The Apple Continuity Camera feature allows Mac users to use their iPhone as a webcam while making video calls, as the feature has been seamlessly integrated into the Apple ecosystem, and needless to say is the best app we’ve seen so far.
However, such a thing is not available for Windows and Android users, but before Apple came with the Continuity Camera feature, Android and Windows users were able to use their smartphone as a webcam using third-party online apps and tools.
And if you also want to use your smartphone as a webcam on a Windows device, here’s how to do it, just keep in mind that most of the video calling and conferencing apps these days are available on both Android and iOS devices, and you can also make direct calls using your phone and using the camera own as a webcam.
What will you need
When no native support is available, third-party apps and services are required, apart from that, you will need some cables, Wi-Fi connection and more.
Not all third-party apps are the same, some claim to keep your data private and secure, while some don’t talk much about privacy features, so choose the app you trust.
There is no shortage of these apps and services, some of them are Reincubate Camo, Droid cam, VibeCam, Smart Cam etc. Don’t forget to check your privacy and security concerns before using these apps and services.
How to set up and use your smartphone as a webcam
Regardless of which app or service you choose, the setup process remains almost the same, the only difference might be about logging in to apps and services, some might require a cable connection, etc.
For starters, you will need to download the app on your smartphone as well as on your laptop or computer.
Then, sign in if prompted and then follow the on-screen instructions such as the connection method and other settings you need to change.
Once you have both your phone and laptop connected via the app, launch the video conferencing app and head to Settings, here change your preferred camera settings to the name of the app.
Once that’s done, your phone is now connected to your webcam, just mount it on a tripod or stand and start making video calls.