How to use an Android Phone as Webcam for PC

Posted on June 2, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

If you are a Android phone user and in need of a webcam for using it on your PC, you need not go buy one as the camera on your Android device will serve the purpose.  The current advancements in the technology has made it possible to use your Android Cellphone device as a webcam for your PC. Here is a guide which explains on How to  transform your Android phone and make it act like a webcam.  Using an Android phone as a webcam will enable you access all the features that an ordinary webcam does – like video chat with friends over Skype, Yahoo Messenger or Google Talk. Infact it would rather be a better than just an alternative as the resolution would also be slightly higher that what a webcam offers.  Its not that you can directly plug in the phone to your PC and start the conference. You will need an application that will help you to do so. There are various applications which makes this possible, some of the best ones are:

IP Webcam is the most famous one of the three listed above. There are few things that needs to be done in order to setup it up. Here is a guide on How to setup IP Webcam:
  • Download the app > Go to Settings.
  • Create a username and password.
  • Adjust the resolution, frame rate, Image quality.
  • Use the default TCP port number – 8080 or you can your own.
  •  Once everything is set, press “Start Server” and it will display the URL of the video enabling you to view it remotely.

After this, open the web browser on your PC and enter the port number & the IP address that you received while installing the app on your Phone. Now, after the connection of the phone and the computer is established properly, you should be able to see the video streaming.

Now integrate the webcam application with Skype and run it. For integration process, download and install a plug-in that is compatible with the app.  IP Webcam supports Windows, Mac and Linux. The camera can also be viewed in various media players like VLC Media player or can be run even on web browsers.

If you don’t get things right in the setting up process, you can also go back to the other 2 webcam applications mentioned above.

About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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