Alfred home security IP cam app brings home video surveillance on the cheap

Alfred home security IP cam app brings home video surveillance on the cheap
You don't need to splurge a few hundreds for a home surveillance system if you have a cheapo old phone with a camera lying around in the house, as the Alfred app will come to the rescue.

The whole premise of the security and surveillance app is to use your existing gear and make the setup process as easy as possible. All you need is two Android phones and a Gmail account for login. Your own phone then becomes a viewer, and the oldie but goldie handset at home becomes a web cam, instead of gathering dust in the drawer. When it comes to video, smartphones today are often better than standalone IP cams, and that's exactly what Alfred is banking on.

The surveillance app lets you set multiple viewers and cameras, and you get to see your living room or baby crib less than three seconds after choosing a camera. The app compresses and adjusts the video stream's quality depending on the type of network you are on, and can send you picture messages when it detects a motion, from where you can tune into the live stream. 

One of the funniest options is using Alfred as a walkie-talkie of sorts to startle the potential intruder with wise remarks, or sign a lullaby to your toddler remotely. Check it out if you have an extra Android lying around doing nothing, and are in need of home surveillance equipment.

Developer: Alfred Labs Download: Android
Category: Media&Video Price: Free, with in-app purchases



1. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

Good app

8. ReneeLing

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

Thank you!!! Please give Alfred a try and let us know if Alfre is doing a great job watching over your precious. (Disclaimer: I work for Alfred)

2. AlikMalix unregistered

I use manything app. I have my wife's old iPhone 5 that we have no use for - so I set that up anywhere in the house or outside within the reach of wifi and set up the phone as camera and my 6s as viewer and that's it! Now I can watch anytime from anywhere and the latest update brings it down to about 2-3 second delay instead of about 12-25 seconds in the early stages. I have it set up to save any movement to my iPhone 6s in case I miss anything, and I can even turn the flashlight on and off remotely, switch between front and rear camera remotely, or change settings such as quality, notifications, and etc all remotely.... Free app (and no ads) to support one camera, extra cost of you want to use more than one camera.

3. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

I can confirm it's awesome! Was introduced to it last year thanks to pa!

5. Brewski

Posts: 676; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Can you setup multiple phones from the same account? Like one in the living room, one pointed at the front door, and one in a bedroom?

4. Brewski

Posts: 676; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Take a closer look at that second picture. Did I miss an update where Google now allows users to "sing" into the their account? I am a horrible singer but maybe this could be a good feature to ensure secure login. All joking aside, I was looking into a cheap way to monitor my dog while I'm at work but most *good* security cameras are around $200. Using this application I could set up multiple cameras around my place for almost nothing!

6. ElixieR

Posts: 67; Member since: May 01, 2013

Just remeber when you set it up in your bedroom when you come back home to turn off your wifi on your phone, you wouldn't want your personal activities to be sent to or being watched

10. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

If you set up a hidden camera you might catch your wife!

7. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Any user of this know if it can easily be programmed to home and away times, so you only get motion alerts when you're gone (e.g. weekends)?

9. ecologer

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 25, 2014

Smart solution!

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