THE CAMERA on an old iPhone or Android can be refitted for an unexpected use.
A retired phone can be given a second life by repurposing it as a security camera for the home or office.
Right now, the Ring Doorbell is the premiere monitoring tool but the gadget comes with a monthly subscription and the wired version can be a hassle to install.
Use an old phone for a quick, easy, and cheap way to monitor your space.
You'll need a security feed app - reporters at CNET recommend an app called Alfred - and a clever spot for installation.
Download the app of your choosing on both phones to turn the old phone into the security camera and your current phone into the monitoring hub.
Use a camera tripod or a wall mount to fit your camera into a corner or hiding space.
Note that video recording weighs heavily on the battery, so the camera shouldn't stray too far from a power source.
If possible, the security camera phone should stay plugged in at all times.
Once completed, the home is fitted with a cheap but effective home surveillance system.
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A survey by the home security business Porch found that just 44% of respondents have a camera system in place.
But those that do have monitors set up check them often - 62% of surveyed participants with cameras said they check them daily.