Is there a way to access my Macbook's webcam through my iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BrentwoodTWO, Feb 14, 2015.

  1. BrentwoodTWO macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2014
    So, I have an iPhone 6 and a Macbook Air. At my home, I have a puppy that I wish to be able to watch what she is doing when I leave her at home. Is it possible to leave my Macbook Air turned on at home and access the webcam from my iPhone? That way, whenever my girlfriend is curious of what the puppy is doing, she can simply access the webcam to see what is going on at home while we're out for work during the day?
  2. Let My heart go macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2014
    Web cam access

    I really think there is many ways to do so.
    Most simple way, as I see it- to install scype on the iphone and the macbook, then you must choose autoreply from the your phone ( note that only from the your phone) in scype options on the macbook.

    I did so on the my laptop to watch when my little baby sleep and I was in another room.
    Sorry if my English is broken.
  3. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    There should be a way with a remote access app. Also, if you want to go further there are a lot of stand alone wifi cameras.
  4. AppleP59 macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2014
    It's a somewhat crude way of doing it, but you could use something like splashtop for this.
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It will cost some money buy I love my two DropCams. I can see and hear what is going on at home from anywhere.
  6. bransoj macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2013
    If you have an iPad at home or any other old iOS device you dont use then you can use Presence by People Power. I often use my iPhone and iPad to keep an eye on our dog at home if we have to leave him a bit longer than normal. Works really well and has things like motion detection as well to alert you if something\someone\the dog is moving so you dont have to watch it continually.

    I've occasionally set up my old 3GS as well so i have the iPad covering one room and the 3GS covering the hall in case he goes wandering.

    There was another similar app as well but i cant remember the name of it.
  7. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
  8. AbeFrohman macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2011
    Use iCam. Installs as an app on your phone; companion program on your Mac = streaming video and audio. Can have it set up to alert with movement, capture images, etc.

    Have it running on two computers at work. I know when the cleaning crew gets there at night and I can make sure that's all they're doing... cleaning.
  9. bluedukies8 macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2009
    At Home

    I use an app called At Home (AtHome Camera Free - Remote video surveillance for home security by Circlely Networks Incorporated It's free and has a free download for your Mac as well. Very easy to setup and run. Even has some of the mentioned features on the other apps. Allow you to schedule recording, set motion recording etc
  10. solomanii macrumors member


    Dec 6, 2012
    This is the right answer. You sir, have won the internet. I recently went on a 3 week holiday and used this application - worked perfectly. The odd thing is that Google shows a lot of irrelevant options or over-engineered options or expensive options when you search for this ability. Luckily I refused to believe there wasn't some kind of application that used the native webCam and back-to-Mac capability without hacking the OS, iOS or spending a ton of money. It doesn't help that the application description on the App-Store is a bit vague.

    Excellent application, highly recommend it as well. Thanks AbeFrohman!
  11. BrickbookPro macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    I used athome camera with a lot of success with my puppy. It's free also!
  12. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    1.5 years after posting, I'm sure he appreciates that. :rolleyes:

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