Does there exist any app for iPhone/Mac that allows me:

  • to see on the Macbook what my iPhone camera "sees" via WiFi?
  • to remotely, from the Mac, start/stop recording on the iPhone?

I'm currently trying iKeyboardRemote but it allows me only start and stop recording via Bluetooth (and without any feedback). I would like to see when to start recording and when to stop.

I have found several apps in the App Store that allow remote video between two iPhones or iPhone/iPad, but found none for iPhone to Mac OS X. (I don't have two iPhones, nor an iPad).

Unfortunately, I have upgraded to 6.1.3 on 4S, so I can't jailbreak it for installing a VNC server, which would be the easiest and best solution.

I'm hoping I missed some apps — can anybody suggest a solution?

  • When you do get your second iOS device - this is ultimate. May 15, 2013 at 16:34
  • @bassplayer7 YES! This is really cool device.
    – clt60
    May 15, 2013 at 16:42
  • You can use screen mirroring to view your screen on e.g. an AppleTV. May 15, 2013 at 17:06
  • @AllDani, unfortunately, they kinda went away. Oct 6, 2016 at 14:12

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There seem to be a handful of apps available that allow your iPhone to act as a webcam for your Mac over Wi-Fi, which would allow you to view and record video from them. A few of the ones I found:

For recording purposes, you may need to use the built-in recording functionality of QuickTime Player, although some of the apps seem to have free companion OS X software that will accomplish the same goal.

  • GREAT! Thank you, going compare them. :) I do not need recording on the Mac side - for me enough to record on the iphone side.
    – clt60
    May 15, 2013 at 16:41
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    hm... jaggy on full hd - need something what will record into iPhone - and will transferring to Mac only preview.
    – clt60
    May 15, 2013 at 17:04
  • I also need the functionality to preview on the Mac, but record to the iPhone itself. I want to have full 4K quality video from my iPhone 6s.
    – Ben Morrow
    Nov 7, 2015 at 23:54

One way around it is to connect your iPhone via lighting cable. Then you will be able to preview iPhone's screen on your mac via QuickTime -> File -> New Movie Recording (select iPhone as source).

That way you can see what is being recorded on your iPhone - perfect if you are recording yourself and want to somehow check if you are within the frame. It has some issues (can not start/stop recording via mac + portrait vs landscape issue) however maybe it will be good enough. It was better than anything else I found as 3rd party apps are (were?) laggy.

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