Webcams can be expensive and video quality can be worse than your iPhone's camera. So if you purchased the latest version of the iPhone, why not also use it as a webcam for your video conferences? If you think that using iPhone as a webcam could be a suitable solution for your needs but you don't know how to do it, here you will find some solutions.
If you have decided to use this solution, the use of your iPhone as a webcam requires the installation of an app and at the same time also a complementary app on your Windows or Mac PC. The configuration is quite simple, but first, it is worth considering an even simpler alternative: native apps.
How to use iPhone as a webcam
If you want a webcam to make Skype calls, chat with colleagues on Zoom or simply reach friends via WhatsApp, simply consider downloading these apps for iPhone. These apps are specially designed for a mobile experience, so they work great on the small screen.
If you want a hands-free experience when using your iPhone to chat, I recommend buying a smartphone tripod. On the net you will find several tripod for smartphone to adapt to any photographic equipment. Alternatively, you can go to a model Gorillapod which has the ability to stick on any surface.
The main disadvantage that you will have to consider for this solution is having to rely on the microphone and speaker of your iPhone. Wireless earphones, such as AirPods, may be the best solution. The sound quality is acceptable and it will be easier to listen to the audio with a microphone close to your face.
Of course, sometimes, you'll have to sit at the computer for work. In this case, nothing can replace a dedicated webcam. Fortunately, you can also create the same conditions with your iPhone.
Apps to make iPhone work as a webcam
The use of your iPhone as a webcam requires the installation of an app on the phone and some complementary software on the computer. Unfortunately, your iPhone does not natively support this feature, so third party software is required to make it work.
After trying different apps and reading some reviews, there are two that I recommend: EpocCam (Windows and Mac) e iVCam (Windows only). These are both premium products with generous free options, so you can try them before you buy them. Windows versions support Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.
EpocCam for Mac and PC has three versions available for iPhone. There free version has limitations, the ad version High Definition which costs 8.99 and the pro version of 21.99 intended for professionals who want to use multiple cameras. The free version limited to a resolution of 640 x 480 at 30 fps and includes a watermark on the camera image.
In addition to the app EpocCam for iPhone, you must also download the software for PC or Mac, which you can do from the following official website Kinoni.com. After downloading it, follow the procedure indicated and at the end, for safety restart your computer. It works great with Skype, Microsoft Team, Zoom and many other applications.
Simple operation. Go to your iPhone firmly positioned on a tripod and open the app. When you open video conferencing software such as Zoom or Skype on your computer, The EpocCam app will activate and begin to transmit the video – which is taken from the iPhone – to the computer, using the WiFi network to which both devices must be connected. If you don't see anything, you probably need to set up the external camera from the software settings on your computer.
The other app iVCam it works almost identically, but this one is only available for Windows. The iPhone app and associated software can be downloaded for free. The free version of iVCam supports HD resolutions, but it also includes a watermark on the video feed that you have to pay to remove. You can buy iVCam at a cost of 10.99 through an in-app purchase.
Both apps allow you to use a wireless or USB connection. You can choose a front or rear camera, use different lenses and even enable the flash on your device to better illuminate the scene.
Another app that can be used for our purpose iCam (5.49). Unfortunately, you cannot try it before buying it. It also relies on UPnP for a wireless connection, which may not work well with all routers. Another solution NDI HX Camera, a free app, however, a little more complicated than those already seen before.
Whatever application you use, you will have to leave it open and running on your iPhone screen while using it as a webcam. After installing the application and setting up your iPhone, you will need to access the video conference application settings. From here, select the virtual webcam as a webcam input device.
Tips for using an iPhone as a webcam
A wired connection will certainly work better than a wireless one. If you want the most reliable webcam solution, abandon wireless and opt for a USB connection. Both of our chosen apps support a solid USB connection. Unless you need to walk around the house while you are chatting.
Both apps allow you to use the rear camera, which is absolutely recommended. Not only can you use the flash if necessary, but the rear cameras of an iPhone are far superior to the frontal selfie cam. If your iPhone has multiple lenses, you can also choose which one to use. However, I advise you to use the wide (not ultrawide or telephoto) normal lens for a more suitable focal length.
You can use either EpocCam that iVCam to capture the audio, but probably not the highest quality. Headphones are fine, but a table microphone is much better. You can also adjust the desk lamp before starting a call to make sure you don't look like a zombie.
Be careful, because using your iPhone as a webcam drains the battery. If you are not using a USB connection (which charges the phone while chatting), be sure to connect it to an outlet, because if the battery of your iPhone drains during a call, the video also stops.