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How to Use Your Phone as a Webcam for Free

These days, we are often asked to video chat with our co-workers and friends with apps like Zoom and Skype. This can be difficult if you don’t have a webcam on your computer. However, if you have a smartphone, there is a free app that will let you turn it into a webcam. Here’s how to use your phone as a webcam, and how to set it up with Zoom and Skype.

How to Use Your Phone as a Webcam

To turn your phone into a webcam, install the EpocCam Webcam app on your phone and its corresponding driver on your computer. Then open your video chat app and change your webcam to EpocCam Camera.

Note: While you can download and use this app as your webcam for free, you will need to upgrade to the pro version if you want to use your phone as a microphone, too. However, if you have a headset, you can use it as your microphone instead.

  1. Download the EpocCam Webcam app on your phone. You can find this app on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for free.
  2. Then open the app on your phone and tap OK. A pop-up message will appear asking you to allow the app to access your microphone and camera.
  3. Next, download the EpocCam Webcam app on your computer. You can find the app for Windows and Mac computers here. Scroll down to install the drivers for Windows or Mac.
  4. Then open the downloaded ZIP file on your computer. You can find this file in the Downloads folder of your computer. If you are having trouble opening the file, check out our guide on how to open a ZIP file here.
  5. Double-click the installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
  6. Then open the app on your computer.

    Note: Don’t worry if you can’t see anything when you open the app on your computer. It might just appear as a blank screen.

  7. Next, open the app on your phone and wait for it to pair with your computer.

    Note: If you are trying to connect through WiFi, make sure that your computer and phone are on the same network. If you are still having problems connecting, you can plug your phone into your computer with a USB cable.

  8. Next, open the video chat app on your computer. This could be Skype, Zoom, or any other video chat app. If you don’t already have one, check out our list of the best video chat apps here.
  9. Finally, go to the settings on your video chat app and change your webcam to the EpocCam Camera.

If you are using Zoom, you can change your webcam by clicking the gear icon in the top-right corner of your window. Then click Video in the left sidebar and choose the EpocCam Camera from the drop-down list next to Camera.

How to Use Your Phone as a Webcam

If your video is sideways or upside down, you can click the Rotate button in the top-right corner of your video window to rotate your webcam by 90 degrees.

If your video is facing the wrong way, you can also flip in on your phone by clicking the flip button in the top-right corner of your phone’s screen.

How to Use Your Phone as a Webcam

If you are using Skype, you can change your webcam by clicking the three-dot icon next to your name in the top-left corner of the Skype app. Then select Settings and go to Audio & Video. Next, click the downward-facing arrow next to your webcam name and select the EpocCam Camera.

You can also change your microphone to a headset below and test it out.

How to Use Your Phone as a Webcam

If you’re having trouble turning your phone into a webcam, check out our list of the best webcams for 2020 here.

Updated on April 17, 2020

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