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So I was sitting in my room with a spanking new nexus 7 wondering what I should do with my old android phone (galaxy mini)  as i don't really use it any more. Then it occurred to me,  why not turn it into a local wireless surveillance camera? I decided to do just that.  Basically, what I am about to show you is how to turn an old android phone with a camera into a local wireless surveillance camera so you can spy on people in your house.

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First off,  you.'ll need some form of android phone with a camera,  and some other device capable of using the internet e.g.  laptop,  pc,  tablet,  another phone etc.  

1. Download an app called IP Webcam from the play store. This use your phone to broadcast video over your home network. #
2. Once this is done, open the app and scroll down the list until you come to the bottom and see the 'start server' button. Click that.
3. Conceal the phone somewhere discreet. Make sure the camera has a good view of the room you want to spy on. You might want to plug it in, as it may lose power quickly.
4. Make note of the IP address and port number at the bottom of your screen.
CraigH42 months ago

I love this and set mine up today using an old S3 Mini I had and works great. One question though, when you say If you want your camera to see in the dark, get some infared LED's. Look it up. what exactly do you mean? I've had a look but don't really know what I'd need to get and what to do? Any help greatly appreciated.


ChadM1 CraigH42 months ago

@CraigH4 Infared is a wavelength of light that is invisible to the human eye. Using infared filters cameras can see the infared light. IR is a very common practice for security cameras because i provides enough light to identify subjects and remain discreet at the same time.

I am about 90 percent sure that cameras on android phones DO NOT have the capability to 'see' IR light.

For your android to see in the dark, you would need an IR filter and some IR LEDs. An IR filter filters out everything EXCEPT IR light. They will look like black pieces of glass or plastic and be almost impossible to see out of.

Hope this helps.

Actually, Chad, most cameras on cell phones on the market now, have the capability to see IR. This does not mean they can see in the dark, but they can see IR light that is reflected off of items in the camera's view. During my time as a helicopter electronics technician, I would verify the operation of the IR lights on the helicopters by using my cell phone's camera. You could not see the lights without the camera, but bright as day with the camera. You do not need an IR filter, unless all you want to see is the IR. This would help only if the IR (such as a temperature variation) was all you are focusing on. For a security camera, you need something that can generate invisible light that the camera can pick up...hence, the IR light pack. CraigH4...the IR lights can be bought either online, or even in your local Radio Shack. Ask them for IR LEDs. But, for a security camera, I suggest buying a pack that is prebuilt, for ease.

hope this helps.

I plan to try this when I get home, and will report back what I find. I think it will be as easy as this makes it sound.


Optimum_Alliance (author)  ChadM12 months ago

I'm sure that most android cameras can 'see' IR light, I know for a fact that my nexus 4 does. But there are some phones which filter out IR light, like the iPhone 5s.

Optimum_Alliance (author)  CraigH42 months ago

Hi, basically cameras can see things that we can't. If you point a tv remote at a camera and press a button, you will see the LED flash through the camera but not through your own eyes. If you get powerful enough infra-red LEDs, they will light up a room to the camera but not to human eyes, this is how night vision equipment works.

As an example, look at this:

You can see a ring of infra-red LEDs around the edge that will enable the camera to see in the dark.

Thank you so much. I posted in the community not long ago for just this thing :-) I have several old android phones and wanted to do something like this but didn't know how. Just as a side question which I may be able to figure out with some research, how can I get the programs onto old phones that are not hooked up to the cell phone network?
If wi-fi doesn't work you could sideload it.

For the sake of others, and not just my own, please elaborate on "sideloading"

Doctor90250 2 months ago
I've used android as wireless cameras many times, but right now i have no wifi. Do you know a way of using one as a usb webcam? ive tried several apps/pc client setups, but none have worked. i know it has to be possible, after all, we're dealing with pc and android os's...and this is the digital age.
Optimum_Alliance (author)  Doctor90250 2 months ago
I've never tried myself but I've linked an app that might do the trick:
ywar.tar5 months ago
TakashiMoto2 years ago
Thanks! More cams for Blue Iris!