You can use your phone as a webcam on Zoom calls to improve your appearance and save money. It’s easy to do this if you don’t have a webcam or don’t want to spend money on a separate device.

Turn your Phone into a web Camera

You can use your smartphone as a webcam on both iPhone and Android devices, and with either a Mac or Windows computer. Here are some good apps for using your phone as a webcam during video conferences.

Turn your phone into a webcam for Windows or Mac

We will need a service called Reincubate Camo. It is compatible with more than 40 video calling applications (Google Meet, Zoom, FaceTime and Discord).

These steps will help you use your phone as a webcam on any device combination, including Android with Mac, iPhone with Windows, and vice versa:

  1. Download the Camo app on your phone and computer
  2. Connect your phone and computer either wirelessly or with a cable
  3. Enable USB debugging mode for Android phones connecting to a Windows PC (Settings > About phone > Build number (tap 7 times) > USB debugging)
  4. Start the Camo app on both devices and make sure they are on the same Wi-Fi network
  5. In the mobile app, enter the Wi-Fi IP and DroidCam Port into the corresponding fields on the desktop app
  6. Choose Camo as the video camera and microphone in your video conferencing app’s device settings
  7. If the camera doesn’t appear, unplug the cable, restart the app, and plug it back in.

The Camo desktop app offers various video customization options, such as 720p video quality and Zoom settings, which are free for Android phone users. iPhone users may need to pay for additional features like 1080p recording, lens swapping, and portrait mode.

How to use iPhone Cam for Mac

You can use your iPhone as a webcam on your Mac with Apple’s Continuity Camera, without the need for any additional software. Your phone must have iOS 16 and your Mac must have macOS 13 Ventura. Follow these steps to set up the camera.

  1. Enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both devices and make sure they are signed in to the same iCloud account
  2. Turn on Handoff and Continuity Camera in iPhone settings (Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff)
  3. Choose iPhone as the camera source in the Video Calling app’s device settings
  4. The camera will pause if you use the iPhone for anything else, but you can hit pause to continue using the phone without disconnecting
  5. You can also use a wired connection to prevent battery drain.

You can improve the video quality in video conferencing apps like Zoom by switching to HD mode. In the taskbar, you can access the Video Effects button to use features like Center Stage, which pans the camera to keep you in frame, Portrait mode to blur the background, Studio Light to add studio-like lighting, and Desk View mode to show what’s on your desk using the high-resolution camera on your iPhone.