How to use Yi Home Camera 2 (1080p) outside of China

How to use Yi home camera 2 outside of China

How to use Yi home camera 2 outside of China

UPDATE (11/11/2017): This process is not valid anymore, but you can use a new one. All info here.

I’ve been using a Yi Homme Camera for a long (aka Xiaomi/Xiaoyi Small Ants Camera). It’s a magnific camera with good quality (720p) and night vision at a stunning price. In my opinion, then only flaw is the lack of an wired Ethernet port. However, Xiaomi, firmware update after firmware update has made it a bit worse. First they blocked telnet access, RTSP and HTTP. And finally the blocked their Chinese hardware to be used only in China Mainland (from Nov 2015). Yes, they sell two versions, Chinese and International. Luckily you always can solve this limitations running some scripts or downgrading the firmware. There is a lot of info on the Internet.


Recently Xiaomi (Yi) launched a major upgrade for this product. They presented Yi Home Camera 2, with even better quality, 1080p @25fps 1.5Mbits, gesture detection and more. Obviusly I immediately bought one. However I got the same issue all people is having. It’s impossible to get it working. You can not pair it with the phone app. The camera gets the QR code, connect to your WIFI network (light steady blue light) but the pairing proccess never ends succesfully. You get “time out” both the camera (voice message) and the phone. Every people has the same problem. Some of them have tried to update the firmware, but this is even worse. Now they get a voice message “This camera can only be used in China”.

After some weeks of research I finally get mine working, using a specific firmware.

To install it you have to:

    1. Download this firmware (version 2.1.1-20160429113900) and put it in the root of your SDCARD (it has to be FAT32 formated). The name of the file has to be home.bin, otherwise camera won’t install it
    2. Turn on the camera
    3. Reset the camera to default values pressing the reset white button in the back
    4. Turn the camera off
    5. Insert the SD card with home.bin and turn it on

You will see the green led blinking for about one minute. After that you will be able to pair your camera with the app. Bear in mind that the app has to be Chinese version too.

And, of course, remember NOT to update your camera firmware even if the phone app invite you.

Next step: Enable telnet to allow RTSP and FTP.

  32 comments for “How to use Yi Home Camera 2 (1080p) outside of China

  1. 21 junio, 2016 at 16:43

    AAAWEEEESOOOOMEEEEEE thank you! its working now :D I LOVE YOU!

  2. koen langendries
    21 junio, 2016 at 18:20

    thanx, this is EXACTLY what I needed.. Thanx again…

  3. bofred
    5 julio, 2016 at 19:38

    Great. But how do I find the chines version of the software?

  4. 7 julio, 2016 at 05:25

    I’ve enable the telnet, but it requires Ambarella login and password. Have you figure it out?

  5. Minde
    17 julio, 2016 at 16:38


    i have YI home camera 2 and it works with app, but i would like to use RTSP, http://FTP... did you find some solution on that?

    thanks a lot
    best regards

    • Tomás Crespo
      3 diciembre, 2016 at 20:56

      I don’t know how to do it with 1080p model. Only with 720p model

  6. Suzaku
    21 julio, 2016 at 22:16

    “Next step: Enable telnet to allow RTSP and FTP.”

    And how the fuck do I do that?

  7. Jesús Laborda
    24 julio, 2016 at 11:11

    Gracias por el aporte. Me funcionó a la primera. He notado que respecto al modelo anterior (también tengo una 720p Night Version) ésta se calienta muchísimo. El cuerpo metálico no se puede ni tocar. ¿También a la tuya le ocurre lo mismo?.
    De nuevo gracias.
    Un saludo.

    • Tomás Crespo
      3 diciembre, 2016 at 20:54

      Efectivamente, la version 1080p se calienta un montón, quema si la tocas. Yo la tengo así mucho tiempo sin problema

  8. Robbert
    5 agosto, 2016 at 23:36

    I am afraid this method does not work with the latest model anymore. It will not read/update the software. I have a full Chinese model with Chinese app but located in the Netherlands. I have an expensive paperweight now… :-(

    • Robbert
      7 agosto, 2016 at 15:28

      It just keeps saying that it is booting up in Chinese. Unresponsive except for a shutter sound every 15 seconds. App pairing causes Yi home to crash. Unfortunately Yi home has stopped. Yes both client and firmware are Chinese and my 720p units are working fine…

    • Phoenix
      14 febrero, 2017 at 21:01

      Hi Robert,

      I have the same issue, can’t get the camera to install the firmware. Did you ever figure out a solution? If so and you are willing to share with me, I will greatly appreciate it!

      Thank you,


      • Tomás Crespo
        12 noviembre, 2017 at 10:28

        Take a look at the new solution

  9. Shakeel Ross
    4 septiembre, 2016 at 06:31

    Hello, since it’s still on the april firmware
    May I know if all features work on that firmware version?
    Such as counting people and sound alert?

    • 1 mayo, 2017 at 09:57

      Stay with this guys, you’re heplnig a lot of people.

  10. lasti
    20 septiembre, 2016 at 14:39

    Parece de buena calidad y la vi por 124$ desde Geekbuying, como os parece?

  11. giorgio
    29 diciembre, 2016 at 20:34

    I would like to buy the YI cam 2 from gearbest and it is chinise version. Do you know if this procedure is still working? And do you know if it is OK to work also in Italy?

    Many thanks,

    • Tomás Crespo
      12 noviembre, 2017 at 11:18

      This procedure is not working currently, but there is another one working (see post update at the beginning). Anyway, if I had to buy a new one, I would buy the international version, to avoid future problems

  12. pacoyiyo
    13 enero, 2017 at 17:54

    Por desgracia, la cámara yi home camera 2 1080p versión china ha dejado de funcionar fuera del país del sol naciente (china). No hay a fecha de hoy ninguna manera de modificar el firmware y que funcione en España.

    • Tomás Crespo
      12 noviembre, 2017 at 11:16

      Por fin la hay. Mira la actualización del artículo

  13. Phoenix
    14 febrero, 2017 at 20:13


    Thank you for the wonderful explanation and instruction.

    I followed all steps but somehow I don’t see the green light blinking for one minute. I am guessing the firmware is not written to the camera. Could you give me a hand and let me know your thoughts?

    Thank you very much!

    • Tomás Crespo
      12 noviembre, 2017 at 10:29

      Are you sure we are talking a boy exactly the same model? Look at the photo of the camera, it has to be the same

  14. Maximiliano Jones
    9 abril, 2017 at 03:35

    Amigoo, tengo muchos problemas para hacer funcionar la version 1 de 1080p cuya última versión de firmware es la ( pero no puedo usarla fuera de China. Habría alguna forma de que me ayudes a solucionarlo como lo hiciste con esta versión? Saludos

    • Tomás Crespo
      12 noviembre, 2017 at 11:16

      Ahora hay una solución. Mira la actualización que hay al comienzo del artículo

  15. 165161651
    15 agosto, 2017 at 10:34

    Fuck this Camera and you

    • Tomás Crespo
      12 noviembre, 2017 at 10:27

      Thanks boy

  16. 10 septiembre, 2017 at 14:24

    no news? :(

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