I have an Android device without a camera and I run Whatsapp on that device.

I want to activate Whatsapp Web from this device. Unfortunately, the only way to do this is to scan a QR-code, and I can't do that as I have no camera.

So, if I just could emulate camera input, that means use an image or video file of the QR code and have that be taken by the OS as camera input, then I would solve the problem.

This is doable on Windows. I'm sure it should be doable on a rooted Android device as well, especially if we can use Xposed Framework.

But the question is, does anybody know how to?

  • I think those android.stackexchange.com/questions/124751/… answers will help you. I don't know if it works for video, too, but to activate WhatsApp Web a static image should be enough. – Namnodorel May 17 '16 at 6:22
  • That's a nice idea, but unfortunately, Whatsapp doesn't use the "Complete action with" dialogue. It has its own built in camera in the app itself, so a third party app won't work. It has to be some sort of tweak, Xposed module or something that takes control of all camera input systemwide. – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica May 17 '16 at 9:52
  • Connect a webcam to your Android phone, and use an app like this one: play.google.com/store/apps/… – owlswipe Dec 3 '16 at 21:52

I got around this issue using a lowfi method with the Nox Android Emulator, which can hook into the webcam to use as the android camera.

So, get the whatsapp QR code, snip it, flip it horizontal (otherwise its backwards!), take a photo of it, and show the photo to your webcam, and voila :)

Given that Nox has managed to use a webcam as the android emulated camera, im sure it would be possible, but its beyond my knowledge.


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  • Hi, welcome to SE. This is useful input generally, but it doesn't really answer the question in OP. (Running Whatsapp in an emulator doesn't allow me to continue using Whatsapp on the device without a camera that is mentioned in OP.) Since this is a Q&A site, answers are expected to answer the question. Anyway, thanks though, welcome, and please check out the help center and take the tour. – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Dec 3 '16 at 19:20

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