3 Steps to Turn Your Old Smartphone into a Security Camera

February 22, 2016 | Views: 11592

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Do you have an old Smartphone laying around? Turn it into a security camera.


Follow these 3 steps:

  1. Download IP Webcam from PlayStore onto your device
  2. Launch the application and adjust the settings (this depends on what you want). Navigate to the bottom and click Start Server.
  3. Next, you’ll get an IP address from the application. You can simply type the address in your browser or you can download software on your PC (Webcam Watcher) to watch your security camera.

Webcam Watcher lets you watch up to 6 cameras at a time and there are many useful settings you can change in the program.

Finally, leave your mobile phone connected to a charger and maintain an Internet connection through WiFi or Mobile Data. You’ll have a view of what’s happening at your house while you’re at work or hanging out with friends.

Please note: I found this type of information several years ago on the web and wanted to share it with you.


Thanks and have fun!

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  1. Great info, works well.

    What I do to segregate..

    If your wireless router has a guest network, then set it up on that.
    Auto segregation. 🙂 , like VLAN.

    If not, then create a new SSID just for your cam/phones.
    Then only turn on that SSID when wanted, and your phone will auto-connect when in range.
    This helps to not be on all the time.


    Get a cheap wireless router, new SSID, old laptop, hook up as a COMPLETELY different network.
    Then add more cheap wireless routers per 6 cam/phones. This nullifies the over saturation of throughput.
    This options allows for scale-ability.. 🙂

    There are your options for segregation.




  2. Sounds interesting, but be aware of the security implications. Although there is a login from the screenshots, I could not find any information about encryption. Also, having an old phone on your network can be a security issue as it likely has many vulnerabilities. What would a person see if it got compromised? Could the video be used to case your home? Be very careful and segregate from your main network if possible.

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