?


  5. Hi,

    The 1st letters of the QR code at the back of my yicamera reads as HPPV6.
    I’m able to connect the yicamera to my Wi-Fi, and also to scan the QR code from my Android phone to the yicamera (via YI Home APP), which appears to be successfully initially.
    However, during the connecting phase, the yicamera indicated that the QR Code was invalid, and the connection process have to be reset and re-initiated.
    Can you kindly assist on this error?


  6. hello, the address for downloading the china version is not working is there any other alternative address? I got my own yi home smart camera which is china version, it could not be paired until now on. please help. thank you

  7. Android time zone off on recording by 6 hors or so. Please enable time zone change in Chinese version of app or allow use of international version. Thanks

  8. We are your customer for long time and had bought many of your product.
    Will you enable us to use international firmware version with our YI Home Camera CN version.

      1. Hi
        I have the same request than @Abdul.
        Could you enable us to use international firmware version with our YI Home Camera CN version?

        Keep us update of the progress.

        The only firmware works for me is the rest of them after update them (suggestion of the app) I can’t pair the camera.


  9. Hi
    1. There used to be time scroll bar which had orange /red shade to indicate continuous video recording. I could just scroll and view old recording. But now it does not record. No orange or red shade. What’s wrong?
    2. Can the motion detected recording length be increased from default 6 seconds??

  10. please help me also…. i am from india and my camera is not connecting…. i have downloaded yi home camera app in my mobile but it is not connecting….

  11. The first 4 characters on the back of the camera are “22ZE”, I want use it in US. The camera can connected to network (camera said ‘wifi connection successful ‘), but my phone can not be paired with it. After step testing server connection, the app shows ‘Fail to load’. ‘Please reset the camera’

    1. The camera is not U.S. version, if the package is printed in Chinese, then we can confirm it’s CN version, you need to follow this blog and install the correct App to use.

  12. Hi,
    I also bought a CN camera from Gearbest but I’m from Europe.
    I am able to pair with the chinese app and see the camera, but it is a mess.
    Is it possible to upgrade the firmware to the international version and use the international app from the Playstore?

    1. Same here. I’m using the lates CN firmware from the site mentioned above ( Also installed the Android app directly from Apk. When I startup the app, I logon with my MI account. Next I configure the camera and everything works fine. When the popup shows up saying and update is available, I press the update button. After install is completed, the app shows the camera but crashes after showing the stream for some seconds. However, if I call the settings menu, it will not crash. Only when the livestream is shown. Please fix this!

      1. Same problem here. Newest CN firmware ( and android app. I use it on my OnePlus One with Android 5.1.1. I also already wrote an email to the xiaoyi support.

        @Floris: did you get any solution?

  13. I have followed your instructions and dl the China version app but every time I want to log in using my mi account which is non China number, it always says error occurred while logging in. Please advise

  14. I have CN version camera, i am big fan of xiaoyi and xiaomi and i have almost all mi products. I am using this camera india. is there a way to change time zone in camera stream in mobile to indian time?

    1. Hi Sanjeev,

      Could you please tell me how you have used/Paired CN Version YI camera home to India and what all chnages you have djj

    2. Hello Sanjeev, can you please tell me which app you are using. I got the same issue. I bought the camera and it is Chinese version and so it is not working. Your help will be much appreciated.


    3. Sanjeev which app you are using? Is it the Chinese one or the international one. Does the Chinese app has the English menu? I am planning to buy the CN version. If I need to use the Chinese app then I am worried about the navigation.

  15. I have a 2RGR version ; with english version cannot connect via app ( but strangely the camera is steady blue saying wifi connected) ; with chinese firmware is working connected to chinese app.

  16. hi, yi home application 2 seconds show video and “yi home stopped”. i can whatch record but can’t watch live cam. please help. this problem started after last update. thank you.

    1. sorry for inconvenience. we suspect there is a language related bug in latest release. please try to change your phone language to English or download the previous App version (updated in blog)

      1. I bought the Yi Home camera online in Indonesia, now I have problem to pair with my I Phone. how can I get the chinese App ?

    1. Im sending mine back to the place of purchase as i neither speak nor read Chinese so its a waste of time and money……

  17. help i am from indonesia, I ‘ve bought 4 pcs the camera’s chinese version, I ‘ve tried a variety of applications but still cannot pairing, if you said its can work by setting Beijing time, then what should i do ?

  18. Hi,
    Thank you very much for your page, it help me a lot. I got a chinese version from the an oline shop. So I download your chinese app (that is in english). It works now fine.
    But I would know if it is possible to connect it to my NVR (that’s why I bought it) ?
    I can see his Ip address and MAC, but which protocole it is using ?

    Thank you in adavnce.

  19. Hello,

    many people in the world bought your great YI HOME Camera …

    I did buy very long ago 3 YI Home Camera CN Version.

    Please make it possible for your valueable customers to upgrade/switch YI Home from CN Version to international version!

    Thank you for helping your customers with this easy change!

    Can you tell me when you think that can be done?

    Thank you!

  20. works great, simple enough to setup, good picture quality
    but seemingly not available to pair with more than one app?
    is that true?
    naturally, home security monitoring should not be limited to one person

  21. Dear Sales team for Yi,

    I brought Yi smart camera in Thailand. I was trying to connect it to mobile app but can’t find it. I uploaded the SD card with English firmware but still doesn’t working. Could you please send the link to latest firmware and manual by English version?

    1. I installed Mobile app for Android phone by Play Store (Samsung Note 4 and Asus Zenfone5) / I installed Mobile app for iOS by Apple Store (iPhone 4s)
    2. I plugged in “Yi” to power cable.
    3. I was trying to connect to both of device but didn’t work.

    P.S. I tried both of Android and iOS but didn’t work. I read and tried all above directions but my devices still can’t find “Yi”

    For more information, YHS-113 GB/T 29298-2012
    Code: 10958/00951817
    v 2.1

    Awaiting your support.

    Thanks & regards,

  22. I’m from indonesia. N i already brought this camera. Is there any posible i can use in my country? It said CN version. I had try to install the app but still doesnt work.

  23. I have CN version with Mi Smart Home iOS app and live in UK. This used to work very well (only one problem burn in time CN time). After updating both camera and app to latest versions they will not pair. Will it ever work again or do I have to buy a new international version camera?

  24. We need a new update for chinise version for language problem!when i have greek language in my phobe, the camera stops in 2 seconds.when i turn my phone in english language the camera works.
    Please help! Update your chinish app now!!!!!!!!

  25. Hello, I have a issue with the CN version cameras that have been working perfectly in the US for 3 months or more. I recently got a new phone and the could not get the YI home app to transfer so I had to download again in the google play store. Now this app will not recognize my login from the MI home. Why all of a sudden do my CN cameras have issues here in the states when they worked for many months. And on my current Galaxy Tab the YI home app that Ive had installed for 3 months or more is still functioning correctly. How can i get this resolved? Another thing is the MI App is only in CN and the YI app was fine in english.

  26. i recently bought 4 xiaoyi camera in Malaysia, all working fines with the above method. unfortunately after firmware update, 2 of it failed to work, it auto shut down after notify that the cam is for use in china mainland only.. any solution?

  27. Hi, please help to get your team to resolve country restriction issue.

    If XiaoMi wish to take the international market, there should not be any restriction on country.

    I bought a CN version without knowing this country restriction and now, I am stuck with this useless camera since I am not living in China.

    Hope there is a firmware to resolve this issue as soon as possible as you can already see, there are a lot of people who bought CN version without knowing and having problem on it.

  28. I have china version camera, i have installed the english version apk app and everything is working good.
    I have 2 routers at my home, when i connect my smartphone to the same router where is connected the camera the camera has just 2-3 seconds difference from real time, but when i connect from the other router the difference is 10-15 seconds, and loading time for the first time is very big.
    Does it mean that china version use china servers? If it uses china servers than please give an option on next firmware update to change servers, timezone, add the option to choose the date from the calendar for videos stored on sd card.
    Please give support to us non china users because are so much, i have bought this camera from aliexpress, i didn’t knew that there are china and other countries versions, and when i bought this camera, the seller on aliexpress sold more than 8000 yi home cameras. I didn’t trusted to the seller description but to MI brand.
    Thank you in advance, with the hope that will add options that i mentioned earlier.
    Best regards from Macedonia.

  29. I am from Germany and I bought the Cam from Gearbest (CN Version). With the Chinese App i could pair with the Cam and watch the Stream for 1-2 Seconds. After that the App always crashes.
    Then the App told me to update the Firmware from something_N to After I did that, the Cam always tells me in chinese: “Chinese Mainland Version” … and turns off. So now the Cam is useless to me and was a waste of money.
    Any help here, or should i just try to send it back?

  30. Hi there i have shifted back to Singapore
    and i’m having problem with this CN ver of camera
    i understand that CN ver is only for use in china only
    as you have mention before it only support Beijing time, isn’t Singapore and Beijing time the same? +8hr?

    is there any solution that xiao yi can provide?
    as some of us here are die heart fans of xiaomi from the beginning
    i really hope that you could help us out

    thanks alot

  31. So my camera starts with 2YW76 (supposed to be [0~9],[0~9], CN/KR/US ) country code is no where to be found. can you help me?

  32. I do not understand because they do not enable the option to install a firmware international ants on a Chinese room … we have bought this product when it was available only in China.
    I just wish my room ants work well, please enable this function.

  33. Hi , I am from Singapore and bought a china version from my side online store. But I can’t connect to the xiaoyi smart camera at all using the international and China version. Can u please teach me is there anyway for me to do? Thanks.

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