Spying on others using your phone may sound creepy and weird; but there are legitimate (and non-creepy) reasons you may want to use a spy camera, such as ensuring the safety of your kids or pets, keeping an eye on service providers, or nabbing burglars.
In this article, we are going to cover how to make your own spy camera using your phones, along with the current best spy camera apps. So read on to prevent crime by spying!
Note – If you’re thinking about using a spy camera app, be sure to check local laws to ensure you’re not breaking any.
How To Make Your Own Spy Camera Using Your Phone?
Here are two ways you can use to make a surveillance or spy camera using your smartphone. Also, it is absolutely free of cost! And if you really get ambitious, you can track calls as well as texts after your spy cam is set up.
Method 1 – AtHome Video Streamer
This method should work on most Android devices, and you will only need a couple of minutes to get this app going. Also remember, you will need another device for watching the live streaming video while the primary device will act as a surveillance camera.
- Download and Install the App.
- Press the Start Now button to get to the Start Page.
- Click on the Menu button in the top left-hand corner and select Change Password. You can select a custom username and password – you’ll need them to stream the video using another device. After you’ve entered your details, press the Save button and click the Back button to get back to the webcam page.
- You will see a CID code on the screen – make sure to write it down because you will need it later. After, click on the Screen Off button in the top right, if you don’t want others to know you’re monitoring them. Then place the phone strategically depending on what you want to spy on.
- Download, install and configure the app on your second smartphone.
- Click on the Add Button in the top left in order to add your device. Then, click on By CID.
- Enter the CID code, the username, and passwords you used to configure the camera on the first device. Afterward, press Save.
- You will be taken to the main screen of the app. Click on the Webcam icon and the device you are using should now appear. If so, click on the Camera button.
Voila! You will now be able to stream live from the Android device that you turned into a spy camera earlier. You can capture screenshots from your spy camera, switch between the front and back camera and switch the flash on or off.
Method 2 – IP Webcam
IP Webcam is one of the most reliable and popular spy camera apps there is. Also, the app supports watching the video stream on any browser or on any media player on your PC. The app also supports video chat through Skype and Chatroulette.
- Download and install the app on your device and then launch it.
- Once you open it, you can edit settings for how you want to record the video. The setting options include frames per second, image size and image quality.
- Click on the Start Server button in order to start recording from the phone’s camera. After that, you’ll see an IP address and a port number at the bottom of the screen. Make sure to write them down – you will need them later.
- Now, place the phone at the location that you want to monitor. Make sure you position the phone strategically.
- If you want to stream on your PC, open your browser and enter the IP address and the port number you saved earlier. You will be taken to the Android Webcam Server page where you will be able to view the video in your browser – where you will have some options about what to do with the stream.
- Download and install the tinyCam Monitor app on your Android device.
- Launch the app and click on Add Camera. Then, under Mandatory Settings, click on Camera Vendor and select IP Webcam for Android.
- Enter the IP Address by clicking on Host Name and enter the port number by clicking on Port Number.
- All you have to do now is go to the main screen and click on Live View. You will now be able to see the video stream directly on your Android device.
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Best spy camera apps –
If you want an already made app then go ahead and download one of these apps. Once these spy camera apps are installed on your phone, they can capture photos or videos, without giving themselves away with sound or visual cues.
#1 Alfred Security Camera
This app requires two devices, which is easy if you have an old mobile phone or tablet lying around. Install the app on both, and the old one becomes the “camera” that surveys the area you want to monitor. The other, your regular phone, is the “viewer” through which you can see what’s being picked up by the camera. Passively view what’s happening in the camera area, or record parts of the action. Use the walkie-talkie feature to talk between the two devices or scare away intruders. Alfred is free to download and has in-app purchases.
This home security solution enables you to use an old device as your in-house camera along with your current one to monitor it. Set it up to monitor activities in your home and get motion alerts in real time. Presence is compatible with wireless sensors that can detect window and door entry, water leaks, temperature, and more, for an even more advanced security system. You can even set up the app to control other electronic devices in your home. Presence is free for the basic version, or upgrade to Pro for additional features.