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How to Delete CCTV Recording on Hikvision

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How to Delete CCTV Recording on Hikvision – If you have a Hikvision security system installed in your home or business, you may be wondering how to delete CCTV recordings.


Deleting CCTV recordings on a Hikvision device is a simple process that can be completed in a few steps. The primary reason for the need to delete CCTV recordings is that it allows users to maintain the data for legal or other valid reasons, as well as reducing the amount of storage space that CCTV recordings can use up. Consequently, this guide covers the steps needed to delete old or unwanted CCTV recordings from a Hikvision device.

Before proceeding with deleting any recordings, it is important to consider if more appropriate measures might be suitable instead of deletion. For example, instead of deleting the video entirely some devices support overwriting video on an automated basis or potentially ‘freezing’ footage while keeping it accessible so that it can be restored if needed later via updating the DVR firmware.

Once you are sure that you need to delete CCTV footage from your Hikvision device, this guide will discuss how to do so by introducing what is necessary before performing a deletion and then explaining how the recording Browser application should be used in order to complete the task.


Deleting recordings from your Hikvision CCTV system can be a straightforward process, but there are certain requirements that must be met in order for it to be successful. Some of these include having a stable internet connection and ensuring the recordings you want to delete are stored on a local hard drive or SD card. Additionally, it is important to have administrator rights to the device and the latest DVR firmware version installed. Let’s take a look at how to delete CCTV recordings from your Hikvision CCTV system.

Check the HDD Capacity

Making sure that your hard drive has enough capacity is an important step before deleting any footage from a Hikvision CCTV system. To assess the available storage space, simply open up the device’s main interface and access the storage manager tab in the NVR/DVR interface. Here, you can see a graph that details your current HDD usage as well as other parameters such as recording bitrate, folder size, and more – all of which can be seen once the DVR is connected. This way, you can gauge how much space remains on your hard drive and decide if it would be a good idea to delete some of your footage in order to make room for newer recordings.

Check the DVR/NVR Model

It is important to check the model of your Hikvision DVR/NVR before attempting to delete CCTV recording. The ability to delete CCTV recordings on a Hikvision device depend on the exact model, as different models vary in features and capabilities. To find out your DVR/NVR model, go to the Login Page, select the Device Configuration menu and then select the Version information tab. Here you will find all the details about your device’s firmware version, build date and hardware version. Once this information has been found, it can be used to search Hikvision’s website for details about which features and functions are available on that particular device model. Knowing this information ensures that you don’t waste time attempting to delete CCTV recording from a DVR/NVR that does not contain this feature.

Steps to Delete CCTV Recording

Deleting CCTV recordings on Hikvision devices can be done with a few simple steps. Knowing these steps can help you to keep your surveillance system organized and help save you time. Here we will discuss the steps on how to delete CCTV recordings on Hikvision devices. This article will provide a step-by-step guide on how to delete recordings from a Hikvision device.

Access the DVR/NVR

Before you can delete a file from your DVR or NVR, you need to access it remotely. To do this, you must know the IP address of your device. The IP address can be found either on the information sticker located on the exterior of your DVR/NVR housing or in the Network menu in the Configuration page of your device’s web interface. Once you have this information, you can use a software such as Hik-Connect App to access it remotely.

Once connected, open and log into your CCTV system. Select “Playback” from the left side menu which will bring up an overview screen with different date/time thumbnails which is used to find and preview recordings prior to deleting them. You can also select specific areas of footage with either text search or fast forward/rewind options that allow searching through footages without having to manually toggle through them one by one.

To delete a recording, simply hover over any individual thumbnail image and click “Delete”. Or select multiple thumbnails for bulk deletion by ticking off all chosen thumbnails then selecting “delete” from top menu bar options. Finally Confirm deletion prompt dialog to complete deletion process.

Select the Recording

When you are ready to delete unwanted recordings from your Hikvision CCTV system, the first step is to select the recording that you would like to remove. From the main menu on your DVR, navigate to the playback section and select your preferred camera. You can search for specific recordings by date or time as well as control which channel you are searching through.

Once you have selected the appropriate recording, click on it to preview the footage. You can pause and rewind any recordings so that you can ensure that you have identified exactly which one needs to be deleted. Finally, use the ‘Mark’ button at the bottom of your screen so that it is highlighted in yellow when you move onto the next step.

Delete the Recording

Deleting the recordings from your CCTV camera is a simple and straightforward process with Hikvision cameras. On the main menu, select “Play Back” to access the timeline of all video recorded on your camera system. Once inside, you can drag and select which pieces of video you would like to delete. Simply highlight them, press “Delete” button on screen or on the remote control, and confirm your action by pressing “Yes” when prompted to ensure the DVR permanently deletes all recordings. This action will delete all recording from your camera permanently and the only way to retrieve it would be through an authorized Hikvision technician.

It is important to note that deleting recordings does not stop future recordings; unless you turn off or unplug the CCTV unit itself, it will continually record until all available space is filled up then automatically remove oldest files for new recordings. So if you want to make sure a particular recording remains untouched as an evidence, it’s best not to delete them but encrypt them in some way so they cannot be tampered with while remaining accessible only to authorized personnel. Ensure the DVR is secure by encrypting recordings instead of deleting them.


In conclusion, it is important to understand how to delete CCTV recordings from your Hikvision system. By using the web browser-based interface or the recording search interface in iVMS-4200 software, you will be able to delete recordings that are no longer needed. It is also important to remember that once a recording has been deleted it cannot be recovered. To ensure maximum security and protection of your personal videos, it is best to backup footage before deleting them. This will allow you to recover them if needed in case something goes wrong with the system or there’s any interruption during the deletion process.

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