I personally love kids, but sometimes they can make your life a bit more difficult. If you have a baby in the house, then you might find it difficult to do things, such as taking a shower or cooking.
Baby monitors are a great way to keep an eye on your baby while you’re in another room. That being said, these baby monitors can sometimes be really expensive and if you look on Amazon, you’ll find baby monitors for around $100.
If you have an old Android phone lying around, then you’re in luck as you can easily turn your old Android device into a baby monitor. While most baby monitors only use audio, the expensive ones come with a video feature as well. In this post, I’ll show you how to use old Android phone as baby monitor.
Why Use Your Android Phone As A Baby Monitor?
There are many things that you can do with an old Android device and here are the reasons why you should use it as a baby monitor if you have a baby in the house.
- Perform your daily activities without worrying that your baby is constantly crying. If your baby starts crying, you’ll find out about it through the baby monitor and you can then take care of the baby.
- Entertain your guests while your baby is sleeping in the next room.
- Save a lot of money by using your old Android phone instead of buying a baby monitor
Method 1: Dormi – Baby Monitor
Dormi – Baby Monitor is one of the most popular audio baby monitors available on the Google Play Store and the app is really easy to use. This particular app lets you do everything that you can do on a regular audio baby monitor and a bit more!
You don’t need to worry about the sensitivity of the phone’s microphone as the app can easily configure it, even if you place the phone far from the baby. The app not only lets you listen to the baby, but it also lets you speak so for instance if your baby starts crying, you can sing a song or a poem to calm him/her.
You’ll need two Android devices in order to use the app and they should be running Android version 2.3 or higher. The app is free to use for four hours of monitoring every month and while it costs a bit for unlimited monitoring, it is still way cheaper than buying an actual baby monitor.
Step 1 – Download The App
Download and install the Dormi – Baby Monitor app on both your Android devices. You can download the app through the Google Play button below.
Step 2 – Pair Both Android Phones
Make sure that both the phones are connected to the same WiFi and launch the Dormi app on both phones. You’ll now see your old Android device appearing in the list. You can now pair both devices.
If you don’t have WiFi, go to Internet pairing and tap on Generate password on your regular Android device. This will give you a temporary password. On your old Android device, tap on Enter password and type the password that you got on your regular Android device. You might need to confirm the request once you enter the password.
Step 3 – Set Up The Child Device
On the Android device that you want to use as the baby monitor and place in the baby’s room, tap on the drop down menu on the top and select Child device.
Step 4 – Set Up The Parent Device
On your regular Android device, tap on the drop down menu and select Parent device. Your old Android phone has now become your Child device and your regular phone has become the Parent device.
Step 5 – Activate The Baby Monitor
Place the old Android phone that you set as the Child device in the baby’s room, and on both Android devices, slide the circle towards the Play icon. You have now activated the baby monitor on both devices.
Step 6 – Listen And Speak To The Baby
If a noise is detected from the child, you’ll get a text notification on your phone. To listen to the baby, tap on the Listen button. In order to speak or sing a poem to your child, tap on the Speak button.
Method 2: Web of Cam – WiFi Baby Monitor
If you’re looking for a video baby monitor, then Web of Cam is the perfect app. The app is not only available for Android, but you can also use it on iOS and Nokia S60 phones. You don’t even need two devices as the app also lets you view the video on your PC.
The app brings high video and audio quality along with additional camera controls such as zooming, switching on LED and switching between the front and back camera. In order to view the video from the phone, you’ll need to connect both devices to the same WiFi network.
Step 1 – Download The App
Download and install the Web of Cam – WiFi Baby Monitor app on both your Android devices. You can get it through the Google Play Store button below.
Step 2 – Launch The App
Make sure that both phones are connected to the same WiFi network, open the app on both phones and tap on the Next button.
Step 3 – Set Up Camera
On your old Android phone that you want to use as the camera in the baby’s room, select Camera and tap on the Next button.
Step 4 – Set Up The Viewer Device
On your regular Android phone on which you want to view the video recording, select Viewer and tap on the Next button. You can leave this step if you want to use a PC to view the video instead of another Android device.
Step 5 – Place The Old Phone In Your Baby’s Room
The camera should automatically start on the old Android phone and you’ll be able to view the video on your regular Android phone. You can now place the old phone in the baby’s room and start monitoring.
Step 6 – View On PC
If you want to view the video on your PC, open this link in your PC’s browser. Enter the IP address that is appearing on the old Android phone that you’re using as the camera on the web page and click on Start. You’ll now be able to see the video.
Step 7 – Use Blank Screen
If you don’t want the video to be shown on the old phone that is in the baby’s room, tap on the Blank Screen button. This can be great for saving battery.
Baby monitors can be essential if you have a baby, especially if you can’t stay with the baby 24/7. While there might be some great baby monitors available at your local stores or on Amazon, most of them can be really expensive.
If you haven’t thrown out or sold your old Android phone, then you can easily turn it into a baby monitor using the methods mentioned above. Method 1 is ideal if you want an audio baby monitor and Method 2 is perfect if you’re looking for a video baby monitor.
Make sure that you follow all the instructions on how to use old Android phone as baby monitor in order to successfully set up a baby monitor on your Android device. If you have any queries, feel free to shoot them in the comments area below and let us know your experience with these baby monitoring apps.