How to use your iPhone as a webcam

Want to use your iPhone as a webcam? The good news is it’s quick, easy, and free to do just that. In this article, we're outlining the two best ways to start using your iPhone as a webcam today.

Let’s look at how to use your iPhone with Camo first.

Use your iPhone as a webcam using Camo

Camo lets you plug your iPhone into your computer (whether it’s a Mac or a Windows PC) and then use your iPhone as a webcam from your computer. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Download the iPhone app by searching for ‘Camo’ on the App Store.

    Download and open Camo on your iPhone
    Download and open Camo on your iPhone

  2. Once you’ve installed and opened the iPhone app, you’ll be able to AirDrop the computer download to your Mac, or click Share Link to download to your Windows PC.

    Click ‘share link’ to share to Windows, or the AirDrop icon to share to Mac
    Click ‘share link’ to share to Windows, or the AirDrop icon to share to Mac

    From there, click through the steps to download Camo Studio to your computer. You will need to grant Camo some permissions, and you may be asked to enter your administrator's password.

    Camo Studio asking for permission to install
    Camo Studio asking for permission to install

  3. Connect your iPhone to your computer (plug your iPhone directly into your computer - not via a USB hub - to avoid connection issues).

    Click Get Started on the iPhone app if you haven’t already. You should now see your image in Camo studio.

  4. Open your video client, and select Camo as your webcam.

    Camo is compatible with a bunch of different video platforms. You don’t need to do anything to use Camo with most apps, other than restarting your app and selecting Camo as the video source.

Selecting Camo as the video source in Zoom
Selecting Camo as the video source in Zoom

Camo Pro lets you add custom watermarks, use portrait mode and access image adjustments
Camo Pro lets you add custom watermarks, use portrait mode and access image adjustments

So, there you have it, that’s the quick and easy way to get going with Camo. If you want to go deeper, we have additional guides and articles that cover:

Use your iPhone as a webcam directly from your iPhone

If you don’t want to download a new app, you can use your iPhone as a webcam directly from your phone. Here’s how to do it with Zoom:

  1. Download the Zoom app from the App Store
  2. Log in
  3. Join the call

Follow the steps above to use Zoom directly from your iPhone
Follow the steps above to use Zoom directly from your iPhone

It’s a simple, quick way to join a video call from your iPhone, but there are some drawbacks:

  • You’ll be using your iPhone screen for the call, rather than your computer screen, which makes it harder to see others on the call.
  • It’s more difficult to see the image you’re presenting to others.
  • You’re limited to the selfie camera, which isn’t as crisp as the back cameras on your iPhone.

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Comments (1)

Will you be add the ability to store/manage watermarks? I use Cam Studio across personal and work calls. It would be nice to have a watermark "drawer" where custom watermarks can be saved.

Hi Bob! Thank you for this suggestion. Yes, we're going to be doing something along these lines soon. Hope you love it. 🙂


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