If you upgraded your Android phone and aren’t sure what to do with the old phone, we may have an idea for you. It can be turned into a powerful nanny cam that you control remotely, thanks to the Home Security IP Camera app. 

This is an Android app that gives you remote access from one smartphone to another. You can take the old phone and set it up as a security camera or a nanny cam (just to give you a couple of ideas), and then access its video feed through your current Android phone. Pretty neat, right?

How This Works

Let’s give you a quick rundown of the functionality for this app and how it cooperates with your old Android phone. IP Camera is able to connect with your phone’s audio and video functions. It uses these to record video of the room you have set the camera up in, and you can remotely switch between front and back cameras.  

The app connects your two devices through your wi-fi network, and lets you stream video no matter where you might be at the time. You can turn on the phone’s camera remotely and even use the flashlight, audio recording, alarm, and motion detector systems. Internet access is not required, since the phone can record video for you even when it isn’t hooked up to your home’s internet or your primary phone’s data plan. 

An IP Camera in Your Home

Place the old Android phone wherever you think it might come in handy. Many people use it in their kid’s room, so they can see what their kid is up to during the night. You can use it to keep tabs on your kids if they are staying home from school or will be home alone. You can use it to monitor the housecleaner or to look out for intruders. 

The IP Webcam can be set up as a door camera as well, with its motion detectors and video recording functionality making it a good choice for spotting porch thieves for when you have items delivered to your home. You can use it to see who is at the door, accessing the camera function remotely, even when you are not at home. Instead of spending money on a door cam or nanny cam, why not use the phone you already have and aren’t doing anything with since you upgraded?

The video can be streamed to you in real time, so you can see what is happening as it happens. The app records and streams video without any lag, which means you will see the video as though you were right there. Don’t get rid of that old phone just yet. It still has some life left in it!