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Use an Android smartphone as a PC webcam – how it works


With these free apps you can turn your Android smartphone into a webcam for your PC. That’s how it’s done.

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:

  1. Install the app on the Android smartphone (or tablet)

                            
                                                                                                                                            DroidCam wireless webcam
                                                which is available free of charge. Advertising is shown in the free version. Without ads and with more functions – such as higher resolution and advanced camera settings

                            
                                                                                                                                            the Pro variant for 4.29 euros
                                                 available. This installs the DroidCam server on the Android device.

  2. Install the DroidCam client application on the computer

                            
                                                                                                                                            available here from developers for Windows and Linux
                                                 is. The client application also installs the appropriate drivers so that applications can recognize the Android camera as a webcam.

  3. Now restart the computer.

  4. Start the DroidCam application on both the Android smartphone and the computer. Important: Both devices must be in the same network or you connect the smartphone to the computer via USB.

  5. When connecting via WiFi, enter the IP address shown in the DroidCam server app under Android in the DroidCam client under “Device IP” and then check whether the port is entered correctly in the client application (default: 4747 ).

  6. Click on “Start” in the DroidCam client application on the computer to start the webcam.

  7. In the DroidCam app on the Android device, you can use the settings (in the menu with the vertical “…”) and the entry “Camera” to determine whether the front or rear camera of the device should be used.

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

                        
                                                                                                                    this post.

If everything is set up, we recommend you

                        
                                                                                                                    these tips to help you make a good impression during a video conference.

Note:

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.

Recommended reading: Video conference tools for groups

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