Some people may not know that they can be using iPhone for a webcam. Imagine you are having a baby and you have to do the house work such as: washing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen, etc. I suppose that you are still thinking about your baby while doing this work. In this case, if you have an old unused iPhone, you can still make use of this device. Yes, you can use iPhone for a webcam to monitor what your baby is doing in the bed room. Whether he is still asleep or waking up so that you can directly go to the bed room. Now, how much money you can save by using your old iPhone for webcam. Not only to see what your baby is doing, by using iPhone for webcam, can you also utilize it for some other purpose like security camera.
How to use iPhone for webcam
To be able using iPhone for a webcam, off course there are certain methods to be done and some apps to support it. Here they are:
The good side from EpocCam is that it works in all webcam support applications. It is also a wireless app with 20 feet range that will work for both front and rear camera of your iPhone. EpocCam is the most popular app to enable you using your iPhone for a webcam. If you are to use EpocCam, you will also need to download the driver from its official website. There is no specific setting needed. The connection will automatically be performed after you install the app.
If you desire to remove the watermark, expand the resolution (640 x 480 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels), so you will need to install the pro version of the app. To conclude, there are 2 versions of the app are released, they are the Free version and the Premium version.
2. iCamSource Pro Mobile
iCamSource is a paid app that will also bridge your need to use iPhone for a webcam. It is a cool app as its ability to alert you whenever motion or movement is detected. Worry of losing the record? No you don’t need to as it will automatically be saved in the cloud as backup.
Unlike some other applications, there is no free version of iCamSource. Before utilizing it, you will also need to instal iCam Pro Webcam Along with iCamSource to be able to use the iPhone for a webcam. Only after installing both app, you can do the video streaming from any iOS device.
3. AtHome Camera
AtHome Camera is two way app that enables you to view your iPhone camera feed from a computer, or the other way around to see the computer webcam’s capture from your iPhone. Moreover, the app can work in Windows, Mac, smartphones and also tablets. Then, how to be able to use the AtHome Camera app? For this, you will need two apps to be installed, the viewer and the streamer app.
Besides, Athome Camera enables you to record the feed. You can initially set the time when you want the feed to be recorded. Take for example, you only want to record the feed from 03.00 to 04.00am. This app is also equipped with the motion detection mode. What is the motion detection for? Well, AtHome Camera will alert you whenever the app detect motion or movement in the feed.
Therefore, I think it will be a good mean for baby monitoring. Unlike many other camera apps, AtHome Camera two-way-talk feature is also embedded iin the app. So, no matter whether you are using the viewer or streamer, you can both talk or listen to the audio.
Presence is another recommended third party app to enable you use iPhone for a webcam. This app comes along with a website that will enable you access your iPhone camera feed from wherever you are. Besides that, the free version of Presence offers 50MB free cloud storage. Not much space but will surely be a good offer to save some moments captured by your camera. As the app also come with the premium version, you only need to upgrade your free version to the premium version if you want to expand the cloud storage become 5GB.
In addition, Presence ability to be accessed from across the world also work with the Amazon Alexa.
FaceTime is an app developed and supported by Apple itself. So, Facetime is not a third party app like those previously mentioned apps. Therefore, there is nothing to doubt about its reliability.
Then, how to apply Facetime in order to use iPhone for a webcam? Here they are:
a. You need a copy of the app in your iPhone and Mac
b. Make sure the 2 apps have different contact detail numbers (go to setting, “you can be reached for FaceTime at”)
c. iPhone: Setting FaceTime
d. Mac: FaceTime Preferences
NOTE: busy tone will always be performed if you have the same details in both devices.
e. Put your iPhone in position where you want to monitor
f. Call it using your Mac. **You will need to manually answer it.
As discussed above, by using your iPhone you can save some money as you do not need to purchase the webcam for certain purpose. Even if there is limited feature compare to the real webcam, you can still make use of your unused iPhone for the monitoring purpose. Each of the application mentioned above has its strength and weakness. Therefore, you can always choose which one best suits your need. To sum up, by using certain application you can still explore more the use of your iPhone, in this case is to use your iPhone for a webcam for certain purpose.