Webcams are currently hard to find and expensive. If you're already tired of the puny integrated webcam on your Windows 1
If you have a newer Android smartphone, the rear camera has a much better sensor than most Windows laptops and some of the cheaper webcams on the market. Trust us – this is one of the fastest ways to improve your video conference game.
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You can try using your video conference platform's Android app, but if you participate in a business call, you may want to use your Windows computer. This way you have access to all the programs you need to work from home.
You can use your Android smartphone (both front and back camera) as a wireless webcam with the DroidCam app on your phone and the DroidCam client app for Windows 10. It works with the most popular apps for video calls on Windows (except the Windows Store version of Skype).
You can also connect via USB, but this requires some advanced tinkering. The free version of the app only supports standard definition. If you want high resolution (720p HD) video then you should buy the $ 5 DroidCamX app instead.
Start by downloading and installing the DroidCam Wireless Webcam Android app on your smartphone. Then download and install the DroidCam Client for Windows 10 from the Dev47Apps website. Make sure that both your Android phone and your Windows 10 computer are on the same WiFi network.
Open the DroidCam Android app and allow it to access the camera and microphone. After going through the tutorial, you will see the main screen of the app with the details of the wifi connection.
Open the DroidCam Client on your Windows computer. Click the Wi-Fi button to start the connection process. Type the "Device IP" from the Android app of DroidCam.
It will then appear in the "Wifi IP" section.
If you want, you can select the "Audio" option to use your phone's microphone. When you're done, click & # 39; Start & # 39 ;.
The camera of your Android smartphone is now activated as a webcam. You can see the preview directly in the DroidCam app.
DroidCam now becomes the standard webcam for all video conferencing apps. If not, go to the audio and video settings of your video conferencing application to switch the default setting to DroidCam.
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In the Skype app, you can find this option in Settings> Audio and video settings. Click the drop-down arrow next to & # 39; Camera & # 39; and then select & # 39; DroidCam & # 39; as the source.
To switch to the front camera, tap the menu button in DroidCam & # 39; s Android app and go to Settings> Camera> Front.
Now all you have to do is set your phone to the correct height and angle. You can lean it against your laptop screen easily, but we recommend investing in a tripod or a smartphone stand.
Don't have an Android phone? You can also use your iPhone or digital camera as a webcam.
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