How To Make A Hidden Spy Camera At Home
by Mirikkah Alvarado
Do you know how to make a hidden spy camera?
It’s easier than you think.
You can build your own hidden camera to save money from old cell phone and household items.
Let’s make a covert surveillance device for monitoring your home.
Make a Hidden Security Camera from Old Cell Phone
It is easy to make a small spy camera from scratch by reusing your old mobile phone camera.
So you may ask, how is it possible to create a hidden cctv camera with a mobile camera? Turning iPhone, Android phones into hidden cameras can be easier than you thought.
With these systematic methods, you are good to go.
Old Cell Phone
First, you need an old or unused iPhone or Android phone with internet capability. Once you decide to use a phone as a wireless spy camera, you can’t use it for other purposes while filming.
Charger for Power Supply
You also need a phone charger for a constant supply of power, because filming uses a lot of energy.
Installing Smart App
Now, it is time to install spy cam app on the phone. You can get a free app including “Salient Eye” from Google Play Store if you are using an android.
iPhone users can also install a suitable app like “Manythings” from the App Store.
Connect with your computer
Once you’ve downloaded the app, connect your phone to your computer using a wireless network. Connect the two devices using the same wireless network.
It is always important to secure your network to prevent others from having access to your footages.
Getting Remote Access
By using a streaming capable video player, you should be able to record and watch the footages remotely. So you can use Windows Media Player or VLC for such purpose.
In case you choose to use VLC, you can get remote access by clicking on the "Open Network Stream" on the "Media" menu.
You then enter the URL of the webcam app you installed and save. You can now have the option to connect to the phone’s cam.
Positioning the cam
After getting the do it yourself spy camera kit done, positioning it becomes very important. While placing it at a vantage area, remember it needs to be concealed.
Just place it at wherever you want to monitor but in a discreet manner. However, make sure that your camera lens is pointing at the intended area. This will ensure a high-quality video recording.
Caution: You are free to install hidden cams wherever you find appropriate, however, be mindful of what you record. Don’t try to record people’s nudity by installing hd spy camera in their bedroom.
Such acts can result in criminal charges when discovered.
Make a Spy Camera with Household Items
You can always hide your mini spy camera in a household item to make it undetectable. You can place it in a speaker box, an old radio set, cardboard, tissue box, and a teddy bear, etc.
How to Make a Spy Cam from Scratch
You should following these steps.
Acquiring a Webcam
To make a secret camera out of household items, you first need to purchase a webcam.
Take off the cover
You need to make your hidden cam small enough to prevent detection. Therefore, you have to remove the outer shell of the purchased webcam.
The circuit board with the lens is all you need to plant a hidden cam.
Household Items to Make a Hidden Cam
Here are some suitable household items to conceal a spy cam.
1. Teddy Bear
Your teddy bear can make a great spy gadget. All you need is the webcam, computer, and the teddy bear.
2. Speaker Box
It is much easier to make a hidden cam with a speaker box without it being detected.
3. Old Radio set
If you have an old radio set, it can make a great homemade hidden cam.
4. Electric Pencil Sharpener
You can follow the above instructions to install a surveillance cam in any household gadget you find appropriate.
How does Alfred App Work?
Alfred app can be installed on both iPhone and Android phones. It is free to use and once installed; it can give you remote access to your spy gadgets.
Alfred also affords you free cloud storage and a two-way audio feed. You can have access to additional features including higher-resolution on views and ad removal. However, you would have to pay for that.