Getting started

To turn a spare smart phone or tablet into a home security camera, watch our first time set up video here.

How does Manything work?

Manything lets you monitor anything, from anywhere! With the Manything app you can turn your spare phone or tablet into a home security camera.

Once you’ve set up your cameras, you can log into your Manything account and view your cameras from anywhere. If you have a Manything subscription your video will be saved on the Manything cloud for the length of your subscription plan.

How many devices/cameras can I use?

You can set up as many Manything cameras as you need. You’ll need a Manything subscription if you want to use more than one camera at a time.

Does Manything record constantly?

The default recording mode is ‘Record on Motion. In this mode Manything only records video to the cloud when it detects movement and only live streams when you are watching.

If you have a Manything subscription then you can change to continuous streaming and recording in the camera settings menu.

Where are my videos stored?

Your video is stored securely in the Manything cloud, which is hosted on Amazon Web Services. We don’t store any video on the device unless network connection is lost.

How can I watch my footage?

All Manything users can watch their camera live feeds. If you have a Manything subscription you can also watch past recorded events.


You can watch your footage from the Manything app and online through the Manything website.


If you want to watch from the Manything app, open the app on the device you have with you and login using your Manything username and password. Select ‘Viewer’ to see your camera feeds. You’ll need iOS 8 / Android 4.2 or higher to view your cameras.


Simply log in at the top of the Manything website to watch your footage from any web browser.

Use the same login details across all the devices you’re using for Manything, this is how we connect all your devices to your Manything account.

Why can't I login to my account using my Facebook id?

We’ve not allowed Facebook registration for a couple of years due to Facebook withdrawing support for iOS6 and iOS7, if you need help with this please email

Manything for smartphones and tablets

Which smartphones and tablets can I use as a Manything camera?

The Manything app can be download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

You can use any Apple phone or tablet with iOS 6 or higher as a camera, to view your camera feeds remotely you’ll need iOS 8 or higher.

For Android devices you’ll need iOS 4.2 or higher to use the device as a camera or to view your camera feeds remotely.

Can I use an Amazon Kindle Fire 7” as a camera?

Unfortunately not, our app used to be compatible with Amazon Kindle Fire 7” devices but a recent change to the Amazon operating system means that our app no longer works.

How do I set up my spare smartphone or tablet as a Manything camera?

For first time setup help watch our tutorial video. You need to download the Manything app onto your spare device and the one that you take with you every day. Use the same Manything account details on both devices – select “Camera” on the device you will use to record, then select “Viewer” on the device you take with you.

Can I use an iOS device as a camera and then view my cameras from an Android device?

Yes, Manything works across operating systems. You just need to be logged into both devices with the same Manything login credentials.

Can I talk through my camera device?

Yes, if you are using a spare smartphone or tablet as your Manything camera then you can talk through Manything. Open the app on your viewing device and select the camera you want to talk through, then select the “Talk” tab and press and hold the green button to record your message.


You can repeat an audio message every time motion is detected by turning on ‘Repeat on motion’.


If your camera is an iOS device on iOS 6 then please set its volume to the maximum to ensure your message will be heard (devices running iOS7 and above we will automatically play your audio at the device’s maximum volume).

How much space does Manything need on my device?

Although Manything streams the video straight off to the cloud you do need at least 250MB of storage free on your phone in order for Manything to run, if not you will get an error message that says “out of diskspace”.

I'm worried about leaving my device connected to power continuously. Won't it get hot?

Any device running Manything will feel warm to the touch when it’s running and hot if you hold the area on the back where the main processor lives. This is completely normal and no hotter than the device would get if you watched a YouTube video on it. To reduce heat turn the screen brightness all the way down before you leave the camera running and leave your device out of direct sunlight.

Do you recommend particular power supplies?

We recommend that you only use the power supply that came with your device when new, or an identical replacement. Lots of Manything users have their devices connected to power for a long time, so it’s really important this is only done with genuine power supplies. There are reports of counterfeit power supplies not being as reliable – including overheating and causing a fire risk.

I want to use my old iPhone with Manything but it needs activating, how do I do this?

To reactivate your old iPhone you will need to insert a SIM card from the carrier that the iPhone is locked to (if it’s carrier unlocked, any SIM will work). You can use an old or borrowed SIM card for this as the SIM is only required during the activation process. Once the device is activated you can remove the SIM card and continue to use the device as WiFi only. You will be prompted to connect the device to your WiFi network during the setup/activation process. When the device is up and running and on the home screen you can log into the App Store with your Apple ID (you can have more than one device per Apple ID) and download the Manything app.

The SIM card sizes for Manything compatible iPhones are shown below:

  • iPhone 3GS – Mini SIM
  • iPhone 4 and 4S – Micro SIM
  • iPhone 5, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus, 7 and 7 Plus, 8 and 8 Plus, X – Nano SIM

Note: If you have a SIM which is too small for the iPhone you are trying to activate you can purchase an adapter to suit.

Can I use Manything in low light conditions?

If you are using Manything on an iOS smartphone or tablet you could try the below:

    1. You can set Manything to switch automatically between video in good light to ‘enhanced still images’ in low light. These enhanced images are recorded every 10 seconds, and are created by adding several images together. The pictures can be grainy, but can show much more detail than a conventional photograph.

Alternatively we have found using Manything with a motion activated light works well at night time.

Can Manything record video when running in the background?

No. Apps running in the background cannot access the camera. If you press the Home button (the round one on the front) while you’re recording, the recording session will end.

What happens if I press the 'Lock' button while I'm using Manything?

If you press the Lock button you’re sending Manything into the background. When running in the background it cannot access the camera and so it cannot record any video.

What happens if someone calls my phone while it's recording?

Receiving a text, phone call, calendar reminder, low battery warning etc. on your phone will interrupt your recording for about a minute.

How can I lock my camera to keep it safe, but still record?
If you are using an iOS device as your camera you can keep your device safe without stopping recording by using “Guided Access” mode. “Guided Access” means you can lock down your iOS device and prevent others from accessing things you don’t want them to. Here’s how:
  1. On the device you are using as a camera, go to the main iOS settings menu – General – Accessibility – Guided Access. Turn Guided Access ON.
  2. Open the Manything app and start the camera.
  3. Triple-press the home button on your camera device and tap “Start” in the top-right corner to enter Guided Access mode. This will lock down the iOS and keep your Manything camera running.
  4. Important: Make sure that touch is disabled within Guided Access by triple pressing the home button and going into ‘Options’ in the bottom left corner.
  5. To exit Manything, triple press the home button and ‘End’ guided access.
Top tips for reliable smartphone or tablet recording

We hope Manything is already very reliable, but there are several things you can do to help keep your cameras online. Our top tips are:

  1. Ensure the device is connected to a power source – but only use official charging products when leaving recording devices unattended.
  2. Make sure you’re running the latest version of Manything.
  3. Keep your device out of direct sunlight, and away from other heat sources, such as radiators. When a device overheats, it shuts down completely – taking the camera offline. If you must have the device in direct sunlight to get the picture you need, then shading it with a piece of white card or aluminium foil can be very effective. Similarly, avoid using a case, so that there is good airflow around your device.
  4. Disable auto-brightness and turn the brightness to minimum. Within the Manything app go to the settings menu for your camera device, go down to ‘Advanced’ and ‘Screen Dimmer’ then set this to 1 minute, this saves a lot of power and creates less heat.
  5. Select the lowest video quality you’re happy with, and mute the audio in our settings menu if you don’t need it. If you use stills only mode, reduce the frequency to that which you absolutely need. This reduces the amount of processing the device needs to do, which saves power and reduces heat. It also lowers the bandwidth required to stream your video.
  6. If you only use Manything for live viewing, leaving your camera on standby mode (at the record screen, but not recording) substantially reduces power consumption. Simple activate the camera (by using our remote control functionality) when you want to check in, then turn it off again when you’re done.
  7. Close all other applications (you can do this by double-tapping the Home button and then swiping upwards on each app). This makes sure that Manything is not fighting for memory, space, computing power or network bandwidth with anything else.
  8. If your camera is an iOS device sign out of iCloud and iTunes. This avoids various alert boxes appearing on the screen, which cause the screen to become bright again – which uses more power and creates more heat. Please note: this will mean you won’t get automatic Manything updates from the App Store, so check in occasionally to see if there is new functionality you could be enjoying!
  9. For iOS devices you can use a feature called Guided Access. This secures your device with a PIN, and will restart the app if it crashes. Instructions can be found here
  10. Do a cold re-boot of your device (power it off completely and power back on and restart Manything). This helps restore the system memory of the device, low system memory can cause a device to go offline. Rebooting the camera is useful every couple of weeks if possible, especially on older devices as they have less memory to start with.
Troubleshooting: I restored iTunes and now one of my devices is duplicated in my device list.

On either of your devices select “Camera” then from the Manything settings cog select “Developer” then “Change Device Identity”. The device will then have a new identity in your Manything account and you may want to delete the old device. Please note that deleting a device will delete all its associated event and sessions.

Troubleshooting: I have multiple WiFi networks and my iPhone gets confused about which to connect to while recording, how can I fix this?

If your WiFi cuts out and then returns sometimes your device can get confused about which network to re-join. Instead of reconnecting the iPhone will ask you to select a network and this will interrupt your recording. To resolve this problem you must take three steps:

  1. Go into the setting on your iPhone: settings > general > reset and click reset network settings (note that this will remove all network preferences on the phone).
  2. Go back to settings: settings > WiFi and select your preferred network
  3. Still in WiFi settings ensure that you have not selected “Ask to Join Networks”

This should ensure that your iPhone connects only to your preferred network when recording.

Troubleshooting: Why has my camera gone offline?

There are several causes for a camera going offline:

  1. Poor network connection.
  2. Over heating – If the device is left in direct sunlight or near a heater it can overheat and automatically shut down.
  3. Low battery – make sure you leave your device connected to power using a genuine charger. You can check your camera’s battery status remotely from the app and the web.

If you are using an Apple device and your camera doesn’t come back online once these things are resolved, it is most likely due to a bug in the Apple operating system. We’ve raised this with Apple and are waiting for it to be fixed, but you can restart the Manything app to get your camera back up and running.

Viewing my Manything cameras
How can I watch my footage?

All Manything users can watch their camera live feeds. If you have a Manything subscription you can also watch past recorded events.


You can watch your footage from the Manything app and online through the Manything website.


If you want to watch from the Manything app, open the app on the device you have with you and login using your Manything username and password. Select ‘Viewer’ to see your camera feeds. You’ll need iOS 8 / Android 4.2 or higher to view your cameras.


Simply log in at the top of the Manything website to watch your footage from any web browser.

When I view my live stream on the Manything website, why does it pause after 15 minutes?

When Manything doesn’t detect any interaction between a user and their video (for example the mouse hasn’t moved for over 15 minutes), it pauses the displayed video as it assumes you’re not watching it. Your camera will still be streaming and recording. This happens on free accounts only.

Troubleshooting: I have just registered a new device but it isn't showing on my Cameras page.

If you’re already signed in to the Manything website when you register a new device, you’ll need to sign out and sign back in again to see it listed under your devices. If you are in the phone app, you can hit the refresh button.

Troubleshooting: When I try and view my video in a web browser, it doesn’t play

Here are some known issues that may help you:

  • If you’re viewing your stream on Safari on an iPhone, iPod or iPad and you have “Private Browsing” enabled your Manything video won’t play. Disabling Private Browsing will solve this, although we recommend that you watch your live streams directly from the Manything app.
  • If you’re running IE 9 you won’t be able to review your sessions. We recommend you upgrade to a more recent version of IE to view your video

If you’re still having problems, please contact us at and we should be able to help you.

Manything alerts
How does Manything send me alerts?

You can set up push and/or email notifications. These can be turned on/off in the settings menu for each of your Manything cameras.

Can Manything alert me when it detects motion?

You can turn on push notifications and/or email alerts from your Manything camera settings menu. Make sure you’re logged into the Manything app on the phone you want to receive the notifications on, then check you have allowed notifications from Manything in your device’s main settings menu.

How can I customize motion detection?

You can customize the motion detection from your Manything camera settings menu:

  • Go to “Sensitivity Threshold” to change the sensitivity of the motion detection. 1 will trigger recording when Manything detects small motion events, 10 will only trigger recording on large movements.
  • Go to “Detection Zones” to mask our areas of the screen which you don’t want to monitor. Draw a mask over the areas that you don’t want to trigger recording, for example if you have a tree in your garden which regularly blows in the wind. The mask will remain on for all recordings until you remove it.
Can you alert on sound?

If you’re using a smartphone or tablet as your Manything camera you can enable sound detection in the camera settings for that device. You can also adjust the sound sensitivity.

Can I receive alerts when my camera has low battery or has gone offline?

Yes these alerts are turned on by default. This will alert you when we detect that your camera has been offline for 10 minutes and it will alert you to changes in your battery status.


You can disable ‘Camera status’ alerts from the settings menu of your camera device.

What do I get with the free Manything plan?

On the basic free Manything plan you can view one camera live. To add more cameras or to view previously recorded events, please upgrade to a paid plan.

Why would I pay for Manything?

Our paid subscribers get extra functionality:

  • They can have more than 1 camera – we have plans available for 1, 2 or 5 cameras for home users. Please contact us on if you need something outside of our normal plans!
  • As well as viewing their cameras live they can access their previously recorded events. For example, users with a 2 day cloud subscription plan can watch recordings from the last 2 days.
How much does Manything cost?

Details of all of our plans can be found in the app.

I'm worried you're going to charge me without my permission

You’ll never be charged and you will always be on a free account unless you choose to upgrade to one of our paid for plans.

I need more than 30 days cloud video recording / more cameras

Please contact us at to discuss pricing outside our regular plans.

What payment methods do you support?

To sign up for a monthly subscription just go to ‘My Plan’ in the Manything app. If you take out a subscription you’ll be paying through your Apple App Store or Google Play Store account.

What if I want to downgrade or cancel?

You can change or cancel your monthly subscription plan whenever you need.


We can no longer offer new subscriptions through PayPal. To upgrade or downgrade your existing PayPal plan please cancel your PayPal subscription in the ‘My Account’ section of the Manything website and then go to ‘My Plan’ in the Manything app to subscribe through your Apple Appstore or Google Play Store account.


If you’ve signed up to a monthly subscription via the app with your Apple ID and upgrade you’ll be charged the full amount for your new subscription straight away. If you want to downgrade you will need cancel your subscription in your iTunes account and re-subscribe to a new plan. You can cancel at anytime by managing your Apple subscriptions.


If you subscribe via the Google Play Store and upgrade or downgrade your new plan will take effect immediately. Any unused balance from the old subscription will be applied on a prorated basis to the new subscription.

How do I cancel my subscription?


If you have subscribed with PayPal you can cancel your plan from your Account page on the website.



If you have subscribed in the app with your Apple ID you will need to:

  1. Open the main settings cog on your Apple device.
  2. Select “iTunes & App Store”
  3. Tap your Apple ID, then select “View Apple ID” in the pop-up
  4. Sign-in to your Apple ID if prompted.
  5. Scroll down and tap “Subscriptions”
  6. Select and cancel your subscription to Manything.
  7. Your subscription will now be cancelled and you will be able to carry on using the service until the end of your subscription period. Apple will send you a confirmation email.

Our upgrades are non-refundable once purchased. If for any reason you need to claim a refund then please follow the instructions below:


Go here and sign in using your apple ID

The click “Apps” and click “Report a Problem” next to the Manything purchase. Choose the reason you want a refund and describe the situation to Apple.



If you have subscribed via Google go to the Google Play Store App and select ‘My Apps’, ‘Subscriptions’, select Manything and press cancel.



From the Amazon website:

  1. Go to Your Account, and select Apps and more under the Digital content and Devices section.
  2. From the menu on the left, select Your Subscriptions

From your Kindle tablet:

  1. Tap Apps, and then tap Store.
  2. Open the menu, and then tap Manage Subscriptions.
Will you offer refunds?

Our upgrades are non-refundable once purchased.

Downloading and sharing video
How do I download or share video clips?

If you are viewing the video in the Manything Pro app, select the event you’d like to share or download. You’ll see options to Share, Download or Delete the event.

  • Share’ gives you the option to share a picture, a file, or a link to your motion event.
  • ‘Download’ will save the event to your device photos.

If you are viewing the video on the Manything website, select ‘Cameras’ then ‘Events’ and select the event you’d like to download. You’ll see the options to Share Link, Download Event or Create Clip.

How do I create a shorter clip from a longer recording session?

You can do this on the Manything website. Login to your account and then select and play the session you’d like to edit. Select ‘Create Clip’, you’ll see a blue clip marker appear over your timeline, pull and stretch that into position, then press ‘Save Clip’. You can then save, share or download your clip.

Can I unshare a clip?

You can unshare your clips at anytime. To access a list of any events you have shared – go to your ‘Shared’ events in the app, or to ‘Clips’ then ‘Shared’ on the web. Select the event you want to unshare and select ‘Unshare’. This will break the link to the clip so no one with access to the link can watch it.

How can I delete sessions or events?

Deleting entire recorded sessions can only be done via our website at the moment.


To do this, login to from a web browser and navigate to the “My Cameras” page. From there, highlight the recorded “session” you want to delete and you’ll see a “Delete” option in the top right corner of the grey bar above the sessions. Alternatively you can delete individual motion events by clicking on the ‘Events’ tab and following the same steps as above.


You can also delete individual motion events from the app by selecting “Viewer” from the main screen and selecting the device that was used to record them. Swiping left on an event will bring up the delete button.


Once a session or event is deleted we cannot recover the video for you.


You can’t yet delete multiple events at once, but we’re working on it.

Email and password changes
How can I reset my password?

If you’ve forgotten your password you can reset it both on our website ( and via the app; here’s how:

  1. Click the log in button
  2. Click “Forgotten your password?”
  3. Enter your e-mail address and press send
  4. You will receive an e-mail with a reset link which should be used within 20 minutes of requesting it

If you have any cameras recording when you change your password they will go offline within 15 minutes.


If you are having problems re-setting your password from the link it may be because the link has broken in the email. Please try copying and pasting the whole link into your browser window, rather than clicking on the link from the email.

How can I change my password?

If you know your current password you can change it via the “Accounts” page on our website or via the “Account” section in the Manything settings menu on the app (iOS only).


If you have any cameras recording when you change your password they will go offline within 15 minutes.

Can I change my email address?

To change the e-mail address associated with your account you will need to log in to our website and navigate to the “Accounts” page. Remember, if you change your email address or password you will need to sign out and back in again on all your devices too.

How can I delete a device from my account?

This functionality is available from the Manything website only. If you have any devices that you no longer wish to be associated with your account then you can delete these by going to and following the steps below:

  1. Make sure the device is not recording
  2. Log in to your account and navigate to the “My Cameras” page
  3. Select the device you wish to delete from the drop-down list
  4. Select the settings tab (on the right) and then press “Delete Device” which will appear near the bottom.

Please note: Deleting a device will also delete any associated recorded sessions. If you would rather keep the device on your account but hide it from your list of cameras on the iOS app then you can long press on the device name and press the red X. Once done, long press again.

How do I delete my account?

If you registered with email address and password you can delete your account from the “accounts’ page on


If you registered with Facebook please e-mail from the e-mail address associated with your Facebook account and we can delete it for you.


To delete your Manything Pro account please contact your provider or us on

Data and security
Is my video secure?

Manything’s cloud services are hosted in Amazon Web Services which is used by thousands of corporations across the world. Access to any of the stored video files is very tightly controlled and requires multi-factor authentication – even our developers do not have access. Authentication to view any of your video is secured by your login name and password and a security token which is generated on our servers. When you view any of your video, whether it’s live or recorded, it is transmitted to you over a secure, encrypted channel (“TLS” or “HTTPS”). Information about the Amazon Web Services compliance with various standards can be found at To understand the division between the responsibilities of Amazon and Manything, please consult the AWS Shared Responsibility Model documentation at

What cyber security protocols do Manything follow?

All communications between cameras and the Manything cloud service, and between servers within the Manything cloud service, are made over HTTPS, which mitigates against traffic interception or replay attacks. The only exception to this is on-demand live streams from cameras to the Manything cloud service, when the user is actively watching the stream. The upward stream (camera to cloud) currently runs over RTSP, though the downward stream (cloud to viewer) runs over RTMPS. As cameras are almost always situated in a well-secured private network in the home or business, the risk to the upward stream is very low. User videos are encrypted at rest in Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service) and always transmitted over HTTPS.

What data will Manything collect about me?

When you create a Manything account you provide us with a username and password. As a cloud video recording service, we also store your video in our cloud servers. The data security of our user’s video is of paramount importance to us., find out more by reading our Privacy Policy. We may also collect a range of information about the way you use our service, including device settings, app settings and usage. This data is used to analyse what our users are doing as a group in order to help us improve the service. It is not used to analyse what you are doing as an individual unless you contact us and ask us to investigate a problem that you have experienced.

Where is my data stored?

The Manything “cloud” is hosted by Amazon Web Services, which also hosts thousands of other major brands across the world. Manything uses two AWS data centres, one in Ireland and one in North Virginia, USA. When you register, Manything choses the closer data centre. For example, users who register in Europe will have their videos stored in Ireland and those who register in the Americas will have their videos stored in the USA.


Some usage data, such as what features you have used in the app, is gathered and stored in Google Firebase.


If you send an email to our support team, your email is stored in a 3rd party system called “Help Scout”. Their privacy policy is here


If you have given your consent for us to send you occasional emails about new services or products that we provide, then we will use MailChimp to send these emails. Their privacy policy is here:

How long is my data kept for?

Your video is stored in the Manything cloud and it is automatically deleted after a number of days depending on your account level. Even users on our ‘free’ level will have their video stored for one or two days before it is deleted. Once deleted, the video cannot be recovered as no back-ups are stored.

If you have created a shared link to a clip or a motion event, the video behind that link is never automatically deleted. Links to shared clips or motion events will work until you un-share the link or delete your account. Find out more by reading our Privacy Policy.

Can I extract a copy of my data?

You have a right to extract all of your personal data. This right originates from European legislation called ‘GDPR’. You can extract and download all of your video using the features of the Manything service. If you have a valid reason, such as wanting video as evidence in a court case, we can help speed this process for you if you contact our support team. The only personal data we store other than your video is your email address, device names and the titles and descriptions of your clips – you can see all of these in the Manything UI.

Can I request that Manything forget me?

You have a right to be forgotten by Manything. This right originates from European legislation called ‘GDPR’. The way to be forgotten is simply to delete your Manything account. All your video will get deleted within 2 days and your email address will be removed from our database, so there will be no way for us to link any server logs back to your account. We keep the server logs as ‘anonymised data’ so that we can analyse it to help us improve the service.


If you have sent any emails to our support team and you want these to be ‘forgotten’ please contact our support team.

Do Manything know my password?

User passwords are not stored by Manything, we take the industry-standard approach of storing individually-salted, key-stretched hashes and using those for password validation. This means that, in the event of a breach, no user passwords would be retrievable from Manything systems.

Are there any privacy implications I need to be aware of?

Depending on which country you’re using Manything in you may be subject to laws covering things such as Privacy and Data Protection. Often there are distinctions between recording in a public place or on your own property. There are also often distinctions between use by private individuals and organisations, in some jurisdictions there are even distinctions between recording audio and video. In some places hidden cameras are unlawful, in some they aren’t.


It is hard then to give any general advice on complying with the law in every country; we recommend you find out for yourself in your location and your circumstances. We have written some general notes below, but we are not lawyers so the best we can do is point you to other places as a start on checking out your local law.



Don’t video anywhere where someone has a reasonable expectation of privacy e.g. a bathroom. This is probably covered by 4th Amendment rights as well as not being very nice. Local and state laws vary significantly and often cover hidden recording and particularly audio recording. We have not found a concise summary of all the local and state laws covering privacy in the USA; if you find one please let us know.



Check the information on the Information Commissioners Office Website. Note that in the UK there is a distinction between business and private or household uses – as of May 2013 the ICO website says “The Data Protection Act does not apply to individuals’ private or household purposes. So if you install a camera on your own home to protect it from burglary, the Act will not apply.” If you’re an organisation rather than a private individual then the ICO publish a guide on the issues around using CCTV which again can be found on their website.



The Australian Government has a website for the office of the Australian Information Commissioner that covers privacy and information law it can be found here.



A number of provinces have laws and oversight offices on privacy – a starting point might be the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada which has links to oversight offices for each province.

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Internet requirements
What happens if my network connection goes down?

If you are using a smartphone or tablet as your Manything camera, the device will keep recording if connection is lost. Manything will go offline, but the video will be saved to the device (until it runs out of space) and will be uploaded to the cloud when connection is restored.

What speed Internet connection do I need?

Manything for smartphones and tablets:

If you are using a smartphone or tablet as your Manything camera you’ll need around 250Kbps up to the Internet – note that speeds are often quoted as download speeds but in this case you need to look at the upload speed as Manything sends video up to the cloud.

How can I control how much bandwidth Manything uses?

If your Manything camera is a smartphone or tablet, the best way to reduce bandwidth usage is to make sure your camera recording mode is ‘Record on motion’ in the camera settings menu (this is the default mode). Recording continuously uses more bandwidth, but if you do need to record continuously there are several things you can change in the camera settings menu to reduce or limit Manything’s bandwidth usage:

  • Change the video quality: There are 6 options to choose from here and data usage will be reduced when a lower setting is selected. The default is “fair” and we find this a good balance of both video quality and data consumption. Users who are not concerned with usage and have faster connections might like to experiment with higher video quality settings.
  • Mute audio: We’ve found that activating the mute audio settings can save bandwidth and the quality of the image will not be affected.
  • Stills mode: This setting is for those who wish to keep data consumption to an absolute minimum (or prefer only stills to be captured). Users can adjust the frequency with which stills are captured; the options range between 3 seconds and 60 seconds. Audio can be both activated and deactivated in stills mode and motion detection will still function.
  • Set a Data Limit: Users have the option to cap Manything’s data usage at a specified monthly limit and select their preferred rollover date. The settings range from 2GB – 20GB for broadband and 100MB to 2GB for cellular data (which can also be enabled/disabled). There is also an unlimited setting for both.
Can I use Manything over a cellular connection?

If you are using a smartphone or tablet as your Manything camera you can record over cellular, but by default this is not enabled. Go to your camera settings and turn on “Allow cellular data”. You can also set a data limit so you don’t exceed your plan; this is set to 250MB but can be adjusted.

If your camera is running over a cellular network you can choose to only live stream over cellular, and to only upload recorded motion events when the device is connected to wi-fi.

Can I make a recording without an Internet connection?

If you are using a smartphone or tablet as your Manything camera you can record with no Internet connection – the motion events (or still images) will be saved on the device and will be uploaded to the cloud once connection is restored. This setting is available under ‘Advanced’, ‘Lost Connection Preferences’.