Need a webcam for video conferencing with your colleagues because your office laptop does not have a built-in one – or its poor resolution makes you look like a TV presenter from the 1980s?
If you are unable to buy one because they are sold out – last I checked, they were – or you are not willing to make the investment, you can use your smartphone as a webcam.
Also, truth be told, your smartphone likely has a better camera than most desktop webcams out there.
But it will require you to spend some money on an app, such as iCam ($6.98).
There are many similar apps – with some of them being free – but they support either exclusively iPhones or Windows computers.
I found the iCam to work well with Android smartphones, iPhones, and Mac and Windows computers.
You need to buy and download the app to your smartphone, then download the free iCamSource program to your computer.
Follow the on-screen instructions to ensure the smartphone app can connect and “talk” to the computer program.
When they are able to talk to each other, your smartphone will be used as the default webcam during your Google Meet or Zoom conference calls.
One last thing: You probably need a phone stand to prop up your smartphone during these calls.
You can make one with binder clips or a clothes hanger.
Otherwise, you can build some strong arm muscles from holding up your smartphone during conference calls.
Text: Trevor Tan/The Straits Times