Don’t throw or giveaway your old smartphone just yet because you can re-purpose your old gadget into a hidden camera. Not sure what we are talking about? Read this article to find out.

A smartphone is a powerful device. Depending on the brand and model, you can enjoy features such as dual camera, high RAM and internal and expendable memory, and more right at your fingertips. Every 2 years or so, an average person will upgrade to the newest model. So, what happens to the old ones? Most certainly, it will be left sitting in a cabinet or drawer, never to see the light of day ever again. If you have old phones sitting and collecting dust in a storage box, take them out and charge them because you can convert them into your very own spy cameras.

Using an old phone as a home hidden camera makes perfect sense since, depending on your old phone’s specifications, have a decent camera and battery life. All you need is the right mobile applications to transform it from phone to a spy camera. Let’s find out what you need to do:

Step 1 – Get your old smartphone

Obviously, you will need a smartphone. Alternatively, you can use a tablet. Then, get the appropriate stand or tripod for your device. If you prefer 24/7 video recording, you will need to connect your gadget to a power supply. Have a charger cable too. If you are going to mount your phone on a ceiling, make sure to get a charger cable that is longer than 2 meters. You can visit your nearest hardware or electronic store.

Step 2 – Find out where you are going to place the camera

Is it in the bedroom? The hallway? The garage? Find out what area of your home or office you want your device to monitor. If you can’t mount it on a table or if you prefer a more discreet way, you can always position your device at hard-to-reach areas like a ceiling. You can mount the device by drilling it on the wall or roof.

Step 3 – Download the appropriate mobile app

Now the fun part. You can only turn your smartphone into a spy camera if you have the right applications. For Android phones, you can install Salient Eye. It is a free app with motion detection feature. When a person or an animal passes by the camera, the app will send an email or text to you. If your phone’s storage is limited, don’t fret because this app comes with its own cloud file server.

ios hidden camera app

iOS hidden cam

What about iOS devices? You can check out an app called Manythings. Just like Salient Eye, it has a motion detector and alert features. The difference is you can watch the video feed live for one camera (upgradeable). It also allows 2-way talk and set-up of detection zones.

There are a lot of mobile applications that transforms your phone into a high-tech spy camera. But if you’d prefer a more discreet monitoring without any hassle, then Neolavish’s hidden camera clock is exactly for you. Let us know in the comments if you are going to transform your smartphone into a IP camera.