How to Use Your iPhone as a Webcam: 5 Methods That Work
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Did you know it’s possible to use your iPhone as a webcam? It’s never going to quite mimic a webcam in the traditional sense, but there are a few apps that’ll record the phone’s camera and send it to a Mac, a Windows PC, another mobile device, or even to the web.

Doing so has practical benefits. For example, you could use it as a baby monitor, a pet monitor, or a security camera. If you’ve got an old device gathering dust in a drawer, it could save you a significant amount of money.

Keeping reading to discover several methods to using your iPhone’s camera as a webcam.

1. EpocCam

EpocCam is the most popular and most frequently-downloaded app that can turn an iPhone into a webcam.

It works with all webcam-enabled apps (such as Skype and Google Hangouts), supports your iPhone’s rear and front-facing cameras, and encrypts all the video it records. It has a wireless range of 20 feet.

In addition to the app, you’ll also need to download the drivers directly from the developer’s website. Once you have installed the apps, setting up the connection is fully automated; you don’t need to do anything.

A pro version of the app is available. It lets you use the mic to record audio, adds an option for manual focus, and improves the video resolution from 640×480 pixels to 1920×1080 pixels. The pro version also removes the watermark.

Download: EpocCam (Free, premium version available)

2. iCamSource Pro Mobile

iCam Pro - Webcam Streaming app
iCamSource Pro Mobile is a paid app that can turn an iPhone into a webcam. There’s no feature-reduced free version that you can use.
The Pro Mobile app is just one part of the equation. You’ll also need the iCam Pro Webcam Streaming app (a free version is available). Once you have both apps installed, you will be able to stream live video and audio from any iOS device.

Like you’d expect from a security camera, iCam can send you instant alerts if it detects motion or sound. All motion events are automatically backed up to the cloud.

Download: iCamSource Pro Mobile ($5)

3. AtHome Camera

AtHome Camera is unique; a computer can remotely view your iPhone’s camera feed, but the iPhone app can also remotely view your computer’s webcam feed. There are two parts to the app: a streamer and a viewer. Both can run on computers (Mac and Windows), smartphones, and tablets. It’s another great app for anyone wondering how to use an iPhone as a webcam.

Aside from the flexibility, it also has some other great features:

  • Two-way talk: It doesn’t matter whether you’re using the streamer app or the viewer app, you can talk to any connected device and hear the audio from that device. This makes it a perfect two-way baby or pet monitor.
  • Motion Detection: You’ll get an instant notification if there is movement on your camera.
  • Scheduled recording: If you just want to monitor your camera at certain times of the day—perhaps while you’re at work—you can pre-program the app.

It’s not your traditional webcam app; it’s ad-supported, and comes with options to upgrade for a premium fee. As with the others, try before you buy to see if it works for you.

Download: AtHome Camera (Free, premium version available)

4. Presence

A lot of what Presence offers is the same as the three apps we’ve already looked at. But it has one important difference—50MB of free cloud storage.

It doesn’t sound like much, but it’ll let you record and save a few minutes of footage of an intruder in your home or if you see your dog doing something hilarious while you’re not there. If you upgrade to the pro version (via in-app purchase), you’ll be able to save up to 5GB of content in the cloud.

Presence also has an accompanying web app, meaning you can log in and see your feeds from any computer in the world. The service is also compatible with Amazon Alexa.

Download: Presence (Free, subscription available)

Lastly, check out the Motrr Galileo iPhone camera mount on Amazon. Connect it to your iPhone, and you can use the Presence app to control the swivel and get a 360-degree view of your home.

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5. FaceTime

If you don’t want to use third-party apps, it’s possible to utilize FaceTime for using your iPhone as a webcam. It’s not designed to be a webcam app, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook it.

FaceTime has one significant advantage over the third-party options: reliability. It’s made by Apple, supported by Apple, and runs on an Apple operating system. If something goes wrong with a third-party option when you’re away from home, you could be left in an awkward position; with FaceTime, it should be easier to recreate a connection.

All you need is a copy of the app on your iPhone and your Mac. Importantly, you need to make sure the two apps have different contact details under the setting for You can be reached for FaceTime at. (iPhone: Settings > FaceTime; macOS: FaceTime > Preferences). If you have the same details listed for each, you’ll get a busy tone when you try to connect.

Finally, put your phone in the area you want to monitor and call it from your Mac. You’ll need to manually answer it, but the connection should be fairly reliable once you’ve done so.

Other Options for Webcams and Security Cams

EpocCam lets you use the phone as a proxy for your computer’s webcam, but it has a limited range. AtHome Camera gives you flexibility over which device you want to use as the recorder and which you want to be the viewer. Presence is more akin to a CCTV system, with a web app and unlimited range. And lastly, FaceTime gives you a native way to access your phone’s camera.

And if you would like to learn more about home security, you should check out the best home security camera system and the best wireless security cameras The 5 Best Wireless Security Cameras for Your Home The 5 Best Wireless Security Cameras for Your Home Frustrated by wired home security systems? These completely wireless security cameras are just what you need to cut the cord. Read More .

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  1. Parmanand Brijwala
    January 19, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    THIS DOES NOT WORK WITH THE WEBSITE OMEAGLE A VIDEO CHATTING WEBSITE......SO I CONSIDER THIS NOT A WEBBROWSER (WEBCAM)

  2. Dermaklos
    October 7, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Hi.
    Please, tell me how can i use Iphone as a simple usb cam? Not using wifi.... only usb... Best regards.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Hmm, Dermaklos, I ran this search: "using iPhone as webcam USB connection", and came up with this result: [Broken Link Removed] . Hope that helps.

      • Khaled
        June 21, 2016 at 9:38 pm

        Mobiola only works on wifi.

  3. Neil
    July 2, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Hi I actually have windows based application that requires a USB webcam. The application is looking for a camera that is attached to it.

    Is there some way that these approaches you mentioned can be used with an iphone?

    I have tried a standard usb webcam however the quality of the images and the lack of an easy way to do a wide angle shot is a limitation of all of the ones I have seen.

    Any help gratefully received.

  4. David R
    April 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    A Message to Bakari and the rest of the MakeUseOf Team:
    You folks continue to amaze me! I used to buy a variety of computer magazines trying to keep up with new technology and find better ways to use what I have. I don't need to do that now. Your articles are timely, well written and practical. Add to that the comments and tips from your technically savy readers! This article is a good example of how well the partnership works. Thanks for an excellent article and to the "comment" contributors for their valuable additions!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Hey David, thanks so much for you feedback. I have to agree with you. We put out three to four times more content in a month than most magazines do in an entire year. Feedback from our readers really helps know what type of content is most interesting. Thanks.

  5. Bridget
    April 29, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    PS..you can also save photos AND sound clips from Third eye, also you can make the image you see in the browser full screen. Wow, this one is the winner to me!! 5 stars! =)

  6. Bridget
    April 29, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Well I have the new ipod touch, which has facecam, but unfortunately cannot facecam to an email address in contacts. There is no facecam button there. Okay, next one the Mobiola, I'd like to see a free version to see if it works for me. (I have a pc, not mac) Next one, the pocketcam failed for me. Everything installed fine, but the app never refreshed the picture..
    I have tried "Mini webcam" and so far it is the only one I have found that works,( and works pretty well), letting my ipod be the cam instead of needing one hooked up to my pc, which is what I am looking for here. It's FREE too, or at least was when I downloaded it.
    Okay just found another which I am going to say is even better! Check out an app called "Third Eye". The Lite version impressed me enough that I paid for the full version ($1.99, not bad at all on the price!) and it has color video capture with sound! All you do is copy the url link into a web browser, and the images are sharp, close up, and I can also HEAR what is going on. I like it! =)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Cool, Bridget, thanks for the tip. I don't have a touch, so sometimes I can't always know what its limitations are. Your app tip will be useful to other readers using the iPod touch.

  7. Robert Forcier
    April 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Great article, while I knew about facetime, never through there was an app to connect to my system and use as a web cam.... ya I know "there's an app for that".

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Robert. Really appreciate it.