How To Use Your Phone As Webcam For PC

How To Use Your Phone As Webcam For PC

We rely on video calls to communicate with each other, even if for personal or professional purposes. Suppose we turn to our computer’s webcam and if it’s of poor quality (which most of them are) or damaged, it will be a big problem. Fortunately, there’s a workaround, in fact, an easy one.

Droidcam is an app that lets you use your phone camera as a webcam on Windows 10 and Linux PCs.

How To Use Your Phone As Webcam For PC

DroidCam is safe to work with third-party video call apps like Zoom, Skype, etc. It is also available on multiple platforms like AndroidiOSWindows, and Linux. So, first, download the app for your respective operating system(s).

Having done that, let’s see how it works:

How To Set Up DroidCam via WiFi

Install both the phone and the PC client. Start the app on both devices and accept necessary permissions on the phone.

How To Use Your Phone As a Webcam For PC
How To Use Your Phone As a Webcam For PC

Ensure, both the devices are connected to the same WiFi network. The DroidCam app on your phone will show an IP address and port number, which must be entered into a PC client field.

How To Use Your Phone As a Webcam For PC
How To Use Your Phone As a Webcam For PC

Then make sure to select the Video and, if you want, the Audio checkbox too. They control whether your Android smartphone can relay the camera video feed, as well as the sound from its microphone.
THEN CLICK START

If everything is done well so far, you should see the camera output relayed from the phone’s rear optics.

How To Use Your Phone As Webcam For PC

Additionally, you can connect both devices using USB cable too.

How To Set Up DroidCam via USB

How To Use Your Android Phone As Webcam For PC On Windows:

Ensure USB Debugging (inside phone’s Developer Settings) is turned on. Rest, you have to dock the phone using a USB cable into the PC.

How To Use Your Phone As A Webcam For PC
How To Use Your Phone As A Webcam For PC

Start the client and choose “Connect over USB” and then your device from the drop-down list.
THEN CLICK START

How To Use iOS As Webcam For PC:

  • USB connections for the iOS app require iTunes to be installed and that it detects your iPhone when you plug it in. (DOWNLOAD HERE)
  • Click the refresh button on the DroidCam Client USB section, and any available iOS devices will be listed as a string of random characters. This is the unique ID of the device.
  • Click Start to establish a connection just like you would over WiFi.

For more detailed steps, please visit: Dev47apps

Use Your iPhone or iPad As Webcam With Windows

Use your phone as webcam for PC in 17 minutes.

If you have an iPhone or iPad and a Windows PC, a super-easy option is iVCam.

  1. STEP: 1

    Download the iVCam app (AndroidiOS).

  2. STEP: 2

    Download the iVCam Windows client.

  3. STEP: 3

    As you launch both apps, it should automatically connect, and you’ll be able to see the camera feed from your phone or tablet on your Windows PC.

  4. STEP: 4

    In your default video-chatting app, select e2eSoft iVCam as your camera input.

  5. STEP: 5

    If you purchase the audio capability, once you download it, all you need to do is choose e2eSoft VAudio as the microphone in your video-calling app. It will automatically use your phone’s microphone.

  6. STEP: 6

    Play around with the app’s settings to ensure you’re using the highest camera resolution for the best results.

Use Android Phone As Webcam For Mac

To use an android phone as a webcam with your mac computer is EpocCam. It requires iOS 10.3 or newer software. Like DroidCam, you don’t need to use any cables to get it working.

  • Download and install EpocCam from the App Store.
  • Unlike DroidCam, a set of desktop drivers for EpocCam is available for both Windows 10 and macOS. You can download them from the developer’s site, Kinoni.com.
How To Use Your Phone As A Webcam For PC
You will get this notification when EpocCam activates

Install the desktop drivers. Just make sure that your iOS device and computer are on the same Wi-Fi or LAN. Open the mobile app, and finally, launch your video calling app. That’s it. It’s easy and simple, like Sunday mornings.

Connect Using an iPhone or iPad with Mac

How To Use Your Phone As Webcam For PC
How To Use Your Phone As Webcam For PC

First, download and install NeuralCam Live – Smart Webcam from the App Store. When you first open the app, you’ll be prompted to give it permissions. Tap Allow to let the app access your camera and microphone.

Go to NEURALCam LIVE on your Mac. This link will automatically download the Mac plugin package.

To use this as a webcam in specific software like Zoom, go to that app’s settings and change the camera and microphone to “NeuralCam Live.”

How To Use Your Phone As Webcam For PC

Double-click the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the plugin.

(FAQ) Use Your Phone As Webcam For PC

Can we connect mobile camera to laptop?

There are many ways to use your smartphone’s camera as a webcam on the laptop. View the instructions over.

How to connect mobile camera to computer?

Connect your computer and the phone to the same Wi-Fi network. Install the IP Webcam app on your smartphone. Tap Start server. The app will show a URL. Enter this URL in any browser on your computer. In the browser,  Video renderer– Select Browser. Audio renderer– Select HTML wav.

How to turn your smartphone into a wireless webcam?

If your phone runs Android, you can use a free app called DroidCam to turn it into a webcam. If you have an iPhone, EpocCam is the app we recommend turning your phone into a webcam.

Why Do You Need To Use Your Phone As Webcam For your PC?

W hope at least one of these steps works for you. Now you know how easy it is to turn your smartphone into a webcam that you can use with your computer, are you still tempted to buy yourself a dedicated webcam? Or would you rather keep on using your smartphone each time you need to make a video call on your computer?

Do you like how DroidCam works? Or do you prefer another similar app from the Google Play Store?
Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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