Do you want to use your Pixel phone as a webcam? With Android 14’s December feature drop, Pixel phones can be used as a high-quality webcam for PCs.
The feature is similar to what Apple introduced last year in 2022, called Continuity Camera, with the macOS Ventura supported on iPhone XR and later models that allow users to connect their iOS device to Mac, using better cameras on iPhones as webcams.
Google has gone one step ahead, as any device that can handle a webcam can use a Pixel phone as a webcam, whether your PC is running on macOS, ChromeOS, Windows OS, or others.
Although the feature is exclusive to Pixel devices as of now, it’s expected to be widely adopted by other phones running on Android 14 soon.
How to Use a Pixel Phone as a Webcam?
You can easily use your Pixel phone’s high-quality camera as a webcam for your PC. Just follow the below steps to do so:
Before moving on to the actual steps, make sure you have enabled USB Debugging on your Pixel phone, as it enables your PC to recognize your phone and use features like file transfers, webcams, etc.
Step 1: To turn on USB debugging, open the Settings app and tap on About Phone.
Step 2: Click on the Build number several times until you see the You Are Now a Developer popup.
Step 3: Go back to the settings page and tap on System, then Developer Options.
Step 4: Turn on the toggle for USB Debugging.
Now, after enabling USB Debugging, here’s what you need to do to use your phone as a webcam.
Step 1: Plug your Pixel phone into your PC via a USB cable.
Step 2: From the notification panel, click on the notification stating, “Charging this device via USB.”
Step 3: Select Webcam from the available options.
Step 4: A webcam notification will appear; tap on it.
Step 5: Select the camera that you want to use.
Step 6: Once done, you’re ready to use the Pixel phone’s webcam feature.
Step 7: Finally, choose Android Camera from computer settings or in-service settings (if your computer doesn’t have an in-built camera, the phone’s camera will automatically be chosen).
Step 8: Now, open the service or video conferencing app that requires the camera to use your phone’s high-quality camera and enjoy enhanced video quality.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I Use My Google Pixel as a Webcam?
Yes, with the Android 14 December feature drop update, you can use your Google Pixel 6 and above series phones as a webcam for your computer.
Q. How Do I Use Pixel 7 as a Webcam for My Computer?
After connecting your Pixel phone to your computer, select Webcam from the USB Preferences menu. Select the rear or front camera on your phone, then choose Android Camera from the computer settings. Once done, you are ready to use your Pixel 7 as a webcam for your PC.
Q. How to Turn On USB Debugging on Pixel?
To enable USB Debugging on a Pixel phone, you first need to turn on developer mode. Navigate to About Phone under the Settings app and tap Build Number seven times to enable developer mode. Now, navigate to Settings > System > Developer mode. Enable the toggle for USB Debugging.
So, this was all about how you can use your Google Pixel phone as a webcam. I hope the article helped you turn a Pixel 6 or above-series phone into a webcam for a computer.
Please share any additional inquiries related to the article in the comments section. Also, please share this information with your friends and family to let them know how they can use their phone camera as a webcam.
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