You don’t need to be James Bond in order to find a use for a spy camera. Sometimes, you might simply need to snap a photo or record a video without anyone knowing about it. Or, perhaps you want to keep an eye on what is going on in a room when you’re not in it. The essence is, spy cameras are about discretion, and there are plenty of uses for them.
Due to this, there is plenty of specialized equipment you could purchase. But the fact that our smartphones have become so advanced also means that you don’t need to buy such gadgets – there are apps out there which can give your Android device access to a number of functionalities of this nature. And in this article, we will look at some of the best ones.
[High Quality] Silent Camera
Starting things off is an app which can turn your phone into a stealth camera. By default, it operates silently – this means there will be no shutter sounds to attract unwanted attention. This is essential when you don’t want someone to notice you’re taking photos but can also come in handy in different situations – maybe you just want to take a photo in a library.
Of course, you could replicate this effect by muting all sounds on your phone, so this app naturally goes a step further. Not only does it remove audio signs of your activity, but it also handles the visual side. Specifically, the app gives you the option to take pictures while your screen remains black, making it tremendously more difficult for anyone to notice what you’re doing.
This does come with the downside that you won’t be able to see the photos you’re taking, but the developers of this app have thought of this as well and given you the option of continuous shooting. The first photo you’ll take may not be good enough since you can’t “aim”, but some of the following ones will be.
There are also options regarding photo notifications, vibration settings, and more.
Background Video Recorder
This app does exactly as advertised – it allows you to use any function of your phone while also recording videos in the background. With the option to disable camera sounds and previews, no one will be able to tell you’re actually filming instead of playing a game or doing something equally inconspicuous.
The app also comes with other useful functions. You can continue capturing video even when the screen is turned off, you can schedule the phone to start recording at a certain time and hide it in a good spot, there is a one-click shortcut to instantly begin filming, etc. And after you’re done recording, you can also use the app to trim the video to size and conserve storage space by only keeping the relevant parts.
Military Super Spy Zoom Binoculars
When you want to take a photo or record a video without being noticed, one of the simplest, but also most effective, methods is to just be far away. You need a good zoom to make this approach work, and this app can help.
The maximum zoom and image quality will still depend on your phone’s camera, but this app can give you a very nice boost in this regard. You can also adjust the brightness, resolution, contrast, and similar settings to get the best results possible under different conditions.
Alfred Home Security Camera
The last app we’ll mention takes a different approach. It is advertised as a security camera app, but the difference between a security camera and a spy camera is very small – sometimes, there is no difference at all.
To make it work, you need two Android devices. One will act as the camera, while you’ll use the other for viewing. This is great if you have an older phone or a tablet you’re not actively using – this will give them a new purpose.
You just need to install Alfred on both devices, connect them to the internet, and you’ll be able to monitor (or spy on) any room you like. You can watch what’s going on live and record it for later, ensuring all your need are covered.
Of course, you will need to find a good spot for the device, but that shouldn’t be a big problem. You can even try hiding it in plain sight. The app even has motion sensor functionality, meaning it can let you know when something’s going on. So whether you’re using it to remotely collect video material, keep tabs on certain people, or for general security and surveillance purposes, you’ll have a powerful and versatile tool at your disposal.
Putting Your Spy and Subterfuge Skills to the Test
Thanks to these apps, your smartphone can look like a gadget that’s come straight out of a spy movie. Use them properly, and you’ll be able to collect photographic and video data without drawing any suspicion. A word of warning though – it is very important to make sure you’re not violating any privacy laws while doing this. Therefore, check the applicable ordinances and ensure you conduct yourself in a manner which won’t lead to any unwanted repercussions.