One of the nicest things about having all of the portable pieces of technology such as an iPod, iPhone, or an iPad is that you can conduct almost all of the things that you can do on a computer without having to lug around a heavy laptop everywhere that you go. There are a lot of things that you can conduct on portable devices more easily than you can on a desktop or even a laptop computer.

Software

One of the most common ways for a portable device to add capabilities is by downloading software to the device. The software is generally added through applications, and there are several options for all of the different types of software that you could want to install. Some are for gaming, some are for convenience, and some are for communication such as video chatting programs. Skype, Facetime, and many other programs are available as applications for your iPhone, iPod, or iPad. There are some of these programs that can only be used to communicate with devices of the same brand while others will allow you to communicate no matter what device or brand.

There is one thing that is crucial to video chatting and that is a camera. You will not be able to video chat without a camera, and the iPod, iPhone, and iPad all come readily equipped with the camera. The only confusing party is trying to figure out how to convert your camera to a webcam. The webcam will allow you to send your image to the person you with whom you are communicating. It will use its camera properties, but simply convert them in order to function as a webcam.

Creating the Webcam

One of the benefits of owning a newer version of the iPhone is that it comes readily equipped with both a front and rear facing camera. This makes converting the camera to a webcam incredibly simple and easy. The first step in converting your camera to a webcam is downloading the software. You will need to do this through the App store.

The most popular version of an application that is being used to convert a camera into a webcam in Apple products is the iCam.

The iCam can be used for multiple reasons, and is a great way to easily get started with loading your device with what it needs in order to be able to video chat. The iCam is rated extremely well, and is definitely the most popular application for cameras on Apple products. There are free versions available, but the iCam app will be a one-time cost of around $5 in order to install it on your Apple device.

Once the iCam application has been installed then all you will have to do is connect your device to your computer. The easiest way to connect your device is by using the USB cable. Once you have the device connected to your computer then you will just need to click on the iCam application. You will most likely be required to enter in a username and password in order to be able to use this application. This is for safety and privacy. The camera on the phone will then be converted into a webcam.

Not every computer comes readily installed with a webcam. It is definitely less likely to happen if you have a desktop computer than if you have a newer laptop. Owning one of these portable Apple devices will eliminate that problem. You will not longer need to worry about spending extra money to purchase a webcam. You will simply be able to take a device you already own and convert it into a webcam.

Author Bio: Jason Phillips is a freelance writer who has a love for creativity. He has a passion for scouring the internet in search of inspirational art/design to share with her readership. On his free time, he loves to do webcam chat with his friends.