How to connect your black box to your phone

How to connect a black box to your cell phone?

Manage and configure DVR functions using your smartphone There are many models of car DVRs on the market. So yes, it is much easier to connect your smartphone to the car-recording device right in the cabin and quickly change the settings. No need to lug the recorder home to your computer.

To connect the video recorder to the Internet, you need to connect it to your local network. For example, if you use a home Wi-Fi router TP-Link TL-WR841N, you need to connect the network cable to the LAN socket of the router and to the corresponding socket in the video-recording device.

Control and configure the DVR functions using a smartphone

There are many models of DVRs in the market. Most of them are equipped with full functionality and you can set all the parameters with the buttons on the body. But you can usually do this if the device has its own display. Then, using a special menu, it is very easy to configure the recording parameters and much more. If the recorder is an inexpensive one, without a display, very often it is connected to the computer and you can use it to perform the basic settings. So yes, it is much easier to connect your smartphone to the DVR right in the salon and quickly change the settings. There is no need to carry the recorder home to your computer.

Car DVR is connected to your smartphone via WI-FI

But this raises some doubts. After all, if the recorder is from a serious manufacturer, it will certainly have the ability to configure the functions without any additional devices. Then the smartphone will simply duplicate the functions of the settings. And if you still need a smartphone to adjust the settings, then it is, without a doubt, a budget model. Then before buying, you need to look closely to see where else in the design applied solutions that can simplify, but degrade the functionality of the video recorder.

⚙️ How to connect the Xiaomi 70mai Smart Dash Cam Pro to your smartphone

The DVR in the car is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Situations on the road can be different, so an extra witness in the face of a DVR will never be superfluous. It’s nice when the recorder can sync with your smartphone to quickly give you the information you need or enable the setting you want. Video recorder Xiaomi 70mai Smart Dash Cam Pro is just one of those! And now we will tell you how it syncs with your smartphone.

First you need to download the app 70mai on your smartphone. For Android devices, it is available at the link.

Next, you need to log in to the application and authorize it. To do this, you can use an email or an account at

After logging in you need to connect the recorder to your smartphone. To do this, click on the green “Add” button in the application.

After that you choose the right model of the recorder, in this case it is 70mai Smart Dash Cam Pro.

Put the block with GPS module on the recorder.

Then you need to turn the recorder on by holding the power button, and insert the microSD card. Go to “Settings” of the DVR by pressing the rightmost button, then select “Wi-Fi hotspot”, then turn on the hotspot. All these actions will also be duplicated in the application on the smartphone.

Next, you need to give permission to use the location services on the smartphone.

Then you connect your smartphone to the access point of your device. The name and password will be displayed on the recorder screen.

Now you only need to repeat the synchronization of the devices by pressing the right button of the recorder, then they will be connected.

What is the password on the DVR Xiaomi?

On a smartphone or tablet running iOS or Android is installed proprietary application Yi Smart dash camera. It is necessary to turn on the wireless network in the device settings, then connect to it, using the standard password for WI-FI for Xiaomi Yi DVR. 1234567890 (it can be changed).

When downloading video from the DVR to your smartphone Android and iOS devices behave differently. In the first case the video is simply saved in the gallery in the Video folder, and in the iPhone you need to go to the application “70mai”, tap on the little man symbol in the bottom corner and select “local album”, “my videos.

What is the password on the video recorder Xiaomi?

On a smartphone or tablet running iOS or Android is installed proprietary application Yi Smart dash camera. You need to enable the wireless network in the device settings, then connect to it, using the standard password for WI-FI for Xiaomi Yi DVR. 1234567890 (it can be changed).

When downloading video from the DVR to your smartphone, Android and iOS devices behave differently. In the first case, the video is simply saved in the gallery in the Video folder, and in the iPhone you must go to the application “70mai”, tap on the symbol of the man in the bottom corner and select “local album”, “my videos.


Resolution of video cameras. Initially, it is clear that the higher the resolution of the camcorder, the heavier the video stream, and thus the Internet capacity should be appropriate. In principle, when displaying the camcorder remotely through the phone, the stream is compressed to the screen resolution and does not affect the synchronization so much, but when viewing the recorded material remotely, serious problems may arise.

continuity of operation. 3G4G internet connection speed can vary depending on different factors. Among them:

  • speed of movement;
  • load at the moment on the channels of the provider;
  • Number of transmitters in the sector of the user system;
  • other factors.

Despite the above, when operating a large number of cameras to reduce the load on the network, you can load a few cameras at a time, not all at once. Today, video surveillance via cellular means of communication allows you to monitor and control the current situation in a residential building in the private sector, a country house or in the living space in a multi-storey house.

How to turn your smartphone into a video recorder

Of course, a specialized device is always better than a universal one, and a good video recorder will outperform any smartphone. But if you don’t have high demands to the quality of recording, or if you want to save money, then using your smartphone as a video recorder can be justified.

Here’s what you’ll face if you decide to do such an endeavor.

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  • The quality of the footage. Although the optics of the smartphone has a large number of megapixels, but it is poorly suited for shooting in the dark and in bright sunlight (shadows will be inevitable due to the location of the smartphone under the windshield). In addition, mobile cameras have a much smaller angle of view, so the frame may not fit into the next lane and the curb.
  • Possible overheating.

During the day, the smartphone will need to be frequently removed from the holder and put back on, as well as connect the charging cable and run recording apps. over, you deprive yourself of most of the smartphone functions, if you use the main device as a recorder. You can still listen to the music, but you won’t be able to read the news in the traffic jam, and you won’t be able to sit in the social networks.

However, in addition to the disadvantages, using a smartphone-recorder gives some advantages. Due to the performance stuffing it will be able to surpass the traditional DVR on several points.

Advantages of

  • Detailed filming. In good light, the smartphone camera will capture details in the frame with greater clarity and will allow you to see a license plate or a road sign. Also the high resolution sensor will help to take better photos.
  • Picture stabilization.

How to secure your smartphone in the car

The recorders are equipped with standard mounts that allow you to center the frame and easily remove the device. The smartphone also has to be somehow secured, and preferably rigidly and also with the possibility to be adjusted. Not all mounts will be suitable for this purpose. Here are a few recommendations on how to choose and install:

  • The holder should be compact, with a minimum of hinges and swivel mount. Too cumbersome construction threatens to fall off at the most inopportune moment and aggravate the unnecessary shaking.
  • If you will be using your primary smartphone, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a mount that can be quickly removed. For example clips or magnets are fine.
  • Install your smartphone on the windshield up near the rearview mirror. Sun glare from the camera is very likely when mounted to the dashboard.

Suction cup holders, adhesive mounts or mounts directly to the rearview mirror are good for small holders. They all cost about 250-350 on AliExpress. If you already have a mount that you use in the car, you may want to try mounting it on your windshield as well.

How to install the lens

The small angle of view, suitable for normal shooting, will not be enough to record traffic. Detachable wide-angle lens allows you to get images that are not inferior to those of DVR cameras.

It is better to choose lenses with clothespins (100-200) or cases on which lenses are screwed on with threads (500-600). This way the lens will not fall off on the next bump.

It is better to take the lenses made of glass, not plastic.

When installing, be sure to center the lens and check the secure attachment to the smartphone. Lenses can slip off covers made of glass and metal. In this case a simple silicone or soft plastic case will help.

How to connect the power

The smartphone runs out of power very quickly in recording mode, and using only the built-in battery is out of the question. So you will have to take care of connecting the charger. You will need a cigarette lighter adapter and cable.

Since it is supposed to work for a long time, both accessories must be of high quality. Don’t skimp on the good-quality 2A adapter that won’t fail or burn out at the most inopportune moment, ruining your smartphone.

The cable should also be good. If you won’t be embarrassed by dangling wires, you can use a complete one, but it’s still better to buy a two or three meter cable that can be neatly routed along the windshield and then run under the glove compartment and lead to the cigarette lighter.

A cable with a magnetic connector will make it much easier to connect and disconnect power, which will be especially relevant in cases where you are recording on your main smartphone.

How to choose an app

There are a lot of mobile apps, but almost all of them have similar features. Lifehacker has chosen three most popular video recorders for iOS and Android.


Despite the banal name, this application has many different settings. In addition to recording the road situation, it serves as a navigator and radar detector, informing about stationary cameras. The “recorder” supports cyclic recording, automatically starts and stops, and can save videos both locally and to cloud storage. On Android, you can record clips in the background and even with the screen locked.


SmartDriver is more focused on the antiradar function, but also allows you to record traffic conditions and helps with route guidance by displaying navigation cues. The application has a subscription that gives access to daily updates of databases of cameras and traffic police posts. In the free version they are updated once a week.


Not a bad recorder with low system requirements and without unnecessary features. Can boast a lot of settings, working in a vertical orientation, as well as support for accelerometer, which allows you to fix the impact and protect the record from being erased from the accident. Allows you to shoot not only video, but a series of photos at specified intervals, and is able to download the record to the.

How to set up a recording

Each app has its own set of settings, and the capabilities of smartphones are different, but the basic options are about the same.

Connection problems

If you are sure that the head unit has the internet (check it by connecting to your router your computer or phone), but the internet does not appear on the data logger, it is most likely in the network settings.

My point is? Of course the router gets its settings via DHCP. And sometimes these settings come back wrong: IP, Gateway, Mask, DNS. For the camera the most important thing to get internet here is the gateway (in theory it’s the same as the router’s address).

  • Connected but no internet? Look for the network settings on the recorder, where you can manually specify the IP, gateway, mask, DNS.
  • Then read this article. The problem is the same, but of course the interface will be different for Windows and your logger. But the important thing here is to understand how exactly these addresses are formed. If you set it right, it will work.
  • After manual configuration I recommend finding out the IP address of your DVR through the same router and try to ping it from another device in the network, this way you will be sure that it is in the correct network and in theory must have access to the internet.

On the recorders that I touched, in the network settings there was a button “Test” or its equivalent to check the Internet. You can use it, of course, but if your DVR is not brand new, the address it is knocking on might not exist or respond. Т.е. trust but verify.

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