How to turn your iPhone or iPad into a webcam for your Windows PC
If you own a Windows desktop PC, laptop or tablet and need to enter a video call, you must also have a webcam to use for that. However, if you did not buy a webcam for your desktop PC or if you find yourself in an unfortunate situation when your laptop webcam breaks, you must find an alternate way of making video calls. One of them is to use your iPhone or iPad, by transforming your smartphone or tablet into a webcam for your PC. Fortunately, it is an easy thing to do, if you have the right tools: a specialized app and some drivers on your Windows PC. If you want to turn your iPhone or iPad into a webcam for your PC, here are all the steps you need to take:
What you need to turn your iPhone or iPad into a webcam for your Windows PC
To be able to turn your iPhone or iPad into a webcam for your Windows PC, you need a few things:
First of all, you need an iOS app that can make your iPhone or iPad work as a webcam. There are many such apps in the App Store, both free and paid. After trying and testing several of them, the one that we liked best is EpocCam.
This app is free to use, but it has a few limitations: the maximum resolution supported is 640 x 480 pixels, and the smartphone microphone, the manual focus, and the flashlight are disabled. It also shows a watermark and advertisements on the images. If you buy the Pro version of the app, the maximum resolution you can use is up to 1280 x 720, the microphone, manual focus and flashlight are enabled, and the watermark and advertisements are removed.
Before going ahead, you must also make sure that both your Windows PC and the iPhone or iPad that you are going to use are connected to the same network.
Step 1. Download and install the EpocCam app on your iPhone or iPad
On your iPhone or iPad, open the App Store and use it to search for EpocCam. The full name of the app is EpocCam WiFi Virtual Webcam, and its developer is called Kinoni. When you find it, tap the Install or Get button and wait for the app to download and install.
After you install the app on your iPhone or iPad, go to your Windows PC and take the next step.
Step 2. Download and install the EpocCam drivers on your Windows 10 PC
On your Windows PC, open a web browser and visit this website: Kinoni. Once it is loaded, look for the section called EpocCam iOS / Android / Nokia. In it, there are several links with drivers: click or tap on the link that matches your Windows version. For example, we are using Windows 10, so we need the Windows 10 drivers.
You should now get a small executable file called KinoniWinInstaller[version_numbers].exe, which you can download and save somewhere on your Windows PC, or you can Run right now.
The drivers installation wizard only has a few easy steps, which you go through by pressing Next a few times.
When the installation is finished, we recommend that you restart your computer to make sure that every driver loads appropriately. However, it is not a mandatory thing to do.
Step 3. Connect the EpocCam app on your iPhone or iPad to your Windows PC
On your iPhone or iPad, open the EpocCam app. For a brief moment, the app shows a screen on which your iPhone or iPad is searching for Windows PCs that are connected to the same network.
Once it finds your Windows PC, EpocCam starts streaming video to it. If you are using the free version of the app, it is also a time when advertisements are shown on your iPhone or iPad. If you are using Windows 10 on your PC, the connection is also signaled by a desktop notification.
Step 4. Check if the connection between your iPhone or iPad and your Windows 10 PC works correctly
The EpocCam drivers that you installed on your Windows PC also include an app called EpocCam Viewer. This app is useful if you want to check the connection between your iPhone or iPad and your Windows PC is working correctly.
Find EpocCam Viewer on your Windows 10 PC: use the search to look for it, or open the Start Menu and navigate to All apps -> Kinoni -> EpocCam Viewer.
If the EpocCam Viewer app shows video from your iPhone or iPad, then it means everything is set up and working as it should.
What to do if the app does not work as it should?
Like anything else that involves wireless connections and some kind of emulation, the EpocCam app might not always work as expected. Some people are satisfied, and others are not, and you can immediately see that if you are looking through the app's reviews section in the App Store. However, even if you encounter problems, you should not abandon using it immediately: first, you should check the troubleshooting guide created by EpocCam's developers. You can find it here: Kinoni EpocCam Troubleshooting.
Now you know how easy it is to turn your iPhone or iPad into a webcam that you can use with your Windows computer. Do you like EpocCam and how it works? To be honest, we believe there is room for improvement. On our Windows 8.1 computer it worked great, but on our Windows 10 computers, we had some issues, as the app did not want to work with the latest version of Skype, which was strange. Unfortunately, EpocCam seems to be the only "pretty" good app of its kind in the App Store. If you know others that work better than it, please let us know, in the comments section below.