Phone Enable or Disable Use Camera from Android Mobile Devices in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the ability to use your Android phone or tablet camera in any video application for your account in Windows 11.

Microsoft is gradually rolling out the ability to use your Android phone or tablet camera in any video application on your Windows 11 PC to Windows Insiders across all Insider Channels. With this feature, you’ll be able to wirelessly enjoy the high quality of your mobile device’s camera on your PC with flexibility and ease. Some of the abilities include being able to switch between front and back camera, pausing the stream during interruptions, and enjoying effects provided by your mobile model.

UPDATE 3/19: Microsoft has expanded the rollout introducing the ability to use your Android phone or tablet camera in any video application on your Windows 11 PC to all Windows Insiders across all Insider Channels.

The Use as a connected camera setting requires your mobile device has Android 9.0+ and that your version of the Link to Windows phone application is 1.24012* or greater.

Reference:

This Use as a connected camera setting from your Android mobile devices will require linking your Android phone to the PC and Allow this PC to access your mobile devices to be turned on.



EXAMPLE: A phone and a PC window showing connected camera controls that are available when you connect your phone with your PC.

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Here's How:

1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Bluetooth & devices on the left side, and click/tap on Mobile devices on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on the Manage devices button. (see screenshot below)

The Manage devices button will be disabled and grayed out if Allow this PC to access your mobile devices is not turned on.


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4 Under My devices, expand open an added Android mobile device you want to change settings for. (see screenshot below)

5 Turn On or Off (default) Use as a connected camera for what you want, and Close (X) the "Manage mobile devices" window.

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6 You can now close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Im just not seeing the option to use my phone as a camera.

Windows Insider Beta Program
Using Phone Link Version 1.24022.69.0
Updated everything

Clicking on Manage Mobile Devices shows Get new photo notifications instead of Use as a connected camera.

Ive unregisted and registed phone link. Ive even cleared the cache data on android and removed all windows to phone related sync and nothing.

Wondering if im doing something wrong
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Hello @KeplerXG, and welcome. :alien:

Your not doing anything wrong. Microsoft is slowly rolling out this feature, so you may have just not gotten yet. I haven't got it yet either.
 

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I see the option and can enable it, but moment I try to use camera, connection disconnects. My desktop pc doest not have wifi if that is the problem. Phone link works normally.

edit. Just tried again, and now it works. (y)
 
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    i5 8400
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    ROG STRIX Z370-H GAMING
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    16 GB DDR4
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    Intel 660p SSD
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Can I use a resolution larger than 720P and remove the black bars on the sides more easily?
I've tried adjusting using the camara app but there is only an option for 720p 30fps
 

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