Here’s How To Turn Your Old Phone Into A CCTV Security Camera – Technology News, Firstpost

Everyone has thought about installing a security camera in their home. What puts off many people is the expense of setting up some CCTV cameras and keeping all the footage they record.

Well, you don’t need to buy an expensive home surveillance system and a bunch of CCTV cameras to secure your home. Thanks to a ton of free apps on both the App Store and Google PlayStore, you can use your old phones as a makeshift CCTV camera and install them yourself with a few easy DIY tricks.

Step 1: Choose a security camera app and install it.

There are a ton of options to choose from, but ideally you should go for something that supports cross-platform functionality, has features such as local and cloud streaming, capture and storage of images locally or via the cloud, and can detect motion and send alerts.

We chose “Alfred DIY CCTV Home Camera” because it has more than 500,000 reviews, has more than 1 Crore downloads and is highly rated. Setting up the phone with Alfred is also super easy.

Download the app on both the devices, the phone you want to use as a camera and the phone you have with you.
On your daily driver, fill in the introduction and tap “Start”. Then select “Viewer” and tap “Next”.
Here you must register. We recommend signing in with your Google account as it makes things easier.
Repeat the whole process on the old phone which should be the CCTV camera. But instead of tapping the “Viewer” option, tap “Camera”. Make sure you’re signed in with the same Google account.

You are now all set. You can play around with the settings to enable motion sensors, audio recording, and whether you want to be notified if something suspicious happens. Whichever app you use, the installation process is similar and can be handled in a jiffy.

Step 2: Position your camera

Now that your security stream is active, you need to physically set up the camera in a location that gives you the best vantage point. Choose a shelf that is placed at a height so that you can see most of your room. Make sure the field of view includes the entrances to your room and where you keep your valuables. Keep checking your new device to see exactly what view you’re getting. Make sure the camera is not noticeable Also make sure that the phone is properly connected to Wi-Fi and has a strong connection.

Step 3: Assemble and Power Your Device

There are literally countless ways you can do this. You can use one of those suction cup phone holders that are used in cars, or you can use mini tripods designed for phones.

To power your device, make sure you have a long charging cable for your phone. Ideally, it would be best if you use something with a removable battery. This way you can power the device with only the power cable. If you don’t have a phone with a removable battery, turn off the device and turn it off when not in use.

You can also use a shorter cable and power your device with a power bank. Make sure it has at least 3-4 times the capacity of your phone’s battery, as streaming images is a power-intensive activity.

That is it. Here’s how to set up a highly effective security system with a few do-it-yourself tricks, on a tight budget. You can set up a number of different cell phones on the same Wi-Fi network and account, and you can get some pretty comprehensive coverage of your home.

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