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Using Android Phone as a Webcam Through USB

by Anahn_Eemus / September 28, 2015 4:54 PM PDT

I don't have a webcam for my PC but my phone has a decent camera so I figured I could use that instead. I looked around a bit and found some apps like IP Webcam where it used the IP of the phone and essentially streamed the video. Unfortunately, this ended up being incredibly laggy and almost unusable as a webcam (for Skype). I tried some other apps like WO Webcam and DroidCam which used a USB connection instead of WiFi. The WiFi option within the apps worked fine, but both of the apps didn't recognize my phone when I tried to use the USB option. I can see my phone in Computer and my phone says that it's connected as a camera but the apps seem to not even see it. I'd like to know if there is an app that works, what I'm doing wrong, or what's wrong with my phone.
Phone specs:
Droid Maxx
Android Version 4.4.4
PC Specs:
Windows 7
Inspiron 660

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Tell more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2015 5:40 PM PDT
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Still not working
by Anahn_Eemus / September 30, 2015 5:15 PM PDT
In reply to: Tell more.

I tried every video quality setting and I tried turning the HD Mode on and off. Same error.
The link you sent is for a program called EpocCam, which I have used and doesn't do what I want it to. The only thing it says about USB is that they don't support it and I don't need "other tips" because, again, the WiFi option works fine.

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Good hunting.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2015 5:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Still not working

It's weird because that one had folk writing USB works. Anyhow, WiFi should lag but the only help I found was to reduce the camera size from HD to say 480p.

I may be reading you wrong but did you tell folk you aren't looking for any tips or ideas?

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Sorry if I was vague
by Anahn_Eemus / October 5, 2015 5:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Good hunting.

I just wanted to know what I was doing wrong. I don't understand why my phone isn't being detected by DroidCam when my computer and my phone recognize each other. I had already done a bit of research myself, but tips are always helpful Happy

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