How to Use Your Android Phone as a Document Camera

Around this time last week I published a
short blog post about a new iPhone called Overviewer that turns your iPhone or iPad into a document camera that can be used in Zoom. Then in my
Practical Ed Tech newsletter I featured that app as well as directions for using your Android phone as a document camera in Zoom. For those who use Android phones and didn’t see my newsletter, here are directions for using your Android phone as a document camera. 

Step 1: Get Something to Hold Your Phone

I use
this “goose neck” cell phone holder and ring light combo to hold and position my phone over a document. You could also use a tripod that has a cell phone bracket. I’ve even seen people use stacks of books to hold and position their phones over a document.


Step 2: Install Vysor

Vysor is software that you can install for free on Windows and Mac computers. Once it’s installed you can mirror your Android phone’s screen through a USB cable. When you use the camera on your phone, whatever the camera sees will be mirrored to your computer’s screen.


Step 3: Launch your Zoom meeting

Start your Zoom meeting then when you’re ready to show whatever your phone’s camera is picking up, just screen share the camera into your Zoom meeting.

In this short video I provide a demonstration of the steps outlined above.