Most laptops come with a built-in webcam, but desktops usually don’t.

If you’ve ever found yourself in need of a webcam, but you don’t own a webcam, a nifty free download called DroidCam will let you use your Android phone as a webcam!

How to use your Android phone as a computer Webcam

Installing the DroidCam software is easy. First, you need to download and install the DroidCam client to your computer. Here’s how:

1 – Click here to visit the DroidCam website.

2 – If your computer is running Windows, click the blue download button. If it runs any flavor of Linux, click the orange download button. If you need help at any time, go back to this page and click the red button.

3 – Follow the prompts to install the selected client application to your computer.

Installing the DroidCam mobile app on your Android phone is even more comfortable. Here’s how:

1 – Click the Play Store icon.

2 – Search for DroidCam Wireless Webcam, then click Install and accept.

Once the app has been installed on both your computer and Android phone, you will need to establish a connection between the two devices. Here’s how:

1 – Visit this page on the DroidCam website.

2 – Click Connect via WiFi and follow the instructions listed.

And now I have to mention one caveat:

While there is an option to connect your phone to a computer via a USB cable, many users have reported that it is not working well. Therefore, you should connect the device over WiFi if possible.

Now you can easily use your handy Android phone as a webcam!