Getting started with Camo

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To use Camo, you'll need to install it on your mobile device and your computer. We recommend installing the mobile app first.

Installing Camo on your mobile device

Camo is available on the App Store and Google Play Store. You can find it on both by searching for "camo".

Installing Camo Studio on your Computer

Once you've downloaded the app to your mobile device, you can share the computer app directly from Camo.

  • To share from iOS to macOS, AirDrop the desktop app to your Mac by tapping the AirDrop icon on the Getting Started screen.
  • To share to Windows, tap Share Link from the Getting Started screen on Android or iOS.

Alternatively, you can download and unzip Camo Studio for macOS here and Windows here.

Once you've downloaded Camo Studio, double-click the Camo icon to run

  • To install to Windows, check the box to accept our license agreement and click Install
  • To install to Mac, grant permission to install (it'll move itself to “Applications”, and install a plugin to let video conferencing apps see it).
  • On both Windows and Mac, Camo Studio will also ask if you want it to automatically check for updates. We recommend that you allow these, because we update Camo Studio regularly to stay abreast of compatibility with a wide range of video apps.

Pairing Camo and Camo Studio

Pairing Camo on using an iOS device is automatic, whether you're pairing to Windows or macOS — just plug your device in to your computer with a standard lightning USB cable — after a few seconds, you should see your iOS device's camera feed in Camo Studio.

The steps for pairing Camo for Android differ depending on whether you're pairing to Windows or Mac.

In our current beta, to pair Android to Windows you'll need to turn on USB debugging. The instructions to do this vary slightly depending on the Android phone you're using. We've outlined the process below using a Samsung Galaxy S20.

If you need help turning on USB debugging for your Android device please contact us and we'll walk you through the process for your specific phone.

Pairing Android to Windows:

  1. Connect your phone to your computer and open Camo Studio. You should see the following screen:

    Camo Studio shows the steps required to connect to Windows
    Camo Studio shows the steps required to connect to Windows

  2. Follow these steps on your Android to configure your device:

    • Go to Settings, search for Build Number and tap it 7 times.

    • Now search for Developer Options in Settings, scroll down to USB debugging and tick to turn on.

    • Selecting Always allow from this computer means you will only need to do this once.

Pairing Android to Mac:

Your Android should connect automatically to your Mac, unless you followed the steps above to connect to Windows. If this is the case, turn off USB debugging by searching for Developer OptionsUSB debugging and unticking to turn off.

Activating Camo

There's no need to pay to use Camo, and the free edition provides everything you need to use your iPhone as a high-quality webcam. However, if you'd like to unlock all of Camo's power, you can upgrade by clicking the "Upgrade" button on the top-right of Camo Studio.

That'll show a window like the following, with buttons at the bottom to buy a license or activate a license. Clicking "Buy now" will take you to Camo's checkout to buy a license.

Camo Studio's upgrade window
Camo Studio's upgrade window

Once you've bought Camo, you'll receive an email with a username and password for activating Camo. Go back to Camo Studio's Upgrade and select Activate license to enter your credentials and start using Camo Pro.

Camo Studio prompting for license details
Camo Studio prompting for license details

If you've closed the browser window you used to buy Camo, and you can't find the email, search for in your inbox and check your spam. Contact us if you get stuck or need help!

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Comments (10)

I'm an Android user. I use Google Pixel 4a. When will you release the app for Android? I have been waiting for a long time. I signed up on the app Page already.

Thank you, we're excited to see what you'll think of it! We'll be sharing it soon.

Can you recommend some clamps to attach the iPhone to the top edge of the screen or monitor!

Hi Tim, sure: check out our guide here.

Hi! Does this work with OBS, is a plug-in needed?

Hi Lorenzo, Camo works fully with OBS. No plugin needed!

Hello! Your app looks wonderful and I wanted to confirm that you have built it to work natively on Apple Silicon architecture without the need for Rosetta 2? Thank you!

Hey Bill, thanks for commenting. We sure have: Camo is fully native on M1s. 🙂

Hi - i've connected my iphone to my monitor (HP z27) via USB. The Camo app is showing 'active' and i can see the video on my MacBook via the camo application but when i join a Meets call i get the 'configure settings' error. Any ideas?


Hi Will, no problem: make sure you restart your browser after installing or updating Camo. That'll deal with this! And do reach out to us any time. 👍

How do I connect with my phone?

Hi Marsha, just plug it into your computer with the same cable it came with. If you get stuck, drop us a note directly and we'll guide you through it!

You have worked hard to get this far - and I want to tell you you are awesome! Beautiful App. Took me all of a minute to decide to purchase!

Thank you!

Is there an integration for Camo with the vMix streaming software?

Hey Kokayi, thanks for commenting. Our understanding is that vMix requires Windows and won't run on a Mac. When we ship the Windows version of Camo we're expecting to support it.

Hey, I was wondering if there was wondering if a version for windows was in the works

Thanks for asking! There is — expect to see it in a few weeks. If you visit the Camo page you'll see you can sign up for the Windows waitlist towards the bottom of the page.

Hello-does Camo work with Mac OS Big Sur yet? Just checking. I'm sure you intend to make it do so eventually.

Thanks! Phil Hubbard

Hi Phil — it does, Big Sur and iOS 14 both! We hope you enjoy it. Reach out if you need help.

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