Hikvision Password Reset Do It Yourself

Hikvision Password Reset – Do It Yourself Firstly, your device will need to be running recent / the latest . I can say that lost/forgotten passwords for Hikvision devices is a huge problem; requests to us from strangers worldwide is a new form of spam – at least ten per day!!

Firstly, your device will need to be running recent / the latest available firmware.

We have only yesterday seen the first reference to this feature in the brief notes to the latest firmware for the -I Series NVRs:
Latest HikVision Firmware for -I NVRs – new V4.1.65 (76XX, 77XX, 96XX NI-I)
e.g. it should work with -I Series NVRs running firmware V4.1.65 or newer

However, we noted that in the videos below they demonstrate it working with older firmware, showing the previous GUI 3 on a connected monitor, and also shown with a 7108 DVR running firmware V3.4.89 (released 16th September 2018).

And, PLEASE NOTE you need to make preparations in advance for the day you forget your password.
e.g. set a ‘Reserved email address' to which a reset code can be sent when needed.
Cometh the day you don't know your password, you will not then be able to login and set a reserved email address.

Our advice, don't forget your password – in fact, do what we do and use a service such as LastPass to manage ALL your passwords!
[that link earns us 1 month free if you sign-up – about $2; all the team at use-IP have used LastPass for years!]

And finally, because this thread will get loads of traffic from people who have forgotten their password and are stuck, we at use-IP Ltd can only assist you in resetting your password IF YOU PURCHASED YOUR HIKVISION EQUIPMENT FROM US.

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Hikvision Password Reset

I can't help but think that a slicker / easier solution could have been implemented – please don't shoot the messenger.

I can say that lost/forgotten passwords for Hikvision devices is a huge problem; requests to us from strangers worldwide is a new form of spam – at least ten per day!!

If you take nothing else away from watching the below videos please just realise what a PITA it is when you do lose/forget your password and please use a service such as LastPass mentioned above to remember all your passwords AND use the tools therein to improve your security everywhere you login.

How to Do A Self-Service Password Reset on a or NVR via GUI 4.0
e.g. using a direct-connected monitor

How to Do A Self-Service Password Reset on Hikvision Device
e.g. using a browser

How to Reset Hikvision Device Password via Hik Connect App
e.g. using your mobile phone or tablet – you'll also need a monitor connected to your NVR, as you'll be asked by the App to scan a QR code on it
I just realised that in this video they are not using GUI 4.0 – which implies it may work with older / other firmware?

How to Reset the Password of your Hikvision /NVR in 5 steps using the SADP Tool

(IMPORTANT – We will only perform password resets for customers who bought the device they are resetting from us – use-IP Ltd – If you didn't buy from us you will have to send your reset file to the company you did buy from)

Cybersecurity is a big issue for IP manufacturers at the moment and a key element of cybersecurity is the password and the resetting process, so in this guide we are going to take you through Hikvision's secure process for resetting the password of your camera/NVR using the SADP Tool.

The process only takes 5 steps but will take quite a bit of time as emails have to be sent and received to complete the process, but we will talk more about this later in the guide, for now, lets start with:

Step 1: Open SADP and select the camera/NVR you want to reset by ticking the box next to the device on the left side of the list and then click the Forgot Password link at the bottom of the pop-out tab on the right of the SADP window.

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Step 2: Click the Export button on the pop-up to export the reset file and then select a folder to save the file to that is easy to find

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(IMPORTANT: Once you have exported the reset file the camera/NVR you are resetting must remain powered ON until the reset is complete)

Step 3: Open your emails and attach the reset file to a new email, send this file along with the listed below to info@use-ip.co.uk — (We will only perform password resets for customers who bought the device they are resetting from us – use-IP Ltd – If you didn't buy from us you will have to send your reset file to the company you did buy from)

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After sending the file to us we will confirm you have bought from us and then pass the file on to Hikvision tech who will then send a reset file to change the password, which we will then email back to you. This series of communications with Hikvision can take up to 24 hours, but often Hikvision support respond much quicker than that

Step 4: & save the new reset file from the email you received from us to an easy-to-find folder (we would recommend the same folder as the original exported file)

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Step 5: Open SADP and return to the export pop-up from before, this time you will want to go to step 2 and tick the Import File box, then click the folder icon and find the reset file we just sent you, open it so file route appears in the box like below, finally enter the new password twice and then click Confirm

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After clicking confirm a box should appear with a green tick and the words Reset Password Succeeded

reset succeeded.jpg

With the password reset you can now open an browser, search the IP address of the device and log in using the new password, once in you can then proceed to do what you like with the device (we would recommend checking your Firmware is up to date before you do anything else)

If you need more help with this process then watch our How To… video below:

Hikvision’s SADP utility for 32-bit Mac users

Updated 4th April 2019 to clarify that there are 32/64-bit versions of this SADP utility for Macs.

Hikvision have just launched a new Apple Mac version (V3.0.0.3) of their SADP software, you can download it from their portal here:
HIKVISION UK PORTAL

It looks and functions just the same as the version.
Great to see this, as it will be very helpful for Mac owners to have access to a Mac version of this basic Hikvision utility.

Mac-users you may now wish to read our post on everything you need to know about SADP.
And, how to reset the password of your Hikvision camera or NVR using SADP.

The user manual for SADP is attached.

Please note this version of the tool is for Mac users with 32-bit machines.
There is an alternative version for 64-bit machines – please see this post:
Hikvision's SADP utility for 64-bit Mac users (V3.0.0.3)

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