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How to Set Up Swann Security Camera to Phone?

There may come a time when you need to connect your Swann camera to your smartphone. Therefore, knowing how to set up a Swann security camera for Android and iPhone is very important.

This guide will tell you how to connect your Swann IP cameras with the Swann Security application. In general, the Swann Security application can be accessed on both Android and iOS smartphones.

How to Set Up Swann Security Camera to Phone?

Pair your Swann IP camera with the Swann Security application

You must first download and install the application on your smartphone and sign up for an account. This is the user account of the application itself.

Tap the top left menu and select Pair Device. When done, press Start. When you arrive at the page, provide details like WiFi name and password, confirm them and hit Next. Press the reset or pairing button to put the camera into pairing mode. When the LED flashes blue, discharge the button and press Next.

The smartphone currently interfaces with the camera’s WiFi. Click Start to continue. When preparations are complete, you will receive this message (Congratulations… etc.). As soon as you see it, you’re pretty much done. You can now see a real-time perspective of your Swann IP camera.

Connect a camera to a Swann DVR.

The DVR must be connected to an Internet source using the Ethernet cable. Available devices are modems or routers. Then click the DVR on the monitor.

However, leaving some leeway with your DVR would be best. This process generates heat and requires good air circulation.

This allows you to set up your camera system. Recording starts when motion is detected. It also saves hard drive space.

Now set up the Swann app.

  • You must download Swann’s SAFE app for Android for iOS Swann View Plus app. This requires access to your phone or tablet.
  • Now run the app.
  • As soon as you do that, you should enter the device menu.
  • You need to scan the QR code on the top of the DVR.
  • Setting up a security camera system requires some networking knowledge. However, no networking or computer science is required.

Once you understand how IP security camera systems are going, you should consider connecting directly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why won’t my Swann camera connect?

Your ISP or router may have a poor internet connection. Reset or power cycle the router to bring it back online. If the problem persists, contact your ISP for more information. Or the cam may be out of range of the router. Both should be close to each other for the best results.

Finally, check your WiFi password. When prompted by the app, ensure you entered this case-sensitive password correctly.

How do I get my Swann camera back online?

Re-enter the WiFi password and make sure you entered it correctly, as it is case-sensitive. Move your cam closer to the router. Reset your router and check if your ISP provides a stable internet connection.

If the camera is not connecting to excellent WiFi, you may need to troubleshoot the cam, app connection, NVR or DVR connection, etc. You may need to reset to factory settings completely.

How do I reset my Swann security camera?

To reset the Swann camera, locate the small reset button (usually on the bottom of the unit) and press it with the reset key. Secure with a needle or pin for about 10 seconds. Disconnect the camera from the NVR and PoE switch before performing the reset.

What apps do I use for Swann security cameras?

The Swann Security App manages all Swann cameras from one central hub. You can also download Swann’s SAFE for Android devices, SwannView Plus for iOS devices, SwannView Link for multiple devices, and SwannCloud for iPads and Android tablets.


The process is straightforward. Still, it’s best to be vigilant while proceeding with a detailed list of appropriate steps and instructions. Also, if your Swann security device is a different size, model or configuration, please refer to the user manual.

Kevin Carter

I am Kevin, a skilled and experienced CCTV camera expert passionate about providing reliable and effective security solutions. With years of experience in the field, I have developed a deep understanding of surveillance technologies and have honed expertise in installing and maintaining CCTV systems.

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