Adding a micro SD card into a Yi Dome camera is an inexpensive way to increase the amount of video that can be accessed with the app. It’s also the only way to view motion events when the internet is not available.
Documentation isn’t easily available for many cameras these days and what you had might have made it’s way to the trash bin awhile ago. So this article will show how to insert a micro SD card into a Yi Dome Camera as well as provide some suggested compatible Micro SD Cards.
If you haven’t made your mind up yet on this camera, be sure to read our review of the Yi 1080p Dome Camera.
Selecting the Proper Micro SD Card
A micro SD card is not included with the camera. So before getting into the main topic of how to add a micro SD card into a Yi Dome Camera, let’s discuss what kind of card you will need. According to Yi, this camera can use a card up to 32 GB. There are different speeds specifications for SD cards. We recommend the card support a Class 10 or UHS 1 speed rating. That means the card supports writing at least 10 MB per second which will support a high definition camera.
A 32 GB card is recommended. The difference in price between the sizes of cards is minimal up to 32 GB. IN fact, the scarcity of lower capacity cards might make the 32GB model less expensive.
Consider the SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter. This particular card includes an SD card adapter which makes it easy to use on a PC for reading on an alternative device. Another reliable brand in micro SD cards is Transcend so you can also consider the Transcend 32GB MicroSDHC Class10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter. Like the SanDisk card, this comes with an SD card adapter to make it easier to insert into a PC. Feel free to dig deeper into the subject of choosing the right micro SD card for a home security camera.
How to Insert a Micro SD Card into a Yi Dome Camera
Now that you know which card to use, let’s get into how to add the micro SD card into a Yi Dome Camera.
The photo that accompanies this article shows the location of the card slot. It’s on the back of the camera near the power connection.
Before starting the process of adding the card, unplug the camera. The card can be damaged if adding while the camera is powered on.
The SD slot is located to the right of the micro USB adapter slot.
Fat fingers will work against you when inserting the card. For those with larger fingers, it might be a challenge to get the micro SD card all the way in. You may need some assistance. The bottom of a removable pen cap works well. By bottom, we’re talking about the pointed part that is used to clip the pen to a shirt pocket (not that anyone actually does that any longer). I use a Bic Pen cap. You will feel a click when the card is inserted properly. It will insert all the way into the slot.
Now that the card is inserted, power up the camera then open the Yi app. You will see the Storage section with the status of the Micro SD card. Hopefully, good condition is indicated. If not, click on the arrow, and format the card.
That’s all there is to how to insert a micro SD card into a Yi Dome Camera.
All of these articles are written by someone (me) that figured out how to do this stuff the hard way. I have owned and tested dozens of cameras. Manufacturer support varies. There are a few good companies that provide timely answers when you have questions. There are several that sell you the camera and seem to have little interest in post sales support (which leads me to finding out stuff the hard way).