3 Easy Steps to turn your Old Phone into a Hidden Camera

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Did you know that there’s a way to turn your old phone into a hidden camera?

Well, even if you didn’t don’t worry, in this tutorial, I will cover all the necessary steps which can help you to convert the camera of your old phone into a hidden camera.

Well Why Exactly to use a smartphone to make a hidden camera?

Well the simple answer is that the smartphone cameras are getting better day by day. Not only that, other components such as RAM, battery, CPU have been becoming better with time. So, whenever your phone gets some what old, you buy a new phone. But what if there’s a way to use your old smartphone by converting into a camera?

Sounds Exciting? Let’s start.

How to turn your Old Phone into a Hidden Camera

Step 1: Get your Old Smartphone / Camera Phone

This is a pretty obvious step. But we need to get things right. There are a couple of things that need to be in your mind. If you want to use your phone as a spy cam for a few hours, a temporary setup can do. However, if you want to use it as a hidden camera 24/7, you need a permanent setup.

Old Smartphone

You also need to ensure that there’s a charging plug nearby as you’ll be needing power to keep your phone on 24/7.

Step 2: Decide the Place where you want to hide

Well, once you have all the basic equipments such as phone, tapes, tripod, wall charger, etc ready, we are ready to proceed with this step.

Now is the time you have to decide the place where you want to keep your smartphone. You can use something like a carton box to hide your phone. Just make a hole for the camera to record. See the image below for a better understanding:

hide camera through the hole in the carton
Hide a Smartphone through carton

One of the best hacks is to hide the phone in hard-to-reach areas. You can also mount it on a wall or a table, but you need to be careful as you need to hide it carefully.

This is one of the processes which will take you time. Be sure to invest enough of it as this will help the camera to be hidden for your purpose to fulfill.

Step 3: Download a Spy Cam App on your phone

Now you have to install a spy camera application that will help you to keep a track of all the activities you want to monitor. Just make sure that you install a spyware app that has motion detection and alert features.

  • For android users, go to the play store and search for Alfred Home Security Camera and install it. You can also use and install Salient Eye.
  • For iOS users, Manythings is a good app. Download it from the App Store.

These apps allow you to watch the video feed live. These apps are designed in such a way that you can also set up alerts whenever a person passes or a movement occurs. The app will text you or will send you an E-mail depending upon your configuration settings.

Don’t worry if your phone’s storage is limited. Both SalientEye and Manythings apps come with their own cloud file server so you are completely covered.


That’s pretty much it to turn your phone into a hidden camera. You are not limited to the above apps. There are tons of similar apps available both on the play store on Android phones and the Appstore on iOS devices.

What are your thoughts? Do let us know in the comments below.

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