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Smartphone Camera Guide

You can use your smartphone, such as an iPhone or Android phone, as a webcam in OBS Studio. Using one of the options below, your smartphone will appear in the Video Capture Source alongside your webcams and capture cards.

Smartphone Webcam Guide


Camo (by Reincubate) is a freemium solution for Windows and macOS. It supports iOS and Android. You can connect Camo over USB or Wi-Fi.

🖥️ Download for your computer (Windows, macOS)

📱 Download for iOS, Android

  • Connect by USB or Wi-Fi
  • Supported by OBS Studio, videoconferencing programs, etc.
  • Also supports other cameras, such as webcams, DSLRs, and Continuity Camera
  • Adjustments: lenses, exposure, zoom, crop, colour grading (including LUT)
  • Image rotation
  • Lighting and bokeh effects
  • Virtual green screen
  • Augmented Reality effects and filters
  • Automatic keep the subject centered in frame
  • Overlay text and images

Continuity Camera

Continuity Camera is a feature built-in to macOS and iOS. This feature is built-in to iOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura.

  • Automatically use your iPhone as a camera when it and your Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network
  • Both your iPhone and Mac must be signed in to the same iCloud account


DroidCam (by Dev47Apps) is a freemium solution for Windows and Linux. It supports iOS and Android.

🖥️ Download for Windows, Linux

📱 Download for iOS & Android; premium DroidCamX for Android

  • Chat using “DroidCam Webcam” on your computer, including Sound and Picture
  • Connect over WiFi or USB cable
  • Unlimited free usage at standard definition
  • Keep using your phone with DroidCam in background (Android)
  • Switch to HD Mode for 720p/1080p high definition video*
  • Camera controls: toggle light, enable continuous auto focus, zoom in/out*
  • Rotate, Flip & Mirror the video to better match your setup*
  • Adjust brightness, contrast, add video delay and adjust audio volume (Windows)*
  • USB-Only mode for extra privacy and security*
  • Option to auto-mute phone calls*
  • No ads*

(* marks premium features, available as an in-app purchase on iOS or separate download on Android)


EpocCam (by Elgato) is a freemium solution for Windows and macOS. It supports iOS devices. You can connect EpocCam over USB, Wi-Fi, or NDI.

🖥️ Download for Windows, macOS

📱 Download for iPhone

  • Connect over USB, Wi-Fi, or NDI
  • choice of connection type*
  • iPhone microphone audio capture*
  • manual focus adjustment*
  • HDR support*
  • video quality options*
  • no watermark*

NDI HX Camera

HX Camera (by NDI) is a solution that exposes your smartphone or tablet as an NDI source. This can then be captured in OBS Studio using the NDI plugin

🖥️ Download the obs-ndi plugin

📱 Download for iPhone (freemium), Android (paid)

  • Device output is automatically recognized by NDI-compatible receiving devices on the same local network
  • NDI stream works on standard network infrastructure
  • High-Medium-Low bandwidth modes
  • Front and rear camera selection
  • Zooming, auto focus, AF Lock, and tap to focus
  • Adjustments: exposure control, auto exposure, AE lock
  • device light and audio mute control


VDO.Ninja is a web-based solution that allows you to use any device's camera, provided it can connect to the website. When you start broadcasting on VDO.Ninja, you get a URL which you can use in the Browser Source.

  • Use your phone's webcam and/or microphone
  • Other people can send the link to their streams, too