Did you know that it is possible to use your iPhone as a webcam? Of course, it can’t quite imitate a webcam in the traditional sense. You can’t plug your iPhone into a computer’s USB port and expect it to work right away. But you can use apps to recreate the webcam experience.
Our favorite app for this is EpocCam. Let’s see how to use EpocCam to make your iPhone behave like a webcam. We will also present you some alternatives to EpocCam.
SEE ALSO: How to convert your old smartphone into a CCTV camera?
What is EpocCam?
EpocCam can turn your iOS device (iPhone or iPad) into a webcam for Windows and Mac computers. There is also an Android version which offers the same functionality. The developer claims that the app can completely replace traditional USB webcams and integrated webcams.
The app supports video and audio and is compatible with most major video player apps including Skype, Streamlabs OBS, and YouTube. It doesn’t matter if you want to chat with your family, stream games to your subscribers, or take part in video conferences with your colleagues, EpocCam has it covered.
EpocCam Free vs. EpocCam Pro
EpocCam offers a free and paid version. The free version offers 640 × 480 video resolution, USB support (if used with macOS), the ability to use your device’s front and rear cameras as a webcam input, and Wi-Fi connectivity. the free edition, you must accept watermarks on your videos as well as in-app ads.
The Pro version removes ads and watermark. However, it’s only worth considering if you have a Mac. Many professional features are only available to users of Apple’s desktop operating system. Professional features include pinch-to-zoom, manual focus, flashlight support, HDR video, dual camera, and sifting (also known as “spycam”).
The other major benefit of using the paid version is the increased video resolution. It goes from 640 × 480 to 1920 × 1080.
Download: EpocCam for ios (free)Download: EpocCam Pro for ios ($ 7.99)
How to use your iPhone as a webcam with EpocCam
Let’s take a look at how to set up EpocCam on your iOS and macOS or Windows devices.
Install EpocCam on macOS or Windows
The EpocCam software consists of two parts: an application for your mobile device and the drivers for your computer.
While you can view your iPhone’s camera output on your Mac using nothing more than the EpocCam Webcam Viewer (available for free from the Mac App Store), we recommend that you install the drivers. They allow EpocCam to integrate with Skype, Zoom, and any other video chat tool you use. The webcam viewer only allows you to view video output from your phone; it does not offer any integration with other services.
EpocCam Mac drivers (as well as drivers for Windows) are available for free from the developer’s website, kinoni.com. Download and install them on your computer before continuing.
( Note: it’s a good idea to restart your computer after installing new drivers.)
Configure EpocCam on iPhone or iPad
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the mobile version of EpocCam on your iOS device, it’s easy to connect it to a Mac. Just make sure your iOS and macOS devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, then open the EpocCam app on your phone. You will see a black screen with a phone icon.
Now go back to your Mac and open an application supported by EpocCam. If you only want to test the connection, open the EpocCam Webcam Viewer app mentioned above. As soon as the phone app detects a supported app running on your Mac, it will make an instant connection and display a broadcast image.
Make sure to set the video input method to EpocCam on the chat app you are using the webcam with.
Alternatives to EpocCam
If you are not happy with EpocCam, there are a few other apps that allow you to use your iPhone as a webcam.
iCam is a paid application that can turn an iPhone into a webcam. The mobile app is only part of the equation; like EpocCam, you will also need the iCamSource component on your computer. Once both apps are installed, you can stream live video and audio from any iOS device.
It also works as a security camera; it can send you instant alerts if it detects any motion or sound. All motion events are automatically saved to the cloud. In addition to the original iCam, the company also offers iCam Pro with some additional features.
Download: iCam for ios ($ 4.99, in-app purchases available)Download: iCam Pro for ios (free purchases available in the app)Download: iCamSource for Windows | macOS (free)
VCam is specially designed for iPhone owners who have Windows PC – you cannot use iVCam to stream video output from your iPhone to Mac.
The app works via WLAN or USB and allows you to connect multiple phones to a computer at the same time. You can stream videos in 1080p, 720p, 480p, or 360p resolution. This multi-connection aspect means that the software is ideal for anyone who wants to use their old iPhone as a CCTV device, baby monitor or pet camera.
Download: iVCam (free, premium version available)
3. Camera AtHome
The AtHome camera is unique. In addition to allowing a computer to view your iPhone’s camera feed remotely, the iPhone app can also remotely view your computer’s webcam feed. It supports Windows and Mac.
Some of the key features of the app include:
- Two-way conversation: Whether you are using the broadcast app or the viewer app, you can talk to any connected device and hear audio from that device.
- Motion detection: you will receive instant notification when there is movement on your camera.
- Scheduled recording: if you want to monitor your camera at certain times of the day – maybe while you’re working – you can pre-program the app to do so.
The app is ad-supported and offers upgrade options for an additional fee. As with others, try before you buy to see if it works for you.
Download: AtHome Camera (free purchases available in the app)
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Other Ways to Use Your iPhone Camera
It is quite easy to use your iPhone as a webcam. But that’s not the only way to get the most out of your iPhone’s camera gear.