This app will turn your old phone or tablet into a home security camera

Sometimes the urge to acquire new gadgets can leave old ones sitting and gathering dust, but the creators of an app called Manything – a portmanteau of 'monitor' and 'anything' – have come up with a creative solution for any such abandoned phones or tablets.

Manything claims to turn older devices into home security cameras to give you peace of mind while out and about. By installing the app and setting up the device, you can use it to keep an eye on your pets, or watch over your place of business, or anything else you can think of. That could save you having to buy your own indoor security camera.

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Jon Stapley

Jon spent years at IPC Media writing features, news, reviews and other photography content for publications such as Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera in both print and digital form. With his additional experience for outlets like Photomonitor, this makes Jon one of our go-to specialists when it comes to all aspects of photography, from cameras and action cameras to lenses and memory cards, flash diffusers and triggers, batteries and memory cards, selfie sticks and gimbals, and much more besides.  

An NCTJ-qualified journalist, he has also contributed to Shortlist, The Skinny, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, The Guardian, Trusted Reviews, CreativeBLOQ, and probably quite a few others I’ve forgotten.