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When you are just starting out, extra equipment can really add up. The good news is that you can easily turn your mobile device into a webcam. Whether you need your first webcam or want a second one for your pet, this guide will show you how to set up an Android or iPhone within OBS, Streamlabs, and XSplit.

As an added bonus, a mobile phone is completely portable, meaning you can easily walk throughout your house while you film.

How to Use an Android as a Webcam

As I use an iPhone, not an Android, watch this fantastic video by Nutty (nutella4eva on Twitch) for details (he does a side-by-side comparison with the c922):

Here is the breakdown of how you can turn your smartphone or tablet into a webcam:

Step 1: Install the CamOn Live Streaming App on your computer and phone

Step 2: Launch the app on your phone

Step 3: Adjust your settings to change which camera to use and the quality of the feed (720p is a good balance between quality and latency)

Step 4: Import the feed into your broadcasting software through a media source or browser source

Step 5: Locate the IP address of your phone in the information section on the app.

Step 6: Input the link (the browser source will use the second local network address ending in /mjpeg and the media source will use the third local network address beginning in rtsp://). 

Note: the difference between the browser source and media source is that you need to use the media source if you want to record audio from your phone. There will be latency. 

How to Use an iPhone as a Webcam

There are many apps that you can choose to turn your iPhone into a webcam for streaming. Here are three that I tried: 

  • Elgato ScreenLink – they have a free version that you can try for 15 minutes sprints at a 16 Mphs bitrate. You can also upgrade to the Pro version for $9.99 to stream indefinitely at a 32 Mphs bitrate.
  • EpocCam – You can stream indefinitely with their free settings, or you can upgrade for $7.99 for 1080p FullHD. Audio support (and other features). There are ads on the free version of the app when you open it.
  • iVCam – this program is also upgradable for $7.99 for extra features It is user-friendly as far as changing the camera settings go and you can quickly change aspects of it. 

I tried all three apps and found that my favorite of the three was EpocCam (due to ease of set-up and what you get for the free version on the app). So for the purposes of this tutorial, I’ll be using that app. EpocCam is also available to Android users. 

Step 1: Download and install the EpocCam app (on your phone) and drivers (on your PC). 

Step 2: Launch the app on your phone.

Follow the remaining instructions based on the broadcasting software you are using: (Jump to SLOBS, XSplit)

How to Add iPhone Webcam Source in OBS

Step 3: Press the “+” on the Sources box to add a new source

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Step 4: Choose “Video Capture Device”

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Step 5: Name the source whatever you wish

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Step 6: Change the device to “EpocCam”

Step 7: Change any initial settings (I changed none, though I turned off the grow light for my plants)

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Step 8: The cam should appear and you can move it or adjust it anywhere on your screen. Here is a side-by-side comparison with the Logitech c922. The iPhone feed is on the right.

How to Add iPhone Webcam Source in SLOBS

Step 3: Press the “+” on the Sources box to add a new source

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Step 4: Choose “Video Capture Device”

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Step 5: Toggle the “Add a new source instead” option at the bottom of the box

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Step 6: Name the source whatever you wish

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Step 7: Change the device to “EpocCam”

Step 8: Change any initial settings (I changed none)

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Step 9: The cam should appear and you can move it or adjust it anywhere on your screen. Here is a side-by-side comparison with the Logitech c922. The iPhone feed is on the right.

How to Add iPhone Webcam Source in XSplit Broadcaster

Step 3: Press the “Add source” button on the Sources box to add a new source

Step 4: Hover over “Devices” then, Video, then choose “EpocCam Camera”

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Step 5: The cam should be on your screen and you can move it or adjust it anywhere. Here is a side-by-side comparison with the Logitech c922. The iPhone feed is on the right.

Tips for iPhone Webcam Streaming

With the free version of EpocCam, you will occasionally get ads on your iPhone. They will not transfer to your broadcasting software and they don’t have any audio, so you don’t need to worry about them. 

To orientate the camera so that it isn’t mirrored, I had to transform it. If you prefer mirrored, you can leave it as it is, otherwise, follow the steps on how to flip your camera from one of these tutorials: OBS, SLOBS, XSplit.

With color correction and better lighting, you will be able to maximize quality. 

Conclusion

If you don’t have a webcam (or you want another one), your phone can actually do a great job for you. It also has the added benefit of being mobile. Use this guide to get yourself streaming immediately. 

About the Author

Luci

Luci is a novelist, freelance writer, and active blogger. A journalist at heart, she loves nothing more than interviewing the outliers of the gaming community who are blazing a trail with entertaining original content.

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