Windows 11 now lets you use your Android device camera

Microsoft has announced the ability to use your Android device camera as a webcam on your PC. However, this feature will be made available to all Windows Insiders in a phased manner. Like in the case of all the previous updates, Microsoft is gathering feedback before rolling out to global customers. This feature will be very useful if you have a low-resolution laptop webcam. You will be able to wirelessly enjoy the high-quality resolution of your mobile device camera on your PC or laptop with simplicity and flexibility.

You will be able to swap between front and rear camera with the ability to pause the stream during interruptions. You can also leverage the effects provided by your mobile device. To work with this feature, you need a mobile device with Android 9.0+ and above. Moreover, you need to install Link to Windows Phone application 1.24012 or greater.

You can activate the experience by navigating to Settings | Bluetooth & devices | Mobile devices and select Manage devices option. You should allow your PC to access your Android phone. Your PC will receive a Cross Device Experience Host Update from the Microsoft Store for this user experience to work properly.

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