FRITZ!App Cam Service - Knowledge Base

FRITZ!App Cam Service

Setting up FRITZ!App Cam

You can use FRITZ!App Cam to easily transform your Android smartphone or tablet into a webcam. FRITZ!App Cam automatically records what happens in front of the camera and makes it available on a web page. You can then easily call it up in a web browser in the home network or over the internet.

Important:We no longer develop or support FRITZ!App Cam. This is why we no longer offer the app in the Google Play Store. However, if FRITZ!App Cam is still installed on your devices, you can continue to use it. As an alternative to FRITZ!App Cam, we recommend using the app Alfred Home Security Camera, for example. We have successfully tested it with the FRITZ!Box.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • The smartphone or tablet must have at least one camera.
  • Android 4.0 or later is installed on the smartphone or tablet.

2 Configuring the FRITZ!Box to allow access for applications

In the factory settings, the FRITZ!Box is configured to allow applications to access it. If you changed the FRITZ!Box's settings, configure it to allow applications to access it again:

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Network" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Network Settings" tab.
  4. If available, click "Additional Settings" in the section "WAN setting" or "LAN Settings" to display all of the settings.
  5. Enable the option "Allow access for applications" in the section "Access Settings in the Home Network". If the section is not displayed, enable the Advanced View first.
  6. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

3 Setting up a Wi-Fi connection to the FRITZ!Box

When setting up the app, the smartphone or tablet must be connected with the FRITZ!Box's Wi-Fi network (not the guest network):

4 Installing FRITZ!App Cam

  1. Download the last released version of FRITZ!App Cam as an APK file from the following address and install the app on your smartphone or tablet:
  2. Start FRITZ!App Cam.
  3. If you want to protect access to the camera image from the internet with a password, enable password protection and enter a password in the "password" field.
  4. Define whether "HTTP" (standard) or "HTTPS" should be used to access the camera images.
  5. If you want to use a port other than 8080 (default) to access the camera image, enter the number of the port to be used for the connection in the "Port" field.
  6. Enter the name and password of a FRITZ!Box user who is authorized to access the FRITZ!Box user interface ("FRITZ!Box settings").

    Note:You can edit the access rights of FRITZ!Box users in the FRITZ!Box user interface under "System > FRITZ!Box Users".

  7. If there are several FRITZ!Boxes in the home network, FRITZ!App Cam asks you to select a FRITZ!Box. In this case, select the FRITZ!Box that establishes the internet connection; it must also be the one you configured MyFRITZ! in.
  8. Tap the "OK" button to complete the configuration.

When you start FRITZ!App Cam, the app displays the current camera image. Now you can also view it over the internet. You can use the "Share" function in the app to send the MyFRITZ! Access link for FRITZ!App Cam to your friends or family.

Note:With some Android devices, you can also use camera functions such as lighting and focus with FRITZ!App Cam.

5 Saving images to FRITZ!NAS

The following steps are only necessary if you want to save images from FRITZ!App Cam to a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box:

Note:You can only save the images if you are using a FRITZ!Box with a USB port.

Setting up FRITZ!Box users

So that FRITZ!App Cam can save images to a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box, set up a user for FRITZ!App Cam in the FRITZ!Box that is allowed to access FRITZ!NAS:

  1. Click "System" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "FRITZ!Box Users" or "FRITZ!Box password" in the "System" menu.
  3. Click on the tab "Users" or "FRITZ!Box Users".
  4. Click the "Add User" button and enter a name for the FRITZ!App Cam user (for example FritzAppCam) in the field "User name".
  5. Enter a password for the FRITZ!App Cam user in the "Password" field.
  6. Enable the option "Access to NAS contents".
  7. Click the "Add Directory" button.
  8. Enable the option "Add Directory" and select the directory where FRITZ!App Cam should save the images.
  9. In the section "Directory", assign the user read and write permission to the storage.
  10. Click "OK".
  11. Click "Apply" or "OK" to save the settings.

Setting up FRITZ!App Cam

  1. Start FRITZ!App Cam.
  2. Tap the menu symbol on the top right and then tap "Settings".
  3. Tap "Management" in the "Settings" menu.
  4. In the section "Save recordings", select whether only images, only videos, or images and videos should be saved in FRITZ!NAS.
  5. Tap "FRITZ!NAS settings (FTP)".
  6. Enter the user name and password for the FRITZ!Box user that you set up for FRITZ!App Cam.
  7. Tap the "..." button that corresponds to the "Directory" field and select the directory where FRITZ!App Cam should save the images.
  8. Tap the "Save" button to complete the configuration.