Your Windows laptop probably has its own webcam that you use for virtual meetings. But many laptop webcams are stuck at a low resolution. And if you’re using a desktop computer, you might not even have access to a webcam.
In this case, your mobile phone can step in to act as a video camera during a meeting.
Instead, a few third-party utilities are available to turn your phone into a webcam.
Programs such as DroidCam, EpocCam, and iVCam Webcam will help you enroll your iPhone or Android phone for this mission. Additionally, these apps support all major virtual meeting platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Skype.
Using a special mount, you can fix your phone on top of your computer or monitor. Alternatively, you can hold your phone as you walk around the room to stay in front of the camera.
Designed for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, DroidCam will work with your device via Wi-Fi or USB. The program is available in a free edition that gives you unlimited standard definition webcam use and a $5 or $10 Pro flavor that allows high definition video streaming at 720p or 1080p.
How to Use Your Cell Phone as a Webcam in Windows
Compatible only with iOS and iPadOS, EpocCam works via USB or Wi-Fi. The app offers both portrait and landscape mode and will even play with Snapchat lenses. The free version limits the resolution. For $7.99, a paid edition allows for higher resolution streams, wide-angle camera views, and access to your phone’s microphone.
First, hang the mobile app from the App Store. Then download and install the necessary Camera Hub Windows Client. Open the mobile app and follow the screens. Grant the app permission to access your camera and local network. Your phone should then turn into a webcam.
From the mobile app, you can switch between the front and rear camera and flip the video horizontally. From the Windows software, you can adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation, as well as apply different AR lenses, such as background blur, green screen, and sepia.
After adjusting the various parameters, launch your virtual meeting. Change the video source to Elgato Virtual Camera to use your phone as a webcam.
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Another app designed for iOS, iPadOS and Android, iVCam webcam works over Wi-Fi or USB, offers a high-resolution stream, and allows you to take a snapshot or recording of your stream. The main downside is that the free version clutters you with intrusive ads. At $9.99 for a one-year subscription and $24.95 for a permanent subscription, the paid version skips ads and offers other advanced features.
Download the mobile application from the App store Where google playthen enter the Windows client for your PC. Then launch both programs. A USB connection is automatically detected, while a Wi-Fi connection may require you to enter your phone’s IP address, which is listed in the app’s Settings screen. Simply click the Connect button in the Windows client to enter the address and the connection is established.
Using the mobile app, you can switch between the front and rear camera, flip the image horizontally, and adjust lighting and other factors. With the Windows client, you can edit the image as well as take a snapshot or save the video stream. Additionally, you can set the orientation, change the size and resolution, and change the frame rate.
After establishing the connection and modifying the various parameters, launch your virtual meeting. Change the video source to e2eSoft iVCam, and your phone becomes your webcam.