How to change the date of a spy pen camera

Updated February 21, 2017

Spy pen cameras are a marvel of the modern age but they all share a similar problem in that the date and time was preset when they were made. Changing the time stamp that is printed on a picture or video taken by a spy camera requires using computer software. The process is not difficult but it is necessary to follow a number of steps exactly in order to accomplish the task correctly.

Attach the USB connector to the USB port on the spy camera. Attach the other end of the USB connector to a USB port on a computer.

Download the time/stamp software from the website of your spy camera's manufacturer. Click on the icon of the time/stamp software after it has downloaded to unzip it to the computer's hard drive.

Double-click on the time/stamp software folder that was created when the software was unzipped. Double-click on the file called "userconfig.txt" to bring it up inside the text editor.

Change the line noting the date the spy pen was made to "XXXX-AA-BB CC:CC," in which the "X" denotes the year, "AA" is the month, "BB" is the date and "CC:CC" is the time. Go to the "File" menu and select "Save" to save the file with the changed date and time.

Go to "Start," "My Computer," "Devices" and click on the icon of the spy pen. Drag the "userconfig" text from the folder and onto the icon of the spy pen. Wait as the "userconfig.txt" is copied to the spy pen. Right-click on the icon of the spy pen. Select "eject" and remove the spy pen from the USB connector. Remove the USB connector from the USB port of the computer.

Turn on the spy pen and take a picture or video with the changed date and time.


Because there is no clock inside the spy pen camera, you will need to use the software to change the time stamp every time you want the spy camera to reflect the actual date and time.


Incorrectly using the software to update the date and time on a spy camera can corrupt the camera's operation.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows-based computer
  • Internet connection
  • Web browser
  • Time/stamp software
  • USB connector
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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."