With these free apps you can turn your Android smartphone into a webcam for your PC. That’s how it’s done.
DroidCam turns your Android smartphone into an IP camera
Webcams are during
the corona pandemic
still difficult to get or at completely overpriced prices at Amazon & Co. If you still need a webcam in your home office on the PC, you can also use your Android smartphone. And this is how it works step by step:
But there are also some limitations: DroidCam does not always work perfectly and there may be sound and image interference or delays, especially at higher resolutions. The camera app in Windows 10 does not recognize DroidCam as a webcam either.
In principle, similar to DroidCam Wireless Webcam works
also Iriun 4K webcam,
Here too, in addition to the app on the smartphone, client software must also be installed on the PC.
It is also important that you select the DroidCam entries for video and / or microphone transmission in the video chat program used, such as Microsoft Teams, in the settings under “Devices”.
In practice, it is also worthwhile to use a smartphone stand for the home workstation so that you do not have to constantly hold the Android smartphone in your hand. Such smartphone mounts for the PC are in abundance in the most varied of variants. For example with a stand, as a monitor attachment or for clipping to a table edge with a gooseneck. And unlike webcam
these brackets are also available here, for example, directly from Amazon and without waiting times.
Our colleagues from Macwelt explain how you can use the iPhone or an iPad as a webcam
If everything is set up, we recommend you
these tips to help you make a good impression during a video conference.
Because of their rechargeable batteries, smartphones are not intended to always be attached to a power cable and to be charged continuously. This damages the battery in the long run. In this respect, this solution is only intended for short applications and not as a permanent solution with continuous operation for weeks or even months. There is also an energy-saving mode in the app that limits the frames per second (fps). This should allow the smartphone to be operated longer as a webcam without having to be connected to the mains.
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