The great work-from-home experiment of 2020 made millions of us desperately need a webcam. Rather than spend on one of the best webcams, we’ll show you how to use your smartphone or one you already have around the house. Your smartphone can function as a webcam quite easily and there are a few apps that can help you with this. We’ve put together a quick guide to our favorites. These are the best webcam apps for Android and iOS.
EpocCam was first published to the app store nearly a decade ago, but has really taken on its shine over the past year. This app from Elgato (now owned by Corsair) helps you use your iPhone as an HD webcam and microphone on both Mac and Windows. After installing the corresponding drivers, EpocCam will make sure your phone is recognized as an optional webcam in apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and more. You can connect your phone to your computer via Wi-Fi or USB and EpocCam will make your computer recognize it.
As with our first entry, DroidCam lets your PC recognize your Android phone as a webcam for use in video conferencing apps. The free ad-supported version of DroidCam supports standard definition webcam streaming and connects via USB or Wi-Fi. DroidCam also offers a paid version called DroidCamX, which offers more functionality than just connecting your phone̵
iCam for iOS goes beyond the traditional use of a webcam and allows you to remotely turn on and monitor the cameras of your various iOS devices. Whether you’re creating a makeshift security system or setting up a pet camera, iCam allows you to view and record it from your iOS device’s camera. With the app and companion desktop software for Mac and Windows, you can store motion events in the cloud to protect against loss or theft of your devices. iCam sells a number of monthly cloud storage packages starting at 5 GB for $ 5. For an extra level of access, you can log in to all your iCam-compatible cameras for any Java-compatible browser, so you can check your settings from anywhere in the world. iCam also offers a pro version with improved bandwidth, video quality and lots of extra features.
Whatever your need or smartphone platform, from a home office webcam setup to a full-fledged home security system, or simply a way to keep an eye on your beloved pets when you’re abroad, these apps will help you get the job done. Before you go to your local electronics store or Amazon for an expensive new webcam, take a look at the high-definition camera that comes in your pocket.