How To Use Android As Webcam for PC [via USB and Wireless ]

Imagine that you have very important work and want to use Skype or MSN video calling but haven’t any webcam Sad smile some days ago I have the same situation , after that I googled and found a very fantastic way to make video calls without buying a webcam . yes friends we can use our android phone as a webcam for pc

There are two ways to use android as webcam -

  1. Wireless Using internet
  2. Using USB

Note: we can also use tablets for it

( I ) Use your phone as a webcam via wireless

This is the more flexible and best way that i prefer  to use

Requirements :

  1. internet connection both on pc and phone
  2. download free application called IPwebcam from here via android market

Follow these Steps:

  1. install ipwebcam
  2. you can configure following preference  as you required, I leave all things default
    • communications port
    • enable / disable sound
    • disable / enable the notifications


    use android as pc wireless webcam  

  3. After all thing is configures ,click on ‘start server’
  4. and it will turn your camera on , you will see in upper left corner of screen a button appeared called ‘How do I connect?’

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  5. click on that buttton

    button
  6. and you will receive a URL with the port
    e.g. 192.168.1.3:8080
  7. All you have to do is open your browser and type this address and you will find a screen with various items and options:

You can view your Camera in Several Ways:

  • Open stream in media player, VLC Such as
  • Open remote control panel for use with third-party software and mediaplayers
  • Use Java browser plugin
  • Use JavaScript to update frames in the browser for IE, Playstation and Wii. Use, if your browser do not support natively MJPG
  • Use browser built-in viewer (not supported by all browsers)
  • Use tinyCam Monitor on another Android device
  • Connect to PC for use with Skype and other videochats on Windows
  • Take full-resolution photo with or without auto-focus (to put phone into silent mode to Prevent shutter sound)
  • Immediate download video frame

Third-party software support:

You can choose any option as your need and enjoy video calling, voice chatting with android webcam

(II) Use your phone as a webcam via USB

This process will also allow you to use your Android as a webcam, but you’ll have to connect the phone / tablet via USB cable! Here’s what to do:

  1. First make sure your phone is recognized when connected, this means that you have correctly installed the drivers of your Android phone e.g. when you install kies for samsung mobiles it install drivers on PC for your phone
  2. Download and install USB webcam on your smartphone
  3. Download and install the USB Webcam desktop client  [ download via MULTIUPLOAD ]
  4. Connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable and wait until the PC recognizes the device
  5. Now launch the USB Webcam desktop client. Please do not close the MS-DOS command prompt window that automatically opens
  6. Now start the app USB Webcam  from your phone
  7. we’re  almost done , now you can start the program you want to use with webcam (eg, Windows Live Messenger, Skype, etc..)

And do not forget to set GWebcamVideo as a webcam to use (usually in the settings of programs that support a webcam)

that’s all, happy video calling :)

if you faced any problem feel free to ask via leaving comments below

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Kuldeep Singh is founder of androidflip , young blogger from india who loves to write about android and technology. Follow him on twitter @androidflip

Comments

  1. i couldnt use usbwebcam in yahoo or gmail

  2. R Hamlin33 says:

    it say webcam is busy wehen i use oovoo

  3. using phone as webcam… never thought of it…nice articel

  4. hey i like you blog by the way i have lg optimus one and you?

  5. Purplechillies65 says:

    m trying 2 Use your phone as a webcam via USB…i did watever u posted above…but it didnt work 4 me…
    i have sony xperia x10…anroid version 2.3.3…plz…help..
    thank u..

  6. Spencer Hale says:

    USB method works but I cant get sound

  7. Asani Dhoruba says:

    Skype video does not work with my HTC Hero! All I got is a green screen!

  8. when i am installing voice and video calls for yahoo it saying no device found
    i am unable to use my phone as a webcam plz help me little urgent
    thanks

  9. Maheshram07 says:

    help me out for android 2.3.6, is there any software in the market?

  10. Symbiotespider says:

    does this (vai usb method ) work on facebook???

  11. Symbiotespider says:

    does this (vai usb method ) work on facebook???

  12. Macvsadam31 says:

    is samsung galaxy y GT-S5360 is compitabile with this item

  13. Harinder S Bajwa says:

    after finishing the skype setting its asking for registration of license?

  14. Mr Naveensanthosh says:

    It doesn’t work. It shows a green screen. I’ve set settings to Gwebcamvideo. Help!

  15. Tamoghna Bio says:

    Hi kuldeep I also have a green screen problem
    ..how do i fix that

  16. Tamoghna Bio says:

    Hi kuldeep I also have a green screen problem
    ..how do i fix that

  17. why it’s not working if i connect it via usb hub? :(

  18. Rocky Striker says:

    can u show, how to use Internet PC to my Samsung Galaxy Fit. I want to use mobile internet via PC’s internet

  19. HTANKS FOR THIS

  20. Kannantheblaze says:

    Hai Bro Please its Urgent..!! when i start my USB desktop client, in command prompt its says “error:device not found”…. and when i connect with skype only green screen appears. Please tell me how to fix this bro??? Please :)

  21. Nicks_soni says:

    i have a laptop which is 64bit and u given link is for 86bit can u please tell me where can i find 64bit software of usbwebcam

  22. hi
    to connect with USB the program given is 86bit
    i m using 64bit laptop
    where i can find 64bit software

  23. Bindasrob says:

    HIii, in which mode we have to connect our phone… lik… disk drive, usb tithering, internetpass though, htc sync,……..

  24. iAmfrancoA says:

    I cant operate my phone when it is connected to my PC…when i tap usb webcam icon it open any apps.. so disgusting… how can i resolve this??

  25. Sameer Ghodake88 says:

    how to canect with Facebook video chat

  26. Yogitrathi says:

    hey when i start a video chat in skype it shows an error windows has stooped working of skype…. what should i do

  27. Soumilbest says:

    at the cmd prompt its showing no device found but my phone is connected

  28. no anything is seen just a green rectangle.
    I used with Galaxy SII, ICS

  29. Lingarajur says:

    this USB webcam doesnt support for LG P350 abdroid phone

  30. can i use this software to connect through YM MSN and SKYPE??

  31. i cant play at chatroulet

  32. hiii friend i did all the steps u hv given but it couldn’t work. I was trying to use my mobile i.e. samsung S5830 as webcam for yahoo msnger… at the end of this steps, USB Webcam app from phone shows “waiting for computer (eg Skype)(cam)… Initializing Audio”
    -prasad
    pra_rock84@yahoo.com

  33. i am currently using samsung y dous GTS6102 i can not use this app because this app does not support andr 2.3.6 is there any other app to use webcam on my android phone

  34. ponnappanr says:

    Via USB Andoiid app is not working

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