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The average computer’s built-in webcam is often low quality. And external webcams can be finicky, making finding the one with the right audio and visual quality to meet your demands difficult. While the best webcams provide superb video quality, it often goes unrealized that iPhones can double as computer webcams. If this piques your interest, stick with us as we show you how to use an iPhone as a webcam.
And non-Apple users can check out our guide on how to use a phone as a webcam for a more general take on this process.
You can set up a studio light behind your computer to increase the streaming quality.
iPhones make for awesome high-quality webcams, whether it’s for Zoom meetings, video calls, or live-streaming. All that’s necessary to convert them is to install the right webcam app on your phone and computer. Then you connect them with a USB cable or over a Wi-Fi network, and that’s it. The process is almost too easy, and the results are incredible.
Also, iPhones aren’t the type of device that can transform into a webcam. For example, we have an article explaining how to use an IP camera as a webcam. And Xbox owners can look into our resource on how to use Kinect as a webcam.
Go online and check out the third-party apps recommended for iPhone webcam use. Remember to ensure that your computer’s operating system supports whatever desktop app you get.
Check your devices for software updates to ensure that your computer and iPhone are running on the latest available software and operating system.
Install the app on both your phone and computer. Downloading the software for your computer may look a little different because it’s downloading a specific webcam driver and an application.
Use a USB cable or wireless connection to connect the phone to your computer.
Open up the webcam software and place your phone on a tripod mount, positioning it to get the best image quality. Most webcam apps come with different lenses, resolutions, and features for users to enjoy.
Using your iPhone as a webcam over a Wi-Fi network will result in more significant lag than using a wired connection.
STAT: iPhone 12 can record 4k video at 60 FPS. (source)