Smartphones can be a substitute for almost everything. One such use case is to use them as baby monitors. If you have some spare devices laying around the house, you can actually turn these into baby monitors that will alert you when your child is crying. There are only a few apps that can do this really well so here are the best baby monitor apps for Android.
AtHome Camera is a home surveillance system. It turns your smartphone into a camera. The stream is viewable from other smartphones or computers. It comes with a motion sensor feature. You get notifications upon activation of the motion sensor. Thus, it only bugs you if it detects something happening. Otherwise, you just set up the connections and that’s it. The app is free to download and use. They ask for a $0.99 in-app purchase to remove ads. There is also a store for standalone cameras if you want to go that route. It makes for one of the better baby monitor apps.
Baby Monitor is one of the classic baby monitor apps. You simply place one device in the baby’s room. The app streams sound from that device to yours. It features a test mode, notifications, and it’ll even call you if needed. It also has Skype integration. The app takes some time to set up. However, it works great once you do. The app is also completely free with no in-app purchases or advertisements. It also still gets updates in 2017. That’s rare in this space.
Dormi is one of the most popular baby monitor apps. It features adjustable sensitivity. That way you don’t get notifications unless the baby really starts making noise. It also features baby monitor stats (battery info, etc), customization features, and tons of additional settings. It has a renewable free trial (monthly). The subscription service is good if you need something cheap and quick. However, we recommend the $8.99 single payment. The app hasn’t received an update since 2015. We’re a bit concerned about that, but it still works well enough on most devices.
Home Security Camera by Alfred Labs is a popular home security app. It features motion detection, notifications, two-way walkie talkie features, and more. It also works well on most types of Internet connections. There are also more advanced features for other specific uses. The app will work well as a baby monitor. You simply set up the camera in the baby’s room and monitor from another device. Like most of these baby monitor apps, you do need more than one Android device to make this work. There are subscriptions available for more features. It may be a bit expensive, but it’s among the best.
WiFi Baby Monitor is one of the simpler baby monitor apps. It works easily enough. Connect two devices to the same WiFi and place one in your baby’s room. It’ll notify you when something happens. The free version supports voice-only monitoring and most of the features. The paid version adds video, talk back capabilities, encryption, and it removes ads. It’s rather new. Thus, there are some bugs with it. However, it’s cheap, has no subscriptions, and it worked well during our testing.
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