How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

Posted by Team Recompute on 12th Oct 2021

Online work and learning has skyrocketed. Zoom, Google meet and Microsoft Teams meetings are the new norm.  People are increasingly finding themselves stuck in a situation where they are left out because they don't have a webcam and supply shortages are not helping their situation. Did you know that your mobile phone can double up as a webcam? Using an old phone that you have lying around or your current mobile phone is an easy and affordable way to join your online class or meetings if you don’t have a webcam on your laptop or PC.

It has been more than a year since the pandemic started, and we are still getting use to the new way of life with remote learning and social distancing. One hidden commodity that most people might have skipped in their mind has been webcam. Due to the massive increase in remote learning/working, people are forced to communicate via online classes and meetings. This dynamic has made it harder for people to find a good webcam with high quality image for a price that doesn’t break your wallet. All you need is a smartphone and that’s pretty much it! 

All have to do is download an app on your phone and computer, either on Windows or Mac, and you are goods to go. There are several apps in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, so a quick look around can morph your phone into a webcam. (We have tried a few and DroidCam is one of the easiest)

Here are the simple steps you need:

1. Download and install your preferred app either on Android or Apple phone. 

2. Download any computer drivers or clients related to your preferred app. (This is how your phone gets to connect to your computer)

4. Open the computer client if required.

5. Plug your phone via USB or Wi-Fi (if app supports it).

6. Open up the app on your phone and connect. 

7. You're done!