Use iPhone as a Webcam for PC & Mac with These 4 Apps

Did you know you can use your iPhone as a Webcam for your Windows desktop PC or laptop? Well, with a specialized app installed, you can easily do that.

In this article, I will cover some of the best options available that I’ve already used and had good experiences. You can use them to connect with your computer wirelessly or via a USB cable. Without further ado, let’s dive right in!

1. EpocCam

Install and use this app and you will understand why it’s the most popular webcam app for iOS devices. EpocCam is simple to use and works seamlessly with all webcam-enabled software such as Skype, Facebook, Google Hangouts.

You can use either your iPhone’rear – or front-facing cameras. They both deliver much better image quality than what you can get from an average built-in webcam.

Setting up the connection between your iPhone and computer is fairly easy as it’s fully automated. You just need two things:

  • Install EpocCam app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Download and Install the EpocCam drivers for your PC from the developer’s website. If you use macOS, simply download the EpocCam Viewer app from the Mac App Store. All the download links are shown at the website above.

After you install the drivers, it’s recommended that you should reboot the computer to ensure the drivers work properly.

If you want to stream video wirelessly to a computer, both your computer and iPhone/iPad must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. iOS devices also can be connected by using a USB connection. In this case, make sure iTunes is installed on your computer so that your device can be recognized and connected correctly.

EpocCam - Turn your iPhone into a webcam

Now open the EpocCam app on your iPhone/iPad and it should automatically connect to your computer. To test EpocCam drivers on your PC, simply open the application named EpocCam Viewer, it’s the software that accompanies the drivers. If the connection works fine, you will see video stream to your computer via EpocCam Viewer.

EpocCam also provides a paid version with more features. The $6 upgrade allows you to stream video with resolution up to 1920 x 1080 pixels; introduces microphone, manual focus and flashlight; removes the watermark on top of video and advertisements.

If you encounter issues using EpocCam, you can check the guides in the Troubleshooting section from the developer’s website.

2. WebCamera

WebCamera is a paid app but it only costs $4.99. Compared to the paid version of EpocCam, WebCamera is cheaper and delivers better image quality. Similar to EpocCam, WebCamera uses your local Wi-Fi network to connect with the computer and stream video to it. The app doesn’t support USB connection.

Webcamera

Like EpocCam, you will need to install the app for your iOS device, then the driver for the computer. Download links can be found on the developer’s website. The iOS app can be installed on iOS 5.1 or later. That means you can make use of your old iPhone and turn it into a quality webcam.

WebCamera works with virtually all the messaging or video calling applications, just like a regular USB webcam. You can also use it in some video production software such as Camtasia or CamTwist.

You are allowed to capture video in three different resolutions: 192×144, 480×360, and 640х480. Higher resolutions like HD or Full HD are not supported at this time.

3. iVCam Webcam

iVCam Webcam is a new free webcam app that has gained lots of positive ratings. It only works with Windows PC.

iVCam

iVCam Webcam can connect to your computer wirelessly if both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, or via USB. After installing the iVCam Webcam app on your iOS device, go to the developer’s website and download the client software for your PC. Install it and you’re ready to go!

Like other webcam apps, iVCam will transform your iPhone into a standard webcam that can be used in most webcam applications. However, what make this app the most versatile is the PC client software.

If you have multiple iPhones, you can connect and view all of the cameras on the client software at the same time. The interface is simple yet sophisticated with many useful features. You can preview video (with audio or not), take snapshots, record videos and save files directly to your PC.

Other main features of the app include:

  • Support various video sizes: 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p.
  • Configure video frame rate, video & audio quality.
  • Landscape & Portrait mode.
  • Real-time switching for front camera & rear camera.
  • Manual/Auto focus, flip/mirror video, flashlight.
  • use iPhone’s microphone as a wireless microphone for PC.

4. AtHome Camera

AtHome Camera is the one that differs from the rest as it does not mimic a webcam in the traditional sense. Using this app, you can remotely view your iPhone’s camera feed on your computer. And the iPhone also can view your computer’s webcam feed.

AtHome Camera

Once connected to the iPhone app using a QR code, you can access the iPhone’s camera anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. You can also talk to the connected device and hear the audio from it.

Some of its features includes motion detection: send you a notification if it detect a movement of objects on your camera; and schedule recording: you can choose to monitor your camera at certain times of the day. These features really turn your iPhone into a great baby/pet monitor.

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