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View Security Cameras from Android App

View Security Cameras Live & Playback Recorded CCTV Surveillance from with the Android iDVR-PRO Viewer App

View Security Cameras from Android App

The iDVR-PRO Viewer app for Android lets users view their security cameras live and also playback recorded CCTV surveillance video on their iDVR-PRO's hard drive. The iDVR-PRO Viewer works on all phone and tablet size Android devices. The app connects to any model iDVR-PRO DVR and It is simple to configure on your local network. You can view your surveillance system from Android over WIFI and mobile / cellular networks. Users can access their security cameras on the LAN (local area network) where the DVR is located and also remotely from over the Internet.


Demo Videos

Important Note: After playback begins, please click the gear icon in the lower right of the video player and select 720p or 1080p resolution so that you can view the video in the highest resolution available.

Live Security Camera Camera View

This video demonstrates live security camera viewing from remotely over the Internet using the iDVR-PRO Viewer Android app.


Recorded Video Playback

This video demonstrates how to search and playback video footage recorded on the DVR's hard drive from the Android app.

CCTV Camera Pros has also created a library of setup and demo videos for the iDVR-PRO to help users learn about the many features that iDVR-PRO recorders and applications that are included. In addition to the outstanding support for Android, iDVR-PRO also includes some of the best apps for iOS, Mac, and Windows.


Android App Controls

This article was written to help familiarize users with the graphical user interface, functions, and controls that are available in the app.

iDVR-PRO Android Security Camera App Controls

The above screen shot shows the live security camera view (4 camera grid view) using a Samsung Galaxy phone. The main UI controls are noted in the orange and red rectangles.

  • Screen Layout - users can tap to select single camera, 4 camera, 9 camera, and 16 camera grid views. These views are available in live and playback modes.
  • DVR Controls - this section contains various functions to control the DVR.
    • Disconnect - disconnect from the current DVR and display the DVR list so the user can connect to another DVR (if any are configured).
    • LogView - shows the log view screen so that users can search and browse the DVR's log for events such as motion detection and alarm events.
    • Search - opens the date and timeline selection screen where users can select an exact time and date of recorded video to playback.
    • Setup - opens the DVR configuration screen where users may configure most options on the DVR from the app. Some options require the user to access the DVR directly via mouse or wireless remote.

SD / HD Camera View, PTZ, Zoom App Controls

Android App HD Security Camera View

When the app is in single camera view, the above controls noted in green are available.

  • Single Camera View Controls
    • PTZ - the PTZ icon will be displayed if the camera being displayed is a pan tilt zoom camera. Tapping on this will open the PTZ control screen (see below).
    • Zoom - users can digitally zoom in and out. This works with all cameras and does not require a PTZ camera.
    • HD / HQ - high definition / high quality. This enables and disables HD video mode. Toggle between high resolution and low resolution. Low resolution mode uses less network bandwidth and is recommended for slower Internet connection.

PTZ Camera Controls

Android App PTZ Camera Controls

The above screen shot shows the live view in the app when viewing and controlling a PTZ camera.

  • Pan Tilt Controls - these controls allow the user to move the PTZ camera up / down / left / right.
  • Zoom Controls - these controls allow the user to zoom the PTZ camera in and out.
  • Camera Focus - the focus controls allow the user manually focus the camera. In almost all cases these controls are not needed because PTZ cameras auto-focus after they are moved.
  • Position Step - position step lets the user control the speed of the PTZ movements (faster / slower).

Remote Audio Surveillance

If you connect an audio surveillance microphone to your iDVR-PRO, you can remotely listen to live and recorded audio from your DVR.

Audio Surveillance Microphone Android App

To enable audio, tap on the audio icon in the upper right, then select the channel that you want to make live.

Listen to Audio Surveillance Microphone in Android App


DVR Event Log Search

Android Mobile App DVR Event Log Search

The DVR event log search screen is opened when the LogView icon is tapped. This screen allows users to search for events such as alarms from sensors (such as magnetic door sensors and PIR motion sensors), video motion detection, video recording, and others that occurred on their DVR.

  • Time / Date - user can tap on the start and end date to select the time frame of events to display in the log.
  • Filter Option - users can select the specific type of events to display in the log.
  • Event Log - this is where the event log is displayed. Users can tap on events in this list to open the recorded video playback screen at that point in time.
  • Search - users can tap this button after the time / date and filter options are selected. The event log will refresh based on the users search criteria.

Recorded Video Time / Date Search

Android App Recorded Video Surveillance Search & Playback

The Time Line search screen opens when the Search icon is tapped. This view lets users select a specific time and date to playback recorded video. You can see here how simple video search and playback is directly on the DVR.

  • Time / Date / Channel - user select the date, time, and camera that they want to display in the timeline.
  • Timeline - users can select the exact hour and minute using the timeline scrubber.
  • Play Button - users can tap the play button after the exact time is selected. This will open the video playback screen at that point in time and begin playing back the recorded video on the channel selected.

Remote Audio Surveillance

Update! As of version 1.6.1, the iDVR-PRO Viewer app for Android now supports remote audio surveillance. Users can listen to live audio from microphones connected to their iDVR-PRO. Audio recorded on the DVR can also be played back in the app. You can learn more about remote audio from Android here.

Android Security Camera App with Audio Surveillance

App Downloads

You can find the latest links to download the iDVR-PRO Viewer app here.

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iPhone / iPad Compatible
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Mac Compatible
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Works with Analog CCTV and HD Security Cameras

CCTV / AHD / HD-TVI Hybrid Security Camera DVR

Hybrid iDVR-PROs work with the following security camera types and resolutions.

  • AHD Cameras (720p and 1080p resolution models supported)
  • HD-TVI Cameras (720p and 1080p resolution models supported)
  • Analog CCTV Cameras (all analog resolution supported including CIF, D1, 960H)


Request a Demo

If you do not currently have an iDVR-PRO and would like to log in to the demo unit at our office, please request a demo login below. You will be able to login from iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices. You can also login from Macintosh and Windows computers. Please click here to request a demo login.

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Complete CCTV Systems

Security Camera System Quote

Did you know? CCTV Camera Pros can provide a complete surveillance system quote that includes any iDVR-PRO model with cameras, cables, connectors, power supplies, and monitors? We can even mix and match SD and HD security cameras because the latest iDVR-PROs are hybrid. They work with CCTV, AHD, and HD-TVI type cameras. As you have probably already seen on our website, we have 2, 4, 8, and 16 camera surveillance systems in pre-made packages. However, it is not possible for us to package up every combination and quantity of all the different camera models that we carry. So, we can also provide you with a custom quote with as many cameras as you need and a mix of any combination of camera model(s) based on your project requirements.

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iDVR-PRO Surveillance DVRs

Security Camera DVR

The iDVR-PRO Viewer app is designed to work exclusively with iDVR-PRO DVRs from CCTV Camera Pros. The app works with current and legacy iDVR-PRO models and users may configure multiple DVRs in the app. The above image will help users identify which DVR models the app works with. The bottom DVR is the original iDVR-PRO. The top three images are the current models that we supply. In addition to CCTV cameras, the latest models also work with HD-TVI and AHD high definition cameras (720p and 1080p).


About the Author

Mike Haldas

This article was written by , co-founder and managing partner of CCTV Camera Pros. If you have any questions about iPhone security camera app for iDVR, please email me at mike@cctvcamerapros.net.