Arlo|Smart Home Security|Wireless HD Security Cameras

Time and Date Display on video (Timestamp)

Preface: The property management company I work for purchased 8 Arlo cameras to set up around the apartment complex I manage. 


The current system does not provide an easy way to tell the exact time a specific time that an image within a video clip was captured, nor does it provice an easy way to navigate to a specific time within a video. The only mention of an exact time is the time listed when the camera began recording each clip. To find out when a still image within the video was captured, you must mentally add up the amount of time you are into a video and the start time of the clip. Example: I want to find the time 6:32 within a video clip. The video clip states that it starts at 6:30, so I navigate two minutes into the video.


My suggestion is to either add a time and date stamp to the video recording, in an unobtrusive area of the video, perhaps customizeable to which corner it appears in. Alternatively, rather than the time slider at the bottom of the clip playback stating the time into the video clip, it displays the real time the video was taken. Current setup for video playback begins at 00:00:00 and advances to 00:02:00, if video length is set to 120 seconds. Instead, it could start at the real time the video capture was taken and continue along at real time. Example: Video starts at 06:30:27 and the slider at the bottom of the playback advances to 06:32:27.


This would aid in finding a specific time in which an event reportedly occurred, as well as serve for better evidence when assessing a charge against a tenant for littering, as you could print out a screenshot of the video with a timestamp and attach it to a document for issuing a charge. It would also aid in police investigations or as evidence when in litigation. Police often come to my office to request video footage of a certain time and date, and this would assist them. We also have a problem with illegal dumping of mattresses and furniture, in which case we would need a timestamped image to present to police.


Thank you for reading this suggestion, and I hope that a timestamp could be implemented as an optional feature for the Arlo camera system in the future. 

J. Benson,
Ullrich Real Estate


Their hour(s) ago times aren't accurate. 😞


Thank you for reading and hopefully answering soon. 🙂



...but the file name ( long number ) is the exact date / time of recording in EPOCH time

( not that you don't know already...but for others )




using file name ( not .mp4 ) becomes

GMT: Saturday, June 2, 2018 6:04:00 PM
Your time zone: Saturday, June 2, 2018 2:04:00 PM GMT-04:00 DST

It blows my mind that that this hasn’t been implemented yet. Requests date back to 2015

Hi Arlo team...
Just purchased a 5 camera system for a bar / restaurant.
Couldn’t be happier with ease of installation and set up, but what’s the deal with no timestamp on the video recordings?
Makes the footage next to useless if I have to give it to the police. Can arlo at least confirm that it’s a feature that they’re working on? If not, I’ll have to replace the system.

No timestamp in the works TMK...


But are you aware the file name ( long number ) is the date time in Epoch format?

you can convert here;


exp ;


is GMT: Friday, September 20, 2019 8:41:22.768 AM
Your time zone: Friday, September 20, 2019 4:41:22.768 AM GMT-04:00 DST
Relative: A year ago


This is a no brainer. Even my Kuna cameras have the date and timestamp!


Hi, I should appreciate to have the date and time visibel during the whole sequence, not only the first seconds. The time and date should be placera in one of the lower corners because the characters are white and sky is often behind the characters which makes them almost invisible.



Many have requested this.... but not done yet.


In case your unaware, the numbered file name is the date and time created in Epoch time.

convert to human time here :


This is ridiculous. This is such a crucial thing for a "security ""camera. And PLEASE no one say anything about the filename is in Epoch format and can be converted. I hope we all realize filenames can be changed and will prove useless in any legal dispute. It is so so simple to code an option to download video with a timestamp. It just shows how little Arlo cares about customer requests. I will be converting to Eufy with more features for free. 


Like mentioned in 2015 if using the videos in court you need time stamp. Is this really so hard to do when others have had no problem with this at all. Wyze cameras have this feature but lack the feature of audio only detection. Are you listening to your customers? I need time stamp and audio detection in the same system.