How Do I Set Up A Nextbase 212 Dash Cam?

How Do I Set Up A Nextbase 212 Dash Cam?

The Nextbase 212 dash cam is a popular budget dashboard recorder that can be easily set up in a matter of minutes. All you need is a simple guide to help you get started quickly. In this guide, “How Do I Set Up A Nextbase 212 Dash Cam,” Here I’ll walk you through simple steps that will have you set up Nextbase 212 and run in no time.

In this blog post, I’ll share my experience with solving problems, setup and installing new firmware in the Nextbase 212 Dash Cam, so that you will not face such problems, and find solutions in the first place.

How Do I Set Up A Nextbase 212 Dash Cam?

It is no denying that dash cams are a great way to record your drives and provide evidence in the event of an accident. If you stumble on an affordable Nextbase 212 dash cam, worry not, you can move forward with these guidelines.

Guidelines for Setup Nextbase 212 Dash Cam

Guidelines for Setup Nextbase 212 Dash Cam
  1. The first step is to unbox all of the components from the packaging and arrange them on the desk.
  2. Then, pic your Nextbase 212 and insert a TF SD card with a capacity of up to 64GB.
  3. Now remove the adhesive pad from the back of the camera and attach it to the windshield.
  4. You may need to clean the windshield before attaching the camera.
  5. Locate the mounting position and attach it to the windshield.
  6. Plug the power cord into the car’s cigarette lighter adapter (12-24VDC outlet) and then run the cord up and around to the front of the car.
  7. Next, attach the other end of the power cord end at the back of the camera.
  8. Press the power button on the front of the camera to turn it on.
  9. Now, whenever your car starts the dash cam starts recording automatically with a beep; this means that it is recording.
  10. To stop recording, press down the dash cam power recorder button to stop recording, which also beeps.
  11. Once you have completed these steps, you’re ready to hit the road!

How Do I Clear NextBase 212 SD Card?

How Do I Clear NextBase 212 SD Card?

If you’re having trouble clearing your NextBase 212 SD card, you can use the Dash Cam format option, on a Windows computer, or your Macbook. I’ve listed the three methods to delete the stored files from your Nextbase dash cam including the protected files and free up space for new recordings. This process can be done in three weeks.

Option1: Format Memory Card On the Dash Cam

Format Memory Card On the Dash Cam
  1. When dash cam is turned on, navigate to settings by pressing the red circle in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
  2. We need to reach the Setup, where different options are available for different actions.
  3. Choose the option ‘Format’ by scrolling down the list of features.
  4. The screen show Format instructions that you need to follow to quickly format your SD card.

Option2: Format Nextbase Dash Cam Memory Card On A Windows Computer

Format Nextbase Dash Cam Memory Card On A Windows Computer
  1. First, insert the card into the computer’s SD card reader or plug it into the SD card port.
  2. Then, open up File Explorer and locate the card, right-click on the drive to open the menu.
  3. From right-click menu, choose the option ‘Format’ which opens the Formatting Removeable Disk panel.
  4. In the Formatting Removeable Disk panel, click on the Start button to complete the format process.
  5. Now eject the card from your PC and use it with your dash cam.

Option3: Format Memory Card On the Mac PC

Format Memory Card On the Mac PC

Connect the SD card to your Mac via the micro SD card reader adapter (dongle).
Once mounted your SD SD card is on Mac.
You need to download the SDCardFormatter tool to make it work.
This tool allows formatting your SD cards properly on a mac.

Nextbase 212 Problems and Solution

The 212 is the most inexpensive dash cam from Nextbase, but it has had some issues with users since its release.


Most new users have experienced Nextbase 212 battery problems, in which the camera stops recording suddenly, often without warning.


This is generally not an issue, it’s the hardware. The tiny battery implanted inside the 212 dash cam allows the Nextbase 212 dash cam to last for 10 minutes. Its Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 470mAh and can record for about 10 minutes on its own and then shut off unless you plug it into a car charger port.


If you have had problems with the video quality, with images becoming pixelated or distorted use the following solution.


The dash cam uses the HD option for video recording, which is 720p by default, and nighttime recording becomes pixelated or distorted when there is no light to capture. To solve this, use a polarised lens and increase the footage quality to FHD (1080p) for more detailed visuals.


When you have more problems with your Nextbase 212, such as the camera settings not working or stopping working after only a few weeks.


The Nextbase 212 firmware update is a common solution for additional issues. This will resolve all dash cam issues and allow you to drive without distraction or concern about dash cam video recording.

How to Nextbase 212 Firmware Update?

How to Nextbase 212 Firmware Update

Nextbase has issued several firmware updates in an attempt to address Nextbase 212 battery problems, video, and several other issues. Down below I have aligned simple steps to install the latest Nextbase 212 firmware update to solve every problem:

Instructions for Updating the Nextbase 212 Fromaware in Steps:

  1. Get the most recent Nextbase 212 Firmware from the Nextbase Website.
  2. The Firmware Update will be downloaded as a single file such as: “FW212GB.bin,” which should not be renamed.
  3. Place the Firmware Update File on a MicroSD card that has been formatted.
  4. Turn on the dash cam and insert the MicroSD card with the Firmware Update File.
  5. Connect the dash cam to the computer via the power cable using the provided USB cable.
  6. Once the dash cam boots up, the new Firmware update will be installed.
  7. In a few minutes, the dash cam will restart and display the First Time Use Setup Menu.
  8. If you did not use the ‘Keep User Settings’ option, you must re-arrange the settings after a Firmware update.
  9. Once the update has been installed, we must verify that it was successful.
  10. Press the menu button twice to bring up the Setup Menu.
  11. Scroll down to the third screen of the menu and select ‘System Info.’
  12. This displays all System Information as well as the Firmware Version Number for updating.

How Do I Reset My Nextbase 212 Dash Cam?

How Do I Reset My Nextbase 212 Dash Cam

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your Mextbase 212 Dash Cam, resetting the device may resolve the issue. To reset the dash cam, follow the instructions I’ve provided below to make the process as simple as possible.

Steps To Software Reset Nextbase 212 Dash Cam

Before we begin, I’d like to explain my approach. The same method applies to all Nextbase 322, 422GW, and 522GW dash cam models. So, if you own one of these models, please feel free to follow my instructions to make my efforts worthwhile.

  1. First, connect your dash cam to a power source and turn it on. (computer USB connection is preferable)
  2. From the recording screen, press the red dot in the bottom left corner.
  3. It will display the Settings menu, as well as the microphone, time/date, and battery percentage.
  4. To access the settings menu, we must first tap on the Settings option.
  5. We have four options in the menu: Video Settings, Setup, Driver Assistance, and Connect Apps.
  6. To proceed to the sub-settings, we must first select the Setup option.
  7. The Setup menu will take us to several settings that are of particular interest to users.
  8. Our destination is different, so swipe four fingers to the right until you reach the final option.
  9. On the last page, we have four options: two of our interests are ‘Keep User Settings’ and ‘Default Settings.’
  10. If you choose to make your settings permanent, we must enable the Keep User Settings option. Else skip this step.
  11. Now, return to the previous page and select “Default Settings.”
  12. Here we can choose ‘Yes’ to Return Settings to Default for our Nextbase 212 dash cam.
  13. Following that, the dash cam will restart and be as good as new.
Alan Martin
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