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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)

Step 2:

Open the IP webcam app on your Android phone and tweak the settings to fit your needs. You can adjust things like resolution, quality, the orientation, which camera you're using, the maximum frames per second and the focus mode. If you want to also use the phone as a microphone leave audio mode enabled.

You'll also want to make sure the app is set to prevent the phone going to sleep.  You'll find the app will drain your battery quickly, so you might want to plug the phone in. And if you want the connection to be more secure you can set a login and password.

One you're happy with the set up go to the bottom and tap start server.

Step 3:

An IP address will show up at the bottom of your phone screen. Go to this address in either Chrome or Firefox and select the "Use browser built-in viewer" option.

Your browser should now show the video feed from your phone. If it doesn't, go back and select another option.

Step 4:

Open IP Camera Adapter on your computer and replace "http://<your_webcam_ip>:<port>" with the IP address and port showing on your phone, leave "/videofeed" in place. You should end up with something like "http://192.168.248.207:8080/videofeed".

If you set up a login and password enter these. Then click "Autodetect", then "Apply", then "OK".

Step 5:

When you start Skype it should automatically detect the video feed from your phone and recognise it as a webcam.
<p>IT WORKS</p>
<p>having a hard time here. I followed all the steps yet the skype wasn't able to detect the camera. Can someone help me with this?</p>
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<p>Can a USB cable be used to connect the android phone to the PC, so that the phone will work as a webcam ?</p>
<p>My location showed as Wolverhampton, but I am in Sydney, Australia</p>
<p>My location showed as Wolverhampton, but I am in Sydney, Australia</p>
Dear how to supply charging 24h to my android device? I want to put my mobile on 24h and watch remotely cam view , if i plug in an Ac adaptor and connect it with mobile and leave it on 24h is it harmful? Please reply soon ,it is argent thank you.
<p>It is not bad, but the battery of your phone will lose some lifetime :-)</p>
<p>Thanks dear, it works perfectly but no microphone is detected, is it possible to add microphone also?</p>
<p>HOW to CLOSE 'IP Camera Adapter'? Now he conflicts with my microfone, and closing IP Webcam app on android, my microphone dont work more on skype.... :o(</p>
<p>THANK U VERY MUCH DEAR I HAVE DONE WITH IT 1000% WORKING JUST FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS</p>
<p>It's working! Thank you very much.</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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