How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

March 27, 2023 1:56 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Article written by: Zachary Amos

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Have you ever seen yourself through a webcam and despaired at how you looked like a faceless, almost-human? That might be the case if you’re still using your computer’s built-in cam. Cameras on computers are usually not very powerful — and this can make you look worse depending on your internet connection and what webchat service you are using.  Buying an external webcam is the obvious solution, but what if there were a way to get the high-quality video you need without shelling out any money? You might have a high-quality webcam on you right now. It’s your phone.

Smartphone Apps to Turn Your Phone Into a Webcam

Smartphone cameras have become extremely powerful — some new phones even make the camera the focal point of their advertising. They’re great for taking high-quality photos and videos on the go without needing a separate camera. The right app can replace your computer’s default webcam or work with laptops that don’t have one to begin with. Many apps can turn your smartphone into a webcam for your convenience.
Of course, you can also use a messenger app on your phone
from anywhere if there’s a secure location. Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams are free to download onto your smartphone so you don’t need a computer. However, if you’re in an interactive meeting that requires you to present your screen and use other tools, a computer is a requirement. Therefore, you will need one of the following apps to turn your smartphone into a webcam.

1. Camo

Reincubate Camo is one of the best apps on the market. It’s compatible with all the popular video messaging apps like Google Meet, FaceTime and Zoom. This app works on phones running on version 7.0 or later and iPhones on iOS 12 or later.  Getting the app set up is easy. Download it to your phone and computer and then launch it. The phone app will give you a choice between using your computer’s Wi-Fi for a cable to connect.
Once you are connected, go to your video messenger. When it asks you what camera you want to use, choose “Camo.” You can also change your default mic to use it on your phone. After following those instructions, you should be ready to go.

2. EpocCam

Whereas Camo works on PCs running on Windows,
EpocCam only works on Macbooks. Aside from that, however, they have very similar features and functionalities. Install EpocCam on both your smartphone and Macbook through the store or by going to the website. After installing the app, you might be redirected to another website so you can download any essential drivers to get the program up and running. The app will then launch on your phone. Launch the app on your Macbook to connect your smartphone.

3. NDI HX Camera

What makes NDI HX Camera different from the rest is its on-screen tools. You can control the zoom and exposure and use your phone’s flash as a light source to brighten your face. Download the app onto your phone and PC to get started. However, it’s a bit pricey at $20 to use the full features compared to its competitors. In addition, it only works on Mac. While NDI HX has its own chat and video messenger app, it’s only
available on PC. 

Start Using Your Smartphone as a Webcam

When you’re tired of your computer’s built-in webcam but don’t want to spend that much money, using your phone as a substitute is an intelligent way to get the job done. Numerous apps are available — all you have to do is find the right one for you.

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