If you are using Android, you’d definitely be thanking, like millions of others, ingenious Android apps through which you can enjoy a myriad of wonderful functionalities. Remote camera apps are one of those new age apps which really deserve the adjective fantastic.
IP camera functionality is now a familiar thing and many apps are offering it. IP Webcam is such an app. IP Webcam is the best Android app that lets us use our Android phone camera as a remote CCTV camera using either a WiFi or internet.
IP Webcam works even when the phone’s display is off or you have pressed power button and the phone is locked.
Features of IP Webcam
- Display camera in PC browser
- Display camera in any other Android phone or PC or anything else that supports and HTML5 browser
- Stream camera using WiFi network (independent of internet)
- Stream camera anywhere using internet data connection (independent to WiFi)
- Record video stream
- Capture images from stream
- Real-time voice input and output
Now let’s get to know how IP Webcam works
First of all, install IP Webcam from Google Play
If you want to connect over a WiFi network
- Create a WiFi hotspot in your phone
- Open IP Webcam app and tap on “Local Broadcasting”
- Set your login username and password here
- Get back to the main menu and tap on Start Server
- Camera turns on and you see an internet address something like http://184.108.40.206:8080. Jot down that address or directly give input to your PC browser or any other mobile phone browser (which is connected to the same WiFi network)
- Now the internet browser asks you for the login detail. Provide the username and password you created.
- IP Webcam interface will flash in the browser
Now you are all set to enjoy streaming from your distant camera, record video, enable/disable sound or microphone. You can also take pics and download a recorded stream.
If you want to connect from anywhere via an Internet connection
- Create login details in “Local Broadcasting”
- Don’t create a WiFi hotspot and just activate mobile data connection
- Tap on start server
- IP Webcam will ask you: Connect directly or via Ivideon
- Choose the option ‘connect directly’.
- Note down the internet address given and put them in to the device’s browser where you want your remote camera to stream. Provide the login details and rest is fun. Enjoy live streaming.
In our experience, IP Webcam is the easiest way to create a remote camera either on a local network or a remote (internet) connection. It is fun to use your Android device as a home security camera. But keep in mind that running IP Webcam may drain phone battery drastically.
Upgrading your phone every couple of years, if not every year, is fast becoming the norm, and while you would of course try and sell the old phone, sometimes the value of smartphones drops so quickly that selling older hardware isn’t really worth the effort. The end result is that you could have a smartphone lying around the house, just taking up space in a drawer.
If you’re looking for a simple way to find a good use for the device, we’ve got an easy to set up project that you can do without too much time or effort: you can turn the phone into a security camera.
There are a number of reasons why you might want a security camera in the house, to set up a simple CCTV (closed circuit television) monitoring your home, or office. Installing specialised CCTV equipment is pretty expensive though, and not something most people can do by themselves. But using an old phone is a cheap alternative that’s also easy. All you need is an old smartphone or tablet, and the right software.
When it comes to CCTV apps, there are hundreds of it in each software repository. Search for ‘CCTV’ in Android Play store, and here’s what the results page looks like:
Sorting through this list was a challenge, and we tested out most of the free apps that were available. Among the popular apps that we saw on Google Play, some such as CCTV Mobile didn’t open on a Samsung Galaxy S7 or on a Lenovo Vibe K4 Note. Another app that had good ratings on Google Play, called Viewtron’s CCTV DVR, worked for a few minutes before crashing, and reinstalling did not fix the problem.
LineCCTV, which is downloaded by thousands of people, turned out to be a fake app. We had plenty of other bad experiences until we tried out Home Security Camera – Alfred, and Web Camera Online: CCTV IP Cam. Both apps worked reliably, though they lacked many features that were mentioned elsewhere. Another popular app, FetchCam has a terrible user interface that made it hard to set up.
Finally, we zeroed-in on an app called AtHome. Apart from the straightforward UI and plethora of features, what separates this app from the others we tried is its reliability.
Having gotten a hold of an old phone, and finalised which app to use, the next step was to set it up and get things running. For this to work, you need one old phone that has a working Wi-Fi connection. You’ll want to fix it in such a location that you can connect the charger to it as well; because you don’t want the battery to run out in the middle of recording. You also need one phone or tablet to view the video feed, or you can also do this from your Windows PC. This is what you need to do.
1) Install AtHome Video Streamer- Monitor (Android | iOS) on your old smartphone. This handset will be used for streaming the camera feed.
2) Now, download the AtHome Monitor app (Android | iOS) on the device you want to receive the CCTV feed. This phone or tablet will be used for viewing the camera feed.
3) On the ‘camera’ and the viewing phone both, launch the respective apps. As soon as it goes online, the AtHome Video Streamer will generate a unique Connection ID (CID) along with a username and password. You can enter this information on the phone you’ll use to monitor the feed.
Or you could just scan the QR code like we did, which saves a fair bit of time.
3) On the device you’ll use to monitor the feed, you need to launch the AtHome Monitor app (called AtHome Camera on iOS) and then you can enter the account details above, or click to add a feed using the QR code generated above.
Scan the code and your CCTV streamer and receiver are up and running.
4) Want to access the CCTV stream on your desktop computer? If you’re on Windows, you can. All you need to do is download and install the AtHome Camera desktop client.
If your machine has a webcam then it can scan the QR code just like in step 3; otherwise you’ll need to create a username in step 2 and log-in that way instead.
You can add and monitor up to four camera streams in the desktop client.
5) The app is packed with features such as scheduled recording, and two-way talk. You can switch between the front and rear camera and enable the LED flash remotely.
More importantly, you can record the stream or take a snapshot. The video is stored in SD quality MP4 format. That is much better than what majority of CCTVs can pull off.
Saving a minute of stream takes up 3MB of storage. An entire day’s (24 hours) feed can take up to 4.5GB, so if you’re using the camera for round the clock surveillance you’ll want to transfer the files to your computer daily.
Coming to the subject of data usage, the AtHome streamer used 64MB in 10 minutes. The viewer utilises the same amount of data. Undoubtedly, it makes sense to stick to Wi-Fi and not use cellular data. Thankfully, since the app can detect motion and notify you about it, you don’t need to record the data or transmit it non-stop.
Almost every feature of this app works without any upgrade. The only paid feature that you might want is the cloud service that allows you to backup the stream on company’s servers, which is optional.
That’s all there is to it – four steps, a couple of easy to use free apps, and you’ve managed to salvage an old phone that was just wasting space in your house, and find a good use for it instead.
Chandrakant Isi has been covering all-things-tech for over 10 years. He is a sci-fi aficionado, wannabe space explorer, and Content Lead at MySmartPrice.com.
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A s modern technology keeps evolving, gadgets and services keep overwhelming us with new and exciting features. On an average, people upgrade their smartphone once every two years. So, what to do with the old phone when you get a shiny new one?
Selling is an option, but people often go for cheaper or mid-range devices rather than buying a used one at a lower price. Don’t just throw away your old Android phone. There are so many uses for your spare Android device that you might not be aware of. Just find the right way to tap into their potential and give them a new life. Here are some ways which might help you to put your old Android phone to good use.
15 ways to re-purpose your old Android smartphone
1. Universal Remote Controller
One of the best ways to use an old Smartphone is to serve it as a smart remote for your home or office. Many handsets have an infrared “blaster,” which will let it connect to the TVs, air conditioners, and other devices that use a remote control. Smartphones with IR blaster can communicate with any devices that receive commands via IR beams. The iPhone does not have an IR blaster.
If your phone has an IR blaster, then set up an app like Sure (free) or AnyMote-Smart Remote (free) that will allow you to issue the IR commands to your electronic device. However, if the phone does not have an IR blaster, you can either add it up to the phone with a third-party accessory which will cost you a little amount or you could even DIY it for cheap.
2. Computer Mouse
When it comes to office or home usage, you can turn your old phone into a mouse and keyboard controller for your PC. All that needed is an app like PC Remote (free) or Unified Remote (free/paid) that you need to install on your Android phone and its companion Mac/Windows/Linux server program.
With such apps installed, you gain the flexibility to control your PC from any corner of a room via Wifi or Bluetooth. Moreover, some apps let you control your PC from anywhere in the world over the internet. You can use your outdated Android device for such remote administration applications.
Also Read: 5 Best Applications To Control PC From Android Smartphone
3. Use Old Phone As Alarm clock
One of the cool uses of your old Android smartphone might be a bedside clock. A smartphone is capable of producing an excellent alarm sound to wake you up in the morning.
There are all sorts of alarm clock apps that do everything from playing specific radio station to recording your sleep patterns. Get yourself an excellent clock app from the Google Play Store, such as Timely (free) or Alarm Clock Xtreme (free). Also, you can buy yourself a cheap smartphone dock, and you’ve got a customizable alarm clock to set beside your bed.
4. Digital Photo Frame
You can quickly turn your old Android phone to a digital photo frame that can display photos or slideshows. A digital photo frame is just an electronic display where images are stored. All you need is a phone dock and a photo streaming app.
Various apps and tools are available for this purpose, just install an app like Google Photos (free) or Photo Slides (Photo Frame)” (free) and convert your device into a powerful photo frame. However, if you want something more suited for photo slideshows to display in the background while you’re doing something else around the house, then there’s the Dayframe (free) app for Android.
5. Use Old phone a Desk calendar
If you like a simple addition to your living room or your office desk, then turn your old Smartphone into a desk calendar.
Google Calendar app can get the job done. Sync your calendar events from your tablet or existing phone and have them show on your new modified desk calendar. Another calendar app, such as Cal Calendar (free) is also ideally suited for this purpose.
6. As a mounted GPS for your car
Take your old Android handset and convert it into a permanent in-car GPS. All you need is to grab a car phone mount, a car charger, and fix your phone in place permanently.
Load up your phone with navigational apps like Google Maps (free), Waze (free) or any other preferable offline apps such as CoPilot GPS (free) or Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps (free). Your in-car GPS will be ready with your desired downloaded maps, and you are all set to go.
7. Monitoring through live video feed
You can consider turning your old device into a security camera to keep an eye on your home, office, or anywhere you desire. Just install a security camera app like IP webcam (free) from the Google Play Store. The IP webcam can broadcast both locally and over a service called ‘Ivideon’ so that you can view your stream live from anywhere.
You can also use the camera to monitor a baby, kitty-cam or use it in on your front door.
8. As an e-reader
One of the good things about Android is all of the choices for reading apps. If you want to give your old Smartphone a lightweight job while it sees out its retirement, you can turn it into a dedicated e-reader.
An e-book reader is an ideal companion for the modern book lovers. All you need to do is load up your device with only the apps you need for reading, such as Google Play Books (free), Amazon Kindle (free) or any other app that you prefer. Disable notification from all the other apps and use other battery saving tips to get maximum screen-on time and enjoy!
9. Media Centre
Your old Android device, once connected to your home network and loaded up with your favorite music and movies, can be considered as a media center to stream content around your home. Just load up your collection on the device and install any of the standard apps, such as Kodi (free), MX Player (free) or VLC (free). Also, you can fill it with apps like Netflix and Hulu, and you are good to go.
You can also connect your phone to the TV using an MHL or HDMI cable so that it can be left tethered to your TV.
10. Kid-Friendly learning tool
An excellent alternative use for an old Android device is turning it into a kid-friendly learning device and dedicating the phone primarily to your child’s education. Just add a restricted user profile to your Android device, fill it up with fun and educational apps and give it to your kid to unlock his potentials and get in pace with this fast-moving world.
If your device has Android 7.0 or higher, you can try “Google Family Link” program to get more robust control over the phone, including abilities to set screen-time limits and receive weekly activity reports.
Additional Uses of your old smartphone:
- Your device can be used as a Wifi repeater by using apps like Netshare.
- If you are a developer, you can use your spare Android for testing purposes.
- Use your device as a fitness tracker by loading it with fitness tracking apps.
- You can turn it into an online radio for your bedside table with apps like TuneIn Radio.
- If you use your old Android as a car navigation device, you can also use it as a dashcam by installing an app like Autoboy Dash Cam.
Did you find these cool ways of using your old Android device to be helpful? Share your reviews in the comments.
One key component of the smart home is security, but it comes at a cost, particularly if you want to monitor more than one spot in your home.
But why spend hundreds of pounds on cameras when you’ve got the hardware capabilities locked away in an old, unloved iPhone or iPad?
Thanks to apps like Manything, you can dust off your old device and turn it into a smart security camera.
You’re not skimping on features either – thanks to motion-sensitive recording, alerts and the ability to view and administer your cameras remotely, Manything rivals the likes of the Canary, Arlo Q and other smart security cameras.
It enables you to connect up to five mobile devices for house-wide surveillance, plus access advanced tools like operating Manything to a time- or location-based schedule by integrating it with IFTTT.
Sadly, like most home security systems, Manything doesn’t offer all of its services for free, but its prices are competitive and flexible.
The Basic Free Plan includes live streaming, motion alerts and detection zones with one camera only. To record footage so you can review it, you’ll need one of the paid-for plans, which require two decisions: how many cameras you want to record (one, two or five) and how many days of footage to store in the cloud (two, seven or 30).
Manything’s prices range from £1.99 (around $2.50, AU$3.20) per month for two days’ recording on one camera, to £17.99 (around $22, AU$30) per month for 30 days of recording on up to five cameras – see the price list to find your sweet spot.
However, don’t rush into a decision; when you first install the app, you get a free five-day trial of the full five-camera setup. The cheapest option is to subscribe through the website rather than the app, as the latter adds a premium of up to £1.50 (around $1.80, AU$2.40) depending on the package you choose.
First, verify your old iPhone is running at least iOS 6.0, or if you have an old Android device it needs to be running Android 4.2 or later, which is the minimum requirement.
That basically means you’ll need at least an iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 or fourth-generation iPod touch to be able to use Manything with iOS.
Assuming your device fits the bill, download Manything from the App Store or Google Play Store, then open the app and tap ‘Sign up’ to create an account.
Enter your email address and provide a strong, unique password, tap ‘Sign up’ again and you’ll be taken to Manything’s main menu.
Next, tap Camera to add the phone you’re using to your Manything account, and then grant the app access to the device’s camera and microphone when it prompts you for permission to use them.
The main screen will appear, showing you what your phone’s camera can see. You’ll be prompted to press the big red button that’s on the right or bottom of the screen (depending on your device’s current orientation) to switch on the camera’s recording capability.
After doing all of this, the app will start to record video whenever it detects motion in front of the camera. (Note that a continual recording option is also available in Manything’s settings). All recordings are streamed or uploaded (in the case of time-lapse recordings) to the cloud, so make sure your device has internet access wherever you decide to place it in order for this to happen.
Position your camera
Placement of your device is, of course, crucial. First, it needs to be positioned next to a power source, so it can be permanently powered from the mains – Manything will keep your phone awake while it’s running, so you can’t afford to rely on battery power for long.
Second, your device will need to be on its side so its camera shoots a landscape view, as this provides a wider field of vision. Search eBay for ‘wide-angle iPhone lens’ to purchase a cheap lens to widen this further.
There’s a slight bowing of the picture at the top and bottom with these lenses, but it doesn’t prevent you from seeing what’s happening, and they should also work with iPad and iPod touch cameras too.
The lens may obscure the camera’s flash, which could be an issue if you want night-time security.
Third, which camera should you use? Ideally the rear-facing camera is best, as it offers a higher resolution and provides access to the flash, which Manything will switch on after dark if noise is detected during night-time (consider switching to Still Shot mode at night using IFTTT – read on for more details about that – as it’ll produce enhanced shots in low light conditions).
Finally, how will you secure your phone in its desired position? If there’s not a suitable spot to prop it up in a discreet fashion – on a bookshelf, for example – you may find some kind of mount or clamp is required.
Once your iOS or Android security camera is installed, repeat the process for any other mobiles you plan to use to complete your security setup.
Monitor your cameras
There are two ways you can keep an eye on your cameras while also administering their settings remotely. The first is through the Manything app itself – choose Viewer instead of Camera mode (tap the ‘m…’ button in the top-left corner of the app to switch between them) and you’ll be shown a live view from each of your cameras, complete with phone status (such as live or standby) and battery life, if applicable.
Tap one of them to contact that camera and view its live feed, then tap Events to review a list of recordings. You’ll see a settings button next to each camera too.
Tap this to tweak the adjacent camera’s settings in the same way you would from the camera itself, working through the step-by-step guide on the next page.
You can also view and manage your cameras on your Mac or PC, in a web browser with the Flash Player plug-in installed, by going to the Manything website.
The Manything app offers all the core functionality you need, but you can exercise even greater control over your cameras by connecting them to IFTTT (If This Then That).
Just add the Manything channel to your account on the IFTTT site and you’ll find a large number of triggers, actions and recipes you can use or adapt to your own purposes.
For example, you might configure certain cameras to only come on at set times of day, or have your camera’s flash switch on at night when it detects sound. You can even link your cameras with other devices – for example, to get around your camera’s struggle to detect motion when it’s dark by pairing it with a SmartThings motion sensor, you can use the SmartThings trigger to detect movement, then pair it with the Manything action that switches on the iOS device’s flash and starts recording.
Manything scores highly on all key levels: its subscription pricing’s relatively inexpensive, and it has all the features you could wish for, is beautifully designed, integrates with other smart home devices, and lets your old mobiles live on in a relevant and helpful way, too. What’s not to like?
While most laptops come with built-in webcams, desktops do not. Here’s how to turn your smartphone into a wireless webcam with some free software.
If you’re working from home and need to communicate with your team, a little video chatting goes a long way. While most laptops come with built-in webcams, desktops do not, and laptop cameras can break at any time.
You could go and purchase a new webcam, but if you don’t want to spend the money or won’t need it long-term, a bit of free software can help you out. If you’re willing to give it a try, you can turn your phone—or any spare smartphone—into a webcam for your PC.
For Android Phones: DroidCam
Android users can try a free app called DroidCam to turn it into a webcam. The free version has everything you need to get started, though a $5.49 upgrade to DroidCamX adds 720p/1080p video with HD Mode, plus it gets rid of the small banner ads. If you plan on using it a lot, it’s a worthy upgrade, but I felt the experience with the free version was pretty solid.
To get started, you’ll need two pieces of software: the DroidCam Android app from the Play Store and the Windows client from Dev47Apps. Once both are installed, make sure your computer and phone are on the same Wi-Fi network. The DroidCam Android app should have an IP address listed—something like 192.168.1.91—which you can enter in the desktop app to connect the two.
Be sure to check the Audio box if you don’t have a microphone on your PC. Click the Start button, and you should be connected. Most video chat apps should recognize DroidCam as a valid webcam, though you may need to restart them if they were running when DroidCam was installed. (Skype is an exception, which can be a bit finicky—you may need to use the old, non-Microsoft Store version.)
In my experience, DroidCam worked well enough. Friends on the other end said the SD video quality looked fine, but there may be a bit of a delay. Some had trouble with the audio coming from my phone, so my computer’s microphone was still ideal.
You can adjust a few things in the settings, like which camera to use (front or rear), which microphone to use (camera or speakerphone), and a few battery-saving features, but just know that it probably won’t be as good as a traditional webcam.
If you prefer to connect over USB rather than Wi-Fi, DroidCam can do that too, though it requires a little advanced finagling with some phone-specific drivers—you can refer to DroidCam’s instructions here. Even if you stick with Wi-Fi, though, you may want to charge your phone while video chatting, since it will drain the battery fairly quickly.
For iPhone Users: EpocCam
If you have an iPhone, EpocCam is the app I’d recommend for turning it into a webcam. However, the free version includes intrusive ads and very few features, almost necessitating the $7.99 paid upgrade. With the upgrade, you get microphone support, HD video, USB connections, and zoom/focus adjustments.
To use EpocCam, download the EpocCam app to your iPhone and download the drivers for Windows or macOS. You may need to restart your computer after installing the desktop software. Once you restart, you can launch the EpocCam Viewer app on your computer alongside the EpocCam app on your phone to see if it’s working.
As long as the two devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, or connected by USB, they should link without any extra steps. EpocCam should show up as a webcam for Zoom, Hangouts, or any other video chat application you might use.
Almost everyone is working from home these days. So, video conferences and zoom meetings have become routine for those who work from home now. For those with MacBook, the FaceTime camera helps to a greater extent with the meetings. But, it is not the same case with Windows PCs and Laptops. Well, you can use your phone as a webcam and get the best camera experience while attending online meetings using your PC.
Let us take a detailed look into how to use your Android phone as a webcam for PC, especially for Windows 10 users.
Set up Android Smartphone Camera as Webcam on PC
If you are a regular Windows user, you know you need to have driver tools for every device you connect extra. That being said, you need to install some additional tools on your Windows 10 to use your phone as a webcam for PC. If you are an iPhone user and want to use the iPhone as your webcam for Mac or Windows, go through our guide.
Although there are many software tools available out there to convert your Android device to a webcam for PC, we decided to go with the EpocCam. Here is how to set up and use your phone as a webcam for PC, using EpocCam.
- On your Windows PC browser, go to Kinoni.
- Click Download Windows drivers and install the driver file.
- On your Android smartphone, go to Play Store and install EpocCam.
- Run the EpocCam app on your Android and Windows devices.
- Connect your Android smartphone and Windows laptop to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Or, connect your Android phone to PC using a USB cable.
Now, all is set for using your phone camera as a webcam. Next, you need to launch the video conferencing or meeting software on your computer. Let’s see how to do that.
How to Use Your Phone as a Webcam for Zoom Meeting
It doesn’t matter whether you are hosting or joining a Zoom Meeting. You can use your phone camera as a webcam just with a single click. If you just set up the Android phone connection with PC using EpocCam, you can start using your Android phone as a webcam.
- Open the EpocCam app on your Android smartphone.
- Connect to PC using a USB cable or via the same Wi-Fi network.
- Open Zoom on your Windows PC and start or join a meeting with Video on.
- Click the arrow up button alongside the camera icon at the bottom left corner of the screen.
- Choose EpocCam Camera.
That’s it. You have successfully configured the Android smartphone camera as a webcam on your PC. You can now place your phone at a convenient angle to deliver the best video conferencing participation with a great camera. Well, if your laptop screen is not enough, you can even cast your Zoom meeting to your TV to watch it bigger.
Use Android Smartphone as Webcam for Skype
Skype is an unavoidable video calling and meeting platform, especially for Windows users. Suppose you use Skype instead of Zoom for the meeting, no need to worry. We will show you how to use your phone as a webcam for Skype calls.
- Make sure your Windows PC and the Android phone are on the same Wi-Fi.
- Launch Skype on your computer and log in to your account.
- Click the three-dots icon on the top left.
- Then, click Settings.
- Go to the Audio & Video tab.
- Click on the drop-down menu on top of the camera window.
- Choose EpocCam camera and click Ok.
If the EpocCam app is opened in your Android smartphone, you will instantly get the camera output from your phone on Skype. You can then continue using the Android phone camera as a webcam for Skype. If you are new to Skype, it is possible to make free calls using Skype from Windows PC.
Use Your Phone as a Webcam for Microsoft Teams
Next to Zoom, Microsoft Teams is a popular video conferencing tool that has been used by companies to organize virtual meetings. A large number of educational institutions use Microsoft Teams to conduct classes online as well. It has an extensive range of features for online meetings.
Now, let’s see how to make your Android smartphone camera as a webcam while using Microsoft Teams.
- Launch Microsoft Teams and login to your account.
- Next, click on your profile icon located on the top right.
- Then, click Settings.
- Under the section titled Camera, click the drop-down box to select EpocCam Camera.
Now, you will be able to use your phone camera as a webcam on Microsoft Teams meetings.
Alternative Apps to Turn Your Phone Into a Webcam
Besides EpocCam, a bunch of apps is available on the Play Store to turn your phone into Webcam. Before deciding the app, the only thing you need to make sure is that your Android webcam app is compatible with your video conferencing software. For example, if you need to use the Zoom meeting on your PC, you cannot install an Android app that supports only Skype.
iVCam helps you to turn your Android phone into an HD webcam for Windows PC. You can use your old phone as a webcam like you might have thought of converting them into a security camera. iVcam can cast your Android camera video directly to your PC, works just like a remote video recorder. It supports different video resolutions such as 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p, etc.
Download from PlayStore: iVCam
DroidCam Wireless Webcam
DroidCam can turn your Android smartphone into a wireless webcam for online meetings using your PC. The app is entirely free and no need to worry about any watermarks or logos on the camera screen. You can also connect the smartphone using USB and Wi-Fi to use DroidCam as a webcam for Windows PC.
Download from PlayStore: DroidCam
When you have a smartphone, there is no need to buy an expensive HD webcam for all your meetings. Instead, you can use your phone as a webcam for Windows 10 PC, for meetings on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, and more.
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Use Manything, Salient Eye or a similar free app to turn an old phone into a security camera.
Turn your old phone into a home security camera for free
- Step 1: Get a security camera app running on your old phone(s)
- Step 2: Choose a spot to position your camera.
- Step 3: Mount and power your new security camera(s)
Keeping this in view, can someone turn on my phone camera?
Unlike what many want to believe, it is possible to spy on someone through their phone camera. With it, a person could remotely access your phone’s camera and use it to take pictures of your smartphone’s surroundings. Other things that it can spy on include: Texts Messages and Call Log.
Likewise, how can you find a hidden camera on your phone? How to Detect a Hidden Camera Using Android Camera
- Launch your phone’s camera app.
- Go around the room and point your phone’s camera in areas you suspect spy equipment is hidden.
- If you spot any small, bright-whitish light, set your phone down and investigate further. It may be a hidden camera.
Regarding this, how can I hide my camera?
- 1 Camouflage your cam with a decorative skin case cover.
- 2 Mount your camera within the foliage of a plant.
- 3 Go higher and place out of sight.
- 4 Hide it in your outlet.
- 5 Hide it in plain sight.
- 6 Hide your cam completely from view with a photo frame.
- 7 Mask your cam inside an enclosure.
- 8 Camouflage in a sunflower.
How do I scan my hidden camera for WIFI?
In addition to scanning for a camera using an RF scanner or an app, you can also scan the Wi-Fi network for any cameras that are connected to the internet. Apps like Fing or iNet let you know what devices are connected to a network.
Photo: ymgerman, Shutterstock
Considering we’re living in the Age of the Video Meeting, if you are using a computer without a webcam, there’s a good chance you have the need for a quality video camera from time to time. Before you go out and buy a new webcam, though, you should consider converting your Android phone into a high-resolution camera. It’ll perform much better than the junky webcams most laptops ship with — and it’ll save you a few bucks, too.
What you need to use an Android phone as a webcam
We don’t recommend splurging on a brand new smartphone just to use it as a webcam. However, if you have an old or secondary Android phone lying around, you should repurpose it for your video calls.
As long as your phone’s rear camera works well, you have little to worry about. As far as spending is concerned, you’ll have to shell out a bit on a smartphone tripod and an Android app.
You can buy a good tripod for your smartphone, or — if you’re crafty — you could try to make your own. A quality tripod will be useful every time you want to record videos, though, which makes it a good investment.
How to use an Android phone as a high-resolution webcam
There are plenty of webcam apps on Android, but DroidCam is free, it’s reliable, and it’s highly rated on the Play Store. You can download and use the app for free with some limitations, including 480p video resolution, ads, and some missing video options, such as the ability to rotate or flip the camera. DroidCamX ($US5.49 ($7)) gets rid of these limitations, but the free version is perfectly serviceable.
Once you’ve downloaded the app on your phone, boot your PC or Linux machine and install the DroidCam client for desktops. With both apps installed, open DroidCam on your phone and PC. On the DroidCam app for Android, check the IP address and port. If you see a bunch of zeros in the IP address field, check if your phone is connected to the wifi.
On DroidCam for PC, click the wifi icon in the top left corner. Then, type the IP address and port number in their respective fields, and press Start.
You should begin seeing a camera feed on your PC. You can now use any tripod or phone stand to point the rear camera at yourself and use this feed for video calls via Zoom or other video meeting apps.
Note that we faced issues with connectivity when DroidCam’s phone and PC clients were on different frequencies on our wifi network. The setup doesn’t work if your phone is connected to the 5GHz band and the PC is on the 2.4GHz band, for example. As long as you ensure that both are on the same wifi network and the same band, you should be good to go.
DroidCam also supports wired connectivity via a USB cable but the steps are a bit too convoluted, so it’s probably not worth the hassle for most people. If you really want to try it, you can go to the app developer’s website and this page for more instructions (click Connect via USB (Android)).
Finally, it’s a good idea to keep the Android phone plugged in while you’re using it as a webcam. You don’t want it to run out of juice during an important video call because it’ll abruptly cut your video feed off.
If you have an old Android phone you've upgraded from lying around, there are tons of projects to put it to good use, but this one is relatively easy and can bring you a little peace of mind: Turn it into a Wi-Fi web or home security camera.
Instructables user depotdevoid took his old Droid Razr Maxx and decided to turn it into an always-on, internet-connected webcam he could monitor at any time. If you want to do the same, you'll need a few things to make this project work. A copy of IP Webcam (Free, $4 Pro) from Google Play, and a soldering iron (if you don't want to just use USB power—depotdevoid's Maxx has a broken USB charging port) to add external power, and a mount for your phone are all it really takes. He uses his to watch his 3D printer when he's not in his garage workshop, but you can use it to keep an eye on package deliveries, watch your pets during the day, or just see the view from your home window.
Once the app is installed and on your home network, you have to make it internet-accessible so you can view it when you're away from home. He explains how to do this in the post, but we're sure most of you are familiar with the concept of port forwarding . If you're looking for easy ways to assign a dynamic hostname to your home network, we have some great free options for you there, too. Hit the link below for the full tutorial, from start-to-finish.