Buying a dash cam can be a great investment. Whether you want to use it to relive some of your more memorable drives or if you installed it as a security measure, a dash cam can be helpful in so many ways.

Once you have fitted your dash cam in your vehicle, it is imperative that you learn how to save and view your footage for use on a later date. Whatever kind of camera you have (rear view, built-in with your sat nav, etc), this is a valuable skill to know.

How To View Dash Cam Footage on a PC

Viewing your dash cam footage on your laptop or desktop PC is probably the easiest way to do so. You should be able to do it with no problems if you follow a few easy steps

Remove the Memory Card

Every dash cam will have a memory card inserted into it that is used to store the collected footage. Park your car, turn off your dash cam, and remove the memory card.

Slide Memory Card into Adapter

If your memory car is a micro SD card, you will need to slide it into an adapter. The adapter most likely came with the purchase of the micro SD card.

Some memory card readers can accept the micro SD card on its own, so this step may not be necessary. It just depends what your memory card reading set up is like.

Insert Memory Card into Card Reader

In order to view your dash cam videos on your computer, you will need to use a memory card reader.

Some particular computers already have a memory card reader built into their hardware. With others, you will need to purchase a separate device.

Open Video Files and Copy to Your PC

Once you have properly inserted your memory card into your computer, an 'AutoPlay' window will appear on your display. Choose the option 'Open folder to view files.'

Now, you will be able to access the folder with the dash cam videos. From here, you can simply view the videos.

If you want to free up some memory on your micro SD card, cut and paste the video files to your desktop.

How To View Dash Cam Footage on a Tablet

If you want to view your dash cam footage primarily on your Apple or Android tablet, then it is important to consider which dash cam you purchase.

To view dash cam footage on your tablet, you will need to purchase a dash cam that is wifi-enabled. If your dashcam is wifi-enabled, you can simply wirelessly connect your dashcam to your tablet.

Nextbase is a brand that has several models of GPS and wifi-enabled dash cams.

These include the Nextbase models 312GW, 412GW, or 512GW. Any of these models will allow you to connect them to your tablet so that you can download footage using the Nextbase app.

Once you download your dash cam footage to your tablet via wifi, you can do whatever you want with the videos.

How To View Dash Cam Footage on a Smart Phone

If you would rather view your dash cam footage on a smart phone, then again, you will have to purchase a wifi-enabled dash cam.

Viewing your videos on a smart phone is much the same as viewing them on a tablet. Simply connect your dash cam to your phone via wifi and download the videos to your phone using the smart phone app.

Downloading a viewing your dash cam footage may seem like a daunting task at first, but it really could not be easier. If you want to mainly use your smart phone or tablet to view your footage, it is best to purchase a dash cam that is wifi-enabled.

If you think that you will mainly be using your PC to view your dash cam footage, then buying a wifi-enabled device is not necessary. You can get away with purchasing a cheaper camera that has a removable SD or micro SD card.

Fitting a dash cam can be one of the most daunting aspects of collecting driving footage. Luckily, hardwiring your dash cam is pretty easy, thanks to our helpful guide.

Hardwiring your dash cam is a must if you want it to keep running while the car is turned off. Through hardwiring, you will be able to enable parking-mode recording for the particular models that offer it.

Before you hardwire your dash cam, be sure to purchase a fuse kit.

Find the Fuse Box

Take a look at your vehicle's owner's manual in order to find the location of your fuse box. Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, you might have to pry open some panels in order to get access to the fuses.

How to Choose the Fuse Slot and Hardwire

Once you locate the fuse box, you need to determine which fuse slot you should be using. It is recommended that you pick a fuse slot that is rated between 10A and 30A to provide enough electricity to your camera.

There are three wires that need to be connected. These are a wire for a constant fuse, a wire for an ignition-switched fuse, and a wire to the metal ground bolt.

The constant fuse remains on all of the time even when the vehicle is off.

The ignition-switched fuse turns off when the vehicle is turned off.

The ground metal bolt prevents electric shock.

Make sure that you use a circuit tester to discover which fuse is constant and which is ignition-switched. The constant fuse is usually colour-coded red and the ignition-switched fuse is usually colour-coded yellow.

Once you have selected the proper fuses, connect one wire from your hardwiring kit to the constant fuse and connect another to the ignition-switched fused. Plug the last wire into the metal ground bolt.

After you complete all of these steps, your dash cam should be successfully hardwired.

Cleaning Up the Cables

Cleaning up the wires from your dash cam is a must if you want a tidy, neat look. Purchase an add-a-fuse kit for a more professional-looking installation.

In addition to making your fuses look nice, an add-a-fuse kit typically makes the wiring longer lasting.

If you do not want to purchase an additional item, that is no problem. You can still tidy the wires without an add-a-fuse kit.

Wrap the tires around the leg of the fuse numerous times until the connection is tight and secure. Then, plug the fuse back into the fuse slot.

How to Hide Dash Cam Wires

Hiding the wires emanating from your dash cam gives it a professional, clean look. First, mount your dash cam to the windscreen.

Once you have mounted the dash cam to the wind screen. Tuck the pesky cables into the lip of the wind screen. The lip of the windscreen is where the roof of your vehicle meets the glass.

You can use some additional tape or clips to successfully hid the cables under the lip of the windscreen.

Allow the cables to follow the natural curvature of your vehicle. This way, you can hide those cables in plain sight! You can then wrap the cables around the corner of your door frame.

You can even push the cords inside the door frame or car moulding. Run them along the edge of the frame to seamlesly hide them away.

If using the door frame is not an option, you can run the cables under the floor mats or even under the glove compartment.

Hardwiring a dash cam may sound at first like a challenging task that only a professional can handle, but the average person can definitely do it themselves. Be sure to take your time and carefully tidy cords and wires away as you go so that your installation is seamless.

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