• iPhones and Android devices can be equally performing alternatives for webcams
  • Devices that do not have webcam native support may rely on third-party software
  • Third-party software that turns mobile phones into webcam alternatives need not be pricey

Coping up with the increasing demand for teleconferencing does not necessarily mean spending on another set of webcams suitable for Zoom, Skype, Meets or Teams video conference. The answer could be right in your hands -- your very own android devices or iPhones.

Below are some useful tips on how to use your iPhones or Android devices as webcam alternatives.

As some devices do not have native support to be webcam alternatives, GSM Arena gave out a list of third-party software for Android users to rely on. If minor disadvantages such as watermarks do not bother you, the software’s free services could come in handy as alternatives for a teleconferencing job.

iVCam tops the list of third-party software that could deliver a 4K resolution on its free tier. Users may find it more convenient to use it as most of the options can be done through the Windows app, which means less contact with the phone acting as a webcam during the video conference.

To begin using iVCam, Gadgets to Use reminded that both the computer and phone should be connected to the same Wi-fi network. Download the iVCam app from Google Play Store or App Store for free and install it on iPhone or Android device. Next, download the iVCam PC client on PC, follow the prompt and you’re good to go.

Wired recommends another free app called DroidCam. In order to enjoy its functionality, an iPhone needs to be on iOS9 or newer and an Android device needs to be on version 5.0 or later.

Just like iVCam, DroidCam usage also begins with Google Play Store or App Store download on Android device and iPhone, respectively. Download the Windows client on your computer as well.

Ensure that the phone and the computer are connected on the same Wi-Fi connection. On the mobile DroidCam app, copy the numbers after the Wi-Fi IP and DroidCam Port and paste them on the Device IP and DroidCam Port field on the computer app and follow the command prompt.

Apart from iVCam and DroidCam, there are bunches of free third-party software available such as Iriun 4K Webcam for PC and Mac and XSplit Connect: Webcam. All of which come with satisfactory free tier features.

Meanwhile, for those who mind the limitations and watermarks, spending a few dollars for the upgrade could be a pretty good idea.

An Android mascot is seen in front of a displayed logo of Apple in this photo illustration taken in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic