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Android phone can act as a webcam for computer

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Updated: March 14, 2016
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It is obvious that you could just download Hangouts or Skype on Android phone and perform the video call on your phone itself. But if your phone is quite small or if the video conferencing calls for a scenario where you need to broadcast a wider view of you, that’s when this post can come in handy.

You could also need this in the event you don’t have an actual webcam with you.

It’s true that webcams are built-in feature these days when you talk about laptops or PCs, but peripheral webcams are quite out of date, and in the end, it won’t hurt to learn something new such as turning your Android phone into a webcam. Would it?! It would, if you are immune to doing cool things.

Following are the various ways you can transform your Android phone into a webcam.

  • DROID CAM

Droid Cam works as a whole by installing 2 different apps, one on your Android phone and the other on your PC/ Laptop.

Download Android app named DroidCam on your phone from the PlayStore for free.

Download the PC counterpart on your desktop.

Install the app on your Android phone and run the corresponding app on your PC.

The PC app after running, asks for an IP Address which can be easily found in the DroidCam app from your phone in the settings options.

This way, your phone and PC can connect to each other and the phone’s camera will now act as your PC’s webcam and the phone will also function as the audio streamer for the video calling.

If your Android phone has dual camera, tap the settings button and you’ll find options to choose which camera should act as the webcam.

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As you can see, you can choose to connect your desktop to your Android phone via WiFi or the USB cable.

  • IP WEBCAM

IP Webcam is a another variant to use Android phone as a webcam. It works exactly the same as DroidCam, but requires an additional tech specifition.

Download the IP Webcam app on Android phone from PlayStore for free.

Download IP Camera Adapter on your desktop for free.

Install/ run these apps on your Phone and Desktop.

Once you install and open IP Camera Adapter on your desktop, you will need to type all the details like the IP port number of your phone( which you can find in IP Webcam app on your phone), login entries.

Here’s where IP Webcam differs from DroidCam.

You can only use the IP Webcam on Chrome and Firefox.

Also, you need to type in the Camera feed URL on desktop client as http://<IP port number>:<port>/videofeed

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But IP WEBCAM can be the more preferred alternative as the DroidCam allows for a very limited quality settings options in that you cannot zoom enough and brightness, resolution options aren’t that great either. And you can only view the webcam in landscape mode.

Whereas, resolutions are sufficiently adjustable for video calling.

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