3 Steps to Turn Your Old Smartphone into a Security Camera

February 22, 2016 | Views: 11415

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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. So cool and SO EASY!!!

    Thank you so much for this, and have a great day and a great weekend!!


  2. Thanks, this was really helpful 🙂

  3. It is really awesome. Thanks a lot for it

  4. I’ve used this before and it’s a really fun application to mess around with.
    With practicality in mind, it’s easy to crowd wireless infrastructure if you start gathering wireless cameras, since they constantly stream at relatively high bandwidth.
    The nature of wireless networking is essentially a per-channel collision domain (with co-channel interference), or to oversimplify–like a hub. So while this is fun and works with just a few cameras, if you’re contemplating using it as a home camera security system, you may experience poor wireless throughput for your other devices and/or applications.

  5. Great article! Very timely also, as the neighborhood where I live has been the site of several thefts. Hopefully this may help remedy that somewhat. Also solves the problem of what to do with old smartphones. Thanks!

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