IOS devices

  • iVCam. automatic pairing of a PC and a gadget without fiddling with IP addresses, there is a choice of screen orientation, resolution and frame rate, client installation on a PC is required;
  • EpocCam. Offers the same minimal features as for the Android version. It is possible to use any camera of the gadget. Requires client installation on a PC. Automatic pairing;
  • iCam. allows you to record the broadcast to the cloud. Viewing the stream through a browser. Allows you to change the brightness and contrast of the video, use the flash. Additional software is not required for installation on a computer.

Wi-Fi connection

Let’s consider an example of a wireless connection using the DroidCam X program. This is one of the most proven and universal connection options for any Android gadget. So, we follow the step-by-step instructions:

  • Launch the DroidCam app on your smartphone. If the application requests the rights to access the camera and the Internet connection, then this action should be allowed.
  • Install DroidCam client on PC.
  • In the program on the computer, select the Wi-Fi connection icon. On the main screen of the application on the smartphone, the IP address of your phone‘s camera will appear (Browser IP Cam Access).

In the Device IP line on the PC, enter the address of the camera and check the Audio and Video parameters with checkboxes to broadcast sound and video stream. Click Start.

You can also use an easier way, where you do not need to bother with IP addresses and configure any parameters. With the EpocCam app, you can achieve automatic pairing of your PC and smartphone / tablet camera. This is very convenient when you need a webcam here and now.

It is enough to install the EpocCam application on your phone and the corresponding client on your computer. Then the real “magic” happens. Run both programs and you will see how the devices will connect automatically!

Android devices

What apps can I use on Android? We have selected several relevant and reliable options:

DroidCam X is installed on a smartphone or tablet (you need to download and install the client of the same name for Windows). Transmits sound and picture, supports connection via wire or Wi-Fi. Provides IP access to the camera.

IP Webcam is a specialized application for organizing video surveillance using a smartphone. To use your smartphone as a webcam, you need to install the IP Camera Adapter program on your PC. You can watch the video stream through the browser or VLC player.

EpocCam. automatic device pairing (software installation on the gadget and PC), simple functionality without frills.

Wired connection

Connecting via USB may require some nerve costs. Use this method only when you do not have the Internet on your phone or computer. here you have to tinker with turning on the snooze mode on your smartphone. We also need a micro USB or Type-C cable.

Let’s look at a connection example using the DroidCam X as an example. Next, follow the step-by-step guide.

  • Connect smartphone to PC using a cable.
  • Launch DroidCam App on Smartphone.
  • Install DroidCam client on PC
  • Enable USB debugging mode for stable operation. This can be done in the “For Developers” menu. We find it along the way: “Settings”. “About phone”. “Build number”. Next, you need to “tap” 7 times on the item “Build number”, after which the “Developer Menu” will open. Find the line with the debug mode and activate it. Here you can find detailed instructions on how to enable this and other default settings on Android phones.
  • In the program on the computer, select the USB connection icon.

Check the boxes opposite Audio and Video and click Start.

After pressing the Start button, the video stream from the camera will appear on the screen. In the future, you can use the camera for any purpose by selecting it from the list of available devices in other programs on your computer.

How to use your phone camera as a WEB camera

Modern people have long been accustomed to the fact that a smartphone is a multifunctional device with which you can solve the widest range of tasks. But the user may not even guess about some of the capabilities of his mobile gadget. For example, in a situation where a webcam is required for video calling, it can be replaced with an Android phone camera.

Turning your phone into a webcam comes in handy if you need to:

  • Make an urgent video call via Skype, but you don’t have a standard camera at hand, or it’s broken;
  • Install an additional webcam for webcasting;
  • Create Remote Surveillance Using Your Phone.

Even a phone with a broken screen can be used as a webcam. The main thing is that the front or main camera module is in working order. For different ways to connect your phone, you will need:

  • USB cable;
  • Wi-Fi access point;
  • Programs for pairing phone and computer or laptop.

How to Connect Phone to Webcam / Camera Via USB

How to use your phone as a USB webcam

This software will work in conjunction: the Android application will configure the phone as a webcam, and the PC program will receive and process the signal from the mobile device.

Let’s take a look at the step-by-step phone setup:

  • Install the DroidCam Wireless Webcam application on your smartphone;
  • Open the page http://www.dev47apps.com/ in your browser, download the distribution kit and install it on your computer or laptop;
  • Turn on developer mode on your phone. You can read about how to do this in our article “10 most useful hidden functions of Android”;
  • Run the USB Debugging function. To do this, select the “For Developers” menu item in the phone settings and press the button in the corresponding item.
  • Launch DroidCam Wireless Webcam App;
  • Connect your smartphone to your computer via a USB cable;
  • Launch the DroidCam client on your computer;
  • Click on the USB connection button;
  • Check the checkboxes Audio and Video;
  • Click on the Start button.

An image from the phone camera will appear on the client’s screen. In the settings of the DroidCam Wireless Webcam application, you can select the front camera as the main one for connection, as well as assign the phone’s microphone to capture sound.

How to use your phone as a webcam over Wi-Fi

DroidCam Wireless Webcam allows you to set up your phone as a webcam over a Wi-Fi connection. To do this, follow points 1 and 2 of the above instructions. Then go through the following steps:

  • Start Wi-Fi on your phone;
  • Open the DroidCam Wireless Webcam App;
  • Open DroidCam on PC;
  • Click on the Wi-Fi connection button;
  • In the Device IP line, type in the number that will be displayed on the main screen of the Android application in the WI-FI IP item;
  • Check the checkboxes Audio and Video;
  • Click Srart.

After that, the application will capture the video signal from the phone camera and transmit it through the client to the computer. The free version of the application only connects the phone and PC, and also contains ads. The paid DroidCam application does not display advertising banners and allows you to adjust the contrast and brightness, change the resolution, and so on.

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Please note: There are many recommendations on the Internet for applications that allow you to use your phone as a webcam. The second most popular program is the USB Webcam Android application. It should work similarly to the DroidCam utility, that is, you need to download the application to your smartphone and the PC program from the official website. The problem is that, although the application is still available on Google Play, the client’s developer’s offsite has ceased to exist, and downloading the distribution from a third-party source is fraught with the introduction of a dangerous virus on your computer.

We turn a smartphone into an IP camera for remote video surveillance

To set up your phone as a webcam, you need:

  • Install the application on your smartphone;
  • Install the adapter on the computer;
  • Set up a camera for video capture in the application;
  • Set video resolution and quality;
  • Change advanced settings: video orientation, focus and flash mode, white balance, color effect, and so on;
  • Select in the application the item “Start broadcast”.

Further, the user has three available ways to watch the broadcast from the smartphone camera:

  • Through a browser;
  • Via VLC player;
  • Via Skype.

To view the video in a browser, enter the IP address and port of the device into the search bar. This information can be found by clicking the “How do I connect” button in the application. Indicate that you are connecting directly and choose the connection method: via a mobile network or Wi-Fi. In the pop-up window, the application will report the desired number, for example, 192.168.0.39:8080. Next, on the video broadcast page, select the viewing and listening mode.

  • Install the distribution kit;
  • Open the player;
  • In the top menu, select the item “Media”;
  • Click “Open URL”;
  • Type in a line with the address indicated in the application and add the word videofeed, for example, like this: http://192.168.0.39:8080/videofeed;
  • Click Play.
  • Open the adapter program;
  • Type in an address similar to the one used for the VLC player;
  • Specify the resolution 320×240 (if the signal does not connect, increase the resolution to the next level, for example 640×480);
  • Click “Apply”;
  • In Skype, open Video Settings;
  • In the “Select webcam” select MJPEG Camera.

The IP Webcam application differs from DroidCam Wireless Webcam in extended functionality and simpler connection, which does not require installation of additional drivers for your phone.

While exploring the ways in which a phone can be made a webcam, we used a model of a gadget from Fly.

Since 2003, the British company Fly has been a stable manufacturer of high-quality smartphones, in which engineers try to take into account all the requirements of modern users. The company focuses on creating budget smartphones that are not inferior in quality to mid-range models. Even in a gadget for 7-8 thousand rubles, the user will find a powerful 4-core processor, a capacious battery, an excellent camera, a high-quality IPS-screen, and all that is framed by a stylish design.

For a while, we turned the Fly CIrrus 9 smartphone into a webcam. Since the testing took quite a long time, we needed a gadget with a capacious battery, a large screen, a high-speed Internet module and a smart processor. And the Cirrus 9 smartphone came up for every point. On the large 5.5-inch IPS screen, it was very convenient to manage application settings and learn instructions for managing programs. A powerful 4-core 1.25 GHz processor ensured stable system performance when downloading and running multiple applets at the same time. The 4G LTE module made it possible to instantly download the most voluminous application, and a capacious 2800 mAh battery kept the smartphone on full alert all this time.

Modern people have long been accustomed to the fact that a smartphone is a multifunctional device with which you can solve the widest range of tasks. But the user may not even guess about some of the capabilities of his mobile gadget. For example, in a situation where a webcam is required for video calling, it can be replaced with an Android phone camera.

Turning your phone into a webcam comes in handy if you need to:

  • Make an urgent video call via Skype, but you don’t have a standard camera at hand, or it’s broken;
  • Install an additional webcam for webcasting;
  • Create Remote Surveillance Using Your Phone.

Even a phone with a broken screen can be used as a webcam. The main thing is that the front or main camera module is in working order. For different ways to connect your phone, you will need:

  • USB cable;
  • Wi-Fi access point;
  • Programs for pairing phone and computer or laptop.

This software will work in conjunction: the Android application will configure the phone as a webcam, and the PC program will receive and process the signal from the mobile device.

Let’s take a look at the step-by-step phone setup:

  • Install the DroidCam Wireless Webcam application on your smartphone;
  • Open the page http://www.dev47apps.com/ in your browser, download the distribution kit and install it on your computer or laptop;
  • Turn on developer mode on your phone. You can read about how to do this in our article “10 most useful hidden functions of Android”;
  • Run the USB Debugging function. To do this, select the “For Developers” menu item in the phone settings and press the button in the corresponding item.
  • Launch DroidCam Wireless Webcam App;
  • Connect your smartphone to your computer via a USB cable;
  • Launch the DroidCam client on your computer;
  • Click on the USB connection button;
  • Check the checkboxes Audio and Video;
  • Click on the Start button.

An image from the phone camera will appear on the client’s screen. In the settings of the DroidCam Wireless Webcam application, you can select the front camera as the main one for connection, as well as assign the phone’s microphone to capture sound.

How to use your phone as a webcam over Wi-Fi

DroidCam Wireless Webcam allows you to set up your phone as a webcam over a Wi-Fi connection. To do this, follow points 1 and 2 of the above instructions. Then go through the following steps:

  • Start Wi-Fi on your phone;
  • Open the DroidCam Wireless Webcam App;
  • Open DroidCam on PC;
  • Click on the Wi-Fi connection button;
  • In the Device IP line, type in the number that will be displayed on the main screen of the Android application in the WI-FI IP item;
  • Check the checkboxes Audio and Video;
  • Click Srart.

After that, the application will capture the video signal from the phone camera and transmit it through the client to the computer. The free version of the application only connects the phone and PC, and also contains ads. The paid DroidCam application does not display advertising banners and allows you to adjust the contrast and brightness, change the resolution, and so on.

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Please note: There are many recommendations on the Internet for applications that allow you to use your phone as a webcam. The second most popular program is the USB Webcam Android application. It should work similarly to the DroidCam utility, that is, you need to download the application to your smartphone and the PC program from the official website. The problem is that, although the application is still available on Google Play, the client’s developer’s offsite has ceased to exist, and downloading the distribution from a third-party source is fraught with the introduction of a dangerous virus on your computer.

We turn a smartphone into an IP camera for remote video surveillance

To set up your phone as a webcam, you need:

  • Install the application on your smartphone;
  • Install the adapter on the computer;
  • Set up a camera for video capture in the application;
  • Set video resolution and quality;
  • Change advanced settings: video orientation, focus and flash mode, white balance, color effect, and so on;
  • Select in the application the item “Start broadcast”.

Further, the user has three available ways to watch the broadcast from the smartphone camera:

  • Through a browser;
  • Via VLC player;
  • Via Skype.

To view the video in a browser, enter the IP address and port of the device into the search bar. This information can be found by clicking the “How do I connect” button in the application. Indicate that you are connecting directly and choose the connection method: via a mobile network or Wi-Fi. In the pop-up window, the application will report the desired number, for example, 192.168.0.39:8080. Next, on the video broadcast page, select the viewing and listening mode.

  • Install the distribution kit;
  • Open the player;
  • In the top menu, select the item “Media”;
  • Click “Open URL”;
  • Type in a line with the address indicated in the application and add the word videofeed, for example, like this: http://192.168.0.39:8080/videofeed;
  • Click Play.
  • Open the adapter program;
  • Type in an address similar to the one used for the VLC player;
  • Specify the resolution 320×240 (if the signal does not connect, increase the resolution to the next level, for example 640×480);
  • Click “Apply”;
  • In Skype, open Video Settings;
  • In the “Select webcam” select MJPEG Camera.

The IP Webcam application differs from DroidCam Wireless Webcam in extended functionality and simpler connection, which does not require installation of additional drivers for your phone.

While exploring the ways in which a phone can be made a webcam, we used a model of a gadget from Fly.

Since 2003, the British company Fly has been a stable manufacturer of high-quality smartphones, in which engineers try to take into account all the requirements of modern users. The company focuses on creating budget smartphones that are not inferior in quality to mid-range models. Even in a gadget for 7-8 thousand rubles, the user will find a powerful 4-core processor, a capacious battery, an excellent camera, a high-quality IPS-screen, and all that is framed by a stylish design.

For a while, we turned the Fly CIrrus 9 smartphone into a webcam. Since the testing took quite a long time, we needed a gadget with a capacious battery, a large screen, a high-speed Internet module and a smart processor. And the Cirrus 9 smartphone came up for every point. On the large 5.5-inch IPS screen, it was very convenient to manage application settings and learn instructions for managing programs. A powerful 4-core 1.25 GHz processor ensured stable system performance when downloading and running multiple applets at the same time. The 4G LTE module made it possible to instantly download the most voluminous application, and a capacious 2800 mAh battery kept the smartphone on full alert all this time.

Owners of gadgets do not even realize how functional they have a device. Today we will talk about one of the multimedia features.

Using a smartphone, you can replace a regular webcam, thereby solving the problem of its absence or failure. In such cases, the smartphone camera can be used to:

  • remote video surveillance;
  • video calls;
  • as a main or additional camera for webcasting.

It will take a minimum of time and skills to set up. The connection process is well automated and will be within the power of an ordinary user.

There are several ways to connect. For the different methods, you will need a USB cable, a Wi-Fi network, and apps to pair your phone’s camera with a PC. Let’s figure out each method separately for Android and iOS platforms.

Wired connection

Connecting via a cable is done in much the same way as with a wireless connection. The only difference is that you first need to connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer. This time we will do without dancing with a tambourine around debugging, for which we can thank the Apple ecosystem. Then we follow the same steps as for Wi-Fi connection:

Wi-Fi connection

iVCam is a simple yet flexible way to connect. It was this application that we took as a basis for step-by-step instructions with four elementary steps.

If the computer is based on Mac and Ubuntu

Mac users can also use an iOS or Android device as a stock webcam. Download the EpocCam app and client for both platforms. You can also use iCam to connect an iOS gadget to a Mac.

What about Ubuntu and other Linux users? For those, there is the only Droidcam solution. Download Linux version of Droidcam and install using special commands.

What is needed for this

It is necessary to connect the “mobile phone” and the computer port. A microUSB or USB cable will help with this. On the device, select the mode you need. We are talking about the modes of the drive, webcam or modem.
As a rule, there is no need to install drivers. But there are also exceptions. For example, if a message “jumped out” at the bottom of the smartphone screen that a new device is being connected. In this case, check the availability of the Internet and download the necessary drivers. After that, the devices will have to finish syncing automatically.
How to connect a smartphone to a PC via wireless networks.
Wireless networks do not allow data to be transferred too quickly. But on the other hand, with their help, you can connect Android to a PC or a phone on another operating system (for example, iOS) to a laptop an order of magnitude faster. Make sure your computer has either WI-FI or Bluetooth in advance. Otherwise, you will have to go in search of a cable.

3 easy connection options

The choice of a suitable connection between a smartphone and a PC depends on the task that you have set for yourself. For example, if we are talking about a large amount of data, then it is advisable to use a USB cable. This method is also worth resorting to if you plan to use your smartphone as a modem or webcam.

Is it possible to connect the phone to the computer as a WEB-camera?

DroidCam Wireless Webcam allows you to set up your phone as a webcam over a Wi-Fi connection. Then go through the following steps:

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Start Wi-Fi on your phone; Open the DroidCam Wireless Webcam App; Open DroidCam on PC; Click on the Wi-Fi connection button; In the Device IP line, type in the number that will be displayed on the main screen of the Android application in the WI-FI IP item; Check the checkboxes Audio and Video; Click Srart.
After that, the application will capture the video signal from the phone camera and transmit it through the client to the computer. The free version of the application only connects the phone and PC, and also contains ads. The paid DroidCam application does not display advertising banners and allows you to adjust the contrast and brightness, change the resolution, and so on.

Please note: There are many recommendations on the Internet for applications that allow you to use your phone as a webcam. The second most popular program is the USB Webcam Android application. It should work similarly to the DroidCam utility, that is, you need to download the application to your smartphone and the PC program from the official website. The problem is that, although the application is still available on Google Play, the client’s developer’s offsite has ceased to exist, and downloading the distribution from a third-party source is fraught with the introduction of a dangerous virus on your computer.

How to connect any phone to a computer via a USB cable

Alternative connection

Connect your phone to your computer like a mouse

After the connection between the devices is established, the application opens the full keyboard (including the arrows and the Windows button). With its help, the phone can be used not only as a keyboard, but also as a trackpad. A scroll bar also appears, allowing you to scroll with a swipe of your finger. When the phone is used as a horizontal trackpad, the keyboard disappears from the screen.
Those users who have already tried the new application note that it works well enough, but the cursor is too sensitive. If you reduce the cursor speed in the general mouse settings of the Windows operating system, it will not be very convenient to work with a regular mouse. It also takes some time for the app to reconnect after each logout or screen off. Clicking with the left mouse button is done with a regular tap, and the right one. with a tap with two fingers. From Intel’s documentation, PCWorld notes, it follows that a version for iOS will soon appear, the market share of which is growing faster than that of Android, which still retains its position as the most popular operating system for smartphones.

How to connect a phone as a modem to a computer

To learn how to use your phone as a modem, you first need to set up the Internet on your phone. How to do this read our article How to set up the Internet on an Android phone.

Then connect your smartphone to your computer using a USB cable. If the computer requires drivers or programs to work correctly with the phone, install them on the PC. A driver disc is either attached to the smartphone, or the drivers are located on the phone itself. They can be accessed by connecting the smartphone in USB storage mode.

How to make a microphone from your phone

In order to implement this idea, you need two programs. one for the computer, the other for the phone. To get them, go to the developer’s site. And from point 1 download the client for Windows (there is also a client for Mac below).

If at the end something does not work, then from step 2, download the driver and install.

Install the downloaded program on your computer.

Before you can make a microphone out of a phone, you still need to get an Android program. You can download it there.

After downloading, install this program on your phone.

First, launch the program on your phone and go to the “Settings” tab.

Here we are only interested in one option. “Transport”, which determines how the microphone will work from the phone. via a USB cable, via Bluetooth or Wi-fi. I will show using Wi-fi as an example, since this requires additional movements, while when working on other devices, you just need to select them.

Select the required transmission device in the “Transport” option.

Now run the program on your computer, click the “Connection” item and select the “Connect” sub-item.

In the window that opens, select the transmission device. I will choose “Wi-fi”.

Then go back to the program on your phone and press the “Start” button. The IP address will appear.

This IP must be recorded in the program on the computer. And then click “Ok”.

After that, in the program on the computer, click the “Options” item and select the “Play in speaker” sub-item.

And now you can check how your phone performs the functions of a microphone, try to say something into it and you will hear your voice in the computer.

You will learn how to make a microphone from a phone that works over Wi-fi. As mentioned above, this method can be implemented via Bluetooth and cable. To do this, all actions must be done in the same way as described above (having previously selected the desired transmission channel in the “Transport” option), except for the IP address. this will not be useful in these options.

How to Use Mobile Camera as Webcam via USB Method

How to make a microphone from an Android phone that works over USB, Bluetooth and Wi-fi

Android devices are truly versatile, and you can make almost anything out of them and use them for any purpose. In this article, I will guide you on how to make a microphone from an Android phone that can be used on a computer or laptop.

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