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Do I need to format the SD card in my iQ?

What does it mean to format an SD card?

Put simply, formatting an SD card (or any other type of storage device) means that you are removing all  files from the SD card and correcting the recording path to ensure consistent recordings in future.

Do I need to format my SD card?

Yes. It is very important that your SD card is formatted regularly, for most customers we recommend formatting your SD card every 2-3 weeks. This is mainly because Dash Cams continuously loop-record, putting stress on the card.

Please note: If you do a lot of driving, you will need to format your SD card more frequently than the average person. We recommend taxi drivers format their SD cards at least once a week for example.

How do I format my SD card?

  1. Select more on the bottom right of the app and then click on "SD card management"

  2. The below screen will show the storage data, in this scenario it is empty.

  3. You will be prompted to confirm the format, all files will be removed  

What will happen if I don't format my SD card?

If you fail to format your SD card for a prolonged period you could experience the following types of issues:

  • SD card error messages
  • Recording failure
  • Automatic recording failure
  • Frozen screen
  • Gaps between recordings   
  • Corrupted or unplayable files
  • Failure to start-up and shutdown
  • Inoperable buttons

Even though these issues are far more common with non-Nextbase branded SD cards, we strongly recommend formatting our SD cards frequently too with regular use of your iQ.

How long will my SD record footage?

Below is a table which indicates how long your SD card will record footage, depending on your set up.

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