Turn your old phone into a home security camera for free – CNET

Turn your old phone into a home security camera for free – CNET

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Manything, Salient eye, or a similar free app, an old mobile phone in a surveillance camera. 


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If you have some old cell phones gathering dust in a drawer somewhere, don’t they sell for a fraction of what you bought it for. When you switch on, you can put them to good use in your home

you might be a in a baby monitor or makeshift home Google speaker, for example These are good ideas, and you can find more in the link below, but one of the most useful ways to upcycle an old phone is to put it in a home security camera.

Next: new applications, old Android phone or iPhone.

step 1: get a security camera app on your old phone(s)

To start, you need a security camera app for your phone. Most of the apps offer many of the same functions as local streaming, cloud streaming, recording and storing footage locally or remotely, and motion detection and alarm functions.

if you set everything up, you will be able to monitor your living space and control your security camera from anywhere directly from your phone.

One of the best options for setting up your phone as a security camera is Alfred. It is cross-platform, so it doesn’t matter whether your old mobile phone a Android phone or iPhone was. And the same applies to your new phone.


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Alfred is free to use and gives you a remote view of live feed, motion detection alerts, free cloud storage, two-way audio feed, and use of both the front and rear cameras. To unlock additional features, like higher resolution, recording and playback, zoom capabilities, ad removal, and 30-day cloud storage, you can upgrade to Alfred a Premium.

  • Download Alfred (Android, iOS) both your old and new mobile phones, or any tablet that you want to use.
  • On the new phone, scroll through the introduction, and tap on start. Select the Viewer and tap Next.
  • if you (Sign up on the sign-in page, click using Google, a Google account is required) and sign in with your Google account credentials.
  • On the old phone, repeat the same steps, but instead choose Viewer, select camera. And make sure you log in to the same Google account.

as soon As both phones are logged in, Alfred, you’re almost done with the setup. Alfred simplifies the camera options to only a few settings. On iOS, you can choose to only activate motion detection between the front and rear cameras, and enable or disable the audio. If you have an Android device, you need to these options, and you can also lock the continuous allow you to focus, have to open the Alfred automatically when the phone restarts, set a resolution and enable a passcode.

From your new phone, you can use a few more settings, such as turning notifications on orff, the setting of the camera or viewer name, add other people to your Trust Circle (allow other people access to your video feeds), remove a camera, check how many times it was separately a camera setting motion detection sensitivity and allows for a low-light filter for cameras.

While Alfred is a good choice, keep in mind it is the only choice. Far from it, in fact. Manything, Salient eye and presence are all fixed free elections, with an affordable subscription model, if you need more features. And the IP-Webcam –  is one of the most popular Android-only options.

step 2: Choose a place to position your camera

the electricity-and running After you, you have to set up and position the camera. You can focus on the main point of entry to your house, your garden, the place where you think the value of things, or a point, they are particularly vulnerable. You can also specify that an IP camera as a baby monitor.

If you have several old cell phones around that you can setup multiple-in cameras for quite a robust video-reportages.

step 3: Mount the provided and makes your new security camera(s)

, or the position of the camera, a small smartphone can be tripod or suction Cup car mount work wonders and help you position the camera in an inconspicuous place.

To expand the field of view, consider buying a wide-angle lens for your phone, something that can be purchased for between $5 and $20 online.

Streaming video is a very energy-intensive, and the phone will be on 24/7. Keep the phone from dying in the first few hours, you will need to position it near a power source. A 10-feet-Micro-USB-or Lightning cable will give you more flexibility of where you save it.

Released on Mon, 06 Apr 2020 13:45:00 +0000

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