How to Use an iPhone as a Webcam

Repurpose an iOS device to check in on your home, pets, and more

Few things feel better than repurposing old technology. If you have an old iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad you no longer use, you have the perfect set-up for a new webcam. You'll need an additional app or two to make it happen, but the instructions aren't too difficult.

Why Use an iPhone or iPad as a Webcam?

Webcams are great for a wide range of purposes such as:

  • Watching your pets
  • Baby monitor
  • Security
  • Video calls

When you're on a budget or simply wish to repurpose what you already own, an old iPhone or iPad can often do the trick.

How to Use an iPhone or iPad as a Webcam

To use your iPhone or iPad as a webcam, you'll first need to download an app onto the device as well as the necessary drivers or additional apps for your computer so you can view the feed. There are a wide range of apps available for this use including EpocCam, AtHome Camera, and more.

It's important to do your research to find an app that fits your needs. For example, what distance will you need between the iPhone or iPad and the device you'll use to view the live stream? Different apps offer different wireless ranges as well as features such as recording and encryption. For example, the app used in this tutorial requires both devices to be on the same network. If you need connection that allows you to connect to two different networks, you'll want to choose a different app from those that are available.

Furthermore, are you looking to use your old iOS devices as web cams for home security, monitoring pets, or to have conversations with other people? Your needs will go a long way in choosing the right app.

For this step-by-step guide, we'll be using EpocCam to turn an iPhone into a webcam that streams to a Mac. However, you can also use a PC, so long as the app you choose works with your PC.

  1. First things first, download the EpocCam app to the iPhone or iPad from the App Store.

  2. Once downloaded, open the app and select OK to approve access to the microphone and camera.

  3. Next, on your Mac, download the EpocCam Viewer from the Mac App Store and open it. You may also need to approve access to the microphone and camera once you open the app.

    Downloading EpocCam from the Mac App Store
  4. Once you're ready, open the EpocCam app on the iPhone or iPad as well as the viewer on your Mac. As long as both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi connection, they should connect wiithin a few seconds, and you should see the live feed from the iPhone or iPad displayed on your Mac.

    Using EpocCam to live stream from iPhone and iPad

You can also use this app to connect other devices such as another iPhone or iPad if you don't wish to use your computer as the webcam viewer.

To use EpocCam on Windows PC, you'll need to download the correct drivers. Once you've download and installed the drivers and the appropriate mobile app, the devices should connect automatically and begin streaming.

For the best webcam streaming, we recommend purchasing an iPhone or iPad stand to best position your device. You can find a wide range of stands and mounts to fit your specific needs online.