In the age of advanced technology and ever-increasing road safety concerns, Dashcams have become an invaluable tool for drivers. These small but powerful devices capture crucial footage, providing evidence in case of accidents, theft, or other incidents on the road. But what if I told you that your Dashcam has the potential to be more than just a passive recorder?
But before we dive into installation instructions, I’d like to share my personal experience. I once had a less-than-ideal encounter with the Toyota Integrated Dash Cam. You can read about it in my article, “Toyota Integrated Dash Cam Review: Why I Switched to FiTCAMX.” This firsthand account of my experiences reveals why I ultimately switched to FiTCAMX, underscoring the importance of making an informed choice when selecting the right dashcam for your needs.
With the right smartphone application, you can unlock a world of possibilities and maximize your Dashcam’s utility. In this article, we’ll explore the “Toyota Integrated Dashcam” App, available on both Android and Apple devices, and how it can elevate your Dashcam experience.
Dashcams have revolutionized the way we approach road safety. Adding a dedicated smartphone app takes their functionality to a whole new level. Whether you own a Toyota Dashcam or any other brand, understanding the power of these applications can make your daily drives safer and more enjoyable.
Installation of the Viewer Application
The first step to unlocking the potential of your Dashcam is to install the dedicated viewer application on your Android or Apple smartphone. The process is straightforward, and here’s how to do it:
- For Android users: Visit the Google Play Store on your smartphone and search for “Toyota Integrated Dashcam.” Once you find the app, download and install it.
- For iPhone users: Head to the App Store on your device and search for the same app, “Toyota Integrated Dashcam.” Download and install it, just like you would with any other app.
With the app now on your smartphone, you’ve taken your first step toward harnessing the full capabilities of your Dashcam. Next, we’ll explore how to establish a Wi-Fi connection between your smartphone and Dashcam. This connection opens the door to an array of features and settings to customize your Dashcam experience.
Setting Up Wi-Fi Connection
Once you’ve installed the “Toyota Integrated Dashcam” app on your smartphone, it’s time to establish a Wi-Fi connection between your device and the Dashcam. This connection is vital for accessing the various features and settings to customize your Dashcam experience. Here’s how you can set up this connection:
- Begin by turning on the Wi-Fi feature on your Dashcam. You can do this by pressing the Wi-Fi button for more than 1 second until the blue LED on the Wi-Fi button starts flashing.
- Now, open the “Toyota Integrated Dashcam” app on your smartphone. Look for the “+” icon, usually located within the app, and tap on it.
- Your smartphone will display available Wi-Fi networks, and you should see the Dashcam Wi-Fi in the list. Select it.
Note: The default Wi-Fi password is “1234567890.” However, for security reasons, it’s strongly recommended to change this default password. You will be prompted to change the password the first time you connect. Follow the on-screen instructions to set a new, secure password.
- Return to the app to complete the connection.
Once this connection is established, you’re ready to access the main features and settings of your Dashcam through your smartphone.
Using Viewer Application
Now that your Dashcam is successfully connected to your smartphone, let’s explore the main features and functions of the “Toyota Integrated Dashcam” app. When you launch the app and connect to your Dashcam, you’ll be greeted with the main page, which provides access to various options and settings.
Here’s a quick overview of what you can do on the main page:
- Live View: By tapping on “LIVE VIEW,” you can watch the live video feed from your connected Dashcam. This feature lets you confirm that the camera’s view is clean and accurate. Please note that while in live view mode, recording is temporarily stopped.
- Settings: The “SETTINGS” option allows you to customize various aspects of your Dashcam. This includes video recording resolution, exposure (EV) settings, G-sensor sensitivity, and the information displayed on recorded videos, such as coordinates, G-sensor data, or the option to hide all information.
- Browse: Tapping “BROWSE” allows you to access the video list. From here, you can download or delete recorded videos from the Dashcam.
- Info: The “INFO” option displays essential information about your Dashcam.
- Download Icon: This icon lets you view the downloaded recordings.
- Storage Location: If you’re using an Android device, this option enables you to change the storage location of downloaded recordings. Please note that this feature is available for Android users only.
- App Information: You can access information about the app itself.
This comprehensive suite of features empowers you to manage your Dashcam efficiently and fine-tune its settings according to your preferences.
As you explore these features, remember that any changes you make to the Dashcam settings will take effect when the Wi-Fi connection is disconnected.
Changing Camera Settings
One of the significant advantages of the “Toyota Integrated Dashcam” is its flexibility. You can fine-tune the settings to match your specific needs. Here’s how you can do it:
Start by opening the app and connecting to your Dashcam. Once you’re on the main page, tap on “SETTINGS.”
Within the “SETTINGS” menu, you’ll find various settings you can modify. Here’s a breakdown of some key settings:
- Video Recording Resolution: This setting allows you to choose the resolution for videos captured by the Dashcam. Options typically include 1080P30 and 1080P60. Select the one that suits your preferences.
- EV (Exposure Value): Adjusting the exposure level can impact the brightness of the recorded images. You can choose from a range of values, such as -1.0, -0.67, -0.33, 0.0, +0.33, +0.67, and +1.0.
- Auto Overwrite Event Files: This feature automatically overwrites event files when turned on. It helps ensure you don’t run out of storage space.
- G-Sensor Sensitivity: The G-sensor sensitivity setting determines the level at which the G-sensor triggers event recording while continuous recording is in progress. You can choose from options 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6.
- Stamps: This setting lets you decide what information will be displayed on the recorded video. You can choose from options like coordinates, G-sensor data, or hiding all information.
- Speed Stamp: You can toggle this feature on or off to display the driving speed on the recorded video.
- Parking Mode Detection: Enabling this feature makes your Dashcam power up and start recording if an impact is detected, provided the vehicle’s battery condition allows it. You can choose to turn this on or off.
- Auto Overwrite Parking Files: Similar to event files, this feature allows for the automatic overwrite of parking files when the storage is full. You can choose to turn this on or off.
- G-Sensor Sensitivity (Parking Mode): This setting determines the sensitivity level of the G sensor that triggers parking recording when the Dashcam is in parking mode. You can select from options like Low, Medium, or High.
- Security LED Indicator: You can turn on or off the flashing red LED indicator next to the camera lens during parking mode.
Within the “SETTINGS” menu, you can also configure various system settings:
- Date/Time: Set the system date and time.
- Microphone Settings: Define the microphone function in different modes.
- Speed Units: Choose your preferred speed unit, either KMH or MPH.
- Storage Allocation: The system configures default memory for storing videos and photos. Select the one that suits your usage.
- GPS Log: You can turn the GPS logging function on or off.
- My Password: Set or reset your Wi-Fi password for added security.
- System Reset: If needed, you can format the SD card or restore the system settings to factory defaults.
Keeping your Dashcam up to date is crucial for optimal performance. There are different methods to update the firmware:
- MicroSD Card Firmware Update: This involves inserting your MicroSD card into a card reader/adaptor, connecting it to your PC, deleting any files, downloading the latest firmware, and copying it to the card. The firmware update process will commence when you insert the MicroSD card back into the Dashcam and start your vehicle.
- App OTA Firmware Update: If you prefer to update via the app, follow the steps mentioned in the user manual, depending on your device (Android or iOS). After downloading the firmware, the device will initiate the update process.
- Force Update: If you need a forced update, you can insert a blank MicroSD card with the firmware files and perform an update by holding certain buttons and starting your vehicle.
MicroSD Card Firmware Update:
- Insert your MicroSD card (preferably lower than 32GB) into a card reader/adaptor and connect it to your PC.
- Delete all files and folders from the MicroSD card to ensure it’s blank.
- Download the latest version of the firmware for your Dashcam.
- Copy and paste the firmware file, often named “SD_CarDV.bin,” onto the blank MicroSD card.
- Insert the MicroSD card back into the Dashcam and start your vehicle with the engine running. During the update process, you’ll notice that the Wi-Fi LED, Microphone LED, and Action LED will light up and flash in an anti-clockwise sequence.
- Note: This update process might take a few minutes to complete.
- Once the firmware update is finished, the Dashcam will automatically restart. When your Dashcam returns to its normal recording state, you can connect to it via the Smartphone App and format the MicroSD card through the settings menu.
APP OTA Firmware Update:
- For Android:
- First, connect to the app.Select “My Tool” > “Firmware Update” > “Turn off the Wi-Fi (use your own internet)” > “Firmware Update.”Choose “Download,” and it will automatically download the firmware to your phone.Go back to the home page and then drag to connect.Select “Firmware update” and then “upload now.” The firmware will start uploading from your phone to your device.Once the upload is complete, your device will start updating the firmware. During this process, you’ll see the Wi-Fi LED, Microphone LED, and Action LED light up and flash in an anti-clockwise sequence.Note: The update process may take a few minutes to complete.
- After the firmware update is finished, the Dashcam will restart automatically. Once your Dashcam is back to normal recording mode, you can connect to it via the Smartphone App and format the MicroSD card through the settings menu.
- For iOS:
- Follow similar steps to connect to the app.
- Select “My Tool” > “Firmware Update” > “Firmware Update.”
- Choose “Download,” and it will start downloading the firmware to your phone automatically.
- Go back to the home page, select “Firmware update,” and then “upload now.” The firmware will start uploading from your phone to your device.
- Once the upload is complete, your device will begin updating the firmware. The Wi-Fi LED, Microphone LED, and Action LED will light up and flash in an anti-clockwise sequence during this process.
- Note: This update process may take a few minutes to complete.
- After the firmware update is done, the Dashcam will restart automatically. Once it’s back to its normal recording mode, you can connect to it via the Smartphone App and format the MicroSD card through the settings menu.
- Insert a MicroSD card (preferably lower than 32GB) into a card reader/adaptor and connect it to your PC.
- Delete all files and folders on the MicroSD card to ensure it’s blank.
- Download the latest version of the firmware for your Dashcam.
- Copy and paste the required files onto the blank MicroSD card.
- Insert the MicroSD card into the Dashcam and hold both the Wi-Fi and Microphone buttons. Then, start your vehicle with the engine running.
- Release the buttons when you see the LED lights up. You’ll notice the Wi-Fi LED, Microphone LED, and Action LED light up and flash in an anti-clockwise sequence during the update process.
- Note: The update process may take a few minutes to complete.
- Once the firmware update is finished, the Dashcam will switch off automatically. To restart it, start your vehicle with the engine running. Connect to the Dashcam via the Smartphone App and format the MicroSD card through the settings menu.
Now, let’s dive into the “Troubleshooting Information” section, which will provide insights into addressing common issues with your Dashcam. By understanding these troubleshooting tips, you can maintain your Dashcam’s functionality and ensure it works flawlessly. Here are some common issues and solutions:
The device does not power on:
- If the Power LED is off, press and hold the Power button for 2 seconds to power it on.
- Check the vehicle ignition; if it’s off, turn it on.
- If the issue persists, try removing the MicroSD card and repeat the process. If needed, format the card or replace it with a new one.
- You can also reset the device by inserting a small rod (like a straightened paperclip) into the Reset button.
No beep sound when the device powers on or a button is pressed:
- Verify if Beep sounds are enabled (ON) via the Smartphone App. If it’s off, please turn it on.
- If the problem continues, reset the device using the Reset button.
Why is my GPS not working?:
- Ensure your car is parked outdoors and allow about 10 minutes for the GPS to fix its position. A clear sky provides better GPS signal reception.
- If your car’s windshield has a reflective, athermic coating, it might affect GPS reception. In such cases, try mounting the device in a clear area of the windshield.
The recorded video displays the incorrect date and time:
- Check the device’s date and time settings. You can manually set the time or use GPS to synchronize it.
The device does not record videos (Normal/Event/Adventure):
- Remove the MicroSD card and try again if the device is not recording. Format the card or replace it with a new one.
- Restart or reset the device.
The Parking mode does not work when the vehicle ignition turns off:
- Check the Parking mode Detection setting (on or off). If it’s off, enable this setting.
- Also, verify the Security LED Indicator setting (on or off) and turn it on if needed.
- Ensure you’ve set a proper Storage Allocation for parking recording.
In Parking mode, the device does not record videos when events happen:
- Check the G-sensor sensitivity and set the appropriate level for the G-sensor to trigger parking recording automatically.
- If the problem persists, remove the MicroSD card and try again, or format the card, or replace it.
- You can also consider restarting or resetting the device.
The device cannot connect to the smartphone:
- Check the device’s Wi-Fi mode (on or off). If it’s off, press and hold the Wi-Fi button for 2 seconds to turn it on.
- Ensure the Smartphone App is installed on your phone if not, download it, and then try connecting.
- If connection issues persist, you can reset the device to delete the Wi-Fi configuration and try again.
The App keeps disconnecting the Wi-Fi:
- Ensure the device is in Wi-Fi mode.
- Avoid using other apps while using the Dashcam App as other apps might send the Dashcam app to the background.
- You can restart or reset the device, and then reconnect to resolve disconnection issues.
Couldn’t download the video on the App:
- To download videos on the Smartphone App, tap “BROWSE,” tap and hold the video file, select “Download,” and check the downloading video. Make sure to wait until the download is completed.
How to change the Wi-Fi password?:
- The default password is “1234567890.” You can change it by accessing the “SETTINGS” > “My password” in the Smartphone App and following the on-screen instructions.
How to reset the Wi-Fi password to the default?:
- Hold the ACTION and Microphone buttons on the Dashcam together for 10 seconds until you hear one short beep.
By familiarizing yourself with these troubleshooting tips, you’ll be well-prepared to address common issues and ensure your Dashcam functions without a hitch. Next, we’ll discuss the general specifications of your Dashcam.
Understanding the specifications is essential for getting the most out of your device and ensuring it meets your specific needs. Here’s a breakdown of the key specifications:
|Resolution||Full HD (1920 x 1080)|
|Video FPS (Frames Per Second)||30 or 60 FPS (selectable)|
|Sensor||2MP Sony STARVIS image sensor|
|Recording Format||.MP4 (H.264 video compression)|
|Lens Viewing Angle||H: 116⁰ ±5%, V: 60⁰ ±5%, D: 142⁰ ±5%|
|Number of Effective Pixels||About 2 million pixels|
|Power Consumption||Normal Recording: 650mA; Parking Mode: 5mA|
|Wi-Fi||IEEE 802.11 b/g/n|
|Memory Card||Industrial Grade 16GB Class 10 MicroSD (Max 128GB)|
|Clock||GPS Set (Time zone & Daylight Savings Selectable)|
|Vehicle Battery Protection (Parking Mode)||12.2V Safety Cut-Off|
|Operating Temperature Range||-20⁰ to 65⁰ C (-4⁰ to 149⁰ F)|
|Storage Temperature Range||-30⁰ to 85⁰ C (-22⁰ to 185⁰ F)|
|Certificate||FCC ID: P4Q-N656 and IC: 2420C-N656|
These specifications provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the capabilities of your Dashcam. Knowing these details will help you make the most of your device and use it effectively to enhance your safety and peace of mind on the road.
Your Toyota Integrated Dashcam is more than just a dashboard accessory; it’s your silent witness, your guardian angel, and your peace of mind rolled into one. By understanding how to operate your Dashcam and being aware of its capabilities, you’re well-prepared to navigate the challenges of the road confidently.
The primary features of your Dashcam include its ability to record high-definition videos, sync the time via GPS, and connect seamlessly with your smartphone through Wi-Fi. Its intelligent design not only ensures that it records important events but also protects your vehicle’s battery while in Parking Mode.
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