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Has anyone ever offered you one of their old smartphones after they upgraded or received a newer one as a gift? You may be upset if you turned them down.

One of our realty clients showed us how they were using their teens' older smartphones as their video security system. The results were actually pretty impressive.

 

A BIG part of me wishes I knew about this last year before Tess and I purchased our Arlo indoor/outdoor video system. We love our Arlo security cameras but repurposing electronics can lead to some really cool results.

 

The premise here is simple. Most families have one or two unused smartphones or tablets lying around so grab one to get started and charge it up. Depending on which security app you use, you will want to make sure your phone or tablet is running software that isn't too old.

For Apple products, iOS 6.0 or newer will be a safe bet. For Android, 4.2 or 4.3 should be good but different apps will tell you their minimum requirements (eg. The popular app, Manything, requires Android 4.2 as a minimum).

 

Once you have installed the app on the old smartphone or tablet, you will go through a basic setup. After that, when the app is active, your smartphone will record video whenever motion is detected in front of your camera. Typically, the video is then uploaded to "the cloud". Some apps also allow for remote "live" viewing. This is the feature that I love best about Tess's and my Arlo system but to see the live feature on our client's inexpensive DIY system was surprising.

 

Security apps range in cost from $0 for one camera to $10 or more for 5 cameras per month for cloud recording. If you use just one camera and maybe the phone was given to you, you literally have a free video security system that is all yours and that you can access from anywhere, anytime.

 

The following article from TechRadar offers some more information to anyone interested:

 

TechRadar: Turn A Smartphone Into A Security Camera

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