Use your old iPhone well.
Just because you are working from home now doesn’t mean you are free from meeting problems. And just because you don’t have a backup webcam around you doesn’t mean you have to peel the tape covering your laptop’s camera – as long as you have an iPhone or iPad, you can easily turn it into an emergency webcam.
Since we first published this article, we have reviewed new entries in this field, Camo. This is probably the best way to use your iPhone as a Mac webcam, even though the full version isn’t cheap.
There are a number of different applications that you can use, but we recommend the EpocCam Kinoni Webcam. Not only is it easy to set up, but the free version with ads and watermarking occasionally works with Macs and PCs (iVCam is a good choice if you are using Windows, and NDI has just made the $ 20 HX Camera application free for 60 days). All iOS devices running iOS 10.3 or newer will work, so even if you have an old iPhone 5 or iPad mini 2 in the drawer, it will work. If you are willing to pay, Camo works very well and gives you many great options in an easy-to-use interface.
To get started, first download the EpocCam application on your iPhone or iPad. Then go to your Mac or PC and visit www.kinoni.com to download drivers for macOS (10.12 and later) or Windows (Windows 7 and newer). Follow the steps to install and then restart your machine just to make sure it is recognized.
After you run and run it, return to your iPhone and launch the EpocCam application. Don’t worry if all you see is a black screen with a picture of a laptop and a cellphone circle – that means the application is looking for your computer. After you launch an application on your computer that supports video, the EpocCam application will activate and add videos via Wi-Fi to your computer. For example, if you use Skype, open the Audio & Video settings, and select EpocCam from the drop-down menu at the top of the video screen. You can use this Github site to test connections; Mac users can also download EpocCam Viewer for Mac to test it.
If you use the free version of EpocCam, the video will be limited to 640×480 at 30fps, but you can download EpocCam Webcamera for Computer for $ 8 to upgrade to Full HD 1080p video. And if you want to run more than one stream simultaneously (and the same HD features as EpocCam Webcamera), EpocCam MultiCam is available at a price of $ 20. However, you will need a separate microphone, because EpocCam deactivates it on the iPhone while the camera is running.
Some troubleshooting tips: If EpocCam is not listed as an option, try installing the driver again. If it still doesn’t work, make sure your iPhone and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Also, if you see a black screen with a rotating loading icon in the video window and the iPhone application opens, try exiting the application on your iPhone and computer and launching it again. If that doesn’t fix it, try restarting your computer.