Home security has been a matter of concern for many and technology has come to our rescue here too. Be it home assistants that can detect smoke or abrupt sounds or security cameras, we now have access to many devices that can help you secure your home. But what if you have some old iPod or iPhone or an iPad lying around in your house and want to make use of it for your home security? You’ve come to just the right place as this article will show you how to use your old iPhone,iPod or iPad as your home security camera. So just follow these simple steps:
The first thing to do would be to install the Manything app which lets you use your device as a surveillance camera. You can download this app here. Download it and install it on the iOS device you want to use for the surveillance.
After installing the app, launch the app and register on it through your preferred means. After doing this, select the option “Record using this device” on the device.
If you have a second iOS device that you’d like to use as the monitor to watch the live feed, install the same app on the second iOS device and click on “View my cameras” option. You can now watch the live feed from the first device at any time and will also receive push notifications and emails about any notification. If you don’t have a second iOS device, there’s no need to worry. You can access the Manything web app from any other device and get a live view of whats happening inside your house.
You can also link the app to Belkin WeMo accessories and gadgets using IFTTT. For those of you who don’t know, Belkin WeMo is a range of electronic gadgets and appliances for home automation. Some of these products include automatic switches, smart LED bulbs, smart slow cooker and many more. Talking about IFTTT, which translates to “If This Then That“. is a web service that lets you set a certain set of instructions for your devices and gadgets to follow in case a certain thing happens. You have to set commands earlier like “If “this” happens, do “that”.” Using Manything with IFTTT, set Manything as the “If” and Belkin WeMo switch as the “then” if you have one. You can create a recipe like “If my iPod detects motion, turn the WeMo switch off, then on.”. This will hopefully scare away the intruder in case there is one.
And now all you have to do is to set the device at a suitable location and you can now go anywhere without worrying about your house’s safety. Have any queries or facing any problems setting up the device with the above mentioned method? Feel free to leave your views in the comments below and stay tuned for more useful tutorials and other useful pieces of information.