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I want to find a way in which I can continuously send the Android camera feed to my PC via USB. The reason for specifying USB, is because of performance requirements, I want it to be as fast as possible, hence preferring USB over Wifi. I need the app to be running in the background (will be a service I believe).

I tried some existing apps, but they do not meet my requirements.

Is there any way I can do this?

  • Ok, will do so. – Aparajith Sairam Jun 4 '15 at 15:15
  • IP Webcam does work on USB but on tethering. App won't shows the address but you can access it at 192.168.42.1:8080 I just confirmed it. – Firelord Jun 4 '15 at 15:26
  • I see, I will check it thanks. Please post it as answer, else I can't upvote. – Aparajith Sairam Jun 4 '15 at 15:29
  • Sorry! The URL is 192.168.42.129:8080. I've corrected my answer. – Firelord Jun 4 '15 at 17:25
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IP Webcam(see revisions) does allow the access on USB but it will not show you the option to access in its help section. All you've to do is activate USB-tethering on your device, start server on the said app,and access the server by entering 192.168.42.129:8080 in a browser on PC.

I tested this app on my device running Android 4.2.1.

  • Doesn't the IP address change everytime dynamically? Some of the apps that I used generated the ip-address on-the-fly after opening the app. But I was using the Wi-Fi network instead. So I'm not sure if this is same on the usb-tethering access too. – Lucky Jul 27 '15 at 16:49
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    @Lucky As you would be knowing that these apps runs a server for their cause, and in case of USB/Wifi tethering the default gateway i.e. 192.168.42.129/192.168.43.1 will remain same every time. Since the app isn't bind to a specific network interface, you can always rely upon the IP address I mentioned provided that the device is tethered. – Firelord Jul 27 '15 at 16:55
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    Ah! I din't know that before. Its the same way a webserver's default address is started at 127.0.0.1/192.168.0.1 sometimes known as localhost. Thanks for the info. – Lucky Jul 27 '15 at 17:02
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IP Webcam has severe lag even when USB tethered. Because internet protocol is still used in this setup. Dial down the video settings and disable audio capture from phone This made the lag 'tolerable' for me.

Thanks.

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