Jio Fiber users can now make video calls from their TVs without the need for an external camera or webcam. This new feature named ‘Camera on Mobile’ is available through JioJoin app (earlier named JioCall) available for Android and iOS devices. It allows users to make their phone’s camera an input device for video calls. It enables video-calling through JioFiberVoice which is bundled with the Jio Fiber service to provide calling support to broadband users. Customers can also use the JioJoin app on their mobile devices to make voice calls using their landline numbers.
The ‘Camera on Mobile’ feature has been under testing for the past few months, although it has now been rolled out for both Android and iOS users.
To start making video calls on your TV using your mobile device’s camera, you must first configure your 10-digit Jio Fiber number on the JioJoin app. This will allow the app to virtually make your phone as a companion device to your Jio Fiber connection.
Once you are done with the configuration, you can enable the ‘Camera on Mobile’ feature from the JioJoin app settings. You are now ready to use your phone as a webcam to make video calls through your TV.
Jio Fiber advises users to switch to the 5GHz Wi-Fi band on their modem to get better clarity in video calls. However, you can experience this feature on the 2.4GHz band as well – but perhaps with some lag.
In recent days, companies including OnePlus and Xiaomi have brought webcams exclusively to TVs to enable video calling through large screens as people are staying indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the model of using the phone as a webcam brings additional convenience for Jio Fiber users as they no longer need to buy a separate device to make video calls through their TVs. However, there is likely to be some quality-level compromise as the phone will enable video feeds to recipients over Wi-Fi. Most affordable smartphones do not have high quality selfie cameras to deliver the best video-calling experience.