Use Android Cellphone As Webcam Free




Introduction: Use Android Cellphone As Webcam Free

About: I like making guns and fiddle with computer stuff. I'm considering to study sound engineering or computer networking when I'm done with school

Hey all this is my first instructable, so please be kind to me and please comment on how I can make this instructable better

In this instructable i will tell you how to set up and use your Android phone as a webcam.

for this instructable you will need:

Android smartphone(i have the vodafone 845 but as long as you are running android 2.0 up to 2.2 this will work for you)
internet connection
internet connection on your phone
acces to the android market

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Step 1: Step 1

Right lets get started:

On your Android smartphone go to the android market and search for "droidcam"(use wifi if possible)

Wile you wait for droidcam to download and install on you mobile go to your browser on your pc (firefox, internet explorer, etc) and type in and download the droidcam for your pc (works with windows and linux only)

Step 2: Step 2

by this time droidcam should be finished downloaded (and installed) to your mobile and pc so just enable the wifi on your phone and open droidcam on your pc.

select wifi/LAN on your pc if not already selected, open the droidcam on your phone aswell and type the ip adress givin on the phone in the empty space on droidcam on your pc.

Restart your PC!!! otherwise this wont work with skype.

Step 3: Step 3

Right now your good to go!

Open skype on your pc and it will tell you if it detected DROIDCAM!!!

Step 4: Usb

right here is my promised update about the usb connection.

download android jdk
and the sdk (the zip version)
and if u do not have the jre(java runtime enviroment) download it here

it may take a while to download especially the sdk and jdk they are BIG!!!

Step 5: Installing Android SDK

install these stuff you downloaded(it may take a while to download)

when u install the android sdk choose only the android SDK platform tools as seen in the picture.

wile this is installing plug your phone's usb cable into the computer and phone and install the pc suite if u haven't allready. it acts like a usb driver!!

Step 6: Android Debug Bridge

Now go to command prompt and get root access for those who don't know type in cd\
now type the path of where u installed the sdk mine is C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools\adb
that is the path u should enter in command prompt.
on your phone you should enable usb debugging mine is Settings>applications>application development>usb debugging

in command prompt u should get a whole list of stuff, first of all type in adb usb
this resets the usb connection between your pc and phone.  (please note: DO NOT MOUNT THE USB CONNECTION ON YOUR PHONE)
next type in: adb devices
if your phone is not listed something is wrong!!
now type: adb forward tcp:4747 tcp:4747      (the 4747 is the default port between your pc and mobile check that the port on the pc and mobile is the same otherwise this wont work!!!!!)

Step 7: Good to Go!!!

great now open droidcam on your pc and mobile, on your pc select ADB (via usb) and click connect!!! this should work now otherwise you should run the command i gave u in the previous step

for more advanced users download the .bat file and edit it to work on your computer!

i hope this instructable helps you and if you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments!!!

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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago

    You said it worked with Android 2.0 to 2.2? Is there another app that works with 4.4.2?


    5 years ago on Step 6

    does this mean i can use my android device as a usb webcam in applications such as matlab and visual studio?


    5 years ago on Introduction

    * While * .. but thanks anyway ... very useful thread