Old Phone Security Camera, Can I?

If you are in the market for a cheap alternative to a home security camera you may be surprised to know that you can turn your old phone into a security camera. Yes, it is true, as a matter of fact, you can turn your old iOS Devices, Android phones’ and, tablets into security cameras.

So if you are interested in starting a project this might be for you!!

Let’s turn your old phone into a security camera

What You Will NeedMultiple

Items you will need to complete this project are as follows

  • Your old Android Phone or Tablet, with a functional front or rear camera
  • Charging cables
  • Your choice of Camera App for your Android device
  • Another Android Device, Phone or Computer
  • Wi-Fi access to the old Android Phone or Tablet

Please keep in mind in this project we are using Android Devices, but you will be able to use your old iOS Devices if that is what have. The only difference will in the App or software, for your iOS Devices.

This project will allow you to live stream remotely, receive motion alerts and record, from your old devices. You must bear in mind that these devices do have some limitations to consider, such as overheating and nighttime or dark use. We will look at these limitations.

  • Overheating – You may not want to run these Devices on a 24/7 basis due to possible battery over-heating.
  • Night and Dark Use – Because most of the cameras on phones’ are not equipped with Infra-Red (IR) night vision there use in dark applications is limited.

Choosing The Right APP

While there are many Apps to turn your old Android phone into a security camera you must take into consideration your specific needs before choosing one. You must find the best one suited to your device, keeping in mind your particular Device’s Operating System (OS).

The App you choose must support your Device’s OS. So before selecting a possible App, you will have to know your OS or the Android system version, you can find this information out by accessing the Devices settings in the phones’ menu under “About Phone”. Once you know this information you can now research the App you want to use.

Some of the more popular security camera App choices are Manything, IPWebcam, Alfred, At Home Camera, Track View, Presence, WardenCam, and Cloud Baby Monitor. Each of these Apps offers different options and features so it is important to review each one thoroughly.

We are going to look at some basic features of each of the Apps I have listed, and I will provide a link to the home pages of each for a more detailed description.

 

Manything

A free App available on Google Play that allows you to turn your Android Devices and available on Apple Store for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, into a Wi-Fi-connected security camera.

  • Easy Setup
  • Motion Detection Alerts
  • Cloud Recording
  • Live Streaming

For access, on Android Click Here

For access, on iOS Click Here

 

IPWebcam

A free App available on Google Play that allows you turn your Android
Devices and available on Apple Store for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, into a Wi-Fi-connected security camera. The offers

  • Record Video
  • Display camera In PC Browser
  • Stream Camera Anywhere Using Data connection
  • Stream Camera Using Wi-Fi Internet connection

For access on Android Google Play Click Here

For access on iOS Apple Store Click Here

Alfred

A free App available on Google Play that allows you turn your Android
Devices into a Wi-Fi-connected security camera. That offers

  • Live Stream
  • Two-Way Talk
  • Intruder, Motion Detection Alerts
  • Night Vision

For access on Android  Click Here

For access on iOS Click here

At Home Camera

A free App available on Google Play that allows you to turn your Android
Devices and available on Apple Store for your iPhone, or iPad, into a Wi-Fi-connected security camera. That offers

  • Remote Monitoring
  • Two-Way Talk
  • Enhanced Nite-Vision
  • Multi-View Display

For access on Android  Click Here

For access on iOS Click Here

Track View

A free App available on Google Play that allows you to turn your Android
Devices and available on Apple Store for your iPhone, or iPad, into a Wi-Fi-connected security camera. That offers

  • Tracking Ability
  • Motion Detection Alerts
  • Sound Detection Alerts
  • East to use

For access on Android  Click Here

For access on iOS  Click Here

Presence

A free App available on Google Play that allows you to turn your Android
Devices and available on Apple Store for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, into a Wi-Fi-connected security camera. That offers

  • Record Video
  • Motion Detection Alerts
  • Two-Way Video Communication
  • Multiple Cameras with Single App

For access on Android Click Here

For access on iOS Click Here

Warden Cam

A free App available on Google Play that allows you to turn your Android Devices and available on Apple Store for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, into a Wi-Fi-connected security camera.

  • Two-way Communication
  • Siren Function
  • Free Cloud Storage
  • Easy To setup

For access on Android Click Here

For access on iOS Click Here

Cloud Baby Monitor

A free App available on Google Play that allows you to turn your Android Devices into a Wi-Fi-connected security camera.

  • Two-Way Communication
  • Night Light
  • Noise And Motion Detection Alerts
  • White Noise And Lullabies Built-In

For access on Android Google Play Click Here

For access on iOS Click Here

We Are Done

As you can see there are many different App choices with a variety of options available for our old phone security camera project. One thing we should also remember that because we are using our old phones and these devices are Wi-Fi capable we have to make sure we make them secure.

We have to protect and like all of our Wi-Fi enabled devices, we should be adding a VPN service to protect them from hackers trying to breach these devices. So make sure you can add them to your existing VPN plan.

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any questions or just want to leave a comment please do so below

Take care

Stay secure and always practice

Safe Text !!!

Butch

6 thoughts on “Old Phone Security Camera, Can I?

  1. Just when this article was getting interesting and boom it just paused…. Seriously the article wasn’t completed and with the little information given one will be so anxious to know about how to go on setting up and the final installation of the camera after downloading the app.please do well to complete the process for a better understanding

    • Hi, Evans, Thank you for taking the time to visit and for your comment. I am glad you found the post both helpful and informative.

      Evans, I wrote this post as a DIY project, my intention was and is to have you use your own old device for this project and do it yourself, from choosing the App that will suit your personal needs and your specific device. To install to setup, I think I supplied all the information for one to convert their old device into a security camera.

      I am sorry you felt the post was incomplete.

      Take care
      Stay secure and always practice
      Safe Text !!!
      Butch

  2. This is a great topic. I probably spend more time thinking about it than the average person. It was primary occupation for years. In keeping with the theme of your site, I will say that I don’t even think about getting on the internet without using a VPN, except under rare circumstances. Lately, I’ve been getting interested in low budget, or semi-low-tech gadgets and hacks for different security applications. Not so much because I can’t afford something more, but I just think it’s kind of fun to tinker around with that sort of thing. I hadn’t really thought about this particular project before, but I think I’ll have a go at it. I bet we have a half dozen old cell phones stashed in drawers and closets. Might as well have a little fun with one and put it use. The app that let’s you view from a PC browser is probably what I’ll go with. Thanks for an informative article!

    • Hi, Randy, Thank you for taking the time to visit and for your comment. I am glad you found the post both helpful and informative. If you are interested in a low-cost project check out my post- https://bit.ly/2yB8CYY This gadget might be of interest (I shortened link with bitly)

      Take care
      Stay secure and always practice
      Safe Text !!!
      Butch

  3. Wao… I had no idea this could be done. Neither how many alternatives (apps) were available to do so. I love this approach as you could get an old phone recycled and save some money to set up a security device to your home.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this approach. The motion detection function is, in my opinion, the most valuable one along with the multi-camera view offered by the presence app. 

    Great post!

    • Hi, Juan, Thank you for taking the time to visit and for your comment. I am glad you found the post both helpful and informative. It is amazing what you can do with today’s technology!!

      Take care
      Stay secure and always practice
      Safe Text !!!
      Butch

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