In Short Hacks: Your smartphone and yes! an OLD Smartphone can do everything that a highly expensive security system CCTV Camera can do.Your smart device will let you help in watching your home, office, etc and inform you if there would be any unusual activity. However, for this, you don’t need to spend any money. All you need is an Internet connection and few steps that we mentioned in our below article.

How To Convert Your Old Smartphone into a CCTV Camera?
How To Convert Your Old Smartphone into a CCTV Camera?

If you have a spare smartphone lying unused or if you have recently upgraded to a new smartphone, you must be having the previous one. If you do not know what to do with that spare smartphone, here we are with the best solution you can ever have. You can turn your old smartphones into a CCTV camera which you can use to keep an extra eye on your house.

CCTV Camera is like a god’s 3rd eye. and Yes! it always works fine. Well, If you are at home and you wanna to keep eyes on your personal things/Children’s then purchasing a brand new CCTV is not the right choice.

Moreover, CCTV cameras cost you high because it comes up with 24X7 working receivers and with its equipment. And surely, you do not want to spend a single penny on such security systems for your personal use. At that point, Your smartphone fits perfectly (It’s good if you use OLD Smartphone having a camera 😛 )

Reuse Your Old Smartphone.

You can log into this smartphone turned into a security camera from anywhere you like. All that you require in your old smartphone to be used as a CCTV camera at your home is that the rear camera of that smartphone is functioning. If this requirement is satisfied, you are all set to turn your old smartphone into a CCTV camera for your home. So let’s understand the method using which you can set up the old smartphone as a CCTV camera in your house.

Turn Your Old Smartphone into a Security Camera?

Here we have listed two amazing and easy to executable methods for both Android and iOS devices. That you can use on your OLD smartphone to turn into a security camera easily.

#1 Download a Security Camera app on your Old smartphone

First of all, you need to choose a security camera app for your smartphone which has the following features, local streaming, cloud streaming, recording and storing footage locally or remotely, and motion detection and alerts.

Security Camera Apps For iOS

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Turn Your Old iPhone into a Security Camera

Step 1- Download a security camera app on both your old and new smartphone. Here, we are going to explain the further steps using Many things app which is available on AppStore for free.

Step 2- Now, in the old phone, go to settings and under the ‘General‘ section, disable ‘Auto Lock.’

Step 3- Then, register yourself or sign in to the Manythings account by using an email address or a Facebook account.

Step 4- In the old device, select ‘Camera mode‘ and in the new device, select ‘Viewer mode.

Step 5- Now, to initiate the live stream, click on the red button on the smartphone which is recording.

Step 6- You can now watch the live stream from the new phone in the list of streaming devices.

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Turn Your Old Android Phone into a Security Camera

Step 1- Download the IP Webcam app on your old Android device from the Google Play Store. It is free to use and can broadcast locally as well as over the cloud. This allows you to view your live stream from anywhere.

Security Camera Apps For Android

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Step 2- Now, launch the IP Webcam app which you had downloaded on your old device. Then, set your video preferences, effects, power management settings, and motion or sound detecting as per your requirements.

Step 3- Register or sign in to Ivideon and test the compatibility and enable the cloud stream to broadcast your stream remotely.

Step 4- Now, to start streaming, click on the ‘Start Server‘ option located at the bottom of the app.

Step 5- To view the streaming, find the IP address and port number provided by the old phone which is set up as a security camera. Then, enter the IP address in the search bar of the Web browser on the device in which you want to view the stream.

That’s it! You can now watch the live stream from your old phone on any device by entering the provided IP address in the Web browser of that device.

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#2 Search for the best spot for your new CCTV camera

Now that your stream is up and broadcasting, you need to find a spot where you can place your old phone turned into a CCTV camera which can cover the most part of your house. If you have more than one phone laying around, you can use them too as a security camera. When you find the correct spot, you can mount the camera using a tripod stand or a suction car mount to keep your CCTV camera in place.

Like every security system, This CCTV hacks also have a disadvantage. Well, it’s not like a hindrance if you have a Better Internet Connection all time. Instead,  If you can’t ensure a stable internet connection, you may want to consider buying a regular CCTV security camera.

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Wrap Up: This is how you can effectively convert your old smartphone into a CCTV camera for your home. You can now keep a watch on your home for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. By using security apps for Android and iOS you can monitor your personal things at zero cost.

If you have any other method to use your old smartphone as a CCTV camera or if you get stuck at any of the steps listed above then, please let us know in the comments section below. and Don’t forget to Share this with your friends 🙂

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