Introduction: How to Use Your IPhone As a Webcam

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If you are at all tech savy, you would have had faced a dilemma once or twice where you need a decent webcam (damn those things), or would just like one for convenience. Well, luckily most of us have iPhones (apple takeover in progress, please wait until your country submits to apple rulership).

As this short step-by-step guide will show you, you can get around buying another whole dedicated device for your web-camming needs (Is that a word? Not really). You can easily make your iPhone into a decent quality webcam with a bit of patience and a wireless connection.

I myself use this method to make stop-motion productions (clay and drawing).

Step 1: Download WebCammera From the Appstore and the Desktop Client for Your Computer

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First, download and install the app that makes this all possible: "WebCammera". At the date of writing this, this app was the best quality, easiest to use for the price it askes. Now this app does cost about $2 or $3, but will probably save you from buying a webcam for much more.

Link to itunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/webcamera/id348150234?mt=8

Also, download link for the free desktop driver:
http://mobiola.com/mobiola-web-camera

Step 2: Connect and Then Use It!

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Now, with the app and driver installed on your computer and iPhone, you simply open the app on your phone and connect to the computer you wish through WiFi (make sure they are on the same wireless network). Now you can use your iPhone as a high-quality webcam that your PC recognises as a webcam. As a webcam, it should work natively with programs like Windows Live Messenger and Skype. You can also change the quality of the stream to low, medium or high.

As the additonal pictures show, the client instructs you to choose the video source in a program like Skype as Mobiola Video Source. Also, it is important to make sure you allow the client access to your network if and when the pop-up comes up.

Comments

forcequit (author)2016-12-15

Agreed look like an advert. Wirecast (free) works well esp for Youtube livestream. issue with iPhone as a webcam though is that you cannot turn off 10% Low Power message, which interrupts the livestream. You can jailbreak . the iphone with Cydia & turn off but have yet to try this. Anyone with a working iPhone webcam out there?

Marklarer (author)2015-01-13

This is an advertisement. The steps are 1) buy our product 2) use product.

Marklarer (author)Marklarer2015-01-13

Oh, and I just checked. There are plenty of programs that do this for free.

PabloM3 (author)Marklarer2015-03-04

thanks for the info!

which are they?

Jakesteele (author)PabloM32016-06-16

Epoccam

Instrustables (author)2014-08-02

When you had to pay for it, that was the biggest downfall ever. You have to pay $5 for this app. There has to be better alternatives.

RonnyC7 (author)Instrustables2016-05-22

You pay five dollars for a MacDonalds meal and you think that paying a
computer programmer for their time creating this app is too much?

JohnS397 (author)Instrustables2015-11-21

Indeed. There are some cheaper/free out there, like EpocCam (which is free).

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