How to Use an iPhone as a Mac Webcam

How to Use an iPhone as a Mac Webcam

Apple Macs have some fantastic technology, but the camera you use to make video calls is the one field that is often lacking. As we learned after the pandemic, video calls have been even more important than we expected, and there are so many of us now working from home.

In such a situation, is it possible to upgrade the video quality without shelling out for a dedicated webcam? The answer is yes because a couple of smart applications will use the power of your iPhone and turn it into a camera for your calls. This is how an iPhone can be used as a Mac webcam.

How to use Camo to turn your iPhone into a webcam

You can use several apps on your iPhone as a webcam, like Epoccam and Reincubate’s Camo are some popular apps. Both offer basic functionality, but Camo provides a more comprehensive experience at free of cost.

You can download the Camo app on your iPhone and visit the Camo website to download the accompanying Mac app. Read the instructions carefully, and you are ready to start.

To sync both the apps, you must launch the Mac version and connect your iPhone to the laptop or iMac via a cable. You should now receive an email requesting permission to use the two together (or perhaps update the version of the iPhone), click agree, and the main window of the Mac version will display your face.

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While their many loopholes in the free version, you can still make calls and have your iPhone function as a 720p HD camera. The entire interface is managed by the Mac app, from where the iPhone gets all its signals.

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At the top of the left-hand column, you’ll see a few settings that you can adjust. This involves choosing the iPhone as the primary camera (in the Source menu) and picking whether you use the front or rear lenses.

There is a standard resolution option of 720p HD, but to upgrade it to the Pro level, you will have to pay £ 34.99/$39.99 to access higher settings like 1080p FHD. Click the Upgrade button in the top right corner to do this.

Besides improved optics, the Pro level will also be able to mirror your camera (flipping the image so that it acts like a mirror), remove the Camo watermark, set the flash level so that it serves like in-room lighting, as well as a broader range of colour and, have a tone control over the footage.

In this respect, if you don’t like the (subtle) watermark, we find this free edition as an excellent alternative. Camo supports various video calling apps, such as Zoom, Meet, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Skype, Twitch, and many more. Although it doesn’t allow FaceTime, nor does it allow logging into Safari browser-based calls.

We had to search for changes in both Camo and Zoom when we checked the Zoom app because the camera feature was not available. After Zoom was updated, we could choose Reincubate Camo in the System settings and under Footage, which worked well over the call.

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So you now have a short and simple way to enhance the quality of your videos on your calls.

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