Do you want to know how to make a spy camera from scratch so that you can monitor your home without anyone ever knowing? Well, luckily for you, building a spy camera is easier and cheaper than you might think! All you need are some common household items and an old cellphone. No need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a spy camera; this quick and simple guide will teach you how to make your own DIY hidden camera at home.
What You Will Need
Here are the things that you will need if you want to know how to make a spy camera from scratch:
Old Smartphone (Android or Iphone)
You will need an old smartphone with Internet capability and a good camera. Even old models will have around 3 to 5 MP, which will result in a clear image that is comparable to cheap spy cameras on the market.
Make sure that your camera still has a working charger. Taking pictures or continuous filming requires a lot of battery power, so you will need to keep your camera plugged in 24/7.
Connecting Your DIY Spy Camera
Now that you know how to make a spy camera from scratch, you need to connect your spy camera phone with your current smartphone or laptop so that you can start surveillance. There are many spy cam apps that you can download on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
For Android users, one of the most popular free spy cam apps is “Salient Eye”, while “Manythings” can be used by iPhone owners. However, if you want an app that can be used for both iOS and Android, “Alfred App” is the most popular one on the market. If you choose the paid version of the “Alfred App” you will have two-way audio, cloud storage, and the ability to increase the resolution of the images.
Once you have chosen your app, download it on both your spy camera phone and your current smartphone. After you’ve downloaded the app, connect the two devices on the same network, and connect the spy phone to your current smartphone or computer.
Make sure that your network is secure to prevent others from hacking into your network and gaining access to your spy camera. If you don’t, thieves and hackers can use your DIY spy camera against you!
Hiding Your DIY Spy Camera
Now that you know how to make a spy camera from scratch and you’ve successfully set up your spy camera, the next step is critical: positioning. You want to be able to place the spy camera somewhere it is concealed but where it will also give you an unobstructed view of the area that you want to monitor.
The best way to do this is by placing it inside a common household item. Here are some ideas that you can use:
A teddy bear (or any other stuffed animal) is a great place to hide a spy camera if you want to place it in a child’s bedroom, playroom, or nursery. Cut an opening in the back of the toy, remove the stuffing, and place your phone inside the toy. Next, cut a small hole on the area of there toy where the camera would be. Finally, place the toy near an electric switch and plug in your phone. You can put other toys around your “spy toy” to make it look even more innocuous.
If you’re looking to place your spy camera in an office or other places of work, old speakers are a great choice to hide them in plain sight. Open the box and remove all the internal pieces and wiring, and leave behind the outer casing. Place your phone inside the speaker, making sure to position it in a way that the camera is unobstructed. Close the speakers back up, and place your hidden spy camera near an electric outlet.
The great thing about using old speakers is that they are supposed to have an extension, and no one will look twice.
Old Radio Set
Using an old radio set is the same as using old speaker boxes. However, you can place an old radio set anywhere in the home where it won’t look out of place! Whether you put it in your bedroom or living room, the radio is a common household item that is easy to overlook. What’s more, radios are also supposed to have electrical cords, so they will not look out of place either.
Before you place a spy camera in your home, you should be aware of the existing privacy laws in your area. Generally, you can legally place a hidden camera in your home, and you don’t have to inform visitors as long as you put them in areas that are known to be “common living spaces” such as the living room and dining room. However, there are laws in states where you are prohibited to film people if they are in spaces where they have a “reasonable expectation of privacy” such as bedrooms or bathrooms.
Make sure to research the laws covering hidden surveillance in your area, especially those covering video or audio of people without their consent. If you don’t follow these laws, you won’t be able to use these videos even if you catch someone doing something illegally. What’s more, you can even be countersued by the person that you recorded on video. Know more about cameras.
Now that you know how to make a spy camera from scratch and where to place it around your home, you should be more confident in protecting your home and property. Some people might think that buying spy cameras might be too expensive, but it’s quite simple and affordable. You can’t put a price on peace of mind!