How to Use Your Mobile Phone Webcam?

Most of the newer computers come with a webcam, but if you are using an older system, you may not have one. If you only need to use a webcam occasionally it may not be worth it to invest the money on one, so why not use your smartphone or a mobile phone as a webcam? There are several applications of the webcam for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, that can help you to transform your device into a webcam, wireless super-convenient while saving some money.

Why Use My Mobile Phone as a WebCam?

In addition to saving money, you can give a new function to a cell more old, that was played for your home. It may become your new WebCam devoted, or even a surveillance camera, when set up correctly. Even phones with older operating systems, such as Symbian (the old operating system of Nokia) has applications to transform the mobile phone into a WebCam.

SmartCam WebCam

You can use your device as a webcam in PC by downloading the application and from the client to your computer SmartCam. The application works on Windows and Linux, and you can connect it via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It is easy to configure and you will only need a few clicks on the PC screen and taps on the screen of the smartphone to enable the function the WebCam.


This application works for both Mac computers and PC. It works in various programs, such as Skype, Yahoo, AIM and several other chat services, and can capture video in three different resolutions. It costs$2.99, but it is still cheaper than buying a new Webcam.

Wireless Camera

A little cheaper than the WebCamera ($1.99) works on any computer that is on the same network as your device. It create a site on the network that you are accessing, creating an IP address for your camera. Simple and easy to use.


You can connect your device via Wi-Fi or USB with DroidCam. It works on Windows and Linux, and the Pro version also supports Bluetooth and access by the browser, such as some chat applications online require. You will also need to download the computer client to run it.


You can use your phone as a webcam or Bluetooth to stream video live on your site with Movino. It is a suite of applications free of charge, originally developed as a project of the university, so if you know how, you can also adjust it to better suit your needs.

Using Applications Directly From Your Smartphone or Mobile Device

Another very simple way to use your smartphone as a WebCam is to use applications directly from their mobile phone. That is, the same program that you would use on the computer with the WebCam, you can use on the cell phone in video calls. It is the case of programs such as Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Hangouts, and many others, that allow you to share video directly from the cameras of their smartphone/mobile phone to the application that you are using.

Step-by-Step to Transform Your Smartphone Into a WebCam

The first step is to find the application of your choice in the shop of your operating system. You can be the Play Store, the App Store or the Windows Store. As soon as you download the application, also download the version for your operating system of the computer where you want to use the mobile phone as a WebCam.

Open the app on your smartphone. Usually, he will give the instructions on what you should do. You should synchronize your smartphone with your computer, so as to transmit the images from the phone to the screen of your PC or MAC. The client computer must also be open for the synchronization. Suffice it then hit a few buttons, open the program with which you want to use the WebCam and ready, you can already start using your phone as a Web camera.

If you have problems during the installation or use of any above application, leave in the comments your doubts and questions. We are here to help them!