How to use CamON as a standard webcam in Windows 10

Starting from Insider Build 18995, Windows 10 introduced the built-in support for network cameras that comply with the ONVIF Profile S specification. This feature became official starting from the version update 2004 (May 2020).

That's a great news, since CamON Live Streaming does support ONVIF Profiles S and thus a device that is running the app can be used as a webcam in Windows 10 with no extra effort and no additional software or driver.

Add a device

Open Windows Settings and choose Devices, then click on Add Bluetooth or other device.

Now be sure that app is running and that the device is reachable on the network from the Windows 10 PC, then, from the Add a device menu, click on Everything else. Windows 10 will start to search for the available devices and your one should quickly show-up. Click on the camera you want to pair and you are done.

TIP: when you click on the camera to pair, Windows may stuck and continue to search; if this is the case, just go back and add the device again.

The device running the app is now listed and can be used smoothly from everywhere within the system.

Test the device

The easiest way to verify that everything's working as expected is to use the stock Windows 10 Camera app.

If more than one camera is detected, the Change camera icon is displayed.

Click on it until the just added device is selected: the image from your phone's camera should appear.

Use the device

Now that the device is working, you can use it with your preferred software or service, just select the proper camera from the list in settings!

Known limitations

  • Pairing only works with cameras that can be accessed without authentication. Don't turn it on in the app.
  • Windows drops the device when it is no more reachable. You may need to add it again.
  • It does not work with tethered networks (USB or Bluetooth).