App Review: DroidCam – Turn your Android phone into a Webcam

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Application: DroidCam Wireless Webcam

DroidCam Wireless webcam has been around for a while now but I’ve never tried it.  If it hadn’t been on the popular apps list on AppBrain, I probably would have never know about it.  I was just talking to my wife about spying on our kids in the bedroom to see what they are doing when we are not around, and how it would be fun to install a wireless webcam.  The next day DroidCam hit me in the face, so I decided to give it a try.

DroidCam is a wireless webcam application that allows you to turn your Android phone  into a wireless webcam through your home WiFi network.  There is the DroidCam Android application you can install from the Android Market and a small component to install on your home computer.

The home component is only available for Windows and installs itself as a standard webcam driver.  This means that any application that tries to use a local webcam on your computer will now give you the option to use your phone’s camera through the DroidCam driver.  Pretty cool huh?

To install the Windows components of DroidCam:

* I’ll give you the basics here, but for detailed installation and usage instructions, head over to Dev47Apps web site.

The latest version I would see was version 1.5

Downloaded the Windows component from the Droidcam web site.

Download the ZIP file for the latest release.

Extract DroidCam.exe from the ZIP file to a folder on your computer.

Run the DroidCam.exe application to perform the installation. (I would recommend using Run as Administrator on Vista or above)

The DroidCam windows component should be installed and registered on your system, and you can use any application that uses a webcam on your computer to display the image from your phone;  for this review I used Skype.

The application is very straightforward to configure and use.  Launching the application presents you with the applications home screen and couple of options to connect to your computer, change the DroidCam settings, display information about your phone’s camera and exit the application.



Droidcam Home Screen

Before you do anything at all, you need to go into the settings and tell the Droidcam application the IP address of the home computer you have installed the DroidCam windows on.  This is done using the settings option from the home screen and then selecting Target IP.


The top and bottom sections of the Settings screen

Before you launch Skype or your other webcam application, you need to select Connect from the DroidCam home screen to make the connection between your phone and your desktop computer.

DroidCam will appear in your status bar, but it does not appear until it is required.  This means that the icon will appear once you launch Skype and display your local webcam image.


DroidCam picture streaming to Skype

Give DroidCam a go for yourself, it’s a blast when you hide your phone around the house and play hide and seek with your kids.. Yes I cheated :)

Let us know if you decide to try out this application, and let us know in the comments the funniest or most extreme use you’ve used DroidCam for.

To recap, you can click or scan the QRCode below to get the free DroidCam Android application from the Android Market and the use this link to go and download the Widows component.

About the Author

Simon Walker
I was an IT consultant for 20 years and ran my own web design and development company for an additional 3 years. I have been involved with technology from birth. OK, that maybe an exaggeration, but it sure is a long time. I'm also an avid Home Theater geek and self appointed installer for friends and relatives. My first serious modding of Smart-Phones started with my T-Mobile WING and now Android devices. I'm also a bit of a photographer, although Android has kind of taken over my life and photography has taken a back seat.

  • http://www.ukmodchips.com Chris

    the windows download component is failing to download :(

  • Abcd1234

    It doesn’t work with chatroulette. weak.

  • http://keephide.us Clarence Rathert

    go to network. connect. type in WEP code. username etc. PSP only has a simple browsing system and security settings, so it may not let you in. Give it a gi though, and the internet tends to be slow through the PSP anyway. good luck.

  • hassen

    it work very well on windows XP :).
    May be need to restart your computer.
    It would be the best ever app if it supports sound

  • bluefoxl33t

    thankyou for an awsome app. my old webcam wouldnt run on vista. initially i didnt see the step about downloading the PC client so I just got the phone client from the market and it didnt work.. but once I downloaded the PC client it worked first time no drama at all.

  • bluefoxl33t

    thankyou for an awsome app. my old webcam wouldnt run on vista. initially i didnt see the step about downloading the PC client so I just got the phone client from the market and it didnt work.. but once I downloaded the PC client it worked first time no drama at all.

  • bluefoxl33t

    thankyou for an awsome app. my old webcam wouldnt run on vista. initially i didnt see the step about downloading the PC client so I just got the phone client from the market and it didnt work.. but once I downloaded the PC client it worked first time no drama at all.

  • bluefoxl33t

    thankyou for an awsome app. my old webcam wouldnt run on vista. initially i didnt see the step about downloading the PC client so I just got the phone client from the market and it didnt work.. but once I downloaded the PC client it worked first time no drama at all.

  • Deionut

    SmartCam is available now for Android Froyo from http://sourceforge.net/projects/smartcam

    Works with Wifi and/or bluetooth. PC versions available for both Windows and Linux

  • Something

    it needs to be put back on the Android market it wuz the best app that actually worked

  • Lemner

    I cant download the Archive cliente for Windows

  • guest

    my android, lgRevolution, doesn’t support this file….any suggestions?

    • guest

      I meant the file from sourceForge

  • Countrydodgeramer

    what number do you put in for connection port??

  • oreo_cookie

    i need hel i did every thing ,but at the end when i start brocasting on tinychat is say use android web cam i click it & it shows up a red screen? wat do i do? i need help

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000573175098 Elias Torres

    How do you make it work with sites like yowie.com or other video chat websites?

  • Arjun_grewalz

    wot is the target ip ???? what we have to fill there

  • josephine

    I cant download the app from the market. I pops up: Item not found(Retry)

  • http://www.freepaidapps.blogspot.com Rezwan Chowdhury

    download Droidcam 3.5.zip from here:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?9ltidiqz15ldq64

  • Mr.A

    i want this app for windows mobile. Any suggestion or alternative app

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