Mac tip: Use your iPhone as a webcam with EpocCam

EpocCam App you can use your Apple iPhone or an Android smartphone as a webcam on your Mac or PC. This works across all manufacturers, so that you can also use an Android device on a Mac computer or an iPhone on a Windows PC. In the version with less resolution, advertising and the like, the whole thing is free. EpocCam Pro with better resolution and ad-free display costs € 8,99 for iOS and € 5,99 for Android. However, the free version should be sufficient for a zoom call in the company, a Skype call with the family or similar matters. In the following you will find all information about installation and usage.

Using the smartphone as a webcam is free with EpocCam. The app lets you use the iPhone camera or the smartphone camera from the Android phone on Mac and PC.

Using the smartphone as a webcam is free with EpocCam. The app lets you use the iPhone camera or the smartphone camera from the Android phone on Mac and PC.

Install the EpocCam app on the smartphone

Setting up EpocCam on your smartphone is very easy. You simply download it from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and install it. That's about it, actually. Before you can use the smartphone camera as a webcam replacement, you need the driver for your computer. That's what the next paragraph is about.

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Download the EpocCam driver from the Kinoni site

The driver for macOS or Windows, which is necessary so that you can use the smartphone camera as a webcam, can be found on the official website Developer website. There you will also find instructions for using the software developed by Kinoni - and under step 2 you will find the driver download for the computer. Just click on the macOS version if you are using a Mac or the Windows version if you are using a PC. After the download you install everything and you are already done with this step.

EpocCam does not work with FaceTime!

After a reader asked me how he can get EpocCam to use his iPhone as a camera in FaceTime, I went on a search and unfortunately bad news for you: EpocCam does not work with FaceTime or Photobooth, if you have macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina or Big Sur installed.

The reason for this are restrictions that Apple has built into the operating system, which EpocCam cannot circumvent. You can find the exact explanation here in a support article from EpocCam.

In macOS 10.4 Mojave, Apple built-in applications use hardened runtimes. Apps using hardened runtimes can not load third party plugins unless explicitly allowed by app developers. This means that third party camera drivers do not work with Apple apps. We are trying to find a solution to this, but at the moment there is nothing we can do about this issue.

So currently you can use the iPhone as a webcam with Zoom or Skype, but it doesn't work with FaceTime.

Use smartphone camera as webcam: Here's how!

Now all you have to do is dial in the two devices (mobile phone and computer) in the same network (e.g. in the same WLAN), start the EpocCam app on the iPhone or Android device and select "EpocCam" on the computer as the source for the video transmission. You can see if that works on the Apple Mac QuickTime try out. Just start the QuickTime Player, click in the menu bar filing and then on New film recording. In the app window you can now see a record button in the middle and an arrow next to it. You click on the latter to select the video source. "EpocCam" should now appear as an option. Click on it and the camera transfer from iPhone to Mac (or whatever you use) will start;)

Use the iPhone as a webcam on the Mac - you can check whether the EpocCam can be used in the QuickTime Player.

Use the iPhone as a webcam on the Mac - you can check whether the EpocCam can be used in the QuickTime Player.

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11 comments

  1. The chief forester says:

    Since the update from MS Teams to 1.3.00.24758, EpocCam can no longer be selected as video input under MacOS. As far as I know, MS is on it, but at the moment I wouldn't recommend EpocCam (because: many use teams). Other applications (e.g. QuickTime Player; I don't use Zoom -> that should also be checked) can continue to use EpocCam without any problems.

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Thanks for the hint. I have an online meeting with MS Teams shortly. I already know that EpocCam falls flat ...

  2. Oliver says:

    Has anyone ever got EpocCam (free version) to work on the Mac Mini 2018 with an iPhone? I am not offered a camera either in Quick Time or in Skype. Whether with cable or WiFi. When connecting for the first time, the device code should be entered on the iPhone in order to qualify the Mac as a trusted device. However, only the two upper series of numbers were offered. So that the trustworthiness could not be confirmed. Maybe it's because!? does anyone know the problem?
    I am grateful for any hints!

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Oliver! Unfortunately, I don't use EpocCam myself and I don't have a Mac Mini either. But I think it's actually because the device is not trustworthy for the Mac. If this could not be confirmed, then no data connection will be allowed and of course the iPhone cannot transmit an image signal or be recognized by the Mac.

  3. Oliver says:

    Hello Jens, after installing it again on the iPhone, the camera can be selected for a Quicktime recording - hooray! Can also be used with zoom. But still not for Skype and Facetime. In the Mac security settings, only Zoom is mentioned as the app that wants to access the camera. Do you have any other ideas?

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Oliver! I once tried Google and found that it doesn't work with Catalina and Big Sur because Apple has restrictions in the system here. There is a support post from EpocCam that you can right here find.

  4. Bjorn says:

    So I've been trying to get EpocCam up and running for ages. For me, only the "EpocCam Micophone" is recognized as the audio input. But nothing happens with the camera. I've already reinstalled the driver several times and even bought the Pro app because I hope that's because of that. But brought no change.

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Björn! Unfortunately I can't help you there. I would ask their support. If you even have the Pro version, they should be interested in helping.

  5. Claudia says:

    Hallo,

    I tried Epoccam for the MacBook Air M1 today. Unfortunately, the picture quality is very poor. How can I uninstall the program again? It is not shown as a program. Many Thanks

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Claudia! I have right here found instructions from Elgato. And here there is Epocam uninstaller for Mac by Kinoni. But first close all Epocam windows so that it can also be removed.

      And if you want to do everything by hand, you will find the corresponding commands here:
      launchctl unload /Library/LaunchAgents/com.kinoni.epoccam.daemon.plist
      sudo launchctl stop com.kinoni.epoccam.daemon
      sudo launchctl remove com.kinoni.epoccam.daemon
      sudo rm -r /Library/LaunchAgents/com.kinoni.epoccam.daemon.plist
      sudo rm -r /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/VirtualMic.driver
      sudo rm -r /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/EpocCamPlugin.plugin

  6. Claudia says:

    Thank you Jens. I will try it.

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