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Alfred Camera: Convert your smartphone or tablet into a webcam


Your smartphone or tablet can be easily converted into a webcam. All you need is the Alfred Camera app.

A tripod or other mounting option may help to hold the smartphone in a position from which the camera can see the desired area. A power supply unit and charging cable are also required so that the mobile device does not run out of juice. You can view the surveillance video live from another smartphone or on the PC via the Alfred Camera website. That’s how it’s done:

1. Install the Alfred Camera app on the smartphone or tablet that will serve as a webcam. Sign in to the app with your email address or your Google account.

2. Install the Alfred Camera app on your second smartphone or open the website https://alfred.camera/webapp/viewer on your PC. Register there with the same email address as you just did.

3. In the app there are the commands “Set as display device” and “Set as camera” under “menu symbol”. Select the commands appropriate for your two devices. You will now see the camera image from the first device on the second device.

Tip: In the app of the webcam device, select “Menu icon -› Motion detector – ›On”. The app records a five-second video after every movement in the camera’s field of view and saves it in the cloud. You can also tap the lock icon. This will darken the screen. If you want to end the transfer completely, then log out of the app (“menu symbol -› Log out “).

The Alfred Camera app transfers the camera image from a smartphone, for example, to a second smartphone or to the browser of a PC. How to turn an old cell phone into a webcam.

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The Alfred Camera app transfers the camera image from a smartphone, for example, to a second smartphone or to the browser of a PC. How to turn an old cell phone into a webcam.

The paid version of Alfred Camera offers, among other things, a better resolution, does not show advertising and saves longer videos after motion detection. The premium version costs $ 4 a month or $ 30 a year.

Basically, there is no shortage of apps that turn a smartphone into a webcam. We looked at some of them. The presented Alfred Camera app worked best for us. Your manufacturer also provided updates frequently in the past. This is always important if the system rules change after an Android update. This mainly concerns energy management and rights management. Apps that then do not deliver updates often no longer work or only to a limited extent.

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