“PIR Motion Detected: Motion has been detected by the camera in the front door.”

An alert from security cameras linked to phone could pop up during your trip or at work and your next move is to click in and see what is happening there.

That’s how security cameras connected to phone work.

Isn’t it awesome to stay aware of your home and business wherever you are?

In fact, all you need is a security camera that connects to phone.

This post will introduce top 3 things you should know about security cameras linked to phone: How to get your security camera connected to phone (Android phone and iPhone), how to choose a security camera linked to cell phone, and the best security cameras to your phone.

* If you want to turn your old phones into security cameras, get expert ideas in this post for your Android phone, or find detailed instructions in this post for your iPhone.


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Security Camera Linked to Phone: How to Make It Work

To get your security cameras linked to phone and see what’s going on out there, you need a security camera (system) and a surveillance app for Android and iOS system.

Actually, nearly all security cameras in the market, especially the IP cameras, can be linked to phone nowadays, but mind that there could be huge differences between security camera phone apps.

The security camera phone app could be either third party software or the self-developed software (brand-oriented software, like the Reolink app). When making decisions, you should opt for security cameras that support self-developed software since the customized software can make the best use of the camera’s features without compatibility issues.

Security Cameras Linked to Phone

Bonus: Find the top 10 security camera phone apps here for both iPhone and Android phone.

∙ How to find a security camera linked to phone?

Remote viewing function signals that the security camera can be linked to phone. This means you can see live videos directly on your mobile device whenever and wherever you want.

But the remote viewing function will not guarantee that the security camera could smoothly link to all kinds of smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, Google Pixel 2, OnePlus 5, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 5/5s, iPhone SE, HTC U11, etc.

So before purchasing, have a check on the operation system (iOS or Android) of the security camera that links to your phone and make sure it can work.

∙ How to get security cameras connected to phone?

Basically, you will need 3 steps to link security camera to your phone (whether it is Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Google Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30 or other types). Let’s take Reolink cameras for example:

#1. Install the security camera phone app on your device;

#2. Launch the security camera phone app and add security cameras;

#3. Click the security camera linked to phone and get the live view;

(Optional) #4. Set configurations (like alerts frequency, motion detection mode, upload path, etc) to meet your specific monitoring needs.

With all these done, you can see the live view, save and playback the video recordings, even talk to the person on screen via security camera connected to phone.

The phone app could be simple to use, but it is not that easy to choose a security camera that can provide superb remote viewing experience on the phone. So pay attention to the following features if you want to make the best use of the security cameras linked to phone.

Top Security Cameras Linked to Phone: 5 Features to Consider

What you can do with your security cameras connected to phone is determined by their features, in fact.

Want to see the burglar’s face clearly on your phone and catch him or her? Think of listening to what’s going on in your home and talk to your loved ones directly via phone?

You can realize them all if you choose the security cameras linked to phone with the following features.

#1. Security Cameras Connected to Phone with HD Images

The image quality of security cameras linked to phone is the prominent factor that affects your experience when watching live view.

Do you know that the resolution of human eyes is 576 megapixels (but really only about 7 megapixels matter)? So how could a security camera keep an “eye” on your property without high definition?

High resolution of security cameras connected to phone offers you better user experience in remote viewing:

You can thereby see the facial expressions clearly when your loved ones get home and know whether they had a good day, and you will have a clue when you find the illegal dumping on your lawn and stop it.

More importantly, the clearer image captured by security cameras connected to cell phone could be much more effective when prosecute is needed.

To protect your property, you need the cameras that could at least identify the human face and plate number, which means 1080p and above resolution.

Reolink has been offering all types of 1080p, 4MP (1440p) and 5MP cameras linked to phone, providing you a much clearer and sharper view of the objects. You may learn more details at the security camera store.

Reolink Argus® 2

100% Wire-Free Starlight Camera

Rechargeable Battery & Solar Powered; Outdoor/Indoor Protection; 1080 Full HD; Starlight Night Vision; 2-Way Audio; Live View Anytime Anywhere.

“Alert! The security camera linked to phone Reolink Argus® 2 has captured a strong mailman!”

#2. Security Cameras to Your Phone with Excellent Night Vision

Want to see what’s going on outside your home in the dark night or check in on your little ones in their sleep at fingertips on your phone?

You can easily realize this with security cameras linked to phone that is night vision enabled.

With IR security cameras connected to your phone, you can check all the monitoring places even in the dark. But make sure you get the real night vision enabled camera. Before purchasing, do compare the number of LED lights which determines the night vision distance and its viewing angle.

Reolink RLC-410

PoE Bullet IP Security Camera with Audio

5MP/4MP Super HD; Outdoor/Indoor Protection; 100ft Infrared Night Vision; Audio Recording; Mobile Remote Access & Control.

“Hey, check your phone now. The deer seems to have something to talk to you.” – Captured by outdoor security camera linked to cell phone Reolink RLC-410.

#3. Security Cameras Linked to Mobile Phone with Two-Way Audio

Have you ever heard the news that the stolen property was lost forever even if the thieves were caught?

Now things will be different if you have a security camera linked to phone that is two-way audio enabled:

You can then warn the uninvited verbally by phone through the built-in microphone and stop the theft or vandalism before any damage was caused.

Actually, security cameras linked to phone with two-way audio can do far more than property protection. For example, you can also listen to what’s going on inside your house and keep your loved ones company by talking to them, even when you are miles away.

And manage your package in the cafe with the security cameras Reolink Argus® 2 linked to the mobile phone.

#4. Security Camera Phone App with Easy Navigation

An easy navigated security camera phone app (both for iPhone and Android phone) can save you a lot of trouble. And it is of exceptional importance for the elders and children who need special protection but could get puzzled by the complex configurations.

If all the monitoring can be easily handled, you will be rest-assured when your parents and children are left alone at home.

Reolink has tried every effort to make its mobile client easy to use. You will only need three simple steps to link Reolink security cameras to your phone: Install free Reolink app on your phone, launch the app, and then click the cameras linked to phone and get live view.

Front Door Security Camera

#5. Security Cameras Connected to Phone That Is Network Friendly

One concern for security cameras that link to your phone may be the network problem.

It’s true that the live view on your phone relies on and will eat up the bandwidth, and therefore the performance of your security camera to your phone may get affected.

Here Reolink has worked out a way to eliminate the network influence of security cameras to your phone:

You can switch between clear, balanced and fluent mode on Reolink app according to your network conditions. The clear mode gives you the highest resolution and the fluent mode can record at the highest speed when the network is crowded.

Security Camera Connected to Phone: Best Picks

Security cameras from many brands can be connected to mobile phone and their difference lies in the apps and features coming with them, as I mentioned above.

With the steadily supported Reolink app, Reolink offers you a wide selection of security cameras linked phone with top user experience for home and business.

Actually, Reolink cameras have already covered users from over 200 countries, with proven smooth and clear videos in basically all smartphones like the Lenovo K4 note, Samsung Galaxy S7, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, HTC One M8, Motorola Droid Bionic, etc.

Home Security Cameras Connected to Phone – Reolink Argus® 2

Reolink Argus® 2

100% Wire-Free Starlight Camera

Rechargeable Battery & Solar Powered; Outdoor/Indoor Protection; 1080 Full HD; Starlight Night Vision; 2-Way Audio; Live View Anytime Anywhere.

Featured in the top-tier review platform Tech.co, ZDNet, Techradar.pro as an “impressive & affordable truly wireless camera” and awarded as the “Innovative Product 2017” by Indiegogo, Reolink Argus® has become one of the best sellers worldwide in the wire-free security camera world.

This tiny camera can realize pretty much everything on your phone, like checking on your pet raccoon’s secret life, being notified when your family got home, the package arrived, and more.

And it just got better with the pro version of Reolink Argus® 2, 100% wire-free rechargeable camera supporting both battery and solar power.

It is a wireless smart home indoor and outdoor security camera that can be easily navigated by phone. With WiFi connection (dual band available), the security camera linked to cell phone works without wire hassles even in poor network conditions.

If you are looking for a home security camera linked to smartphone to keep tabs on your loved ones at home or keep an eye on the front door, backyard, and garage, but do not want to get confused by the wiring work, Reolink Argus® 2 is the best choice.

Outdoor Security Camera Linked to Phone – Reolink RLC-410

Reolink RLC-410

PoE Bullet IP Security Camera with Audio

5MP/4MP Super HD; Outdoor/Indoor Protection; 100ft Infrared Night Vision; Audio Recording; Mobile Remote Access & Control.

As the most popular bullet security camera linked to the phone among the Reolink users worldwide, the Reolink RLC-410 will definitely not let you down.

And after we launched the Reolink Captures program, the video feedback just poured in which shows the great video performance both day and night.

If you want a wired security camera linked to mobile phone that is plug and play and could help you out when danger occurs, and you just have no idea where to start, then Reolink RLC-410 won’t be wrong with an attractive price tag!

And I bet the Reolink RLC-410 will surprise you with all the below great features that you couldn’t get elsewhere at the same cost.

Resolution 4MP/5MP
Weatherproof IP66 waterproof
Audio Built-in Microphone
Motion detection Email, app, FTP
Remote access Mobile app, PC software, browsers

Wireless Security Camera That Links to Your Phone – Reolink RLC-410W

Reolink RLC-410W

Dual-Band Wireless Security Camera with Audio

5MP/4MP Super HD, Outdoor/Indoor Protection, Dual-Band WiFi 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, Audio Recording, and SD Card Storage.

If you are looking for a wireless security camera linked to phone, then you can’t go wrong with the Reolink RLC-410W, which is the wireless counterpart of RLC-410.

Here is an unboxing video of the Reolink RLC-410W 5MP security camera for your reference.

Security Camera System Linked to Phone: Reolink RLK8-410B4

Reolink RLK8-410B4

8-Channel PoE Security System

4 pcs 5MP/4MP Security Cameras; 2TB HDD 8-Channel NVR for 24/7 Reliable Recording; Plug & Play; 2 Network Solutions.

When it comes to security camera system linked to phone, it’s important to make sure all the security cameras could be easily added to your phone and accessed remotely.

Reolink security kit RLK8-410B4 can realize it with 3 simple steps: Install, launch, and view. You can get multiple views (4, 9 or 16 screens) on a single screen and choose different live view mode (clear, balanced or fluent) according to your network condition.

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Hot Q&As about linking Security Cameras to Phone

With a security camera linked to phone listed above, the remote monitoring is handy. Yet you might have more questions to ask about the security cameras connected to phone.

Check the following frequently asked ones and quick answers. (Feel free to add yours in the comment area, and I’ll get back to you very soon.)

#1. Could I view home cameras linked to phone without WiFi?

The short answer to this question is YES. The thing is that the live streaming relies on data transmission from the security camera to your phone, which couldn’t be done without network.

However can still get the network without WiFi via the following two methods:

#1. Get a cellular security camera linked to phone.

#2. Create a WiFi hotspot by using the cellular data.

#2. Will hackers control my security camera through the phone?

After you have decided a satisfying security camera that linked to phone, the last thing you may worry about is safety issues. You may wonder if it is possible for hackers to control the camera on your phone.

The short answer is NO, at least not for Reolink with the private safety protocol. That’s to say no one can access the camera without your permission and the right password.

And last but not least, make sure your camera is not the one in this Unsecured IP Camera List.


Choosing a security camera connected to android phone or iPhone is easy, but it takes time to find a quality one.

Need more help in choosing between different types of Reolink security cameras in UK, US or other regions? You may leave a message in the comment area, or turn to our solution finder, or contact our support team to find the right camera.

  • Martin Turner

    I understand that when ‘nearby’ the camera can send to the phone, but how does it do so when I am miles away? Does it send to router… and then some software sends to my phone IP? Sorry… don’t understand

    • Flora

      Hi Martin, actually the IP cameras can connect with your phone via the P2P server even when you are miles away. You may refer to this article /p2p-ip-camera/ for detailed info about how the P2P security camera works. Feel free to let me know if you have any further questions 😀

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