With a bit of free software, you can use your android smartphone as a webcam. That means you can take part in video chats using apps like Skype or Zoom without splashing out on a separate webcam even if your computer doesn’t have a built-in camera. Just follow these steps below to connect your smartphone and get ready to chat.
1) Connect your phone and computer The first thing you need to do is install the appropriate apps onto your computer and phone. This will enable you to connect your phone to your computer. There is a choice of free apps available, including the popular DroidCam.
2) Once DroidCam is installed and started, a window will appear asking you to choose how you want to connect your phone.
3) If you have a USB cable, select the 'connect to phone (USB)' option. This offers the advantage of not draining your phone's battery as the cable will charge your phone at the same time.
4) If you don’t have a USB cable, you can connect using WiFi / LAN. To do this, you'll need to enter your smartphone's IP address to connect the two devices. If you don't have a microphone on your PC, you can also use this facility via your smartphone. Just make sure you check the Audio box. Bear in mind that this option can drain your battery faster, so you may need to use a charger or power bank.
To find out if you have successfully paired your phone with your computer, try it out. For example, if you're using Skype, start it up. Go to Tools> Options" and "Video settings" tabs. Then in the field "select webcam" find your camera, which will appear under the name DroidCam Source. If it has worked, you will see the image from your phone camera directly on Skype.
If your phone hasn’t been recognised as a webcam, try shutting down and restarting your computer to see if that does the trick.