Although we all turn at least one of the rooms in our homes into a temporary office during a pandemic, some of us are constantly thinking of new and brilliant ways to improve our small business from home. Here, you can easily turn your Android phone into an affordable Web camera for Zoom, Skype, Google Meet and Teams.
These days, much of the world’s communication, whether at work or with friends, is done through video chat. Even after a year of deep pandemics and all the changes it has brought to our lives, it is still very difficult to find a good webcam at an affordable price.
It will probably take some time to get out of this home situation and reconnect to our offices or meet friends outside, so we need to be well equipped with the technology that keeps us in touch.
If you’re looking at webcams that are a little out of your reach, or maybe out of stock, don’t worry, because you can easily turn your Android phone’s camera into a very reliable webcam for yourself.
How to turn your Android phone into a webcam?
If you have a relatively new phone, the image quality should be good enough to surpass the standard camera of your laptop. How to make it functional for yourself:
Search and download the best webcam app for Android
Go to your Google Play store and look for apps that can turn your smartphone into a webcam. You can find dozens of free and paid programs. Choose the one that suits you best. If you don’t know which one is better, here are some webcam apps you can try
- IP webcam
- EpocCam Webcam
This tutorial is specifically designed for DroidCamX.
Once installed, allow the application to access your camera and microphone. Most of these apps drain your phone’s battery quickly when used frequently, so make sure your phone is connected to a charger or external power bank when using it.
Download the DroidCam Client Software to your computer
Open your web browser from your computer and go to this page.
You will be redirected to the latest version of the DroidCam client application.
Read and follow the instructions to continue installing the program.
After installing and saving the file, save it to your computer and extract its contents.
Open the executable and follow the instructions by clicking the “Next” button to continue.
Once the installation is complete, open the DroidCam Client on your computer and proceed to the next step.
Connect the DroidCam Web Camera Application to the Windows Client Application
Open the DroidCam Wireless Webcam application on your smartphone.
Read the quick start guide and click on “Next”.
Allow your phone to use and access your camera and microphone, and press the “Accept” button.
You will see a screen showing that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, the IP address of your Android phone and the port used.
Open the DroidCam Client on your computer.
You will see a section called Connect via WiFi (LAN). Click on it and enter the Device IP and DroidCam Port shown on your Android phone.
Once connected, tap the Video and Audio checkboxes to ensure a smooth video and audio experience.
Start streaming video
To start a video chat on your Android phone, click the Start button from the Windows DroidCam Client.
You should see a preview of the video recorder from the camera of your Android phone.
If this is good, you will have a webcam that works perfectly.
Use your Android Phone as a webcam for Skype, Zoom, Commands and other applications
To connect your phone’s Android camera to any video calling app, open any app that requires a webcam, and use the configuration settings to use your Android smartphone.
Tips for shooting High Quality Videos with your Android Camera
Android cameras generally work better than standard cameras on your computer or laptop, but here are some things you can do to ensure a proper and professional experience with your Android phone’s webcam:
Use the Main Camera or Rear Camera on your phone
Most phones create a higher quality image than a selfie camera with a main or rear camera. It also gives you more options for zooming and focusing, so for best results, remove the front selfie camera and use your rear camera.
Webcam apps also come with video chat options such as video resolution, direction, focus, effects, balance and quality that can help you create a higher quality image.
Fix your phone
Try using a tripod to stabilize your phone, or put it on a desktop mount to get stable picture and video quality. This will help you achieve professional results.
Choose Free Lighting
When recording video with your webcam, good lighting is always a big advantage. This is a game changer. When recording from your phone’s webcam, the bell light works wonders as it removes shadows, brightens your face and smoothes wrinkles.
Get a good microphone
In general, your air curtains or built-in microphone will work well, but if you use a DIY webcam, investing in a good microphone is always a smart choice. Look for the best microphones around you and choose the one with the best quality reviews.
These neat little tips can help you improve your home office and video conferencing setup and provide a more comfortable experience at all your office meetings and presentations.