Make DIY Security Camera From Your Old Phone!

by November 15, 2015

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With the wide range of new smartphones being released in the market, it is only natural that you feel tempted to get rid of the old phone and buy a swanky new one. Well, it is easy to buy a new phone but it hard to decide what to do with the old one? Whether to sell it online or gift it to someone else? Well, we have a better option for you. What if you put the old phone camera to beef up the security of your home or office? Amazing idea, isn’t it?

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It is not only useful but also easy on pocket! Why to buy a pricey security camera when your old phone can serve the same purpose! As long as the old phone is running properly and the rear camera of the phone is operational you are ready to set up your own DIY security camera. The process is quite simple and more importantly it is cost-effective. Here is a step-by-step process to set-up your security camera on your iOS device and Android device:

Security Camera of iOS Device

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To begin with you need to choose a good security camera app, most of these apps offer similar features like local streaming, storing footage, motion detection, cloud streaming, local streaming and alerts. Once you set-up the app, you will be able to monitor your home and control the security camera through your phone.

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If you are using an iOS device, one of the best security camera apps you can have is ‘Manything’. With this app, you can set up motion alerts as well as monitor your home either through ‘video mode’ or ‘still only’ mode. The app is available for free download from the App Store.

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  • Download the Manything App on both your old and new devices

  • Open the settings option on your old iOS phone and disable the Auto Lock option

  • Register and sign in to Manything with your email address or Facebook account

  • Select the ‘Camera mode’ option on your old device and the ‘Viewer mode’ on your new device

  • Press the red button from the camera device to start viewing the live streaming of the video

  • On your new iOS device the live stream will appear on the list of streaming devices. Apart from your smart device you can also view the streaming from your laptop or desktop by signing into manything.com

Security Camera of Android Device

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Just like iOS devices, there are plenty of security camera app options for Android devices too. But, one of the best and the most popular app is the IP Webcam. This app has both lite version, which is free as well as the pro version, which is priced at $3.99. This amazing app has the ability to broadcast video recording both locally as well as over the cloud through a service known as ‘ivideon’, so that you can view the stream from anywhere you want.

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To set up the camera, follow the process listed below:

  • Download the IP Webcam app from Google Play on your old device

  • Launch the app and set your own video preferences as well as set the sound detecting, power management settings

  • To broadcast the streaming remotely, you have to register and sign in to ‘ivideon’ and enable the cloud stream

  • To start the stream live, you have to select the Start server option, which is at the bottom of the app

  • For viewing the streaming find the IP address and the port number of the phone setup as security camera and enter the number through another smart device on the web browser

Irrespective of whether you are using iOS device or an Android device, this security set up is sure to give you the peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are living under a safe roof.





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