Why Isn’t My Kasa Camera’s Night Vision Mode Working?

Kasa smart camera, a smart device produced by TP-Link, is a great way to keep your home secure, especially at night. Thanks to its night vision mode capabilities, you will always be aware of any unauthorized movement at home.

However, like any other smart cam, the Kasa camera’s night vision mode may encounter issues and stop working.

This could be due to a disabled night vision mode, too much light, infrared problems, software updates, voltage drops, or other issues.

Why Kasa Camera’s Night Vision Mode Isn’t Working

Why Isn’t My Kasa Camera’s Night Vision Mode Working

Kasa camera may not work because you forgot to activate the night vision under your settings. It could also be due to too much light surrounding the  camera, infrared problems, a dirty camera lens, or a voltage drop. Sometimes, the issue arises from outdated software or internal issues, such as your camera bugging out.

It helps to understand how Kasa cameras work before you start troubleshooting the night vision mode issue. The camera uses infrared light to illuminate images, enabling the camera to see in the dark. This way, the Kasa camera can record clear videos within 30 feet at night.

7 Causes and Fixes For When Kasa Camera’s Night Vision Mode Isn’t Working

Here are some reasons why Kasa camera’s night vision mode may stop working and how to fix the problem.

1. Night Vision Mode Not Enabled

You must check on your Kasa camera to see is if the night vision is enabled. Here is how to turn the night vision mode on your Kasa camera:

  • Open your Kasa App and go to Device Settings
  • Scroll downward to “Night Vision” and tap on it
Night Vision Mode Not Enabled
  • You’ll see an options menu with “Automatic, Off, or Always On”
  • Now select your preferred option and click to save
Night Vision

2. Too Much Light

Too much light in the surrounding area often prevents night vision from not working on your Kasa Camera. Night vision only activates when it gets dark, and the cam no longer receives sufficient light for creating clear color images.

Here’s what you need to do:  

  • Ensure no bright light source points directly at the camera’s lens. 
  • Confirm that there are no shiny surfaces nearby that might produce a glare. These surfaces will only negatively affect the situation, and your camera will struggle with night vision.

When there is a bright light, it prevents or delays the LED lights from activating since the camera sensor detects that the area is well-lit. Though the light may not be bright enough to capture images in front of the camera, it gives the illusion that the area is not dark enough. If the area isn’t dark, the camera’s night vision will not activate.

3. Infrared Camera Problems

Kasa cameras are usually equipped with an IR cut filter designed to switch to night mode, especially when the camera senses low light. If adjusting the lights near the camera does not fix the issue, it could be an infrared bouncing issue. At night, the camera IR switches on to help illuminate and see in the dark.

To avoid such images, here’s what you need to do:

  • Avoid pointing your camera at reflective surfaces and objects
  • Do not leave plants in front of the camera IR
  • Do not place the cameras in tight corners
  • Move the surfaces or objects that reflect light

Additionally, you can check if your camera has a missing or defective rubber ring. The rubber ring is usually around the IR camera lens and protects the camera from IR light bleeding. It often gets damaged during the camera installation, and in some cases, is not well-positioned.

4. Dirty Camera Lens

The common causes for these blurry images are grease, fingerprints, dust, or scratches on the camera glass. Cleaning the lens will help the night vision mode work better when it’s dark outside.

To clean the lens, here’s what you need to do: 

  • Wipe away the grime and dirt with a piece of cloth. 
  • You can try blasting the unit with compressed air. These will help set the lens back up for better night vision.
  • Once you’re done cleaning, wait for nighttime and reduce the exposure on your camera. It could take some time, but the night vision will be ready once the light exposure is minimal.

5. Software Updates

Check to see if your camera has any software upgrades. Updates are essential for the maximum performance of your Kasa smart camera. They help enhance the system’s newer features by preventing performance errors and bugs.

To update the software, here’s what you need to do:

  • Launch the Kasa app. 
  • Open “Device Settings,” and click “Firmware Updates.” 
  • Make sure you are running on the latest version of the camera’s software.
Firmware Updates

6. Voltage Drop

Another common problem with the Kasa camera night vision is the voltage drop. When the camera’s IR illuminates, the camera consumes more power, and if there isn’t enough copper and the cable run is long, there will be a voltage drop.

This might cause the camera to stop functioning or cycle on and off. The cycling on and off is when the IR illuminates, causing the camera to turn off, then power on and work till the IR turns on again.

During the power drop, the Kasa camera’s night vision mode may stop working. In case you have joined the cameras to the DVR and the power supply using a CAT 5 cable, ensure the copper cable is pure. It shouldn’t be just a CCA or a copper-clad aluminum to maximize the power output.

7. Internal Issues

If all these solutions don’t work, it’s possible that your camera may be bugging out or experiencing internal glitches. In this case, we recommend power cycling by unplugging and plugging your Kasa camera back again.

Sometimes power cycling the Kasa camera may not give you the results you want. If this happens, you may have to reset it to factory settings. You must note that resetting your camera will make you lose all your custom settings. Once you’ve reset your camera, you will have to set up all your custom configurations again.

To reset your Kasa Camera, follow these steps:

  • Find the reset button at the back of the camera
  • Long press the button for at least 15 seconds
  • The LED will blink amber, and your camera will reset
  • Once the reset process is over, you will have to reconnect your camera to a WiFi

Alternative Night Vision Security Cameras

The Kasa camera is by no doubt one of the best smart security cameras with night vision. However, sometimes its night vision mode may stop working. A security camera is only half as effective without night vision—the reason we suggest these alternatives.

Wyze

Wyze Cam 1080p Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant, White - WYZECP1

The Wyze camera is one of the best affordable options in the market. The camera records HD videos with a 180-degree rotating base tilt, making it easy to scan a room up and down in seconds.

The camera’s video quality of 1080p is good, and the night vision is solid. It has 6 IR LEDs that help achieve clear and sharp night vision. The LEDs increase the distance, so you can see clear images in any lighting condition. 

Ring Camera

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery | Weather-Resistant Outdoor Camera, Live View, Color Night Vision, Two-way Talk, Motion alerts, Works with Alexa | White

These camera record high-quality 1080p videos with a 140 degree field of view. It also has a night-vision mode that captures details in faces, as well as managing poorly lit environments. 

Its two-way audio with speakers that sounds good is equally impressive.

Arlo

Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera - 3 Pack - Wireless Security, 1080p Video, Color Night Vision, 2 Way Audio, Wire-Free, Direct to WiFi No Hub Needed, Works with Alexa,Motion Sensor, White - VMC2330

The Arlo is another premium camera with great features. For night security, the camera boats a 2K live stream with great contrast colored night vision that is crisp and clear. You do not have to worry about being limited to black and white images in the dark.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Kasa Cam have Night Vision?

Yes, all the Kasa cameras come equipped with night vision which can give you a view of an area in black and white, allowing you to see what is happening in darkness up to a distance of 30ft.

Why is my Kasa camera in black and white?

When your Kasa camera is in black and white, it may mean the camera’s night vision mode is on. This mode turns on automatically in the event that the camera doesn’t detect enough ambient light. If you want the screen to show colored images, you must place the camera in a well-lit location.

Do Kasa cameras work without WiFi?

Kasa cameras can still work without a WiFi connection. However, you have to ensure your smartphone is on the same wireless network as the camera. This way, you can watch the live view on the Kasa Smart App without interruption.

Conclusion

Kasa camera’s night vision mode that is not working may be due to the issues we have discussed above. Knowing all these reasons is important when troubleshooting and fixing the night vision mode problem.

Fortunately, we have 7 easy fixes to give you an idea of what to do. Consider checking them one at a time to get your camera up and running. However, if none of the tips works, you may have to contact the Kasa customer support team for further assistance.

About Tristan Perry

Tristan Perry is a software developer who is passionate about tech gadgets, DIY and housing. He has therefore loved seeing smart homes hit the mainstream. Tristan also has an academic background (in Math & Computer Science), and so he enjoys digging into the technical ways that smart home devices work.

Tristan owns close to a dozen Amazon Echo devices, way too many Philips Hue bulbs and lightstrips, a boat-load of Ring Cameras and Doorbells... and a bunch of other smart home devices too (from Reolink, Google Nest, GLEDOPTO and others).

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