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How to Watch Your CCTV Footage on Your Phone

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Contributors: Muhammad Baballe Ahmad, Mehmet Cavas, Sudhir Chitnis, and Zhen-ya Liu.

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You can now watch your CCTV footage on your phone by following these simple steps.

Setting up Your CCTV System

Setting up a CCTV system can be tricky and it requires a lot of planning and technical knowledge. There are a few steps involved: first, you need to choose the right type of security camera for your needs, then install it and ensure it is configured correctly. After that, you can begin to set up the connections to your phone and other devices, so you can view your footage online. Let’s explore this process in more detail.

Configure your DVR/NVR

Configuring your digital video recorder (DVR) or network video recorder (NVR) is a critical step in setting up your CCTV system. Setting up the devices correctly will ensure that you get the most out of your CCTV system and can successfully monitor your home, business, or other establishment. By following these steps, you can configure your DVR/NVR for timely monitoring and access to footage on your device:

1. Ensure all cables are properly connected from each camera to the DVR/NVR.
2. Access the user interface of your DVR/NVR using a monitor or a laptop connected via an HDMI cable.
3. Create a User Account to enable remote access – you will need this to view live footage on other devices remotely.
4. Set up recording profiles by specifying which channels need to be recorded and set schedule for recording (motion triggered / continuous).
5. Set up system configurations such as alarms / notifications, motion detection areas and email alerts for notifications about motion events.
6. Set up motion-sensing cameras by defining motion sensing areas from where motion events will be recorded – this way camera won’t record every movement in similar situations like breezes that may trigger false alarms .
7. Test all settings before declaring setup complete and accessing footage from other devices remotely by enabling port forwarding on router CP with local IP address of DVR/NVR .

Connect the DVR/NVR to your router

Once the hardware of your CCTV system has been set up and physically connected together, you will need to configure the security protocols of your network to enable remote access. First, start by connecting the DVR/NVR to your existing router using a network cable. Make sure that the router is correctly configured for internet access, as this will be needed for all of your devices (cameras, DVRs and receivers). Once connected to the router, you will need to give each device an IP address so data can travel between them. This can be done manually or automatically with a DHCP server. If you are unsure how to do this yourself, consult with a professional and any technical documentation provided with your equipment.

Connect the cameras to the DVR/NVR

Connecting the cameras to your digital video recorder or network video recorder is an important first step to set up your CCTV system. Every CCTV kit will come with a specific amount of cable – generally enough for 50m per camera. Make sure you propose the positioning of your cameras in advance and measure out a rough approximation of the cable length required so you have enough and don’t wind up short.

When it comes to connecting the cables, you will need to join a pair of power/video cables (known as Siamese cables) from each camera into the DVR/NVR. Take each end of a Siamese cable, match them with the power adapter so that plugs fit into sockets properly, attach them to the back of each camera, then run the lengths of cable through walls/conduit until they reach the DVR/NVR unit. In most cases, this will be on an external wall at some point in external wiring / conduits, supported by extension poles or boost installation points.

Once all connections are done, insert one end into CAMERA input port in your NVR unit at back panel and turn on power supply and NVR unit itself. This setting will sync connections automatically and display live views on NVRs monitor; which makes using CCTV cameras much easier for setting up surveillance network coverage quickly by just making few simple steps manually

Download the CCTV App

In order to watch your CCTV footage on your phone, you need to download the CCTV app . This app is available for both Android and iOS devices and will allow you to access your camera’s footage on your phone. By using the app, you can keep an eye on your home or business from anywhere. Let’s look at the steps to download and use the app.

Choose an app compatible with your system

To get the most out of your CCTV surveillance system, you’ll need to download an app that is compatible with your CCTV camera. There are a few apps available on the market, so you’ll want to investigate which one best meets your security needs. Important factors such as installation time, ease of use and image quality should also be taken into account when deciding which app to use.

Before you purchase an app for your home or business, you’ll need to determine whether your device is compatible with the app. Most apps are designed for both iOS and Android devices; however, it’s important to carefully read the system requirements before downloading any software.

Once you’ve selected an app that fits your needs, installed it onto your device and certified that everything works accordingly with your CCTV camera setup, you’ll be ready to monitor and control lighting using a variety of features in the program. Set up remote live view monitoring as well as playback footage recorded by any compatible CCTV surveillance system – giving yourself ultimate control over all aspects of security at home or work.

Download and install the app

In order to view your CCTV footage on your phone, you will need to download and install an app. The specific app you need may vary based on the type of CCTV system you have installed. However, most major CCTV manufacturers provide their own app or can provide a link to a compatible one.

Once you’ve located the correct app, make sure to read over any user agreement notes before downloading it. After that, follow the appropriate instructions for installation on your device. You may need to enter a username and password in order to grant the app access to your CCTV setup. Once you have successfully installed and opened the app, it should automatically connect with your security system.

You should now be able to view live footage from all of your cameras as well as take screenshots of them for later review or use in documenting activities at home or business premises. If available, additional features may include playback for previous recordings or motion notifications sent via push notification or email alerting you when something triggers an alert within your camera’s field of view.

Configure the App

In order to watch your CCTV footage on your phone, you will need to configure the app. This involves downloading the app to your phone, then setting up the remote connection to the CCTV system. You will also need to configure the security settings so that only you have access to the footage. Once these steps are complete, you will be ready to watch the CCTV footage on your phone.

Add your device to the app

Adding your device to the app is the first step in setting up your CCTV system. To do this, open the app and select “Add Device” from the menu. This will bring you to a simple setup flow which will guide you through connecting to your home Wi-Fi network and inputting any necessary credentials for the device. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to access your CCTV footage from anywhere with an internet connection.

If you are having any issues connecting the device during this process, please make sure that:
-The Wi-Fi network credentials entered are correct
-The device is within range of your home network
-Your internet connection is working correctly
Additionally, if it still isn’t working after completing these steps, contact customer service for help with troubleshooting.

Connect the app to your router

To use your CCTV footage on your smartphone, it is important to first ensure that the app is connected to your router. Follow these steps to set up the connection from the app and access the footage from your phone.

-Download and install the app: Before connecting it to the router, you must first download and install the app onto your device. Look for it on official stores, such as App Store or Google Play.
-Verify information: Input all of your relevant information, including a valid email address and your CCTV’s serial number, into the app’s fields.
-Connect to router: Enter in the username and password associated with your router or internet connection in order to gain access on the mobile device. You can find this information written on either side of the router or other modem hardware.
-Confirm connection: When you have finished entering in all of this information, click save or confirm to ensure that all settings have been correctly configured for a successful connection.

Configure the app’s settings

To gain the full benefits of the app, it is necessary to configure the app’s settings first. To do this, open up the app and select “Settings” from the main menu. At this point, you will be presented with various options that allow you to customize your experience with the app.

You can begin by creating a username and password for enhanced security of your CCTV footage. Additionally, you can configure various other settings within the app such as adjusting video resolution, enabling alerts for motion detection or sound recognition and even setting screen lock times on which footage video recordings are displayed on your mobile device. Once these customizations are completed, simply save your settings to complete the configuration process. After that, you’re all set!

Viewing the Footage

Watching CCTV footage on your phone is a convenient way to stay up to date with what is happening at your home or business. It reduces the need to be physically present to monitor your premises. You can view live footage or even access recordings from the app on your phone. In this article, you will learn about the different ways to view the footage from your CCTV cameras on your phone.

Access the app from your phone

Using your phone’s web browser, go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, depending on the model of your phone. Search for and download the app which has been supplied with your CCTV system. The name of the app will vary depending on the type of system you are using.

Once you have downloaded the app to your phone, open it up and log in with the same username and password that was used when setting up your system at home. Once logged in you will be taken to a home page that displays your cameras and associated videos and settings. Here you can view footage captured by either a single camera or multiple cameras simultaneously. You can also control settings such as recording quality and motion detection sensitivity from this page.

Functionality between different types will vary but typically you can also access recorded footage from previous days/weeks which is great if something has happened off-site that wasn’t picked up by a camera set up for live viewing or monitoring purposes. To playback recordings: select a time-range (previous days/hours) via slider controls, then simply click ‘Play’ – it’s as easy as that!

View live and recorded footage

Viewing CCTV footage on your mobile device is a handy and convenient way to keep an eye on the safety and security of your home or business place. With the right setup, you can easily access live and recorded footage using your smartphone or tablet. Here is how you can access CCTV footage on your device:

For Live Streaming
To view live CCTV footage from a remote location, your IP cameras need to be connected to an app-enabled central hub. This hub needs to be connected to a secure network in order for you to access it remotely. Once the setup is complete, all you have to do is open the app on your smartphone or tablet and log in with the relevant details. You will then be able to view live streaming from any of the cameras connected to that particular central hub.

For Recorded Footage
It’s also easy for you to watch back recorded CCTV footage on your mobile device. In this case, the recordings are stored either locally (on an internal hard drive) or remotely (in a cloud service). If it’s stored locally, all you have to do is connect the hard drive containing it with an app-enabled central hub before viewing it as above. If it’s stored remotely in a cloud service, all you need are credentials associated with that storage provider such as Microsoft OneDrive or Dropbox.

Take screenshots or record footage

To make sure you can save important footage, you should consider taking screenshots or recording the footage on your mobile device. Screenshots are useful for isolated moments in the footage, such as a person’s face or a license plate number, and recording the entire feed may help if you need to play back long segments in court or show the footage to someone else.

You should bear in mind that capturing recordings on your device will take up valuable storage space, so if you plan on frequently watching your CCTV footage, it might be wise to invest in an external hard drive which can store larger amounts of video data outside of your device. Also it is essential to keep these recordings secure – making sure to keep them away from any third party viewers and regularly erasing outdated recordings.


Watching your CCTV footage directly from your smartphone can be a convenient way to keep an eye on your home. Unfortunately, troubleshooting a problem with your CCTV system can be frustrating. In this section, you’ll find out more about how to troubleshoot common problems with using your CCTV system on your phone.

Check your internet connection

Before attempting to watch CCTV footage from your phone, check your internet connection on both phone and camera. If the internet connection is poor or inconsistent, you may find that streaming is choppy or buffering occurs. Therefore, it is important to ensure your internet connection is stable before trying to view footage from your camera on your phone.

The speed of the connection is also important; both the device used to view the footage and the camera should have a fast enough signal for reliable streaming. Consider checking with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to ensure that you have sufficient coverage in the area in which you are broadcasting.

If you are unsure of how well-connected a certain area may be, consider using a free link speed test app on a mobile device or laptop. Any connected device can measure a rough estimate of broadband speeds so that you can determine if streaming CCTV footage on remote devices will be viable — and at what resolution quality (for example live in HD). Finally, check that all cables are securely connected between CCTV cameras and router/modem/NVR (network video recorder).

Check the app’s settings

If you’ve installed an app for viewing your CCTV footage on your phone but can’t seem to get it to work, the first step is to check that all of the settings for your CCTV configuration and app are correctly set. Double-check the following:

– Are you connecting via a LAN cable or WIFI? Make sure you have chosen the appropriate one for your setup.
– Ensure that the app’s settings reflect any changes made to your camera configuration.
– Check that the camera is powered on, connected, and in working order. If it has been disconnected or moved, be sure it is properly reconnected and in the correct position.
– Make sure you have entered all of the correct passwords in both your CCTV configuration as well as in the app’s settings if applicable. It may help to reset or reenter them if necessary.
– Check that all cables are securely inserted into the designated port for both power and video input/outputs (if applicable). Some cameras require an additional coaxial cable for video connection.
– If using multiple cameras with this system, ensure they are still assigned to different channels within your CCTV configuration as well as within the app’s settings; many apps allow you to switch between channels while viewing footage on a single device so long as each camera remains independent of each other during initial setup within their respective platforms.

Check the DVR/NVR settings

Before you can view the CCTV footage on your phone, you need to ensure that the settings on your Digital Video Recorder (DVR) or Network Video Recorder (NVR) are properly configured. Generally, all you need to do is make sure the IP or network settings are correct and ensure that all ports needed for remote viewing have been opened.

The exact process of setting up your DVR/NVR system will vary depending on the model and brand of device. You should refer to the user’s guide or consult a professional installer. If you purchased your system pre-installed through a security provider, contact them for more information about setting up the system for remote access.

Once these steps have been completed, you should be able to view CCTV footage from your home network using an app from either Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS). Make sure to install the appropriate app for your device and follow its instructions for setup. With some apps, you may also need to set up a DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name System). This makes it easier for users to access their CCTV systems via their own URL instead of having to use a series of numbers called an Internet Protocol address every time they want to check in on their cameras remotely.

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