How To Tell If Security Cameras Are On

Last updated: January 5, 2024

Have you recently installed a camera, and you’re wondering if it’s working? Did you encounter a camera, and you’re not sure if it’s real or fake? It can be pretty puzzling to identify whether cameras are on, but it will be easier once you know these tips.

The easiest way to tell if a security camera is on is through the LED indicators. Most cameras have a red LED light that turns on when recording, plus extra LED lights to show if it’s connected to the WiFi. You can spot it quickly at the side of the lens, letting you know that it is on.

3 Signs A Security Camera Is On

Here are a few more ways to tell your security camera is working: 

1. Log in to your camera’s software

There are security cameras that come with application software that allows you to access your cameras remotely through your mobile phone or computer. Using these tools, you can verify whether a security camera is working properly.

2. Use an electronic bug detector

There are specialty stores on the internet that offer bug or electronic detectors. These things come in varying sizes and are very easy to use. All you need to do is swipe your detector around the area and wait for a signal to emit.

However, you can always make a mistake if you buy a fake detector, so make sure you go to reviews and recommendations to make sure you get one of high quality.

3. Use your phone’s camera

Alternatively, you can use your mobile phone to check and point it to the camera. Most of the infrared lights can be picked up by your mobile phone camera, so you can see light being emitted when you playback the video.

Simply looking at the security camera is not enough to know if it’s properly turned on. However, with these tips, you’ll be able to check it right away. Now, if you want to learn how to know if it has audio, take a look at Security Forward’s guide on how to tell if security cameras have audio.

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