How To Use Your Android Smartphone As A Webcam?

You may not know it, but the best webcam for your PC is already in your pocket! Whether it’s video conferencing or streaming, you’ll need a quality camera. So before you buy a new webcam, why not convert your Android phone into a high-resolution camera? It will work much better than laptop webcams. Here is how to use your Android smartphone as a webcam!

What you need

We don’t recommend splurging on a brand new smartphone just to use it as a webcam. However, if you have an old or secondary Android phone, you should reuse it for your video calls.

As long as your phone’s rear camera is working well, you don’t have to worry. As for expenses, you’ll have to shell out quite a bit on a smartphone tripod and an Android app.

Finally, you need to buy a good tripod for your smartphone. If you have a handy hand, you can try making your own. A quality tripod will come in handy whenever you want to record videos. Which makes it a good investment.

How to Use an Android Phone as a High-Resolution Webcam

There are many applications to use a smartphone as a webcam on Android. Among the most used, DroidCam is the most effective. Moreover, it is free, reliable and highly rated on the Play Store. You can download and use the app for free with some limitations. For example, you can only enjoy 480p video resolution. Some video options will also be missing, such as the ability to rotate or flip the camera. But don’t worry: the free version of DroidCam is perfectly usable.

Once you have downloaded the app on your phone, start your PC. Then, install the DroidCam client for desktop computers. With both apps installed, open DroidCam on your phone and PC. On the DroidCam app for Android, check the IP address and port. If you see a bunch of zeros in the IP address field, check if your phone is connected to wifi.

How to use DroidCam on PC?

On DroidCam for PC, click the wifi icon in the upper left corner. Then enter the IP address and port number in their respective fields, and press Start.

You should start seeing a camera feed on your PC. Now you can use any tripod or phone mount to point the rear camera at you and use that stream for video calls through Zoom or other video conferencing apps.

Note that DroidCam does not work if your phone is connected to the 5 GHz band and the PC is on the 2.4 GHz band. As long as you make sure both are on the same wifi network and in the same band, you can use your Android smartphone as a webcam without any problem.

DroidCam also supports wired connectivity via a USB cable, but the steps are a little too complicated, so it’s probably not worth it for most people. If you really want to try it, you can go to the app developer’s website and this page for more instructions (click Connect via USB (Android)).

Finally, it’s a good idea to keep the Android phone plugged in while you’re using it as a webcam. Of course, not everyone wants to have a flat smartphone during an important video call or a livestream. Remember not to neglect this parameter!

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