Tesla Dashcam USB Drive Solution for Mobile Viewing

Reliable Tesla Dashcam USB Drive recording.
Easy mobile viewing.
Works with Sentry Mode and USB Splitter. FOR UNDER $40.

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Tesla DashCam USB Drive Setup


Hey everyone, Chris Cunningham here with a simple solution for your Tesla Dashcam USB Drive. This solution includes easy plug and play viewing of footage from an iPhone or Android, with stable recording under extreme temperatures. All with one simple adapter and memory card.

My goal here was to provide solutions to 2 main problems. First and foremost, to ensure stable continuous recording under the conditions present in any Tesla. Secondly to be able to easily view footage from your smartphone.

I’ve seen and heard many stories of unreliable recording and corrupted drives, so that’s the first thing we need to fix. Unfortunately, in most cases, we don’t know we have a problem until we to try go and look at the footage. Which we usually don’t do until you have something important on there to view, and then find out we can’t. 

It just didn’t seem practical to have to regularly bring my drive inside and plug it into my computer and then hopefully remember to bring it back to the car.  I wanted to be able to view footage from my phone while sitting in my car.

This solution does just that!

Now this is for my 2018 Model 3 AWD running software version 2019.5.15.  I can’t speak for other configurations or software versions, but this does work for me with sentry mode and records all 3 camera’s. I’m also using it with the USB splitters provided with my wireless charger from Nomad. That works great as well.

So let’s get to it. To solve these problems, we only need 2 pieces of equipment. A Micro SD card, and a Card Adapter.

Micro SD Card

Tesla Dashcam USB Drive

For the Micro SD card, I’m using a Samsung Pro Endurance 64 gb. Or there is a 128 GB Option as well. This card is Waterproof, Temperature Proof, Magnet Proof, and X-ray proof. Which means it can stay in your car and handle the elements. Also, its optimized for surveillance and dashcam use, and can handle the continual rewrites done by a dashcam. This is what kills many other thumb drives.  All you have to do is format to FAT32 and add a ‘TeslaCam’ folder and you’re done.


Card Reader / USB Adapter

Tesla Dashcam USB Drive

The card reader I’m using is a GeekGo card reader that I got from amazon, so we’re looking at less than $40 for the whole package with 64 gigs of storage.  I did try numerous other cards readers but was unsuccessful with them.  Some would work well with my phone and PC, but then my Model 3 wouldn’t recognize it.  Or Vice Versa.  This reader simply plugs directly into the USB port in your center console, or you can plug it into a splitter as well.  It’s compatible with both iOS and android devices as well as Mac’s and PC’s and supports a bunch of different file and video types.

When you’re ready to use it you simply insert the SD card in the provided slot and then plug it into your Tesla.  For me that’s into one end of the USB splitter provide by Nomad with my wireless charging pad.

When you’re ready to view footage on your phone, you just need to download the ‘iUSB Pro’ app from your app store and then plug the adapter into your phone and open the app. You’ll see the TeslaCam folder that you created on your Micro SD card and any other folders you may have created as well.

From there it’s super simple, just tap on what you’d like to view.  You’ll see 3 different files names for each block of footage as Tesla labels them Front, Left Repeater, and Right Repeater. These correspond to your Front Mirror Cam and your 2 side camera’s below your side mirrors. You can also easily transfer to and from your phone to the Micro SD Card through the ‘iUSB Pro’ app.

All you really need to do is keep an eye out on the top of the screen in your car, and make sure the recording icon is going when you want to record. More important is make sure its not recording before removing the drive.  You can refer to your manual on those operations. The key is a long press on the icon to turn off the recording before you remove the drive so that it doesn’t get corrupted.   Same goes for when removing from your PC or phone.  Make sure that you use the safely remove feature from your PC, and never unplug from your phone while a transfer is in process. 

If you follow those simple procedures, you’ll help maintain your drive and prevent it from being corrupted.  That’s not to say it never will, but we’re using an Endurance Micro SD card for a reason. With this setup you’ll also be able to easily monitor and view footage from your car. You can even email or wirelessly transfer it if you need to.  All for less than $40. 

Prices do vary from time to time, so refer to the links I’ve included above for exact Amazon pricing.

I hope this Tesla Dashcam USB Drive Setup works well for you, and feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback about what’s working for you. I’ll be sure to share more of my Tesla experience here, in the future.

-Chris

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