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Turn your phone into an IP camera


Do you have an old phone somewhere around that has seen better days and you thought was useless? Hold on, you can turn it into an IP camera! That way you can still use it to monitor your kids room, garden or a garage without additional cost!

How to use my old phone?

This time we decided to quickly show you how this works! Please check the video below and let us know what you think in the comments or feel free to read the rest of the article :)

We will assume that you have some old Android phone for a start,go ahead and download free software called “IP webcam” from Play Store. Next, open the app and click the “Start server” option in the main menu.

You will start seeing your camera, as if you were shooting a video. At the bottom of the screen, you will find an IP address, something like (this is just an example, you will see a different address but should have the same format). Before moving to the following step, make sure your phone is connected to your home WiFi.

Now, let’s access the phone using another device. You can use a desktop PC, a laptop, a tablet or even another smartphone. Choose your favorite device and open an internet browser and type the IP address displayed on your old smartphone. You should see a menu with different options such as “zoom”, “stream quality” and “take a photo”. In order to see through that camera, try different options in the video section, "JavaScript" for example and you should now be able to see what’s going on through your phone’s camera.

That's it, you are all set! Place your phone anywhere you want and keep an eye on things, plug it in to your charger. You can put it in the front door and see who is ringing the bell, or you can put it in the garden and check what’s going on if you heard a funny noise. You may also want to put it in your baby’s room and use it as a baby monitor.

Do more with tinyCam

Take it one step further with tinyCam, another free software that you can download to your new phone for some great additional features. Once you downloaded it, click the “add camera” button and type in the IP address. You should now be able to see the video from your old smartphone. The great thing about this app, is that it gives you a lot of additional functionalities. For instance, it allows you to hear through the other phone’s microphone, and you can speak and it will be heard through the other phone’s speakers, perfect for baby monitors. You can also turn on and off the flashlight, among other cool and useful functionalities.

That's it! Enjoy using your new piece of electronic at home and let us know what you think in the comments!