Using android phone/tablet/player as security camera!


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I have seen alot of people asking on the forums for this, and I think I found a suitable answer... I have tried most steps to this THEORY, but not others, and I don't think I will until school gets out in May :p.

Alright.... first things first, use the following links to download the following files!
(IP Webcam by PAS)

When running the app, you will need Java to check the video feed from your computer...
When going to the IP address provided, you will need to click USE JAVA BROWSER PLUGIN (This is what we will use for this tutorial, feel free to experiment). Also, when the camera is running, in order to fade the screen to black, press the Actions button and press Fade. DO NOT TURN THE SCREEN OFF!!!

We will want to secure our connection of course!
Scroll down into Login/Password and type in whatever login and password you would like to use.
It will ask for login once the connection is re established in the Web Browser

Using this method, you will be able to check your "Security Camera" from any computer connected to your nextwork that is running Java... It will also give you the features of being able to control the LED and Audio.

WARNING!: INTENSE AUDIO LAG! Do not use this if you plan on recording live audio... It LAGS LIKE A FAT BOY RUNNING AFTER A BUS!... If you plan on leaving the phone there for extended periods of time, you will need a charger, and idk how to do this, but you can use the Mic To Speaker app to use the headset jack to create an audio feed which has significantly less lag.

Something Else I have thought off is having port forwarding to be able to view this feed from any computer... I know some ROMS have the ability to create static IPs... but I'm no network freak... If anyone can help me get this working I will love you forever lol jk


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Thanks to Hit-Mob's N4Spd
IP Cam's Creators

STEP 1) Download and Install IP CAMERA from Google Play

STEP 2) Set A Login/Pass from the menu screen... also, enable audio (Very Laggy), Prevent phone from going to sleep.

STEPS 3) (This is if you plan on controlling and viewing your phone from outside the home, if you don't move on to step four)

1. Make sure you can view your IP Camera from inside your house using a web browser. For example, "". If your camera is using DHCP then you'll have to check your router for which IP address it is using (or use the manufacturer's tool to find the camera).

2. If your camera is using DHCP, then setup your router so that it always gives the same static IP address for the camera based on it's MAC address (will be visible from the router). Alternatively, you can just set the camera to a 192.x.x.x IP that is outside the range of the DHCP range.

3. Now that your camera has a static IP address visible from inside your house, you need to make it visible from outside the house. Setup your router to allow port forwarding from a high port like 10123 on it's external interface to the camera's IP address and port 80. See Port Forwarding Guides Listed by Manufacturer and Model - for more details. Once this step is done, you can now access your camera from outside using the external ip and port 10123. Use this tool to verify: Open Port Check Tool

4. Most internet service providers now give out dynamic IP addresses to your router so next, you need to use a dynamic dns service so people outside can locate your router (and camera). I use but there are many others that are free also. Basically, I configure the router to report it's external IP address to the any time it's IP address changes. associates an address like "" to my router's IP address.

5. Finally, make sure you can now view the camera using a browser from the outside (try a friend's house). For example, ""

6. Great, now configure IP Cam Viewer to see your camera(s) once and your cameras will come up when the app is launched.

hope that helps...

More detailed instructions are available at: Port Forwarding Guides Listed by Manufacturer and Model -

Note: some ddns services are just simple http redirects which do not work. To test, type the url into a browser and if it changes to a numeric IP address then it's a cheap http redirect (and NOT a true dynamic dns hostname).

STEP 4) Start the Server, and note the connecting address needed (Unless you followed STEPS 3) click actions on the top right hand corner of the screen. Press Fade, this will fade the screen to black. It is best to turn the brightness all the way down. If you plan on recording the video, keep going on to step five, if not you are done, please note you can connect as many computers as you want to this set up.



Download and install neccesary files, and record your "security cam" region CamStudio - Free Screen Recording Software

Download and install neccesary files, and record your "security cam" region
Wink - [Homepage]

x64 and x86
Download Portable Apps and WINE - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives
WineHQ - Run Windows applications on Linux, BSD, Solaris and Mac OS X

Install WINE and use WINE to install portable apps (No configuration of wine needed, works out of the box)
Open Portable Apps and click APPS -> GET MORE APPS
Wait for the window to open, then scroll all the way down and click CamStudio Portable and click install. It will install in less than 5 minutes.
Open it and Screen Capture your "security cam" region

I don't use mac, but the process is the same. Download a screen recorder, and record your region of the desktop. You may turn the monitor of the computer off, but not the computer itself and set up the pc so that it will not turn the screen off.

AND THERE YOU GO!! That's how you use your android as a camera!!

Check out these cheat sheets...
IP Camera Adapter


Does anyone know how to make IpWebCam start up in server mode?
I do not want to use the Server-on-bootup. I am trying to get Tasker to start it in Server mode. I can get Tasker to start it but I always end up in the menu of it.