Webcam alternatives

During this time of remote instruction, many instructors are requesting students participate in synchronous class sessions or proctored exams. Unfortunately, webcams have become increasingly difficult to acquire. In the event that you do not have a webcam or cannot acquire access to one, then you may want to explore some of the alternate methods below.

Mobile App for Zoom

Zoom meetings can be accessed directly from a smartphone or tablet as an alternative to using a webcam on a computer.

Download the Zoom app from the AppStore or Google Play.

Turn Your Smartphone into a Webcam

Below is a list of mobile apps that can connect to a computer and allow a smartphone camera to act as a webcam. These apps are useful when a native mobile app isn’t available to complete a class assignment or activity.

Each app requires a mobile app and software installed on either a Windows or Mac computer . The apps below are only suggestions, please pick one that best meets the requirements of your smartphone and desktop operating system. There may be other apps available that will preform this function as well.

Software Options

Iriun Webcam – Free to download and supports Android and iOS. Windows/Mac/Ubuntu

EpocCam – Free and ad-supported with limited camera quality. An ad-free version with premium features is available for $7.99. EpocCam supports Android and iOS. Windows/Mac

DroidCam Wireless Webcam – DroidCam Wireless Webcam is free to download and supports Android and iOS. DroidCam is more technical than other apps in this list but does support Linux in addition to Windows. Windows/Linux