Turn Your Android Phone into a Webcam

Edited by Rose B, Lynn, Joely, Eng and 3 others

A webcam is very useful nowadays when conducting a video chat via Yahoo Messenger, Skype or Facebook. Unfortunately, this is not possible if you do not have a standalone webcam or a built-in webcam on your computer. Worry no more -- if you have an Android device with a camera and built-in WiFi, you can now turn it into a webcam.

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What you need:

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    Android phone
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    Computer
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    Two programs -- one for your PC and the other one for your Android device
     
    1. For your PC, download the IP Camera Adapter at http://ip-webcam.appspot.com/
    2. For your Android device, download IP Webcam from the Google Play store
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Procedure:

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    Download and install the IP Camera Adapter on your computer
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    Download and install IP Webcam on your Android device.
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    Connect your computer and Android device on the same WiFi internet connection.
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    On your home screen, go to "Apps", then open the IP Webcam App on your Android device.
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    Open "Settings"
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    Change the settings in accordance to your own preference. You can change the resolution, quality and frames per second. The higher settings you choose, the clearer the video that can be captured will be.
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    You can also change the orientation, and the camera to be used
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    You can make use of your front camera instead of the main camera.
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    Next, set your username and password so that others will not be able to gain access to your webcam.
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    Click on "Start Server" and you have activated your webcam.
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    Then go to your computer.
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    Open "Configure IP Camera Adapter".
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    Enter the IP, which can be found at the bottom of your Android device
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    Enter the username and password you have set up, and then click on "Auto Detect"
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    Click on "OK" and you are ready to use it.
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Use it on Skype:

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    On your computer, open your Skype application.
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    Then go to "Options"
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    Go to "Video settings" and select "MJPEG Camera".
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TIPS and TRICKS

  • Use lower settings on your Android device, like the resolution, quality and frames per second. The higher the quality, the more data will be needed to be transmitted, so you will need a faster connection for this. If you have a slow internet connection, you will experience lags.
  • Using your Android device as a webcam consumes your battery quickly, so you have to keep it plugged in to have an uninterrupted video chat.
  • You can make use of the front camera to have a lower resolution and faster connection.
  • You can also make use of your Android Tablet with a camera and built-in WiFi.

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Questions and Answers

I have a 9 year old child, and I want to be able to see from his Mobile?

My son is too hyper, and I need to monitor his position at all times. What can I do?

The only way you will be able to constantly monitor your nine year old son will be with a spy phone application, but this will rapidly drain his battery, and then you will not be able to reach him. Additionally, an app like Stealth Genie, or My Spy will cost you hundreds of dollars per year, but you will be able to record the surroundings near him and view them online.

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Rather than spy on him using these apps, you should instead install a location tracking application, like GPS Tracking Pro, which is a free app, but offers in app purchase for added features. Using this you'll be able to track his location, but not see a video of him.

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Categories : General Android Mobiles & Tablets

Recent edits by: Grimm, sagar_unknown, Eng

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