If you have a few old phones that are full of dirt or left somewhere in your drawer, don’t sell them in a hurry. Turn it on and use it for good.
For example, you can turn your old phone into a baby monitor or into a Google Home speaker temporarily. Those are good ideas but one of the most useful ways to upgrade an old phone is to turn it into home security camera.
Don’t throw away an old phone, if it still turns on!
The article will guide you to use Salient Eye software or a similar free application to turn your old phone into a security camera.
Step 1: Download the security camera app that runs on old phones
To get started, you will need to select a security camera app for your phone. Most apps offer many of the same features, such as local streaming, cloud streaming, recording and storing footage locally or remotely, sometimes adding motion detection and warning.
Once set up, you’ll be able to monitor your living space and control your security camera from anywhere, right from your phone.
One of the best options for setting up your phone as a security camera is Alfred Home Security Camera. The software uses cross-platform technology, so it doesn’t matter if your old phone is Android or iPhone. And of course also fully compatible with new phones.
Alfred Home Security Camera is free to use and gives you a remote view directly on your phone, motion detection and alerts, free cloud storage, two-way voice chat and Use both front and rear cameras. To unlock more premium features like higher resolution viewing and recording, zoom capabilities, ad removal and 30-day cloud storage, you can upgrade to Alfred Alfred Home Security Camera Premium.
You can follow the instructions below to download and install the software:
– Download Alfred (Android, iOS) on both old and new phones or whichever tablet you want to use.
On a new phone, swipe over the introduction and tap Start. Select Viewer and click Next.
– When you go to the sign-in page, click Sign in with Google – Sign in with Google (Google account is required) and sign in with your Google account credentials.
– On your old phone, repeat the same steps, but instead of selecting Viewer, select Camera. And make sure to sign in to the same Google account.
When both phones were logged into Alfred Home Security Camera, the software simplified the camera options to include just a few settings. On iOS, you can turn on motion detection, choose between the front and rear cameras, and turn audio on or off. If you’re on an Android device, you also have those options, and you can even enable continuous focus. For the software to reopen automatically if your phone has to be restarted then passcode lock mode must be turned on.
From your new phone, you can change a few more settings, like enabling notifications on orff, naming camera or viewer names, adding others (you can also give others access on your video feed), delete camera, check how many times the camera is disconnected, resolve motion detection sensitivity and enable low light filter on camera.
While Alfred Home Security Camera is a good option, it’s not the only one. Presence Video Securiy Camera or Salient Eye Camera software are all good options, and IP Webcam is one of the popular Android-only options.
Step 2: Choose a location to locate your camera
Once you have set up and activated the recording mode, you will need to find a suitable location for the camera. Like the center of your living room, your backyard, where you store valuables or a place you think is likely to be hacked. ..
If you have a lot of old phones that you don’t use, you can set up multiple cameras to cover the video quite strongly.
Step 3: Attach and power up your new security camera
Now your phone is a Security Camera you need to attach and power on. You can design the racks yourself or buy the phone clamp devices that are fully sold on the market at very cheap prices on shopee or tiki …
And it’s important to place your phone in a position that’s not easily visible or easily reachable for disassembling.
Wishing you success!
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