The ONLY spy app to record video using volume keys with phone screen turned off. This app records video in the background so you can use your phone as normal. You can even turn your phone screen off! NO ONE can tell you are recording video. In Secret Video Recorder 2 We have built upon our capability of our first generation app. This is advanced technology, and there is no other app in the market that even comes close to this app.
- Start and stop video recording using volume keys
- Start and stop video recording even when the screen is off
- Record HD video (1280x720) videos. Some phones may even support Full HD (1920x1080). See Limitations and Bugs below
- Supports front and back camera
- Change launcher icon to keep the app discreet
- Password protection
- Professional hidden camera
- Surveillance camera
- Spy photography
- Secret spy camera
- Mobile hidden camera for Android
- Video recording in HD is of poor quality
- Why does this app not support 1920x1080, my phone camera does
- Audio is not synchronized with the video
- Video is recorded only at 15 fps
- Recorded video does not have frame rate of 30
The answer to all of the above is the same: Not enough CPU available on the phone/device. This does not mean that your phone is outdated or old. Just that mpeg-4 encoding is a very processor intensive task. Doing it on smartphones is even more challenging. Using the Android video recorder has several limitations. That is why we wrote a custom encoding engine.
Our custom encoding engine is new. Its under development. Will it improve? Absolutely! We are working on it every day. Hopefully we will support full HD recording for all devices in the near future.
In the meantime, just use a lower resolution to record your video. Sorry, we know it sucks.
- Video recording starts but where are my videos?
- Videos do not show in Gallery.
- Videos show in Gallery (not a typo, some users complain that videos show in Gallery and others complain they don’t)
- I cannot find my videos
- I cannot find my videos on the computer
If there is no error message when you start video recording, chances are the videos recorded fine and stored on your phone.
First let us make sure that your videos are recorded correctly. Follow the steps:
- Go to SVR Preferences and uncheck the option for Hide Videos.
- Note the folder name in Video Folder.
- Now run SVR to record a video.
- Go to the Gallery app. The video should now show in the Gallery. If not, restart your phone. The video should now show in Gallery.
- To manually view the files, you will need a file manager app. The one that we recommend is Android File Manager. It is free and can be downloaded from Google Play store here.
- Navigate to the Video Folder noted from step 2. You should see your videos.
Now let us hide the videos. Follow the steps:
- Go to SVR Preferences and check the option for Hide Videos.
- Now run SVR to record a video.
- Go to the Gallery app. The newly recorded video should not show in Gallery. Note that the old files will remain in Gallery and will need to be manually deleted with a long press.
- To locate the file manually, let us use the Android File Manager app. Launch Android File Manager and select Menu -> More -> About/Settings -> Android File Manager Preferences and check the Select View Hidden Files option. This will allow you to view hidden files in this app.
- Now navigate to the Video Folder and you should see the file. Click on any file to play the video.
Downloading videos on the computer. Follow these steps:
- Connect the phone to your computer and mount the SD card. Or your phone may default to media mode so you can directly view the files on your computer.
- Navigate to the Video Folder and copy the video files.
- If the video files do not show in Windows Explorer, press the Alt key once and go to Tools -> Folder Options -> View Tab and check the radio button for Show hidden files, folders and drives.
- If you are still unable to view the files, try to restart your phone and try another computer.
- How to save to external SD card?
- How to save to SD card?
- Videos are saved to phone memory, but I want to store videos to the removable card
Android KitKat (Version 4.4.2) and newer
Android KitKat only allows recording to the Android/Data folder on the external SD card. This folder is also automatically deleted when the app is uninstalled. (You can thank Google for this ridiculous implementation!). Please note if you choose to record to the external SD card, please download/backup your recorded videos before uninstalling the app.
All Other Android Versions
Android is really bad about supporting external SD cards and does not provide API methods to save things to the external SD card. So phone manufacturers add the SD card option themselves. As a result the path is different on each phone. Samsung changes the path to the external SD card even between different models of its own phones!
Anyway, follow the following steps to store videos to the SD card.
- Download a free app Android File Manager. It can be downloaded from Google Play store here.
- Launch the app. On top, there is a bar with buttons. Slide the buttons until you see, EXTERNAL SD CARD. Click it.
- On the topmost bar, you should see the path to the external SD card. For example, on my Galaxy SII it is /storage/sdcard1. Note this path on a piece of paper. Remember this path is case sensitive. So /storage/sdcard1 and /storage/Sdcard1 are not the same paths.
- Go to SVR Preferences and go the Video Folder option. Type the path noted from step 3. And add “/svr”. So in the example above, the path to type would be /storage/sdcard1/svr.
- Record video with SVR and make ensure that files are saved to the external SD card.
- Can you add zoom settings to the app?
Sure we can add it but decided not to. Since the video preview is not visible, how will you know how much to zoom? An alternative is to record the video in HD and crop the video to desired zoom on a computer. If you still think it should be there, email us with how you would like us to implement it.
- Some of my videos are corrupt?
- My videos don’t play
- Videos play with green lines
If video recording was interrupted then it is likely that the video file was not closed properly. For example, a phone restart while recording. We have no way to fix such files.
If you do get a corrupt recording, there is no guarantee but you may be able to recover the part of the file that was recorded. Download VLC Player from here and try. It is open source and provides a set of very powerful tools for mp4 diagnostics.
- Can I record the video without audio.
- How do I disable audio from being recorded in my video.
- I use my phone as a Car Dash Cam to record the rare traffic accidents. However my voice activation apps do not work while SVR is running.
Not currently. Send us an email if you need this feature.
- Video does not focus correctly
- Video is out of focus
- Videos are blurred
Please send us an email with your device model and if possible a sample video showing the problem.
- The video aspect ratio is wrong
- My videos are stretched or too thin
Videos are recorded with the resolution selected. Please use a different resolution for recording.
- How do I change settings?
- How do I change video preferences?
When the app is installed, it put two icons in your launcher (or app drawer). One is SVR (used to record video) and the other is SVR Preferences (to change settings).
- Can I automate the start of SVR app for video recording?
- Can I schedule the start of SVR app?
- Do you support automation using Tasker or AutomateIt?
Yes, Tasker and AutomateIt work with SVR. For whatever rule you want, you can set the action to launch SVR app.
- App force closes when starting
Please uninstall and reinstall the app. If it still does not fix the problem, send us an email with your device model number.
- License check runs everytime
- App shows Authentication Failed
This is not normal. Please uninstall and reinstall the app. If you are using 2-step verification, please ensure it is set up correctly. If this is not resolved, send us an email from your Google account used to purchase the app.
- I forgot my password, how can I recover it?
- I don't remember my password
We cannot recover your password. You can reset your password by uninstalling and reinstalling the app. Your videos will NOT be deleted when you reinstall this app.
- How do I stop the video recording?
- How do I stop SVR? I have to restart my phone to stop it.
Using the volume keys.
- While using SVR app, the phone is really slow
- My phone freezes when I start SVR. After the app finishes, the phone is fine again.
SVR is a video recorder. And video recording is processor intensive task. Some older phones do not have the processor capability to handle both video recording and other tasks. Newer phones handle SVR like a champ! Sorry, when you upgrade your phone, this issue will be gone.
You can use DropBox for auto upload of recorded videos. DropSync app, free and pro, works great for folder synchronization and allows the option to delete files after upload. This allows you to use the SVR app as CCTV for continuous recording without running out of space.
Google Drive can be configured similarly. DriveSync app, free and pro, works just like DropSync for Google Drive.
- Is there an iOS version for my iPhone?
- Do you make your app for Windows Phone?
- Is your app available on Blackberry?
No, no and no. Currently we are happy being Android only. But if Google continues to treat developers like second-rate citizens, we will consider porting over to Windows and Blackberry. Sorry we will still not support iOS, because Apple already treats developers like herd animals.
We are constantly adding features in our updates. But we are human and sometimes we mess up. But Google has decided that you only get the latest version and cannot rollback to a previous version. Who are we to disagree with Google. But that is no reason for you to suffer. You can download previous versions of the app from the links at the bottom of the page.