How to Use Your Android Device as a Webcam


If you need a webcam for Skype, Google Hangout or other chat service in a pinch, DroidCam lets you use your Android smartphone or tablet for the job.

Sometimes you need a webcam for Skype, Google Hangout or other chat services and don’t have one around. In a pinch, DroidCam lets you use your Android device as a webcam and/or mic on Windows via USB or WiFi.

Note: For this to work, make sure Windows (including drivers) are up-to-date.

Install DroidCam

After verifying your drivers, download DroidCam on your device. You’ll also need to install the DroidCam client on your PC.

droidcam install pc client

During the install, you’ll need to install the experimental audio driver.

droidcam install pc client audio driver

Now connect your Android device to your PC via USB cable. Start the DroidCam app on your device.

Then launch the PC client and Connect to Phone (USB).

droidcam pc client settings

To see the output video, click the “…” button on the bottom left side of the PC client’s window, then Show Camera Output.

The groovy part is that once the camera works in real-time on the PC client, it will be recognized as a webcam in other Windows programs. Here’s an example of it running on Skype.

droidcam skype

Or here using the Google Talk plugin.

droidcam google talk plugin

There’s another option to connect, which is via WiFi or LAN. You can set an IP for the webcam on your network (or one will be claimed by the client), as well as a port to be used. Click the Connect to Phone (WiFi/LAN) button, the connect. I like the USB cable method better, as the video streams are more stable.

droidcam pc client wifi

You can also select the video stream resolution — from 320 x 240 to 960 x 720 pixels. You can also mirror the video.

In the Settings menu, you can set it to use the front-facing camera, which can make things easier.

DroidCam Android app settings

There’s also a Pro version ($4.00) that offers more features, higher quality video resolutions and no ads in the app. While it’s not perfect, the video does freeze up at times, it’s a viable option for the moments where you don’t have a webcam handy and need to have a video chat with someone.



  1. androwyt

    May 24, 2016 at 2:55 am

    thanks… its work for me…

  2. Himanshu Goel

    November 4, 2016 at 11:15 pm


    Perfect tutorial as it worked fine in one step where as I was trying to work on it since last 7 days. Glad to visit here.

  3. Young

    April 25, 2017 at 10:08 am

    where did u go to get to the setting for using front facing camera?

    • John Mitchell

      September 15, 2020 at 6:33 am

      Yes please, I am looking for the video settings or is that only on the pro version?

  4. Rajesh

    July 16, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Hi. can u please give that droid cam client protable. i am unable to install because of not have administrator access on my office pc

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