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How to use the camera of your Android mobile as a webcam for your PC

26 mayo, 2021

Android mobiles can be used for many things: call, send WhatsApp, play your favorite titles, watch movies or videos and, why not, as webcam. You only need a Windows computer or laptop, an Android mobile and a good WiFi connection.

The application that we are going to use for this purpose is called DroidCam. Its free version is more than enough for a specific use, but if you want to get HD resolution and eliminate the ads from the app, you will have to get the Pro version, which costs 4.29 euros. With that said, let’s get started.

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DroidCam Android

The first thing you should do is download the application on your Android mobile from Google Play. Once installed, go to the Dev47Apps official website and download and install the desktop client. The procedure is very simple, you just have to click on “Next”, read and accept the terms and conditions of use and pay attention to the third window.

Important: both the computer and the mobile must be connected to the same WiFi network

A pop-up in which the wizard will ask you if you want to install the driver. It is imperative that you accept, since otherwise it will not be able to detect your mobile as a webcam. Once this is done, open the program on your computer and the app on your mobile and follow these steps:

  1. In the application look for “WiFi IP” (it is the first line at the top).
  2. Write the IP address in “WIFi IP” in the “Device IP” box of the PC program.
  3. Check the “Video” and “Audio” boxes.
  4. Click on “Start.”

The video will appear in the program and your computer will understand that the image comes from the webcam, which means that you can use this system for video calls on Skype, Hangouts, Discord, etc.. Just remember to configure the video and audio source in each application.

While you cannot close the Windows program, the Android application you can leave it running in the background. It is important to note that it works with both cameras (you can change it from the settings). If you want to improve the stability of the image – and not have to be holding the mobile with your hand – you may be interested in getting a small tripod or a support for the mobile.

Via | Digital Citizen