There's an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words… and there's a new saying that a video is worth a million. Now that might seem like an exaggeration, but there is a huge difference between speaking to someone on a call and speaking to them via video chat. Simply being able to smile at someone can completely change the tone of a conversation.

If you don't have a webcam, but you do have a phone that runs Android 2.2 or higher you can use that instead. All you need are a couple of pieces of software and a wifi connection.

Before you get started though, you might want to consider just downloading the Skype mobile video chat  app: it's free and it'll let you make video calls direct from your phone.

Step 1: What you'll need:

• A wifi connection (both your phone and computer need to be connected to the same wifi network)
• A computer with Skype and either Google Chrome or Firefox installed
• An Android phone running Android v2.2 or higher
• The IP Webcam app (free from the Google Play store)
• The IP Camera Adapter software for your computer (also free)
<p>It's working! Thank you very much.</p>
<p>I cant use microphone with Ip Cam on skype</p>
<p>Nope thats not working I mean video is working but sound is not working on skype</p><p>plz help me</p>
<p>Nope thats not working I mean video is working but sound is not working on skype</p><p>plz help me</p>
<p>Nope thats not working I mean video is working but sound is not working on skype</p><p>plz help me</p>
<p>Really works, Thanks!</p>
<p>Totally works.. and not just with skype.<br>But I tested it there first. <br><br>Used it with an HTC Incredible running a cyanogenmod version of jellybean. March 2015. Yeah. </p>
<p>THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! it works great and the quality is great and the app presents its self with many opitions thank you</p>
<p>Thanks bunches! Works great!</p>
<p>Great! My teacher is asking me to set something like this up to use in qLabs (Which also requires a webcam for a live feed). My only question is whether I you know of an alternative software for Mac.</p>
<p>thanks very much..works.</p>
<p>how did you do step 4?</p>
<p>I've used this app and it works fine but my friend can't here me even i enabled the audio mode. any suggestion to fix this? thanks and happy new year! :)</p>
<p>Tried this and had it running in a few minutes.</p><p>Interesting setup and one that I will add to my kit for the shooting range with a wireless router, 2x battery power supply, tripod and a Netbook.</p><p>Instant target cam. </p><p>Thank you.</p>
<p>i got to step 4 and now its saying there is no data received, then its a timeout.. I need help!!</p>
<p>How do I open the IP Camera Adapter on my computer? I must download it?</p>
<p>computer is configured as u instructed and even the video feed is seen in the browser, but skype automatically shuts down after i login.</p><p>i even tried older n the latest versions of skype, but the problem persists.</p><p>What should i do?</p>
<p>you use port 8080 that is the same port skype uses so as soon as you open skype it will delete your webcam server and start the skype server try another port for the cam</p>

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