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How to install a backup camera

Our expert tips for hooking up a rear-view camera

In this series of videos, one of our Crutchfield tech support experts will show you how to install a backup camera in the most common types of vehicles.

Backup camera installation is straightforward, and you can do it yourself if you're even just a little handy. All vehicles are a little different, but the process for installing a backup camera is pretty similar no matter what you drive. You need to:

  • run the video cable from the camera to the video screen up front
  • supply the camera with power
  • make a good ground connection 

Once you see that you can do this, read our backup cameras buying guide and check out our selection of backup cameras to find the best one for your vehicle.

How to hook up your backup camera

Let's start with an overview of the installation process. Cris shows you how the "convenience wire" that runs parallel to the RCA signal cable can be used to power your camera from the radio's harness. Since you're connecting your signal cable to the rear of the radio anyway, this is often a, dare we say, "convenient" way to grab power.

How to wire a backup camera in a truck

Hooking up a backup camera in a truck can be a challenge due to the length of the wire run on the outside of the body. Cris shows you how to run your backup camera wires safely.

How to run the wires in an SUV, crossover, or hatchback

The hinged rear hatch provides a small challenge here, but Cris knows how to navigate that and shows you the best way from back to front. He uses a full-size SUV for this demonstration, but the same principles apply for any vehicle with a rear hatch.

How to wire a backup camera in a sedan

With a trunk instead of a truck bed or a rear hatch, installing a backup camera in a sedan is perhaps the most intuitive, but Cris has some good tips to make it go smoothly.

We're here to help

Ready to get started? Don't forget to take a look at our backup cameras buying guide or head straight over to our full selection of backup cameras.

Everything you buy from Crutchfield comes with free lifetime tech support from people like Cris. They're highly trained and love to help our customers achieve DIY success.

  • Michael

    Posted on 11/17/2023

    Had work done on car. Battery was disconnected. Camera has not worked since. Advise?

  • Anthony

    Posted on 8/30/2023

    Hey are not that easy to install even with a step by step video

  • Alejandro from Sacramento

    Posted on 8/12/2023

    No video for installing a wireless backup camera?

  • Steven from Fort wayne, in

    Posted on 8/8/2023

    I hooked red & black wire up to reverse backup light. Rca up front nothing. Can't get camera to work. Pioneer avh241ex. Then hooked red wire from rca to purple reverse wire nothing

  • Jon from Oklahoma City

    Posted on 5/24/2023

    Thank you for these videos! Very helpful

  • Ron from Mechanicsville

    Posted on 3/21/2023

    Thanks, I'm glad I watched the video, before calling you.

  • kastain from pasadena tex

    Posted on 9/24/2022

    hello i need aback up camera retention harness for toyota corolla 2019 i dont want to cut any wire on my car just want to plug it to a universal back up camera thank you for your answer

  • Dave from Great Mills

    Posted on 8/26/2022

    How do I adjust the guide lines on my freshly installed back up cam?

  • Homer from Radford

    Posted on 4/12/2022

    I have a 2001 Isuzu rodeo everything you show license plate is in middle of Vehicle where is a good place to put backup camera for 2001 Isuzu rodeo

  • Marcus Gary Wiese from Shady Shores

    Posted on 3/31/2022

    OK, so the head unit has a "reverse" wire in the plug harness. Does this wire go to the red camera harness wire with the phono plug? (or to a 12+ reverse light wire at the front somewhere). And do you still hook the red wire at the camera harness to the reverse light "on -12v" wire?

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