Ubuntu – use an Android phone as webcam for an Ubuntu device


I found out that my Android phone's cam has a higher quality than the one of my PC and I'm wondering if there is a way to use my phone as a webcam for the computer. Is that possible?

USB (preferred), Bluetooth and LAN connections are all suitable as any other solution that doesn't require any expense (otherwise I would just buy a webcam), but I would prefer to use only open source software if possible.

Best Answer

  • You can use any android phone as a webcam for your Ubuntu PC by using droidcam.

    1. First download the droidcam app on your android device via the play store

    2. Next install adb on your Ubuntu PC

      sudo apt install adb

    3. Follow the instructions to install the droidcam linux client:

    4. On your android phone, enable USB debugging (you need to enable developer mode to do this).

    5. Find the drivers for your device. This page provides links to most manufacturers websites: http://developer.android.com/tools/extras/oem-usb.html#Drivers. You can also search Google “ADB Drivers for ___”

    6. Plug the device back into computer over USB. If you get a dialog asking “Allow USB Debugging”, you need to tap OK.

    7. Open DroidCam and select the USB option. On the phone you may get a dialog asking “Allow USB Debugging”, you need to tap OK. Sometimes you need to open “USB Options” from the notification area on the device and pick “PTP” mode for that to show up.

    For more information on how to set up droidcam, click here

    To use your android phone as a microphone, check out WO Mic.

    To install the linux client see this.

    You will also need to download the WO Mic app from the playstore.

    Theoretically you can use both WO Mic and Droidcam in conjunction to turn your android device into a webcam with a microphone.

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