Tesla Sentry Mode is an amazing feature, but it fills up your USB stick with videos fast if you use it daily! With this app, you can easily manage the storage on your TeslaCam USB drive without having to take it out of your vehicle. Events saved from the Tesla Cam built-in dash camera can also be viewed.
Just purchase a USB adapter that fits into your device's USB port and accepts the flash drive on Amazon or your local electronics store, plug your drive into your phone or tablet, and you are set! These are often known as OTG adapters.
Keep the adapter in your Tesla vehicle and anytime you get in the driver's seat to a notification saying "Sentry: 4 events recorded" you can instantly pop out the thumb drive and look at the videos. Just make sure you hold down the camera icon on your vehicle's screen to ready the USB drive for removal - otherwise you may get some corrupted videos.
When you are done reviewing events, plug the USB back into the car and tap the camera icon on the car's display once to restart recording. You'll see the camera icon on your car's screen go from gray to red to indicate that it's recording again.
All of the core functionality here is free, but there is a Premium in-app upgrade that unlocks some bells and whistles to help fund continued app development. Premium is a one-time purchase, currently includes the following features and will include more in the future:
- Tap a video to enlarge it during playback
- Easily share a subset of videos from an event (allows saving to Google Drive)
- 4x and 8x playback speeds
- View the used and available space on the USB drive
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