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Convert Your Phone Camera into a Webcam

by John Martin Engineer

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people took to video conferencing apps such as Skype, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom to continue office meetings and schooling. Obviously and interestingly, the market started experiencing heavy demand for webcams, and most of the websites’ webcam stock went out.


Now, what to do if your laptop or PC does not have an in-built webcam? Or what if it does have one, but the quality is not good enough? Well, the good news is, that you can easily use your phone’s camera to create a webcam. Most probably, your phone’s camera will provide better visuals than any webcam. Also, you will have the benefit to position your phone camera however you want to, so that you don’t show your double chin.

So, let’s turn your phone into a webcam for your next meeting.

Search and Download the Right Webcam App for Android or iPhone

Dozens of free and paid apps can help you convert your Smartphone into a webcam. 

Webcam apps for Android phones

Some of the most used webcam applications are:

  • IP Webcam, free to use, and cost $4 for the Pro version.
  • DroidCam, the standard version is free, however, you will be charged $5 for the Pro version. 
  • EpocCam Webcam, again the standard version is free and the Pro version costs $5. This one is the most favorable with the clearest instructions, however, it only works with Windows or Linux machines. 

 

Webcam apps for iPhones

  • EpocCam Webcam’s standard version is free and can charge up to $20 for the professional versions.
  •  iCam is accessible with the fees of $5 
  •  iVCam is completely free to use. 

All of these applications are fairly easy to set up. EpocCam and iCam work for both Windows and macOS. And the iVCam is accessible for iPhone users who have Windows computers, not Macs. 

For any webcam app

Before downloading any webcam application on your phone or PC, make sure to read the privacy policy, and then install it by following the instructions to connect the app to your computer. Some of these apps might ask you to download a driver. You will also be asked for permission by the app if it can access your camera and microphone, or not. 

Be aware

The frequent use of a webcam app may drain your phone’s battery. So, you should consider arranging your video conference set up near a wall outlet, in case your demands are charged in the middle of your meeting. An external power bank can also be used for such purpose, but as you know, a power bank’s battery is another thing to take care of. 

We hope that you won’t be hunting for webcams now, since you have one right inside your phone.

John Martin is a Norton expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2002. As a technical expert, he has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as norton.com/setup.

 

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