Apple watch series 4 was released in 2018 and its successor, Series 5 was released in 2019. Both series allow you to turn your Apple watch into a baby monitor using the Apple Watch’s screen as your baby monitor screen and any iOS app camera as the baby camera in your baby’s nursery. Some apps, specifically iCam below allow you to stream live video feed from security cameras to your Apple Watch, similar to what you would on an Apple Homekit compatible camera. All you need is a good internet connection and an internet-connected camera to turn your Apple Watch into an excellent baby monitor.
How to use apple watch as baby monitor
Apple Watch comes with an in-built feature that allows you to view the camera feed of your iPhone or iPad. To turn Apple Watch into baby monitor, follow the steps below;
- Mount your iPhone in your baby’s nursery with the camera rear-facing the baby or the crib area
- Got into the app settings of your Apple Watch.
- Click on the camera icon which is a short-cut to the camera feed on your iPhone
- It will automatically turn on the iPhone’s camera
- You should be able to see the camera feed from your baby’s nursery and you may need to adjust the camera accordingly to make sure you are capturing your baby’s entire sleep area.
Also, check out our recent review of the best smartwatches for kids.
This way, you are able to utilize your Apple watch as a baby monitor to keep an eye on your baby. On your Apple Watch, you can see the camera icon inside your watch display. There are more than 10 other apps on your Apple Watch that you can utilize such as messaging app but of importance to monitoring your baby are the following apps:
Walkie-talkie app turns your Apple Watch into a 2-way talk baby monitor allowing you to speak to your baby if you want to. You can also choose to sing a lullaby to your baby to soothe the baby to sleep. You’ll need to ‘invite’ the iOS device that is also the camera in your baby’s nursery and when the contact accepts the invitation, all you need to do is open your Walkie-Talkie app and start talking to your baby!
Camera App on Apple Watch
You can view your iPhone camera images of your baby on your Apple watch. You can also take pictures using your Apple Watch and even better, you can ask Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri to take a picture by saying, “Siri, take a picture of (your baby)”. You’ll need to set a shutter time to allow you to lower your wrist and to get a good angle for the image.
Below are images of Series 4 and 5 of Apple Watches that have been rated 4.7/5 by 3,000 customers on Amazon. They each cost over $300 but you can access several apps that make it worth every dollar. You can read about the apps and how to set it up on Apple’s website here.
Apple Watch Cam Feed for Nest
You can now watch a live video feed of your baby in your baby’s nursery using this Dropcam app that you can download on Appstore. It will cost you $2.99 to purchase the app but you’ll need a Nest Account and at least iOS 9.
Cloud Baby Monitor for Apple Watch
Cloud baby monitor turns your Apple watch into a baby monitor by utilizing Apple Watch App to stream videos and push alerts right to your wristwatch. You will need watchOS with the latest being the watchOS 5 and 6.
You’ll need to pair your iOS devices such as iPhone or iPad to your Apple Watch to start utilizing your iOS device camera as the camera in your baby’s nursery. Once the iOS device (such as iPhone shown below) are paired with your Apple Watch, you can tap to open the Apple Watch app icon and can play around with the settings on your Apple Watch app such as swiping to see your baby camera feed.
iCam Apple Watch Baby Monitor
iCam is another Apple Watch App that allows you to stream video footage of your baby straight to your wristwatch. The app has been rated 4.5/5 by over 500 users and costs $4.99 on Appstore. Unlike the Apple Watch App above that’s exclusive to Nest Cameras, iCam allows you to stream security camera feed to your Apple Watch.
Baby Monitor 3G Apple Watch
Baby Monitor 3G won the “Show Your App” Award in 2017 and became the best overall app in Germany. Since 2012, 3G baby monitor has been one of the top downloaded iPhone baby monitors on Appstore. Below are some helpful intro videos:
3G baby monitor is a product of an EU-based company called Tappy Taps
Connecting Apple Watch to Camera
The video below explains how you can connect your baby monitor camera to your Apple Watch to get instant notifications on your wristwatch
Annie Apple Watch Baby Monitor
Annie is another Apple Watch compatible App that allows you to turn your iOS devices into an excellent baby monitor. This app has been rated 3.8/5 by 677 iOS users but as of this publication in September 2019, Annie is being modified to stream videos to your Apple Watch and turn it into an Apple Watch baby monitor.
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