Security cameras are devices that capture video footage for surveillance and security purposes. They can monitor a wide range of areas, including homes, businesses, and public spaces. In this guide, we will share how to turn old phones into security cameras.

How to Turn Old Phones into Security Cameras Using IP Webcam

Using the “IP Webcam” program, you can convert an outdated Android phone into a security camera. With the help of the well-known program IP Webcam, you can convert an Android phone or tablet into a wireless IP camera. The software is free to download from the Google Play Store. Once installed, it allows you to stream live video and audio from your device to any web browser, including those on other smartphones, tablets, or computers.

Additionally, IP Webcam has a built-in web server that lets you view the live feed using any web browser on any device connected to the same network. The app also allows you to password-protect the feed to keep it secure. It’s imperative to note that the IP Webcam app requires an internet connection to work. It also consumes more power, so keeping your Android phone plugged in for a while is recommended, using it as a security camera.

Here’s how to set it up:

  • Download the IP Webcam app on your old Android phone from the Google Play Store.
  • Open the app and configure the settings as desired. This can include adjusting the resolution, frame rate, and other video settings.
  • Scroll down to the “Start Server” button and tap it to start the camera.
  • Open a web browser on a separate device, such as a computer or another smartphone. Enter the IP address provided by the IP Webcam app into the address bar. This will bring up a live feed from the camera.
  • You can set up the phone to record videos or take photos when detecting motion.
  • You can also set up notifications to your email or phone when motion is detected.
  • You can also use the IP Webcam app to remotely view the camera feed and control camera settings from a separate device.

Please note that this method will require your old Android phone to have an internet connection. Also, it would be best to keep the phone plugged in and charged since it will run continuously as a security camera.

How to Turn Old Phones into Security Cameras Using Alfred Camera

Alfred is another app that allows you to turn an old Android or iOS phone into a security camera. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and is free to use.

Here’s how to set it up:

  • Download and install the Alfred app on your old phone and a newly purchased phone or tablet (the new phone will be used as a viewer).
  • Open the app on the old phone and tap “Viewer” to set it up as a camera.
  • Open the app on the newly acquired phone or tablet and tap “Camera” to set it up as a viewer.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to connect the two devices.
  • Once connected, the live feed from the old phone’s camera will be displayed on the connected device.
  • You can also set up motion detection and receive notifications when motion is detected.
  • You can also use the app to remotely control the camera, take photos and videos, and adjust the video and audio settings.

It’s important to note that, like IP Webcam, Alfred app also requires an internet connection to work and it also consumes more power, so it is recommended to keep your old phone plugged in while using it as a security camera.