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Presence: Free smart home motion security camera

By People Power Company

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USA Today knows the FIRST thing you should do with an old smartphone. “Just download the free Presence app on your old iOS device, pair it with your new fancy iPhone, and voila! You now have a top-notch security camera and motion detector thanks to the fantastic video capabilities of your old gadget. You can use it to keep an eye on your home base in real time, and have it send you alerts when there's something fishy going on.”

Users around the world are thrilled to put their spare smartphones and tablets back to work. The award-winning app Presence delivers FREE smart home intelligence with enhanced video security and home energy control. Download Presence and get 50MB of free encrypted cloud video storage for motion detection recordings. Upgrade to Presence Pro Video for advanced motion detection features and 5GB of storage. Add Presence Security to connect your home with Presence-ready sensors, and experience the future of home security.

Presence is compatible with iOS 6 through iOS 10 and available on the web at

Monitor with Presence!
Get increased security and peace of mind. Presence makes a great webcam, baby monitor, pet cam, nanny cam, surveillance cam, or do-it-yourself security system. At home, in the kitchen, the garage, the nursery, in your office, or wherever – Presence lets you know what’s happening when you’re gone. Get motion detection video alerts, and even view what’s happening in real time. See something you want to save? Presence even lets you record video and take pictures while watching live.

Alert with Presence!
Enable Presence Motion Detection to receive free Presence Video Alerts – see and hear what happened just seconds ago if motion is detected by Presence. Get notified when an intruder is detected, when the kids arrive home safely, when the delivery company has dropped off a package, or whatever makes you feel more informed and secure.

Control with Presence!
Add Presence Security and experience the future of home security. Presence Security features door and window entry sensors, motion detectors, water sensors, temperature sensors, humidity sensors, touch sensors and more, to keep you connected with the things that matter most. Control electric appliances remotely with the Presence and Monster™ smart plug combo. View and control your Presence camera remotely in 360-degrees with the Presence 360™ robotic iPhone stand, and monitor your home electric use with TED™ or Blue Line PowerCost™ systems. Check it out at

Neighborhood Watch with Presence!
Invite your trusted circle of family, friends, and neighbors to receive your alerts and help protect your home when you can't be there. This is how home security should be. Presence supports simultaneous viewers connecting to a single camera, so you and anyone you designate can watch the dog or the kids at the same time from two different devices and locations. Presence also transforms your smartphones into automatic Twitter cameras.

Talk back with Presence!
Presence features 2-way video calls on most devices, so you can communicate on demand from anywhere in the world with the pets and loved ones behind your Presence camera. They don't even need to answer the phone!

Presence compatibility:
- iPhone 3GS and newer
- iPad 2 and newer
- iPod Touch 4G and 5G
- iOS versions 6.0 through iOS 10.x
- Web at

Presence smart home product compatibility:
- Presence Security
- GE A19 Smart LED Bulbs
- 30-pin and Bluetooth Presence 360 robotic iPhone stand by People Power
- KUBI robotic tablet stand by Revolv Robotics
- Blue Line Innovations products
- TED products from Energy Inc.

Connect with us at:
Twitter: @PeoplePowerCo #PresenceApp

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What's New in Version 4.0.14

+ New mode: STAY
+ Out-Of-Box-Experience updates for Thermostat, LintAlert, In-Wall Switch and Siren devices!
+ Thermostat schedule UI updates
+ New Tap-To-Center feature to move an attached robotic device to a point on the screen
+ Bug fixes!


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Customer Reviews

Loved it until 2 phones broke

I've been using this app for quite sometime. There are so many things to like about it... able to use old phones, live view, motion recording, and it's free for the basic app. However, I have had 2 phones (iPhone 5 and 5c) where the battery expanded and broke the phone with one of them had the glass shattered. When the first incident happened, I contacted customer service to try to resolve the issue thinking it was overheating. They explained that I must be not be using OEM cable or charger. This is simply not true as my setup has all original equipment. At that time, there were other complaints about overheating too. I attributed it to the phone probably just being simply old and worn out. Since I was a fan of the app, I replaced that setup with another phone (iPhone 5c). After about 10 months of using the app on the phone as a dedicated camera, it stopped working and I found the phone's battery is all bloated and the glass is lifted from the phone itself. I didn't contact customer service to resolve this issue as clearly it was the same problem as my first phone. Great app BUT can cause your phone batteries to expand and break. As for me, it's time to look for other solutions.

Could be great, but...

When I first installed this app, I loved it. But after months of using it, I'm getting frustrated.

I got this app to monitor my dog while I'm at work, and when the app works, it's incredible. Problem is, it's unreliable. I spend more time updating it, and restarting it, and updating it again. And yet again today, after a half hour of messing with it last night, I log on to check my pooch and I get the ubiquitous "Camera offline" schtick. Annoying.

If they could improve the stability, I'd gladly give this 5 stars. But since it's not working - again - three is the best I can go.

UPDATE: Dropping it to two stars. Nothing changed on my network and I can't get the camera to work. Multiple devices, different error codes, rebooted every device...says my firewall is blocking it. Not. Pitiful. Way too frustrating, hideously unreliable.

SECOND UPDATE: Well, back up to three stars. It ran all weekend...if it stays running a bit longer I'll keep adding stars back.

THIRD UPDATE: Back to two stars, heading toward one. I checked the app this morning before I left for work, it was fine. By the time I got to work, my 'camera had disconnected'. Possible boy yet another app update? Who knows. But this app is WAY too unreliable to use for anything more than a toy. More frustrating than anything I can think of. And that's a shame, because on the rare occasion it works, it's great. It just never works. :-(

Excellent app but could use improvements

I've used this app on and off. It helped keep me sane when I had to return to work and leave my newborn with a nanny in my home. I also caught my boyfriend cheating and had the video to prove it ha! However it seems the app times out after about 24hours and I get the "camera offline" error. It's nothing a quick restart doesn't usually fix but I was away on a trip and couldn't refresh the app from the phone at home. If that gets fixed then this would be perfect! Also drains the battery pretty quickly. I haven't used this app in a few months but now have 3 spare phones that I plan on hooking up this weekend and trying it out again. I'll come back and update in a few weeks!

Presence: Free smart home motion security camera
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.0.14
  • Size: 64.9 MB
  • Languages: English, Simplified Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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