How To Use Old Android Phone As Security Camera: Protect Your Home

Security cameras are vital these days, not just for businesses but also for houses. These security cameras basically let you monitor a specific area using video recording. While security cameras are essential, but they can be quite expensive whether you get them from your local store or from Amazon.

If you have an old Android device lying around in the house, then you’re in luck as you can easily turn your old Android smartphone into a fully functioning security camera without spending any money. Continue reading to find out how to use old Android phone as security camera.

Why Use Your Old Android Device As A Security Camera?

There are lots of great things that you can do with your old Android device and here are the reasons why you should use it as a security camera.

  • Keep an eye on customers in your shop. This is vital if you have a big shop as chances of theft are high.
  • Monitor the entrance of your house.
  • Keep an eye on the people working in your house, such as maids.
  • Monitor your kids while they’re playing outside.

IP Webcam

IP Webcam is one of the most popular IP camera apps that you can find on the Google Play Store. The app is extremely easy to use and it will only take a few minutes to set it up.

The app supports live high quality video and audio streaming. It also features sound triggers for motion detection.

Step 1 – Download IP Webcam On Your Android Device

Download and install the IP Webcam app on your Android device. You can get the app from the Google Play button below.

Download on Google Play

Step 2 – Connect To WiFi

Make sure that you’re connected to your local WiFi network. The same WiFi connection will be required on another device in order to stream the video.

Step 3 – Edit Settings Of IP Webcam

Open the app and you’ll see various different options. You can edit things like video resolution, effects, power management, motion detection, audio mode and interface.

ip webcam

Step 4 – Start Server

Once you’re done configuring the settings, tap on the Start server button. The camera should now start and you’ll see an IP address on the screen. We’ll use this IP address to open the video streaming page.

ip webcam start

Step 5 – Open Video Streaming Page In The Browser

Open the web browser in another device that you want to use for streaming the video recording. You can use your PC and even another Android device. In the browser, open the video streaming page by entering the IP address displayed on the screen of your old Android device that is running the IP Webcam app.

ip webcam address

Step 6 – Start Playing The Video

On the video streaming page, select the video renderer and the audio player. The video should now start streaming.

ip webcam browser

Step 7 – Place Your Android Device At The Right Location

Place the Android device that you’re using as the security camera at the location that you want to monitor and make sure that the camera is getting a full view of the area. That’s it! You have successfully created your own security camera.


Android smartphones can be used for various sorts of things as there are millions of great apps available on the Google Play Store. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a regular security camera, then you can easily turn your old Android device into a security camera using the steps mentioned above.

Make sure that you follow all the instructions properly in order to use old Android phone as security camera. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments area below and we’ll be happy to help. You might also be interested in using your old Android phone as a WiFi only device or as an MP3 Player.


Comments (4)

  1. Cordell Arthur on

    Wow! this is awesome! Great tip!

    Although I can imagine having the video camera running at all times would drain the battery quickly. It’s probably a good idea to keep your phone plugged in at the same time.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Judy on

      Hi Cordell,
      I am glad that the article was able to help you. Keeping your phone plugged in while executing any activity that requires a high use of energy is an option for many and you are most welcome. Don´t forget to share with others where you found such great information!

  2. Craig on

    Have you found anyway to capture the stream from IP webcam for motion detection, etc…?

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