Are you looking for ideas to add an extra layer of security to every corner of your household?
Installing cameras around your residence is an excellent way to do it. It’s all easy until you have to do it in a bathroom! How to hide a camera in your bathroom is not an everyday topic for discussion.
Installing a camera inside the bathroom is, no doubt, a hassle.
One old trick in the books is to hide your cell phone camera while live-streaming the coverage on another device.
The Objective of This Article
Hiding a camera phone may sound appealing, but it’s not that simple to execute. However, that’s no cause for concern. I’m here to make it simple!
In this comprehensive guide, I will explain how you can hide a camera phone in your bathroom with as much detail as possible.
Let’s get started with the most common concern regarding a hidden camera phone in the bathroom!
Invasion of Privacy
The first major red flag that comes to mind, for most people, is the invasion of privacy. In some states, it’s even illegal to film someone in the bathroom.
It’s a valid concern, but only if there are no security risks involved.
To understand this better, you should see why someone would want to install a hidden camera in the bathroom in the first place!
Why Hide a Camera Phone in The Bathroom?
This is a surprisingly simple question. However, its answer is mostly up to the reader. Only you can answer why you’ll need to do it.
Still, I’ve listed out some of the most common reasons people decide to hide a camera phone in their bathrooms.
If you’re concerned about the burglary from the house’s cleaning staff or someone else, you’re well within your rights to plant the camera wherever you please!
Since a bathroom is the last place anyone would expect a camera to be, you can easily catch the culprit.
I’ve seen thieves get away with the crime simply because of a lack of footage in the vicinity of a bathroom!
Looking Out for Those Who Need Help
Some people may even want to install a camera phone to keep a lookout for their young child. Or for someone who needs help getting up.
This automatically means that older people or people with disabilities can also benefit a great deal from this simple venture!
Experimenting for Fun
Lastly, one could be simply in the mood for trying out new things. If you’re researching or testing your camera hiding skills, then a bathroom is the best place to do so.
People are usually looking around whenever they’re in the bathroom. If you’ve sneaked past an area as sensitive as a bathroom, it means you’re now a camera hiding expert.
However, make sure you get consent and permission beforehand!
Step by Step Guide
Finally, let’s see how we can hide a camera phone in the bathroom.
This is a step by step guide of the entire process, so make sure you read it thoroughly:
1. Choose a Location
This is the most crucial step in hiding the cell phone camera. You need to choose a place that’s out of sight and at the same time, provides unobstructed vision.
The best place for this, in my recommendation, is the heating vent.
Some third world countries don’t have a heating vent in their bathrooms, but there’s always at least an exhaust fan or an extractor fan. You can install the camera there too!
Some other good locations to hide a camera phone include
- Décor or a plant etc.
- Wall corners
2. Unscrew The Exterior
Whatever choice you’ve made for the location, there’s probably an exterior that you want to insert the camera into.
Here’s what you need to do in each case:
For Duct and Ceiling
If it’s the heating duct, then unscrew it. If it’s a ceiling, then find an opening inside it. For wooden ceilings, these opening will be easier than tiled or stone built ceilings.
The heating vent or the exhaust fans might be your best options if you have a stone or marble build for your ceiling!
For Plant and Décor
If it’s a plant or a piece of decoration inside the bathroom, then do as follows. It might pay off to apply camouflage on the cell phone camera by painting around either the plant or the camera.
Some decoration pieces may provide a camouflage themselves. You can also get a decoration piece that matches the color of your cellphone for extra sneaking points!
For Cabinet and Wall Corners
Obviously, you won’t need to screw off the cabinets or the wall corners. You can instead use this time to choose an appropriate point of installation for the camera.
For the cabinet, I would urge you to adjust the lens against the opening of the cabinet locker. It will provide an excellent cover if you lock the cabinet afterward.
For the walls, choose a corner that provides the maximum field of view with minimum obstruction.
3. Clean the Point of Contact
The heating vents and openings on the ceilings are usually laced with layers of dust. The last thing you want is the line of sight of your lens being blocked by dirt particles.
So, you’ll need to clean any surface that you plan to put a camera on!
It goes the same for cabinets, décors, and wall corners. Courtesy of the COVID-19, by now, we all know that sanitization is key!
4. Make a Test Run
Before moving on to the final step, I recommend that you make a trial run for the live coverage. Either ask someone to tell you or check it out yourself.
To do this, look at the projection screen where the live coverage of your phone camera is visible.
Looking at that projection will let you know where you need to adjust. You may have to punch a hole through the vent, or you might need to move the camera a little.
Just go for whatever little tweaks you need to make and run some test coverages before moving on to the final step!
5. Install the Camera and Screw Back the Exterior
The last step is the easiest. Just screw back the vent or the ceiling opening and watch the camera do its work! Happy sneaking!
Installing and hiding a camera inside a bathroom might seem a bit unorthodox to some people.
However, after going through this article, hopefully, you’re less skeptical about the privacy concerns and more curious about the installation options.
If you’d like to learn more, feel free to ask in the comment section below!