I’ve created this blog post to share my experience using the Guardzilla app for PC. I’m really impressed with how easy it is to use and an effective way to monitor your home or office while away from it. The Guardzilla app is a great tool that can be installed on any Windows computer and will send alerts whenever the camera detects something moving in your area of interest. It’s easy to set up, very affordable, and most importantly – 100% safe!
Basic App information
- Requirement: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
- Available on: Amazon
- Network interface: Wi-Fi
- Manufacturer: Guardzilla
- Camera type: Network surveillance camera
- Warranty: 1 year
- Color: Black/White
Scoring The App
The good: It is very cheap compared to many other apps, less than $100 and no extra additional monthly fees. It has a one-year warranty. Motion detection on it is pretty good. It is very easy to set up as well.
The bad: One great shortcoming of the app is that it cannot play recorded video. This is pretty bad because recordings are a must in a good surveillance system. It cannot record in HD. Has no pan, tilt, or zoom movements. There are low-cost apps that will include these features.
Features of The Guardzilla App
- Low cost:
This app is only $100, which is almost half the price of its peers like Dropcam Pro ($200). Ring Alarm ($199) and others. Yes, configuration-wise it is pretty behind but it will attract many people who are looking for security in a budget because of the relatively very low cost.
It has a unique rounded triangular shape and white/black in color. It is 5.5 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide at the base. The triangular shape gives it a great look no doubt but that might be a problem in case you want your camera to maintain secrecy.
- Set-up and requirements:
A 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network would be ideal to set the app up. At first, you have to install the app (installation details will be given in the ‘How to install’ section) then follow the Step Guide. You have to plug in the camera before you launch the app. Then you will be directed to Guardzilla Wi-Fi, connect, open an account, name the network and set-up should be complete, fairly easy.
- Recordings and additional settings:
You have to insert your own SD card if you want to record video clips, you have to later remove it to watch it, that is, the app offers no way to watch it inside. It will in general send motion notification alerts and take snapshots.
Videos are captured at 640×480 VGA resolution, not very high by present standards. Offers an 89-degree horizontal field of view, also a little low. It has a motion sensor, a microphone, a small (but loud) speaker, a lens cover and a microSD card slot.
The integrated microphone makes it easier to communicate through it. It has 100-decibel sirens, can be activated by motion or manually using the Panic button on the app.
Using settings, you can enable notifications, enable siren and alarm delay (30, 60, or 120 seconds). More settings will allow you to enable night vision, picture quality and video recording. The Activity button will let you set up detected Motion, Alarm Armed/Disarmed, Alarm Set, and Image Taken. Click on Motion or Image Taken and the activity will show a snapshot of that event with the date and time.
How to Install Guardzilla App For PC
In this section we will see how to install this app on Windows and Mac:
How to Install Guardzilla on Windows:
We have to use an emulator because this is originally an app for Android. Here we will see how to do it by BlueStacks, the process for other emulators is almost the same.
Step-1: First you need to download and install Bluestacks on your PC.
Step-2: Launch the Bluestacks emulator and open your Google Account.
Step-3: Sign in to your Google Account, go to Google Play Store and write “Guardzilla” in the search bar.
Step-4: Install the App by clicking the install button.
Step-5: After Installation opens from Bluestacks home screen and now it is ready to be used.
How to Install Guardzilla on Mac:
Step-1: First you have to download the .dmg file of BlueStacks Emulator for MAC.
Step-2: Then follow the steps as for windows.
How to use it (Guardzilla App For PC)
- First you need to get Guardzilla, Amazon might be a good place to buy it from.
- It comes with a Step Guide that you have to follow.
- If you want to use Guardzilla app on your PC, you have to download and install the app following the instructions in the ‘How to install’ section.
- You have to plug it to an outlet and once the camera is plugged in.
- Once the app is opened you will be guided to Guardzilla Wi-Fi network.
- Connect, open an account in the app.
- Give the network a name, reconnect and you are done. Set-up is complete.
Alternatives of Guardzilla App
Manythings is an app for iOS devices that turn any iOS system into a security camera. It is free of cost and if you use Mac computers this is a good alternative. The set-up is shockingly easy and will get you set up in under a minute. Interface and features are average but since it is free there is no risk.
2. Salient Eye
Salient Eye is a free and easy-to-use home security app. It has a motion detection; alert system and it can take snapshots when needed. You can also get notifications on your phone of any possible intrusion.
Presence is another free app for iOS that you can use for home security. However, it is not compatible with Android fully which might be a let down for a large number of people using the app. It has not even been optimized for some later versions of iOS devices.
Frequently Asked Questions About Guardzilla App for PC
Q. How to uninstall Guardzilla?
If you used the emulator Bluestacks to install Guardzilla for windows then you have to use it for uninstallation purposes as well. Go to Home on Bluestacks, go to Installed Apps. Put the mouse cursor near it and it will show the option- Delete Apps. Now you will be able to red mark the app you wish to uninstall, in this case, Guardzilla.
Q. Can I record videos on Guardzilla?
Yes, you can. But you have separately bought and added your own SD card to it. It has a slot for an SD card that will record videos for you. You have to watch them later on a PC or SD card reader by removing the card from the device.
Q. How to use Guardzilla?
Guardzilla is fairly easy to use. The device comes with a step guide that will describe all the steps for it, we have in this review, also described using this app in the ‘How to use it’ section. The interface is simple with all the Arm/Disarm, Monitor, Activity Log, Settings and Panic buttons on the home screen for easy access.
So, the bottom line is that Guardzilla App for PC gives a considerable performance. On one hand, it is much cheaper than its paid peers and on the other hand, you have some free options that can outperform it in some aspects. Now, it is up to the user to choose what is best for them. Within its price range, the Guarzilla app provides good services and features.