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7 Amazing Features of the Owlet Cam

April 12, 2022

The Owlet Cam lets you hear, talk to, and see your baby from anywhere! Designed for parents who want flexibility, the Cam’s minimal and versatile design blends into any space, and its magnetic base lets you put it anywhere and easily adjust to always see your baby.

Features of the Owlet Cam

The Owlet Cam gives parents the power to see important details about their baby day and night. Check out just a few of the many features the Owlet Cam has to offer below:

HD Video and 4X Zoom

The Owlet Cam streams HD 1080p video from wherever in the Owlet App to your smartphone. See a crystal-clear image of your baby and their sleep environment anytime, anywhere and enjoy easy, 4X pinch-to-zoom to focus in on what matters. Enjoy the same HD quality from day to night with auto-adjusting night vision so you’ll never have to squint at a fuzzy screen again.

Sounds & Motion Notifications 

Never miss a moment with Sound & Motion notifications sent directly to your phone when either sound or motion is detected in your baby’s room. Check whether Baby is just moving around in their sleep or if they’re up from their nap and ready to play—all without going into their room.

Secure Encrypted WiFi

With an AES 128-bit encryption and secure TLS connection, only those you choose can stream footage from your Cam. Our security features make the Cam safer than traditional analog monitors so you can rest easy and check in from anywhere.

Two-Way Audio and Background Audio

Talk to and soothe your baby from anywhere without needing to enter their room. Sometimes, your baby may just need a few calming words to settle back down, and the Cam makes it easy for you to reassure Baby that all is well. Plus, you can play audio from your baby’s room in the background while you use your phone for other tasks so you never have to choose between apps.

Room Temperature Sensor

Check the temperature of your baby’s room in the Owlet App and rest assured knowing baby’s room isn’t too hot or too cold.

Humidity Sensor 

In addition to temperature, the Owlet Camera humidity sensor reads humidity levels on the live stream and will send you a lavender sleep assist prompt if the humidity levels in your child’s room reach uncomfortable settings. With the Owlet Cam, humidity is kept in check. The default humidity thresholds place 10% humidity at a “low” level and 90% humidity at a “high” level. You can adjust these levels to meet your desired home and environment conditions, ensuring Baby sleeps comfortably.


With the Owlet Cam, you can rest easy at night so you can be the parent your baby deserves during the day.


Owlet Cam FAQs:

  • How do I record on the Owlet Cam? At the moment the Owlet Cam does not include a recording function. However, most smartphones include a screen recording function that can be used to record video streamed from the Cam in the Owlet App.
  • How do I use the Owlet Cam notifications? The Owlet Cam includes sound and motion notifications to keep you informed of your baby’s needs. When sound or motion is detected in Baby’s room you will receive a push notification on your phone. To turn on Cam notifications, open the Owlet App and toggle on the button next to Cam Notifications under the Cam settings.
  • How do I turn off the Owlet Cam? When not streaming your Owlet Cam is in a standby mode, but to fully turn off the Cam you can simple unplug the Cam’s power cord.



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The Owlet Cam streams HD 1080p video with night vision and two-way audio to your smartphone over a secure, encrypted WiFi connection so you can hear and see your baby from anywhere. Never miss a moment with sound and motion notifications, and background audio that plays while you use your phone for other tasks.

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46 thoughts on “7 Amazing Features of the Owlet Cam


Hi Kerynn! The only way to completely turn the Cam off is by unplugging it from the wall. We’d be happy to let our team know that there’s interest in having something available in the future, though!


Hey there! No updates are available right now. Thanks for checking in!


Hey there! No timelines are available as of yet but we’re planning on getting them added in the future!


Ashleigh Darrel

Hi! When will there be notifications for movement or baby crying?


Caitlyn Krebs

Are there any updates to the owl cam notifications? It’s being said in the comments within the next few months and that was months ago. It is now February 2020z an update would be awesome!!!



Hello! Loving the camera; we were able to sit it in a dresser to use with the bassinet until baby moves to his crib. However I can’t seem to find a way to turn it off/on from the app. How is it done? I like the feature on the owlet sock to do it from the app Incase I forget.


Hey Juliette! Use the chat feature in the Owlet app and our team will look into this for you!



Hi, I like the Owlet Cam so far but I’m currently encountering a downside to it. It doesn’t talk back so the two way audio is not working. How can I do this? Any special instructions? Thanks for you help It’s much needed and appreciated.


Currently, the only way to view history is to remove the SD card and view it on a computer.


So you cant go back and look at the video on the app or online?


Hi Joelle, the base station only works for the Smart Sock. You’ll only be able to hear the Cam via the app if it’s open or if you’ve placed the audio on background.



Can I hear the camera through the owlet base station or can I only hear when the app is open?


Hi Melissa! The Owlet Cam doesn’t currently have sound or motion notifications but they will be added in the future!



How soon will the camera send notifications if the baby is making noises?


Not yet but please feel free to check back with us!



Is there any update as to when the camera notifications will be available?


Hi Zack, the SD card located in the back of the Cam will record 24 hours of video before recording over itself. You can view it on a desktop computer by inserting the SD card. Hope that helps!


Is there a way for us to record the video that is being transmitted from the camera onto our phones?


They’ll be available in the future. Make sure to keep an eye out!


Dulce Maria Esparza

Hi!! I just got this camera, when are we going to have notifications on the camera? I’m thinking seriously on return it and getting the nanit….


Hi Carolyn, thanks for reaching out. The app must remain open or run in the background for you to receive background audio. Please feel free to reach out to our team at (844) 334-5330, Monday-Sunday from 7 am – 10 pm, MST if you need any assistance!


Hey! As you’re looking at the video feed, scroll down until you see Cam Audio. You can then tap on the arrow next to it and it will pull up the option to place the audio on background. Hope that helps!


Breanna Peterson

How do you set the camera to background noise I haven’t found that setting? Is it in the app or in your phone settings



When I have the cam in background mode it will turn off in the middle of the night on its own and I can no longer hear the audio unless I open the app again. Is there a way to fix this?


Hi Chris, sound and movement notifications will be added within the app in the coming months so make sure to keep an eye out!


Chris Angevine

Any sense of when notifications will be added to the Camera app? That’ seems incredibly simple and would make for a much more useful product. Same thing for sound. It doesn’t help us in the middle of the night when you say “baby is too hot” if you don’t just add a notification. The lack of a notification is a critical flaw in this product. Makes it worse than old school monitors i had when my eight year olds were infants!. Am extremely disappointed. Would focus on getting this integrated ASAP


Our team doesn’t have plans for this right now but we’d be happy to let them know of your interest in having this capability!


Louis Romano

Do you know if the new update will also include compatibility with IFTTT and Alexa?


It will just be an update to the current cam.



Are we going to have to buy a new cam for this feature or would it just be an update on the current cam?


Hi Lina, try a power cycle by force closing the app and unplugging the Cam for a few minutes. If that doesn’t seem to help, please call us at (844) 334-5330, Monday-Sunday from 7 am – 10 pm, MST for assistance.



We just installed our Owlet Cam today. When streaming the video on the app, I notice that it is not taking a temperature reading of the room, the temp information is blank. How do I go about troubleshooting this?


Hi Louis, an additional cord is available for purchase here: https://owletcare.com/collections/owlet/products/cam-cable-box-holder However, an extra base is not included.


Louis Romano

Can I buy an extra magnetic base and charging cord for travel purposes since we used the wire guide to mount it to the wall?

Didn’t see it available online


I’m so sorry to hear that! Please reach out to Customer Care at (844) 334-5330, Monday-Sunday from 7 am – 10 pm, MST so they can help troubleshoot with you.


Leah Harper

My camera is shutting down even though I’m keeping it on background noise. I am so upset after looking at my history to see my baby was awake for an hour & my camera shut off in the middle of the night!


Good questions. With the Cam, you can keep the app open or place the audio on “Background” to hear your little one throughout the night. Placing the audio to background allows you to have your phone screen locked or even use other apps and still hear audio.



How can I hear that my baby wakes up at night, say to eat, if her vitals are normal? Can I not hear her all night like an old school monitor? My phone turns the screen off after so long does that close the app and leave her out my ear reach?


We’re currently expecting these features to be available in the coming months. Please feel free to check back with us for updates!



Hi – when will sound/motion notifications be available?


Hi Matt. The Cam sends the video feed through an encrypted connection to the cloud which is then accessed through the app. This allows you to be anywhere with an internet connection and view the live video feed on your phone.



Hi! Does the camera send the video outside our local network (over the internet) even if our smartphone is connected to the same wifi as the camera?

I’ve found most similar wifi-cameras actually send the signal over the internet and back down to a smartphone even though it’s in the same house, which creates significant lag in the video feed.


Hi! The Cam doesn’t have sound or motion notifications but they will be available in the future! If the app isn’t open, you will need to place it on Background Audio mode. This allows you to use other apps or have your home screen locked and still hear your baby.



Will the camera notify me if my baby cries? Or do I have the have the app open in the background to hear him?
Also how do I keep the app open while I’m on other apps?

If it does not notify us of sounds in his room when the app is closed, is that something that will be an added feature in the future?


Hi Traci, you can be anywhere with an internet connection and view the live video stream on your phone.



Does the owlet cam stream to my phone while I am out of the house, or only while I am at home? Thank you!