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Working from home is the new normal these days. The COVID-19 pandemic around the world has forced most to work from home. This practice has led to an increase in demand for work-from-home tools and devices, including routers, webcams, microphones, laptop stands, and more. Most of them are out of stock and the ones in stock cost double or triple the original price. Fortunately, you can use your Android phone as a webcam and on PC and Mac. There are a few more reasons to use your Android phone as a webcam on PC and Mac. First of all, the whole setup is quite simple and quick. And second, most laptops have subpar camera quality to begin with.
Use your Android phone/tablet as a webcam with Droidcam
There are several apps on the Google Play Store that claim to turn your Android device into a webcam. Of the few I tried, DroidCam offered the easiest setup with the most reliable results. I’m sure there are smarter, app-less solutions out there to do this, but for the sake of simplicity, here’s what we’re going to do here.
- Download and install the free version of DroidCam from the Play Store. (Requires a device running Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer software.) The developer, Dev47Apps, creates a desktop client for Windows 10 and Linux (but unfortunately not macOS) that you’ll also need to download to your computer. (Note: I’m focusing on the steps for using it with Windows 10 in this tutorial.) Make sure to download the latest version as it fixes some issues that can cause headaches if you’re using an older version.
- After installing the Android app, focus on getting the desktop app up and running. During installation, you will need to allow the application to install audio drivers. Feel free to uncheck “Always trust DEV47 APPS software” if you prefer.
- Once the Windows app is running, you’ll see options at the top of the app window that allow you to connect your device wirelessly or via USB. It’s actually easier to connect over Wi-Fi, so we’ll focus on that. Luckily, it’s on this default setting.
- Under these options, you will see a box where you need to enter the IP address of your Android device. At this point, open the DroidCam app on your Android phone or tablet. It will then display your device’s IP address. Go back to your PC and enter this address in the field called “Device IP”.
- There are two things to do before clicking “Start” on the desktop app. First, make sure the “video” and “audio” boxes are checked. If only the video is tagged, your phone’s microphone will not pick up your voice.
- Next, click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner of the Android app to open Settings. There, in the “camera” section, you can choose to use the front or rear camera. Your rear camera almost certainly outperforms your selfie camera, so I recommend using that. Most of the other defaults are set to the ideal option, so you can leave them.
- Finally, press “start” on the desktop app to start the connection. You should see a preview of the video stream on your PC screen. If you don’t see it, make sure your PC and Android device are on the same Wi-Fi or LAN network. My PC is connected to the internet, but it still works wirelessly with my phone because they are on the same network.
- Now just open your favorite video conferencing app like Zoom, Google Meet or Skype. In each app’s video settings, change the default camera to “DroidCam Source 2” or “DroidCam Source 3”. One of them should mirror what you see in the DroidCam client window.
- To make your device’s microphone the default input for your video conferencing application, go to the microphone section of your video conferencing application (may be called audio input) and select “DroidCam Virtual Audio”. Once you’ve done that, it should work as expected.
- A quick note: If you’re using the front camera for video tasks and for some reason need to grab your webcam-turned-phone to text or browse your contacts, DroidCam won’t stop you. You can crash the app without interrupting the camera feed.
- Now, if you’re using a phone, you’ll want to find a way to place it on your desk to get a webcam-like angle of your face. For some, this might be the most difficult step. However, an easy fix for me came in the form of a car dashboard mount that I already had. I have this iOttie model in my car and it easily attaches to my glass monitor stand. Its grip is large enough to hold a Nexus 6P in a hard case, so just about any phone should fit. The company also makes a suction cup model, which should work with most desktop PCs.
How to Use an Android Phone as a Webcam on Mac
Iriun is one of the most popular apps to turn an Android phone into a webcam on Mac. Let’s set it up.
- Download the Iriun app (Google Play Store link) from the Google Play Store.
- Switch to Mac and go to Iriun website (download link) and download Iriun Webcam app for macOS from official source.
- Make sure your Android phone and your Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. You can also connect them using the USB cable.
- Open Iriun app on both devices and it will connect to start live streaming from Android phone to Mac.
- Users will be able to use this app as the default option in Skype, YouTube, Facebook Messenger, Microsoft Teams, and Google Hangouts. For Skype, open the app, go to Settings -> Audio & Video and select Iriun from the video menu.
- To use Iriun as the default webcam in Google Hangouts, open Google Hangouts on the web. Make a video call, invite participants, then go to Settings -> Video and select Iriun as your preferred webcam. Unfortunately, Iriun does not work with the Zoom application on Mac.
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