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How to Use Mobile Phone as Webcam on Windows PC for Free

Want to use your phone as a webcam for video recording or the incoming video calls on your PC? Read this article to get 3 free methods. Apply to Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11 computers. Support up to 1080P.
Marc FosterLast Updated: September 29, 2022
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Work and life in 2022 have largely changed compared with the time before the pandemic. Everything can get done virtually and remotely. If you need to attend an online meeting via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, or Google Meets, you don’t have to look for a quality webcam and buy it at a reasonable price.

In this article, we will share 3 free webcam apps and explain how to use your mobile phone as an up to 1080p HD webcam for your Windows PC step by step.

Part 1: Best Apps for Using Mobile as Webcam for Windows PC

You may find hundreds of webcams on the market. If you are short of budget, probably you may hardly buy a webcam with both great quality and low price. Otherwise, if you don’t want to buy yet another gadget, you can use your mobile phone as a webcam on your Windows PC.

Many webcam apps exist to help you transform your iPhone or Android mobile phone into an HD webcam for free. Here is a list of great apps that can do you a favor to do that job on your Windows PC. (Most of them are compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11.)

1. FineCam Free – Up to 1080p

FineCam Free is a free yet most comprehensive webcam app for iPhone that offers the dead simple connection between your mobile camera and your Windows PC. The free version of FineCam supports up to 1080p.

Use iPhone as Webcam - FineCam

Use iPhone as Webcam – FineCam

FineCam also allows you to switch between the rear and front cameras, and between landscape and portrait modes, mirror, rotate and flip your webcam image. All for free.

2. DroidCam – Best for Android

DroidCam is one of the most downloaded webcam apps that work on both Windows PC and macOS. It works from the app and the desktop sides and can use your iOS and Android mobile phone as a webcam through Wi-Fi and USB. Its free edition supports up to 480p video.

Use Phone as Webcam for Windows via DroidCam

Use Phone as Webcam for Windows via DroidCam

3. iVcam by e2eSoft

iVcam is a dedicated Mobile To Webcam app running on your Windows 10 and Windows 11 computer. This software works for iPhone, and Android mobile phones and gives you the best compatibility in the market. Furthermore, what we love iVcam most is its ability to adjust your mobile phone camera settings, which enables you to always look great in the video calls.

e2eSoft iVCam

e2eSoft iVCam – Android Webcam App

Part 2: How to Use Mobile as Webcam for Windows Step by Step

Using a mobile phone as a webcam on Windows PC is way easier than you think. You simply need to download the webcam app on your mobile phone and install a desktop client on your Windows computer.

That’s it. Next, you can follow our dedicated manual steps to know the typical steps on how to connect your mobile phone camera to a Windows computer. (We will take FineCam as an example to explain the whole process)

Step 1. Download Webcam App

Download and install the FineCam app from App Store on your iOS mobile device (Requires iOS 13 and later, supports iPhone, iPad, and iPod). If you have an Android mobile phone, use DroidCam or iVcam instead.

Download and Install FineCam App from App Store

Download and Install FineCam App from App Store

Step 2. Install Desktop Client on Windows PC

Visit FineCam official website to download and install the desktop version.

Download FineCam Desktop Client from fineshare.com

Download FineCam Desktop Client from fineshare.com

Step 3. Connect using Wifi or a USB Cable

Run the FineCam app on your iPhone > Then follow the onscreen steps to connect your iOS mobile phone to your Windows 10/11 PC computer via Wi-Fi or USB.

Choose One Computer to Connect Your iPhone Camera - FineCam

Choose One Computer to Connect Your iPhone Camera

Step 4. Choose Your Mobile Phone As a Webcam

Before you use your mobile phone as a video source on video apps, you will enable the virtual camera feature.

Enable Virtual Camera on FineCam

Enable Virtual Camera on FineCam

Use the mobile as a Webcam on your Windows PC and start a video chat via Zoom, Skype, Discord, Microsoft Teams, etc.

Select FineShare FineCam as Camera Source

Select FineShare FineCam as Camera Source in Google Meet

FineCam also allows you to control your iPhone camera on your computer freely, by zooming in/out, switching between landscape mode or portrait mode, turning the front or rear camera, flipping and rotating, and so on.

Conclusion

Now, do you know how to use your Android or iPhone mobile phone as your HD webcam on your Windows 10/11 PC computer? If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us directly for asking help. At last, don’t forget to download FineCam – the best-in-class Mobile Smartphone To Webcam app that helps use your mobile as a webcam and makes perfect video callings in Zoom, Google Meets, Discord, and more.

This article is originally published on April 26, 2022, and updated on September 29, 2022

Marc Foster

"Marc Foster is a tech addict and content writer at FineShare, an professional software company that helps customers solve common technology issues."

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