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Monitoring your home is important, but not everyone can afford the high prices of security software. Between the physical devices you have to install to the monthly subscription to keep it running, it can make a dent in your budget.

The Manything app (iOS, Android) is a cheaper way to have home security at a lower price. To use Manything, all you need is an old smartphone or tablet.

Simply install Manything onto your current device and your old device. You can link the two from the app. Prop the old device up or use a stand, and point it in the direction you want to monitor. Tap "Camera Mode" and press record in the app.

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You can keep track of the footage from the device you use by selecting "Viewer." Manything is designed to "Record on Motion," so it only takes video when it detects movement. The footage is saved to the Manything cloud and only livestreams when you're watching.

Livestreams support audio recording, so when motion is detected, you also can hear what's going on.

You can use Manything on as many devices as you like. If you get the $3 monthly subscription, you can change the default setting to continuous streaming and recording.

The free plan lets you see a live feed from one device and get motion event notifications.

Manything can send you a notification if movement is detected and trigger an alarm that might frighten off an intruder. According to Chattanooga, Tennessee, TV station WRCB, the app has detected burglars, people stealing packages from the porch, and pets tearing up pillows.

Manything also offers compatibility with other cameras and smart devices. A full list of supported devices and browsers can be found on the app's website.

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  1. The Manything app is a cheaper, easy DIY home security option than standard security systems. Users can link their current device to an old smartphone or tablet to record.
  2. Manything starts recording when it detects motion and can send the user an alert. Footage is saved to the app's cloud.

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