Although its video capabilities could use a little work, Presence’s features make it one of the best free home surveillance apps on the market.The main drawback is that you need two i OS devices to use the app’s live streaming feature, and not everyone has an extra i Phone lying around.Presence isn’t just a video camera app, though—it has surveillance features, such as motion detection alerts (you can set Presence to alert you when the streaming device picks up motion) and two-way video and audio capabilities.To use Presence, you’ll need two i OS devices running i OS 5.0 or later: One device to be the camera, and one device to be the monitor.Or you can pick up a cloud camera (like Dropcam Pro) for high-definition, low-light monitoring. The easiest, no-frills way to keep a watchful eye is to use an app on your phone paired with an extra piece of equipment.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the app on your Android device, registering is a snap (all you need is an email address and a password).
Home surveillance: It’s one of those things you probably don’t think about until you have to, like when you leave town for several weeks, or when you adopt a curious puppy who likes to put everything in his mouth.
Or worst of all, after you’re the victim of a home break-in.
The app may take a moment to connect (or it may take a couple of tries), but it should eventually display a view of the live stream if both ends have a decent connection.
The stream isn’t perfect—it’s choppy and full of blocky-looking artifacts when there’s movement on the other side—but it’s better than a non-HD webcam, and perfectly acceptable for basic home surveillance.