The situation in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic is changing people’s habits, from offline meetings to all-round video conferencing. Webcams are sometimes needed, but why buy if you have an Android phone that can be used at home?
If you are using a PC running Windows and you are using an Android phone, one of the easiest and most wireless methods is using the DroidCam application. Here are the steps:
1. Download the application from the Google Play Store on your mobile. Your phone must be running Android 5.0 or higher. To check, go to Settings> About Phone> Android version
2. Download the Windows client ( http://www.dev47apps.com/droidcam/windows/ ) on the PC then follow the installation instructions
3. After the DroidCamApp icon appears on the desktop, double-click to open it. Open the application on an Android phone too. Make sure your desktop and phone are connected to the same WiFi network. However, this also works if the desktop is connected via Ethernet.
4. On the Android application, you will see a number after WiFi IP and DroidCam Port. Enter the numbers into the PC that say ‘Device IP’ and ‘DroidCam Port’. Make sure Video and Audio is checked. Press ‘Start’.
5. Then, open the video conference application settings and change the camera and microphone input to DroidCam and DroidCam Virtual Audio.
That’s it, the camera and audio should be connected to your Android phone. For the record, DroidCam doesn’t work with applications downloaded from the Microsoft Store such as Skype.