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Convert Your Android Phone Into An IP Camera


I am a big fan of android, therefore this article is also related to android and its applications. In this article I will show you how to convert your android phone into an IP camera. An Internet protocol camera, or IP camera, is a type of digital video camera commonly employed for surveillance, and which unlike analog closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras can send and receive data via a computer network and the Internet.

Android IP Camera

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I am always searching for new and cool apps in the android market and found this application one day when I was doing the same. The name of application is IP Camera.


  • Android Phone
  • 1 Computer
  • Wifi Router/Modem
  • VLC Player

Market Link :ย  IP Camera

Description from market listing

Turn you phone into a wireless camera! Supports Windows, Mac and Linux.

Turns your phone into a network camera with multiple viewing options. View your camera on any platform with VLC player or web browser.

Use IP Webcam with tinyCam Monitor on another android device or with third-party MJPG software, including video surveillance software, security monitors and most audio players.

Videochat support (e.g. Skype, Chatroulette, only video stream for Windows only via an universal MJPG driver). To get this application, just open Android Market from your android phone or tablet, then search for IP Camera and the click on install.

Now connect your phone to the wifi network.

Note : Phone must be in the same network as of your computer. Now open this newly installed app and scroll down to the bottom and click on Start Server.

After then browse to the IP address provided by the application in your browser on your computer. It will prompt for username and password if you have defined them in the app.

After that click on “Open stream in media player”, then “Save to” dialog box will appear, click on open radio button and then click Ok.

Voilla now you should be able to view video from your phone on your VLC Player. Please tell in comments what you think about this app and what funny things you did (or will be doing) using this.

This article is written by Aman Arora. He is the guy behind Asian Hackers, which has quite good and easy tutorials to get you started. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.


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    • VB

      My scenario is like this. I have a Wifi at my place and my friend has one at his place. Any app which allows me to share my screen/camera with my friend over the internet, given that both are on different network

      • Aman Arora

        It has been a long time I had written this article, I don’t remember correctly but I think you will be able to forward the port on which video is streamed and you friend can use your system’s ip address along with the port to view your camera. If I get some free time to try this, then I will surely let you know ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Wyre

      This is a great idea as you can get ahold of bad esn android phones fairly cheap. However I have a problem that I cannot figure out. I have used an Evo4G, HTC Thunderbolt and a Samsung Galaxy S with this application. I plug them into an ac wall charger and place them in my windows around my house. I run a program called iCamsource that enables motion detection and push notifications rom the wireless cameras. However after an extended period of time lets say overnight they lose connection. I have to manually restart the application or turn the phones back on. I have tried wifi keep alive and a few other programs to keep the processor running while the phone is locked but I still have the same problem. Any ideas?

    • Satish

      This it really cool man ๐Ÿ˜€ how come this is done ? :O wow ! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Aman Arora

        You just need to install the application in the article on your android phone, rest job is of the application. I don't really care about in depth mechanism of this ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kavya Hari

      This article could be more helpful to all Android users ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Umarfaruk M

      Works brilliant!! Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Umarfaruk M

      Yes Aman Arora im also a fan of android! start following you in HBB! do more ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ifham khan

      Really nice aman good to hear about this tricks
      And you are writing good keep posting Aman ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Dan

      That's pretty ingenious, but usually a surveillance camera is a status device not mobile, so it's not really feasible.

    • RealTimeTricks

      If i had one android phone i definitely could have read this article. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Sandeep Singh

      I am a big fan too and loved this conversion ! Sad that i dont have an android !!

      • Aman Aroraap

        Thanks for liking it sandeep, and I think you should get an android phone they are really cheap, you can get a good one for around 180-200$

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