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Did you know that it is possible to use your iPhone as a webcam?  Of course, it can’t duplicate a webcam in the conventional sense.  You can’t plug your iPhone into the computer’s USB port and expect it to work now.  But you can use the apps to recreate the webcam experience.

Don’t have a webcam but do you need one now?  Will work to find your existing iPhone (or even your old one).  You’ll need an extra app or two to make this happen, but it’s easy to set up.

If you switch to streaming and you use an iPhone as your daily driver, you may be pleased to know that instead of looking for a webcam you can simply use your phone’s already great camera.  And really, what better time to get down to streaming and experiment in different ways than “work” at home?

If you need to use your iPhone or iPad as a webcam for a simple work call, you’ll need to use the software your company is using to host your call.  One very popular application is Zoom (Zoom is the company name and the software is technically called Zoom Cloud Meeting).

Viewing an Existing Webcam on an iPhone

If you already own some webcams and want to see what webcams are seeing, you need to download the software that works with those webcams.  There are a wide range of applications for this use, including epocam, athome camera and more.

It is important to do your research to find the application that suits your needs.  For example, what distance do you need to use the iPhone or iPad and the device you use to watch the live stream?  Different apps offer different wireless ranges as well as features like recording and encryption.  For example, the app used in this tutorial needs to have both devices on the same network.  If you need a connection that allows you to connect to two separate networks, you may want to choose an application that is different from the one available.

EpocCam

Accordingly, are you using your old iOS devices as a web cam for home security, pet monitoring, or conversations with another person?  Your applications will go a long way in choosing the right application.

For this step-by-step guide, we’ll use EpocCam to convert an iPhone flowing from an iPhone to a webcam to a Mac.  However, you can use a PC, the application you like works with your PC.

  • First of all, download the EpochCam App from the App Store or the iPad.
  • Once downloaded, open the app and select OK to allow access to the microphone and camera
  • After that, download the Epocam Viewer from the Mac App Store on your Mac and open it. You may also need to authorize access to the microphone and camera once the application is opened.
  • Once you’re ready, open the Viewer on your Mac as well as the Epocam app on an iPhone or iPad. Unless both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi connection, they should connect to Witheen within seconds, and your live feed should be viewed from the iPhone or iPad displayed on your Mac.
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If you do not want to use this computer as a webcam viewer, you can also use this app to connect other devices such as your iPhone or iPad.

To use Epocam on a Windows PC you need to download the correct driver.  The device should automatically connect and start streaming after downloading and installing the driver and suitable mobile application.

For the best webcam streaming, we recommend purchasing an iPhone or iPad stand to keep your device in the best position.  You can find elaborate stands and mounts to fit your specific needs online.

 

How to use iPhone as a webcam with Epocam

EpocCam supports both video and audio, and is compatible with video players like Skype and YouTube.  The app is available in a free version and paid version.  The free version offers 640 × 480 video resolution and a watermark on the video.  It works with both Mac and Windows PCs.

  • To get started, download the Epocam app on your iPhone.
  • Then, install the driver from the Kinony site on your Mac or Windows computer.
  • Now, connect both your phone and computer to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Open the Epocam app on your phone and launch a compatible video app on your computer.

This will create an instant connection and broadcast the image.  It’s as simple as that.  But if you don’t like it, there are several options as highlighted above.