Mi Camera Night Vision Not Working [Quick Fix]

Does your Mi camera work perfectly during the day, but shows blurry images at night? Then, you might be wondering how to solve the problem.

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In this article, we’ll share common ways to fix an inactive night vision in a Mi camera.

How to Fix ‘Mi Camera Night Vision Not Working’

Reboot Your Phone

If your Mi Camera footage is pitch black at night, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a problem with the camera. Rather, it could be that your phone is misbehaving and displaying low-quality footage as a result.

The solution to this problem is to reboot your phone. Turn off your phone and wait 10 seconds before turning it back on.

When you’ve switched your camera back on, launch the Xiaomi home app and check the image on your camera’s screen. If the night vision is still inactive, move on to the next step.

Power Cycle Your Camera

One common reason why your Mi Camera night vision isn’t working is a malfunctioning camera. When your camera is experiencing functional issues, it may automatically deactivate random features like night vision.

Power cycling your camera should fix the functional issues in the device.

Here’s how to power cycle your Mi camera:

  • Open your Xiaomi Home app and tap on your camera icon.
  • Click on the 3-dot icon at the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Tap Camera Settings.
  • Then, click on the Reboot Camera button at the bottom of the screen to restart your camera.

After rebooting your camera, close your Xiaomi app and relaunch it. Then, check if you can see images clearly on the screen at night. If not, proceed to the next step.

Disable and Re-enable Night Vision on the Mi Camera

Due to a glitch, your Mi camera may lose access to its night vision, even while the setting is still on. As a result, the camera will display a pitch-black screen at night.

To eliminate this glitch, you’ll need to disable and re-enable night vision settings on your Mi Camera.

Here’s how to do that:

  • Launch the Xiaomi Home app.
  • Click on the Camera icon.
  • Tap the three dots at the top right corner of the screen.
  • Select Camera Settings.
  • Tap Night Vision.
  • You’ll see three options: Automatic, Always On, or Off.
  • Click on Off.
  • Then, close the app and restart it.
  • Now, go back to the Night Vision settings using the steps above.
  • Finally, click on Automatic to turn your night vision back on.

Your Mi camera should resume working after this.

However, if the night vision doesn’t work, try the next tip.

Remove and Re-add the Camera to your Xiaomi App

Sometimes, the glitch might still remain in your Mi camera even after disabling and re-enabling night vision. Luckily, there are more effective ways to remove bugs from your Mi camera.

One such method is to delete and re-add the camera to your Xiaomi app. Doing this clears out the camera’s RAM, thus removing the bugs in the process.

Use the following guide to delete and re-add your Mi camera to your Xiaomi app:

  • Launch your Xiaomi app.
  • Tap the camera icon on the home screen.
  • Then, click on the 3-dot icon at the top right-hand side of the screen.
  • Scroll to the bottom to find the Delete Camera button.
  • Click on the button to remove your camera from the app.
  • Now, restart the app.
  • Make sure your camera is plugged into a power outlet.
  • You’ll hear a voice message: Use Bluetooth to pair the device. Waiting for connection.
  • Click on the + icon at the upper right corner of the screen.
  • A list of Xiaomi devices will appear on the screen.
  • Search for your security camera model and click on it.
  • Wait until you hear the voice prompt: Waiting for Connection.
  • Then, tap Next on the app.
  • The next step is to connect your camera to Wi-Fi.
  • Enter your Wi-Fi password and click on Ok.
  • After you’ve successfully connected to Wi-Fi, the app will display a QR code.
  • Point your phone’s screen towards your camera monitor to scan the QR code.
  • The camera will inform you that the scan was successful.
  • Then, you’ll need a few seconds for the device to complete pairing with your phone.
  • Once the pairing is complete, you’ll get another voice message informing you of its success.
  • Your camera has now been re-added to the app, and you can resume using it.

Your Mi camera night vision should be working properly now.

Related: How to Fix Owlet Cam Night Vision Problems. 

Update Your Camera Firmware

Is your camera still displaying a pitch-black screen at night? If so, your camera firmware might be outdated.

Your Mi camera needs updated firmware to stay in good condition. If your camera firmware is outdated, the device may start lagging. Or worse, some of its features might stop working. Your night vision could be one of the features that gets disabled because of the outdated firmware.

To resolve this issue, you’ll need to update your camera firmware:

  • Click on your camera on the home screen of your Xiaomi app.
  • Then, tap the three dots at the top of the screen.
  • Scroll to Firmware Update.
  • If a new firmware version is available, you’ll see a green Upgrade Now button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap the Upgrade Now button to update your Mi camera firmware.

If your camera’s night vision doesn’t resume working after the firmware update, move on to the next step.

Place Your Camera on an Even Surface

 According to Xiaomi, placing the Mi camera in an uneven area will affect the infrared light.

Observe the position of the camera. Is it placed on a slanted or an uneven surface? If it is, you’ll need to relocate it to another area with a straight edge.

After changing the location of your camera, wait for nightfall before studying the footage again. If the night vision is still bad, move on to the next step.

Keep the Monitor Area of Your Camera Exposed

Another aspect you must pay attention to on your Mi camera is the monitor area. If any part of the monitor is covered, it will limit the reach of the infrared light. As such, your camera will only show objects that are closest to it.

If there are any materials shielding your camera’s screen, take them out of the way. Or better still, you could position your camera so that the monitor area is clearly exposed.

Now, check the camera again. If the device doesn’t display images clearly, continue to the next tip.

Factory Reset Your Camera

If none of the steps above fixes your Mi Camera’s night vision, there might be a severe issue with the camera.

But you don’t have to get rid of the camera yet. Factory resetting your Mi Camera may fix the fatal issue in the device.

A factory reset eliminates functional errors by deleting all the saved data and settings in the camera. This ensures that the root cause of the problem is completely removed.

Follow these steps to factory reset your Mi Camera:

  • Make sure your camera is plugged into power.
  • Locate the reset button at the base of the camera.
  • Press and hold the reset button for three seconds.
  • After releasing the button, you’ll hear a voice prompt saying Reset Successfully.
  • Wait another few seconds for the LED light on the camera to turn orange.
  • The factory reset is complete now.

Your camera night vision should be functioning properly now.

Wrapping Up

One of the tips we’ve shared above will fix the faulty night vision in your Mi camera. However, if the night vision doesn’t work after you’ve tried all the recommended solutions, you’ll need to contact the Xiaomi Customer Service for further assistance.

The support representative may offer other ways to fix your night vision, or advise you to replace the camera.