If you lost the password and want to recover it, you are in luck. In this article, I will explain how to reset the Amcrest HDCVI DVR password to factory default.
Please just make sure you are reading the correct article since there are different brands and models and this procedure applies to the high-definition model.
I'm talking about the DVR that works with HDCVI cameras.
==> Just in case you have the traditional Amcrest 960H DVR, please read the article: How to reset Amcrest DVR password
There's a weird explanation on how the DVR reset work, so here we go...
How the Amcrest HDCVI reset works
You won't believe how different is the way to reset this DVR!
I've never seen this is other models and I confess is a little bit tricky and time-consuming to follow this procedure, but that's the way it works 😉
The idea is to drain all the power from the DVRs board so it goes to manufacturer default state and you can use the original username and password.
This is the official information from the manufacturer, so you need to follow.
There are two ways to reset the Amcrest HDCVI DVR depending on the model.
Amcrest HDCVI DVR with front power button
You need to use the front power button to force the DVR drain the remaining power from its electronic components, so get ready to stay for some minutes in front of the DVR pushing the button again and again...
Follow these steps to reset the Amcrest HDCVI DVR password:
1. Make sure the DVR power is off;
2. Unplug the power cord from the DVR;
3. Press and hold the DVR power button for 3 seconds;
4. Wait for 10 seconds and repeat this process;
5. After 20 minutes reconnect the power cord to the DVR and turn it on;
6. Use the default username (admin) and password (admin) to login;
Amcrest HDCVI DVR without front power button
If your Amcrest HDCVI DVRs has no power button, you need to leave it unplugged (no power cord connected) for 2 to 3 days until the electric circuit board runs out of the remaining power and then you can turn the DVR again.
When the DVR turns on just follow the setup wizard and enter the default username (admin) and password (admin).
This procedure is weird, but it's the official way, so just go for it.
I recommend you don't take the risk to power the DVR up in the second day since you can have remaining power in the circuit board and then you need to start the process all over again. Better wait a minimum of 3 days.
I know, you are thinking this is a crazy procedure, but don't blame me, I'm just here to help you to log into your DVR again 🙂
Finish the DVR setup
After resetting the DVR, just follow the setup wizard to configure everything back to the way you need and change the password (don't leave the default one).
It's also recommended to update the DVR to the latest firmware.
Visit the Amcrest website to download the firmware for the model you have.
I hope you can reset the Amcrest HDCV DVR by following these instructions.
It's an unusual and hard way to get the job done, but at least you have this option.
Please leave your comments to let me know if it worked for you and don't forget to share this information with your friend since somebody else may need it.
Claudemir Martins is a former Samsung Engineer with 15+ experience in the surveillance industry. He has been traveling around 17 different countries to teach people how to design, and install CCTV systems.