How to Connect a Smart TV Webcam

Video chat with your smart TV webcam anywhere

What to Know

  • Connect the webcam to the TV with a USB cable.
  • Next, select the Source or Input button on the TV remote control and select the webcam as the input source.
  • Finally, follow the prompts to connect the webcam to the internet and log onto the streaming service of your choice.

This article describes how to connect a webcam to your smart TV using the TV's USB ports so you can stream video and communicate with others.

How to Hook up a Smart TV Webcam via USB Port

To start video chatting on your smart TV, make sure the smart TV is connected to the internet, then follow these instructions.

  1. Using a USB cable, connect the webcam and insert the other end into an empty USB port on your smart TV.

    Connecting Webcam USB

    If you use an external web device with USB ports connected to your smart TV to access the internet, you can connect the USB cable there as well.

  2. Select the Source or Input button on the TV remote control.

    Source/Input Button
  3. Go through the input sources until you can see your webcam display on your smart TV Screen.

  4. Adjust your webcam until you can see yourself on your smart TV screen.

  5. Follow the prompts to connect the webcam to the internet.

  6. Use your smart TV or external web device to log on to your preferred streaming service.

What Are the Benefits of a Smart TV Webcam?

Given that your smart TV is essentially a large monitor with high resolution that is capable of connecting to the internet, connecting an HDMI webcam only makes sense. Rather than having to bend over a cramped computer screen or straining to make out details on the screen, you can see everything on your smart TV. Better yet, you can utilize this technology in any room with a smart TV and enjoy comfortable seating for both personal and professional video calls.

If you work from home or do a lot of traveling for business, you don’t need to lug your computer around from room to room or place to place. By connecting an HDMI webcam to a smart TV in a conference room or your own hotel, you can stay in the loop and even give presentations without the need for a complicated computer setup. You can also set up an easy way for your tech-averse relatives and elderly parents to be able to video chat with you whenever they would like.

FAQ
  • How do I connect a webcam to a Samsung smart TV?

    Use a USB cable to connect the webcam to your Samsung smart TV. With your TV remote, cycle through your TV's input options until you see the webcam displayed on the screen. Fine-tune your display options, follow the instructions for linking the webcam to the internet, and use your video-calling app to make calls.

  • How do I use my phone as a webcam?

    To use your Android phone as a webcam, you'll need a third-party app like Droidcam on your phone and PC. Enable developer mode on the phone, download Droidcam to your phone, and download Droidcam to your PC. Launch the app on your phone and PC, follow the instructions to connect the devices, and begin making calls.

  • How do I use my iPhone as a webcam?

    To use your iPhone as a webcam, you'll need a third-party app like EpocCam on your iPhone and Mac. Download EpocCam to your iPhone and let it access your mic and camera. Download EpocCam on your Mac and launch the app. If on the same Wi-Fi network, they'll connect automatically.

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