Home security apps play an important role in home monitoring. If you download the right Android security camera app or use the best iPhone security camera app, you can see your security camera on mobile anytime anywhere without any fees, and enjoy all the features that a security camera should have.

In fact, some Android home security apps and iPhone security camera apps work well with your cameras, and some would turn your computer or smartphone into a web camera or a security camera. So choosing the right one is the very first step.

Below we'll introduce the typical security camera apps you can get and a list of top 10 best home security apps for your Android and iOS devices.

Common Types of Security Camera App: Proprietary & Third-Party Ones

In general, there are two types of home security apps available in the market:

Proprietary apps: Such security camera apps are provided by security sellers for their own IP cameras only, and at NO extra cost. The greatest benefit of these customized smartphone security camera apps is that you can make full use of your security systems without any compatibility issues. And the security companies would regularly release new app versions to unlock new functions or fix existing bugs.

Third-party apps: Contrary to the proprietary home security apps, the third-party security camera applications are the pay-to-use ones compatible with multiple security camera brands. So before you use this kind of security camera apps for your Android phones or iphones, make sure it supports your security cameras first.

10 Best Home Security Apps for Android Phones/Tablets, iPhone, and iPad

The best home security apps for mobile devices will help you monitoring your home and surroundings with ease. Most apps are compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, tablets, Windows phones, and other web-enabled devices.

We've summed up 5 best free Android apps and 5 best free iOS apps for home security, according to our test and thousands of users' feedbacks. Try any of them for your home security.

Top 5 Home Security Apps for Android Phones and Tablets

If you use Android smartphones or tablets, like Samsung Galaxy S9/S8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, HTC U11, LG G6, Google Pixel series, etc., you can pick out any of these best security camera apps for Android.

1. Ivideon

This is a good security camera app with their equipment and cameras proven to be effective. The features of Ivideon include the capability of sending an audio back via online. Live streaming using internet from any device and location is also possible.

And, you can connect this home security application for your Android phone with a camera the easier way. With this top Android app for home security, you can still save and recover the cloud storage. This is also workable even if bad guys out there break the surveillance tapes.


  • Watch live streams over web and any devices
  • Send audio back online
  • Save data on cloud storage


  • No Linux client
  • Occasional app shut down

Ivideon App for Home Security

2. Reolink

Reolink app is considered as one of the most efficient security camera applications for home security. It works with its IP cameras with zero configurations – plug and play. This free app enables you to view live videos of your cameras anywhere and anytime.  Now more than 2.5 millions of people have been using this app. You can get it from its official website or from Google Play.

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  • 5 megapixels or 4 megapixels super HD
  • Great night vision, up to 190 feet
  • Easy setup with zero configurations
  • User friendly interface
  • Motion-detection trigger alerts
  • Anywhere access, including remote access and local access


Reolink App for Home Security

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3. Alfred

This Android security camera app for home security is easy to use. You don't need to go through lengthy signups and logins due to the interface. This also has its stunning color scheme that you will surely love.

This application is the kind of best home security app that will allow your smartphones to be turned into security cameras. This way, you can best deliver a simple command.  So, if you have an old smartphone then you should get this application because you can turn your old smartphone into a handy camera. The features of this home security application include of a smooth interface and amazing design. And, users can easily convert their old smartphones as cameras.


  • User friendly interface
  • Simple to use


  • Occasional app shut down
  • A little slow to start on old devices

Alfred App for Home Security

4. i-Security

This is mainly considered as one of the best home security camera apps for Android. It allows users to watch live streaming from different cameras via a surveillance system. You can also view live streaming using your camera via 4G/3G Internet or WiFi. The features of the application include of the physical control. And, users can set up this application in multiple servers.


  • Turn your home computer into a surveillance camera
  • Snap photos from the video stream


  • Too slow to response sometimes
  • Shut down occasionally
  • Stop working when the computer sleeps

i-Security App for Home Security

5. Video Monitor

Video Monitor is also another stunning home security app for Android users. It also comes with a good looking and simple interface. This is also user-friendly as well, and it even allows users to implement video surveillance, tracking GPS location and event detection.


  • Motion detection and notify through email
  • GPS location tracking


  • Shut down occasionally
  • Also slow at startup

Video Monitor App for Home Security

Conclusion for Android Apps of Home Security

All the home security apps introduced above are compatible with but not limited to these Android devices listed here:

  • Android smartphones including: Samsumg Galaxy J2 Pro, Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime, Samsung Galaxy A8(+), Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S8(+), Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, HTC U11, HTC One, HTC One A9, HTC U Play, HTC U Ultra, HTC One M9, HTC One M8, HTC One mini, LG G6, LG V30+, LG V20, LG G5, LG G3, LG G2, LG G Flex, Sony Xperia XZ1, Sony Xperia XZ, Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z2, Motorola Moto X, Motorola Moto G, Nokia Lumia 925, Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia Lumia 925, Google Nexus 5 and other brands.
  • Android tablets including: the new Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus 7, Google Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG G Pad, Asus Transformer Book, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, Evga Tegra Note 7, etc.

Top 5 Home Security Apps for iPhone and iPad

iOS users can also simply make use of the top 5 home security apps for iPhone. See the best home security apps for your iOS devices like iPhone and iPad below:

1. Reolink

Yes, as you may notice, many home security apps are compatible with Android devices and iOS devices. Reolink app stands out with the easy-to-use and fast features. You can download it on its official website or on App Store to work with its cameras, constituting as a powerful home security system. It is proven to be the best home security app for Android and iPhone to monitor things inside and outside your homes in real time.


  • 5 megapixels or 4 megapixels super HD
  • Easy-to-use with user friendly interface
  • Works fast
  • Motion-detection notification
  • Anywhere access, including remote access and local access


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Reolink iOS App for Home Security

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2. Presence

Most people have their old iOS phones they no longer use. This is mainly due to PRESENCE. And now, you can turn your old iPhone into a home security tool.  With this home security app, you can best monitor your property in real-time. You can also get some notifications and alerts.


  • Turn old & forgotten smartphones into  new security unites
  • Capture video feeds and trigger alerts when motion is detected.
  • Compatible with several devices


  • Slow at startup
  • Only 50MB of free cloud video storage for motion detection recordings

Presence iOS App for Home Security

3. iSentry

It is difficult to be away from your house. So, if you are concerned about safety and security of your property then you may want to get iSentry home security application. iSentry is the kind of home security app for iPhone that allows users to turn their computers to become web cameras.  Home owners will receive videos or photos when any alarming activity takes place.


  • Turn a home computer into a web camera
  • Snap photos from video stream
  • Work well with any web camera


  • Stop working when the computer sleeps
  • Slow at startup

iSentry iOS App for Home Security

4. AtHome

AtHome is much like iScentry. It's also the home security app for your iPhone that can turn your home computer into a web camera. You simply point your camera towards an area in your home and then you get the live view on your iOS devices. It also features motion detecting and alarms.


  • Easy to use
  • Access the camera anytime


  • Stop working when the computer sleeps
  • Slow at startup

AtHome iOS App for Home Security

5. Alarm.com

This is also proven to be an effective and simple application that enables users to monitor things inside their homes. This iPhone application for home security allows users to connect to their already-existing home security, and it is also helpful in terms of monitoring all homes and establishments in real-time via security tools and video monitoring.


  • Feature motion-detection trigger
  • Watch live video streams anytime
  • Easy to use


  • Slow to response at startup
  • May take up much storage of your devices during usage

Alarm iOS App for home Security

Conclusion for iOS Apps of Home Security

All the home security apps introduced above are compatible with iOS devices, like:

  • iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3GS
  • iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad 4, iPad mini, the New iPad (iPad 3), iPad 2, and iPad

Choosing the best home security app for your iPhone or Android smartphone, without doubt, can double ensure the security of your home. With these home security applications, you are guaranteed to receive notifications and alerts with any activities in your house while you are away!

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    Awesome post.., Really appreciate your choice of home security... Thanks for being here...

    • Yolanda

      So glad that this post helps.

  • TotalLiberal

    None of these app does what I needed, simple recording. Android should be ashamed of itself.

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  • metalichoast

    That's a great help. Thanks.
    1. Are these home security apps come with any additional mobile security for themselves from any malware's or viruses?
    2. Do we need to install any external mobile security additionally as an extra layer of security for these apps? like malwarebytes or something? See: https://impactresearch.org/malwarebytes-alternative/
    3. Can we use all these apps offline/scheduled offline too?

    • Yolanda

      Hello, there, you can only access your security cameras via these home security apps by entering the correct passwords. It is best to set up a strong password rather than install any external mobile security additionally. Such apps work properly when they are connected to the Internet. So, you won't be able to use these apps offline. Hope this helps.

  • Leon C. Fontaine

    Security systems have a positive effect on our lives, and indeed they are effective. I use wireless protection from Kangaroo, the system works through wi-fi using sensors that respond to movement. If you have pets, you can install a sensor on the doors and windows, when you open the alarm will be activated, and when you are not at home, you can monitor the security of the house using the application on the phone.

  • Yolanda

    Hi Jamie, we have covered how to turn a smartphone into a security camera in this post, https://reolink.com/turn-android-phone-tablet-into-security-camera/ and we have also listed some stand-alone security camera apps for android in the post as well. You may take it into account and hope this helps.

  • Dean Murray

    This is really helpful however not sure if what i need is covered
    I'm needing a camera system that is PoE as my distances for two of my cameras will be 100mtr + and i need it to operate through an app of some description as well ( the hard part) to be able to operate an axillary function, in my case open a gate.
    I'd like it to operate through the app completely seeing i live on a largish property this is most likely the simplest option.
    I'd really appreciate your help/input

    • Yolanda

      Hi Dean, the distance (100 meters+) would be too long to run the Ethernet cable for PoE power supply. The maximum length for you to run Ethernet cables is around 80 meters. Also note that you can access our PoE security system easily on your phone via Reolink app but it can not open a gate.
      For more PoE security kit options, you may visit: https://store.reolink.com/security-camera-systems/. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

  • Radi.Grish

    Tbh I really like Presence, had 2 smartphones and 1 tablet laying around, and now I am gladly putting them to use again, but the downside is having those devices charged, which needs to happen a lot. Also, I was missing some VPN options for home as well, hackers can break in to the home network and snoop on what we do online, so I have Atlas VPN installed on all of my home devices. Would you consider updating the list with some VPN options for home as well?

    • Amanda

      Hi Radi, thank you for sending us the feedback and we are glad to know that this article works for you. However, we don't plan to update the list with any VPN options for home soon. You may find more options and detailed reviews from other known tech media like PCMag, pcmag DOT com/how-to/how-to-set-up-and-use-a-vpn. Hope this helps.

    • Yolanda

      Hi Radi, thank you for sending us the feedback and we are glad to know that this article works for you. However, we don't plan to update the list with any VPN options for home soon. You may find more options and detailed reviews from other known tech media like PCMag, pcmag DOT com/how-to/how-to-set-up-and-use-a-vpn. Hope this helps.

  • Yolanda

    Hello Vicki, most well-known security camera brands offer smart apps for you to view security cameras on both iPhone and Android phones. Just ask the professionals from those brands if they offer any apps before making a purchase.
    If you are looking for an indoor security camera, you may take a look at Reolink E1 Pro, a 4MP indoor security camera with 355° pan and 50° tilt. Also, you can access the camera via the Reolink app on both iPhone and Android phones to watch your mother when you are not there. Click here to learn more, https://reolink.com/product/e1-pro/. Let us know if you have any questions.

  • Yolanda

    Hi Naqib, it depends on the security cameras that you are using. At present, most reputable security camera brands offer their customers their own apps to access the security cameras remotely. So, if you have not purchased any security cameras, you'd better purchase one from those brands that offer smart apps for smartphone or desktop software.
    If you have already installed the security cameras but don't know which apps may work, you may use the well-known third-party apps like iSecurity or Presence. You may also consult the professionals from your security camera brand and ask them which app may work for your cameras. Hope this helps.

  • Yolanda

    Naqib, you may install a smart security camera in your home and download a security camera viewer app on your phone. So, you will be able to track your home from your mobile while you are away from home. 🙂

  • Saadia Robles

    I have several cameras that were supported by the Closeli App. This app is no longer functional. I need an app that I can use with these cameras. Any suggestions? Thanks

    • Yolanda

      Hi Saadia, you may consult the professionals of your security camera brand and ask if they offer official security camera viewer software. If not, you may apply the 10 apps mentioned in this post. 🙂

      • Colleen Boston

        Hi Yolanda. I'm sorry this is not part of this post but I couldn't find an area where I could start my own! I have a simple question and hoping u can help! All I need is a video camera that can record ME sleeping for a few hours every night. And I need to be able to save the video. I know, weird, but I have many spirits interrupting my life and esp my sleep and I just need to have record of this progress, as it's gotten progressively stronger and much worse as times goes by. It's getting out of control at this point lol. Anyway my iPhone storage is maxed out and I've had to factory reset my phone four times just to clear it. It never transfers my videos successfully to my iCloud account. It's extremely frustrating. Any chance u could recommend which camera I should buy for this? I'll purchase it immediately! Thank you!

        • Yolanda

          Hello Colleen, thank you for reaching out and we understand your situation a lot. You may take a look at our indoor WiFi security camera, E1 Pro, which comes with 355° pan and 50° tilt and works with Google Assistant. By connecting the camera to our app, you will be able to watch the live view and playback videos recorded on the SD card. Click here to learn more, https://reolink.com/product/e1-pro/. Let us know if you have any additional questions.



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