How to Charge VTech Kidizoom Camera – Replace Batteries

Vtech Kidizoom digital camera is my daughter’s one of the top favorite toys. She is little young for this digital camera as it is recommended for 3-9 years, but she just loves playing with it. It not only takes good pictures but it lets you to add pre-installed graphics to the photos. It is really a cool feature. Candice loves seeing her photos edited with picture frames.

About last month, the battery went dead finally. I tried to find a way to charge the batteries, but I couldn’t figure out how. I’ve never read the camera manual (you know how guys are :p) nor stored it. It was thrown into my recycle bin the day it was delivered to us.

Then I found a USB port on the VTech Kidizoom digital camera. I thought it was just like other digital cameras. I connected to PC and surely, it gained the power back. I let it charge for the entire day, but after I disconnected the USB connector, the camera went dead again. Hmmm..!?

That was when I found the two screws on the bottom. It doesn’t say anything about batteries on the surface. I forgot this camera was a “toy”. The battery housings in toys are tightly closed with screws, as you may know. I completely forgot about that. So I unscrewed them and found the hidden batteries! Yes..Yes.. they were just regular AA batteries, and of course, made by our good friends from China.

I felt little stupid trying to recharge the digital camera using the USB port, but lessons learned. Anyway, here is how to replace the used batteries for VTech’s Kidizoom digital camera.

VTech Kidizoom – How to Replace the Batteries

Find the two screws on the bottom of the camera

Unscrew the two tiny screws and open the bottom casing

Replace the old batteries with new four AA batteries and close the lid back

That was easy, right?

Products Mentioned on this Post
1) We got our Vtech Kidizoom Digital Camera from
2) All photos were taken using Nikon D80, but D80 is replaced with the new D90. We got ours from


  1. Mike says:

    Please take down your blog because I to thought it was recharged with the usb and kept telling my wife thats how to charge it. She said it needed new batteries and yet again she was right but I found your blog not her so i don’t want her to know she was right again. haha Thanks for your help.

    • Bo says:

      Whew~ when I read your first paragraph I thought you were mad at me or something. Just change the batteries while she’s asleep. :)

  2. Danielle says:

    Thank you for this information. I was getting ready to throw our camera away not realizing it has batteries. I thought the same as you about the USB charging it. When that didn’t work I was about to toss it. Thanks for keeping me from throwing it away for no reason! :)

    • Bo says:

      I just can’t believe so many people are having same issue with this camera. I’m glad you didn’t throw it away :)

  3. Rhonda says:

    Me Too!!!! Thanks a bunch now my kids can take beautiful photos :)

  4. Bea says:

    Oh my goodness! This page is a lifesaver. I too, connected the USB and waited for power to come back on. Then I decided to Google some info and was led to this page. THANK YOU! My son is now able to continue taking photos of anything that is about 36″ high. :) Thanks so much!

  5. Nicole says:

    Thank goodness Google led me to you!! haha. I was so confused… My sons just died, and it is his favorite toy!! I now have a question, does this camera take an SD card?

  6. Brian says:

    Thanks! I tried charging through the USB port also and thought the camera was broken. My daughter will be very happy about this!

  7. Becky says:

    I was in exactly the same boat as you. Thanks for enlightening me now we know how to get our little photographer back on track.

  8. JD says:

    Just started to do the same thing, then Googled “changing batteries in a Vtech camera” and found your post. Thanks for saving me from your mistakes.

  9. jesshope says:

    Argh. Charged it w/the USB cable at least 5x before hitting the web and finding this post.

  10. Kelly says:

    I’ve been letting my daughter’s camera just sit there for three months as I couldn’t figure out how to recharge it. I hooked up the USB all day and found the battery was still dead. Thankfully I’m not the only one who’s apparently clueless about this…your post really helped me out! Usually there’s a picture of a battery on the outside of something so you know where they go. This many people should not have had a problem with something as simple ad recharging/replacing the batteries. Sheesh….

  11. TAM says:

    Now that I don’t feel like a complete idiot!!! I did all of the EXACT SAME THINGS! LOL….. THANKS!!!

  12. Simone says:

    Thank you! I tried charging using the usb and was taken aback when it did not work. Thank you for telling me about the batteries.

  13. Shannon says:

    Why do kids electronics have to be soooo complicated!!!

  14. Richard says:

    LOL it’s so funny how we all did the same thing with trying to recharge via USB. Thanks for posting these instructions on your blog!

  15. Jessica says:

    I did the exact same thing. I tried it with the usb port several time and eventually gave up. My 3 year old just asked me if I can fix her camera and I looked it up online and found this post. It saved me, however, when I put new batteries in it still didn’t work. Now I am going to call them and see what they can do.

  16. stephanie says:

    lol i did the same thing then we thought that we would have to get the screwdriver but was scared that something would fall out of it and we would have to buy a new camera lol

  17. Gavin says:

    Thank you so much, having tried the USB (without success) I thought we must have a power adapter lying around in a box somewhere. So after looking at the Vtech site (without success) I came across you posting. Phew! Peace will be restored with 4 AA batteries.

  18. Joya says:

    Thank you so much for your post. Just like many others here I had been trying to charge through the usb port smh now ill just get the handy dandy screwdriver. :-)

  19. Nicole Brown says:

    Thank you so much for your blog. My daughter got the same camera for Christmas and we are getting ready to leave for vacation and the batteries are almost dead on my daughter’s camera. I plugged it into my compter to “charge”. Thank you so much for helping me not pull out my hair trying to charge this thing!!!!

  20. Krystle says:

    Thank you! Like you and many others I tried USB charging- my daughter LOVES her camera and when it “died” she was very disappointed. Thanks to your blog I now know how to “fix” her camera and save the day!! Thanks again!

    • Bo says:

      I’m glad you found it useful. One thing that annoys me is that this camera is a battery hog. It doesn’t last long :(

  21. Meaghan says:

    HAHA! I did the exact same thing! I even connected it to the TV to charge it. My poor kid has been asking me for weeks to “fix it” and I finally figured it out thanks to you.

  22. Kasey says:

    I just have to THANK YOU! This happened to us and we almost threw it out and got a new one! Batteries changed and it works great!

  23. darcymack says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am trying to recharge using the USB as I am typing this! I am now going to look for the screwdriver. :-)

  24. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much for this info. My 3 year old daughter got this camera for a Christmas gift and she loves it also. We had the same issues with the batteries. I too hooked up the USB Port to charge! Batteries are now replaced and more pics are being taken. Thanks again!

  25. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much i baught one for my daughter and could not figure it out. I had also plugged in the USB lol! so Thanks !!: )

  26. Paola says:

    Thank you sooo much for showing how to charge my daughter’s camera. It was Great help. Thanks so much :>

  27. Kristen says:

    LOL Don’t feel bad at all i bought my son the same camera for Christmas and had the same challenge it wasn’t until i found your blog that i learn where the batteries were located, but i’m i the only one that think it was pretty crazy that they didn’t have any sign to warn use that it doesn’t have rechargeable batteries???

  28. Tiffany says:

    Don’t feel so bad. I took the exact same steps as you, even using the USB port for 24 hours with no result! Thanks to your post, you saved me any further grief, but I too now feel like an idiot!

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