NOTE: The path to get to the hardware decoder option is slightly different. The end of the article discusses needing to go into My Account > App Settings but the video does not have that step.
Let’s start with what software decoding is and how it relates to the Wyze app. This is the default setting and uses your phone or tablet’s CPU or Central Processing Unit to decode your videos so that you can view them. However, phones are not as powerful as personal computers and sometimes struggle with decoding the videos quickly enough for us. This can lead to your device becoming warmer along with a slower or laggy video playback. The device you use will change how severe this is.
To combat this issue, manufacturers put chips called GPUs or Graphics Processing Units into your devices. When you use these video chips to decode your videos, you are using hardware decoding. Hardware decoding is faster but it doesn’t support as many file types. However, it will support the file types that we use! The trade-offs when using hardware decoding are that sometimes it can lead to compression artifacts in your videos that look a little weird (though this doesn’t happen to everyone) and it will use a bit more battery because you are using two chips instead of one.
We have a setting for Android users in the Wyze app so that you can try this out! You can switch back and forth so if you decide to experiment with hardware decoding you can always go back to using your software instead if you don’t like it. To enable hardware decoding, go over to your My Account tab and select App Settings. The only toggle on there is next to the label “Enable Hardware Decoder.” Toggle this to the right to use your GPU and toggle it to the left to use your CPU. Some people may not notice much of a difference but this can lead to significant change for others depending on the devices that you use.