Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home, becoming a necessity for many people. And, video conferencing applications are becoming a life savior for many people. A good webcam is crucial for video calls. Only a few high-end laptops come with a good webcam. That’s why using an external webcam becomes a choice for many. But, before you spend your money on a costly webcam. I suggest you try to use your iPhone as a webcam. And, you all know, how good iPhone/iPad front and rear cameras are.
Yes, It’s quite easy to use the iPhone and iPad as a webcam. But, you can’t just expect, iPhone to work as a webcam by connecting via lightning cable. For that, you need to install an app on your iPhone/iPad, and a companion app on your Windows PC/Mac. Well, setting up these webcam Apps is quite easy. My favorite App for this purpose is iVCam. I will also introduce you to some of the iVCam alternatives. But, this app itself would be enough.
Use iPhone as a Webcam on Windows
iVCam is an Android/iOS App to use a smartphone as an HD webcam, on Windows PC. This App is the perfect replacement for the USB webcam or integrated webcam. App offers both wireless and wired connectivity options. And, it does support all webcam-enabled applications like Zoom, Skype, and even Streamlabs OBS. It supports front and as well rear camera, and provide real-time switching.
Also, it supports video quality from 360p to up to 4k. You can also use your smartphone as a PC Microphone. But for that, you have to install and configure e2eSoft VSC (Virtual Sound Card). Though, iVcam provides most of the features for free. But, if you want to remove the watermark and ads then you can go for the premium version of it. For the Pro version, You have to pay $10 through in-app purchases.
Note: I faced some latency issues in the wireless connection. So, I recommend you try the “Connect via USB” option. Though, If you want to connect wirelessly then both iPhone/iPad and Windows PC should be on the same WiFi network.
1. First, Install iVCam Webcam App on your iPhone from App Store. Open App, and give it all the required camera and microphone permission.
For USB Method – Install the latest version of iTunes on your Windows PC. And, connect your iPhone/iPad with a USB Cable. (Make sure the Apple device driver is successfully installed and the Apple Application support service is enabled. And, keep iTunes App opened.)
3. That’s it, open the iVCam App on both, Windows and iOS devices. iVcam iOS App will automatically detect and find iVCam on your PC. Tap on Play Icon to connect.
You will be able to see webcam preview on both PC and smartphone simultaneously. Even, you can even switch the camera from front to rear or vice-versa.
Note: For the wireless method, you don’t need to download iTunes. Just make sure the PC and iPhone are on the same WiFi network. And, App will show you “Found iVCam on PC”. Just tap on the play icon to connect.
By tapping on settings (gear icon), you will be able to configure Video Size, Orientation, Frame rate, and Encoder Quality. You can access the same settings page in Windows iVCam App. Click on the menu icon from the bottom right corner, and click on settings.
Use a Smartphone as a microphone.
Yes with Webcam, you can also use your smartphone’s inbuilt mic as a PC microphone. But, for that, you have to install Virtual Sound Card software. And, the pro version cost $19.95. At this price, you can get a decent microphone. So, it’s not worth trying it. Though, If you still want to try, then you can download the e2eSoft VSC trial version.
EpocCam (iVCam Alternative)
EpocCam is another iOS App that helps to use iPhone/iPad as a Webcam. This App is free but comes with many restrictions in the free version. It supports only Up to 640 x 480 pixels resolution. EpocCam also comes with ads and watermarks. Though, with the pro version you can get Full HD video output, can use the flashlight, and remove ads and watermarks. The connectivity process is similar to iVCam.
Use iPhone as Webcam in third-party Apps
Both iVCam and EpocCam Apps do support almost all video conferencing and streaming Apps. You just have to set iVCam as the default video output on the video calling Apps. Ok, After establishing a successful connection of iPhone/iPad as webcam. Let’s configure the webcam in Zoom, Skype, and OBS Studio/Streamlabs OBS.
Open Zoom Windows App. Click on the gear icon from the upper right to open the settings page. Click on the camera. And, from the drop-down menu, select “e2esoft iVCam”. You will see the video preview. Close the settings page.
Download and install Skype App, and open it. Press Ctrl + Comma to open the settings page. Click on Audio & Video and select “e2esoft iVCam” as your default webcam.
Open Streamlabs OBS Application on Windows PC. In the Source section, click on the “+” icon. Select the Video Capture device and click on Add source > Add source.
In the mixer section, you will see a webcam will appear. Click on the settings icon next to the webcam. And, click on properties.
Now, in the device select “e2eSoft iVCam”, click on “done”.
That’s it, you have successfully configured iVCam in OBS. You can now use iPhone/iPad as a webcam for streaming as well. If you’re an Android user then read my article “Use Android Phone as a Webcam“.
Use iPhone as a Webcam for macOS
If you’re a Mac user, then you don’t need to install any third-party software. Because the latest macOS Ventura and iOS 16 come with a Continuity Camera Feature. That allows you to use iPhone as a Webcam wirelessly. You just have to enable a few things. And, after that just keep your iPhone closer to your Mac. And, macOS will automatically detect your iPhone.