Now that you’ve mused over what type of dash camera you want to buy, and whether or not it should be powered by capacitor or battery, it’s time to bring it home. Understanding how to attach a dash camera on the windshield is easier than you might expect so long as you have everything you need to get started.
You also need to ensure that your capacitor or battery is charged and your Micro SD card is ready to go. Now that you’ve done that, let us help you with attaching your dash camera to the windshield.
Where to Mount Your Dash Cam
Dash cams aren’t like other electrical devices such as GPS units or hands-free smartphone holders since you can’t just stick them where you think they are going to work best. When you use a dash camera, legally, they need to get installed behind your rear-view mirror so that it won’t obstruct your view in any way.
That point of installation is ideal because it’s the center of your windshield, so it enables you to get a full view, especially with a wide-angle lens. The majority of dash cams come with long power cables, which makes it easier to neatly line the provided wiring along your windshield instead of just plugging it into your cigarette lighter directly and letting the cables hang free.
What Are the Types of Dash Cam Mounts
Under most circumstances, your dash cam is going to come with one of two mounting options. Sometimes, depending on the manufacturer, you get both.
1. Suction Cups
These mounts are ideal for those of you who have multiple vehicles and wish to use your dash cam in more than one of them. In fact, dash cams with suction cup mounts are found in many businesses and ride-sharing vehicles. They are easily removed with almost no trace at all.
They are also preferred by those driving a car owned by a friend, family member, business, or rental company. Having that extra protection helps to keep you covered if you get blamed for something you didn’t do.
On the downside, installing your dash cam with a suction cup mount makes it more noticeable to the public. They can also fall off due to extreme temperatures, and cause more vibration in the footage when moving over rough terrain.
2. Adhesive Tape Mounts
These mounts are incredibly durable, double-sided tape that makes room for permanently installing your dash cam to your windshield. They are an excellent option for those of you who only need it in one vehicle, and are durable enough to keep the camera in place when driving over rough terrain.
The disadvantages are that they are difficult to remove and require an outside heat source. They can also be used once, so you need to purchase extra dash cam adhesives if you decide to use it in another vehicle.
How to Attach a Dash Camera on the Windshield
Since there are two types of mounts, we will discuss how to install a dash cam on your windshield using either of the two.
1. Mounting with a Suction Cup
Asking how to attach a dash camera to the windshield is barely even a question when using a suction cup mount; that’s how simple it is. All of the instructions are going to be outlined in the user’s manual that comes with your camera, or on a software disk that includes the manual. In most cases, you won’t need it because it’s that easy to figure out.
Here are the steps required to mount your dash cam with a suction cup, followed up with a YouTube video. If you want to skip directly to the suction cup being mounted, jump to 5:00 minutes into the video; otherwise, there is a lot of useful information regarding fitting a dash cam.
- Step One: Ensure that your dash cam is working properly by turning on your car to see if the camera powers up after being plugged into the cigarette lighter
- Step Two: Make sure your windshield is appropriately cleaned and at room temperature (you can use a blow dryer to warm the windshield if you’re in a cold climate).
- Step Three: Choose the perfect spot for suction mounting, ensuring it’s behind your rear-view mirror.
- Step Four: Press the suction cup against the glass, and lift the lever. Depending on your dash cam model, you might need to lift it up or down.
- Step Five: Attach your dash camera to the mount, tighten it into place, and you’re good to go.
Suction cup mounts aren’t permanent, so if you don’t get it right the first time, you can reposition it.
2. Mounting with Adhesive Tape
Many dash cam users prefer using adhesive tape mounts because of how durable it is, but you do need to be careful when you’re sticking it into place. Once it’s there, it’s not going anywhere without quite a bit of effort.
Here are the necessary steps of mounting your dash cam with an adhesive tape mount and a YouTube video to follow. If you want to skip to the mounting part of the video, you can jump directly to 4:50.
- Step One: Ensure that your dash cam is working properly by plugging it in to test it out before you mount it.
- Step Two: Make sure that your windshield is cleaned correctly both inside and outside. This makes sure no residue is going to interfere with the adhesion.
- Step Three: Carefully choose where you want your dash camera to be mounted.
- Step Four: Peel off one side of the double-sided sticker and place it against the mount, but try to get it as centered as possible. Depending on the model of dash cam, you might only need to remove one side of the sticker to adhere it to your windshield.
- Step Five: Peel off the other side of the label, and carefully mount it to your windshield, applying enough pressure to secure it into place.
All mounting instructions for the specific model of your dash cam are included in the package that you purchase. It’s best that you choose the mounting option that works for your particular conditions, so don’t buy carelessly.
If you feel like you need professional help with fitting your dash camera, many local shops offer the option of mounting and hardwiring your dash camera for you. The best part is it’s no longer that costly to have it done professionally because the popularity for hardwired dash cams has grown dramatically.
We hope this brief article has helped you understand how to attach a dash camera on the windshield. Happy recording!