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Today, the way we work and connect has dynamically shifted to a new avenue. I mean, now that video conferencing and online meetings are commonplace, all credit goes to remote work. For that reason, there is a growing reliance on video calls, which highlights the limitations of many built-in laptop webcams. 

It seems like a great technological advancement that we have in-built webcams, but there are a few flaws with it. People who use their laptops’ built-in webcams are struggling with low image quality, unflattering angles, and limited features. But now Microsoft has showcased a new way where you can use your phone as a webcam, but how? Let’s understand.

How to Use of Phones as Webcam Functionality 

In a recent announcement on the Windows Official blog, Microsoft released the ability to use your Android phone or tablet camera in any video application on Windows 11. However, this accessibility is first and foremost available to all Windows Insider participants. From now on, all such insiders can wirelessly enjoy the high quality of your mobile device’s camera on your PC with flexibility as well as ease.

Some of the best things I observed are easy switching between front and back cameras, pausing the stream during interruptions, and the diverging effects provided by mobile devices. I noted these things. I am sure you also want to use your phone camera as a webcam on Windows 11, so let’s start with setting up your phone.

Pre-requirements

  • Webcam accessibility is available only on Android phones with Android version 9 or above.
  • Ensure that your version of the Link to Windows Phone Application is 1.24012 or greater.
  • The user should be a Windows Insider Programme participant.

With almost each of the pre-requirements, you will meet the requirements as mentioned. However, some viewers are not part of the Windows Insider Program. So don’t worry; simply visit the Windows Insider Programme Page, and join as usual as any webpage login. Further, head to your PC settings. Click on the Windows Insider Programme >> Install the latest build from there. Restart, and that’s it.

How to Use Your Android Phone as a Webcam on Windows 11

If you are a Windows Insider, then you will find a few tweaks in the PC Settings. However, for the same, you need to take advantage of a feature named “Debugging Mode” to give your phone access. Apart from that, there is nothing big about rocket science. Now simply follow the below instructions to learn how to use your Android phone as a webcam. 

How do I use my android phone as Webcam on Windows 11 
  1. On your Android phone, open Settings.
  2. Tap on About Phone and tap on the build number seven times.
  3. Go back and tap on developer options and enable the USB debugging option.
  4. Now open Settings on your Windows PC.
  5. Go to Bluetooth & Devices >> Enable Bluetooth >> Tap Add Device >> Select your Android phone from the appearing list.
  6. Next, tap on Manage Devices and turn on access to your phone.
  7. Following this, your Windows PC will itself prompt you to install the Cross-Device Experience Host app.
  8. Now open your desired video conferencing or streaming app, like Teams, Zoom, or something.
  9. Select your Android phone for the webcam.
  10. That’s it. From now on, your phone will work as a webcam on your Windows PC.

Once you comply with these instructions, all your difficulties with the in-built webcam will vanish. I mean, video quality would be much better, but of course, it depends on each video conferencing app’s video resolution support. Additionally, now you can switch between the rear and front cameras instantly. One of the best things now is that users can pause the video during an interruption and resume the same thereafter.

Conclusion

While the official release for all Windows 11 users is likely on the horizon, Microsoft’s rollout of the phone-as-webcam feature to Windows Insiders opens exciting possibilities. This innovative solution allows you to leverage your phone’s superior camera for sharper video calls and presentations. With this update, Windows 11 takes a step forward in enhancing the user experience for a more connected and visually engaging future. Remember, as an Insider participant, don’t forget to give feedback on this feature.

Frequently asked questions

Q1. How do I connect my camera to my phone in Windows 11?

Ans. Previously, we needed to use third-party apps, but now the recent feature rollout has made things easy with the above instructions.

Q2. Is it safe to use DroidCam?

Ans. It is completely safe, but instead of it, we recommend you use the recent feature.