General Questions about Tapo Care

Tapo Care
Updated 02-27-2024 11:14:37 AM 190359
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NOTE: Some plans and features of Tapo Care are not yet released in some regions. Please refer to the actual content displayed on the APP or Web page.

Tapo Care Overview

Q1 What's Tapo Care?

For Tapo Cameras, the Tapo Care service provides cloud storage, rich notifications with snapshots, Smart Sort and other services. With the Tapo Care service, regardless of camera state, all detected events are recorded and a brief clip is saved to the cloud for 7/30 days for you to access at your leisure via Tapo APP.

The following are the differences after subscribing to Tapo Care:

Without Tapo Care

With Tapo Care

Live view

Instant notifications

Two-Way audio

Activity zones

Local storage

Motion detection

Person detection

Baby Crying*

Motion tracking*

Privacy zones*

Cloud video clip history

Rich notifications with snapshots

Weekly Report*

Video Summary*

Smart Sort*

*These functions may vary by product models, firmware, and Tapo Care plans. More devices will be supported soon.

Q2 What's the difference between the Basic and the Premium Tapo Care plan?

Basic Plan

Premium Plan

Available Regions/Countries

UK, Germany, Spain, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia

All Tapo Care supported countries

Cloud Storage

7 Days

30 Days

Supported Cameras

  1. 1 camera
  2. Up to 5 cameras
  1. 1 camera
  2. 2 cameras
  3. 3 cameras
  4. Up to 10 cameras

Tapo care plans can be different based on regions and areas, learn more about Tapo care plan in your area from Tapo Care website.

Before subscribing to Tapo Care

Q3 How to subscribe to Tapo Care.

To learn how to subscribe to the Tapo Care plan, please click here.

Q4 When the free trial of Tapo Care expires, will the camera automatically subscribe?

No, when the free service expires, it will be automatically canceled and you will not be charged. The Tapo Care subscription will begin only after you confirm on the app.

Q5 Can I cancel the Tapo Care Free Trial?

Yes, you can cancel the trial at any time during the trial period. After cancellation, the trial of the model cannot be resumed.

To get more details about Tapo Care Free Trial, please click here.

Q6 Is an SD card required to use Tapo Care?

No, Tapo Care doesn’t need an SD card. All the important moments will be saved in the cloud for 7/30 days.

Q7 If I have more than 1 Tapo camera, do I need to subscribe to Tapo Care for each of them?

No, you don’t. Tapo Care offers multiple packages based on the number of supported cameras.

For the Basic Plan, you can choose from packages that accommodate 1 or 5 cameras.

For the Premium Plan, you can choose from packages that accommodate 1, 2, or 3 cameras, or opt for our package that supports up to 10 cameras.

Note: If the cameras are more than 10, you need to add more plans, kindly proceed to create subscriptions on the website.

Tapo care plans can be different based on regions and areas, learn more about Tapo care plan in your area from Tapo Care website.

Q8 Can I get a refund after purchasing Tapo Care?

If Tapo Care is actively canceled or terminated during the validity period, the subscription fee will not be refunded during the period. If you are a continuous subscription member, you can unsubscribe to Tapo Care and there will be no charge after your current billing cycle ends.

Click here to get more details.

Q9 Can an Apple ID/Google ID subscribe to more than one Tapo Care plan for a device?

No, one Apple ID / Google ID can only subscribe to one Tapo Care plan. If you need to subscribe to more Premium plans, please visit tapo.tplinkcloud.com/tapo_web.

Q10 If I already have Tapo Care plan which hasn’t expired, can I buy an additional service? If so, when will the service begin and end?

Yes, the service will start as soon as you subscribe to the additional Tapo Care plan and last for 1 month or 1 year depending on the plan you choose from the day you subscribe to this Tapo Care plan.

After subscribing to Tapo Care

Q11 How do I confirm that my Tapo Care has been subscribed successfully?

After paying for the service, launch the TP-Link Tapo app, go to the Me ->Tapo Care page, you can find the validity of your Tapo Care plan here.

Or visit camera LiveView page, and you can see that the thumbnails of the cloud videos are now available under Playback & Download section.

Also, you can go to the Camera Settings page to enable Tapo Care premium features, such as Rich Notifications.

Q12 What can I do if the Tapo camera doesn't upload videos to cloud after Tapo Care is activated?

  • Click here to check whether the motion detection setting of the camera is activated.
  • Click here to check whether the camera has been added to the subscription through the following path: Me > Tapo Care >Select camera.
  • Click here to confirm if the signal strength of the camera is strong enough. If videos still can’t be uploaded normally at reduced resolution, partial video loss or discontinuity may occur. To ensure the camera can upload videos to the cloud normally, we also recommend not connecting too many devices to the home network at once.

If there is still no cloud recording, please contact TP-Link technical support.

Q13 How can I turn off auto-renewal for Tapo Care?

  • For Apple Pay: Turn it off in iCloud payments. The path is: Settings > iTunes Store and App Store > Apple ID > View Apple ID > Account Settings > Subscription.
  • For Google Pay: Turn it off in Google Play's payment function. The path is: Play Store > Sidebar > Subscription.
  • For PayPal or Credit Card: Visit tapo.tplinkcloud.com/tapo_web, log in with your TP-Link ID, and cancel the subscription.

Note: If you use a Credit card as a payment method, you may be charged a foreign exchange fee by your credit card company when the charge currency differs from your credit card currency. TP-Link is not responsible for these additional charges.

Q14 When the Tapo APP is not running, can the Tapo camera continue to save recordings to the cloud server?

Yes, the settings are saved to the camera itself and the camera can still detect and record according to your settings as long as the Tapo camera has a stable internet connection.

Q15 How long will the camera record when using Tapo Care?

The maximum length of each clip is 3 minutes.

The length of the video clips is related to how long the objects in the video are moving. If no moving object is detected, the camera will stop recording.

Q16 Can I still access the videos stored in the cloud via Tapo APP after the Tapo Care plan has expired?

Yes, as long as the videos stored in the cloud are not been saved for more than 7/30 days, you can watch them normally at any time.

Q17 If my camera is broken or stolen, how can I access my cloud videos?

Log into Tapo APP with your TP-Link ID, and go to Me > Playback & Download >Cloud Video, you will be able to access your cloud videos which are not been saved for more than 7/30 days.

Q18 How can I download or delete recorded videos from Cloud?

You can delete and download through Me > Playback & Download > Cloud Video.

You can remove several videos by long-pressing one of the cloud videos or click three dots button on the upper right corner then tap on Select.

To watch the downloaded videos, go to LiveView > Playback & Download > Download.

Q19 How can I check the validity period of my Tapo Care?

Your Tapo Care will automatically renew at the end of the billing cycle unless you choose to cancel the subscription. After cancellation of Tapo Care, please check your current validity period in Me > Tapo Care of the Tapo app.

Q20 Can I transfer my Tapo Care subscription to another Tapo device?

Yes, open the TP-Link Tapo app, go to Me > Tapo Care, and tap on Select Camera on the subscription card to switch to another device.

Q21 Can I transfer the Tapo Care subscription to another TP-Link ID?

No, since Tapo Care is simultaneously bound to your TP-Link ID and cameras, if you unbind and rebind your cameras to a different TP-Link ID, the Tapo Care service and cloud videos will not transfer. You'll have to subscribe to Tapo Care again with the new account.

Q22 How can I upgrade from a Basic Tapo Care plan to a Premium Tapo Care plan if I already have one?

Select the premium plan from the Tapo APP/Tapo Care website and click Upgrade now. The original subscription price will be returned in various formats depending on which Tapo Care channels you subscribed to.

Q23 Does Tapo Care support 24-hour continuous recording?

No, but you can enable 24-hour continuous recording with an SD card or NAS.

Click here to get more details.

To get to know more details of each function and configuration please go to Download Center to download the manual of your product.

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