How To Use Your Unused Smartphone As Security Camera?

How To Use Your Unused Smartphone As Security Camera?

Upgraded your smartphone this Shopping season? But what about your old smartphone? Discarded it, or kept it away in the drawer? It has always been a big dilemma for many of us, what to do with the obsolete smartphone?

Technology is changing at a fast pace and thus, there has been an observed pattern of fast turnover in phones. It becomes tough to discard a smartphone which may have become obsolete because of the new technology yet is in a good shape. So, it would be great if these phones can be used again. Which is why this blog! Did you know you can use your spare smartphone as a security camera? Here is what you need to do use your smartphone as security camera.

Required Hardware

Here is a list of things which you should have ready before you start using your smartphone as a security camera.

  1. A smartphone with camera in working condition with enough free memory or an external memory card.
  2. A tripod or a wall mount for smartphone.
  3. Wi-Fi Router or a SIM card with an active mobile data (if you want to see the live view)

Once you have all the things in place, you will need to install an application which will help you record or live stream your smartphone videos. Depending on the device you are using as a security camera you can install an application from the following.

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1. Android Users

There are a plethora of applications on Google Play Store, which claim to have best features for this purpose. Here, we are describing one of such applications.

IP Webcam

The application is very easy to use and has many useful features such as, it can save recorded videos on Dropbox, you can have live chat, Motion detection (suitable for those who want to keep eye on their babies), and night vision. Most of the features are for free, but you may need to pay for some special ones. Here is the link to download this application.

IP webcam

2. iPhone Users

iPhone users can go for Manything security camera App. With this application, you can pair multiple unused smartphones with one phone. Some other useful features of the app are, two-way talk, Motion detection etc.

You can get this application for free from the given link.

manything camera app

Once you are done with the installation of an application and configure the settings according to your needs, you have to to wall mount or fix your old smartphone on a tripod.

manything video

Now check if you are getting the live stream on the other smartphone or you can check if your video is getting saved on the device.

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That’s it! You have just installed a security camera at your home without spending money and utilizing your old smartphone.

Deepak Saxena is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He loves to explore hidden features of the devices around him and how to get the most out of them. Deepak believes in making tech a fun and accessible for all through his writings.

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