With the help of some native apps you can now use your phone as a webcam alternative on your PC or Mac. This setup is quite simple and requires no additional technical skill. If you’ve got a smartphone with a good camera quality, then you’re a step closer to getting it done.
Relatively, the coronavirus pandemic has caused a surge in remote meetings and the increase in demand for webcams seem to have influenced the hike in its price. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend too much on tech devices when there are alternatives that will give the service you need.
You can use your phone as a webcam, whether Android or iOS. There are couple of Apps designed to help you with the connection and you’re more likely to get better video quality with your smartphone camera.
Here is a list of apps you can use to connect your phone as a webcam on PC or Mac.
- iCam – This app can be downloaded on Android or iPhone and is compatible with macOS and Windows. It allows you to connect to your computer via Wi-fi or USB.
- EpocCam – This app is available for download on iPhone only and is compatible with macOS and Windows. It has a free version and a paid version.
- iVCam – Downloadable on Android and iPhone but compatible with only Windows operating system. It is a freemium app with a limited resolution.
- DroidCam – Downloadable on iPhones and Android and compatible with Windows and Linux operating. It has a freemium and premium versions.
You can get more details about these apps and more in the post by Mike Prospero on Tomsguide. Also these apps can be integrated on video chat apps on your PC or mac like Zoom, Skype and Google Hangout.
How to use your iPhone as webcam with EpocCam
Step 1: Install the EpocCam webcam viewer App on your iPhone.
Step 2: Open your PC or Mac and install the EpocCam webcam viewer driver.
Step 3: After all installations are completed, open your iPhone’s Wi-Fi network and connect it with your macOS or Windows PC. Keep this connection open throughout the process.
Step 4: Now open the EpocCam app on your phone. A phone icon will be displayed. Head to your PC or mac and open any of the video chat apps that is supported by the app.
Immediately, your phone will create an instant connection and a broadcasting image will be displayed. Now you can use your phone as a webcam on the video chat apps on your PC or macOS.