Apple is known for producing some of the best iPhone cameras. With iOS 16 and macOS Ventura; You can now use your iPhone’s main camera as a webcam with your Mac. Your MacBook’s HD camera isn’t great, but you can optimize your iPhone’s camera.
If you are an iPhone and Mac user; You don’t have to settle for a below-average webcam or get a new one from another manufacturer. With Continuity Camera, Apple has made it easy to use an iPhone as a webcam on a Mac.
Before you start, follow the conditions below to use the Continuity Camera feature without any problems.
Continuity Camera Requirements
- iPhone 8 or later running iOS 16 or later.
- A Mac running macOS Venture or a higher version. macOS Ventura is in public beta right now, so you can try it out on your Mac before it’s released. A stable version will be available to the public later this year.
- Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iPhone and Mac.
- Sign in with the same Apple ID on your iPhone and Mac.
- Camera setup to hold your iPhone on the Mac screen.
Center Stage Some Continuity Camera features, such as Desk View and Studio Light, are limited to newer iPhone models.
Update iPhone to iOS 16.
You won’t find the Continuity Camera option on older iPhone models. Follow the steps below to install the latest iOS version on your iPhone.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Drag and drop to General.
Step 3: Open ‘Software Update’.
Step 4: Download and install the latest iOS version.
If you face problems installing the update, please refer to our dedicated post to troubleshoot the issue.
Update your Mac to macOS Ventura.
Here’s how you can install the latest macOS Ventura update on a Mac (when available).
Step 1: Select the small Apple icon in the upper left corner.
Step 2: Open system options.
Step 3: Select Software Update and Install Pending macOS Update from the menu below.
Open Continuity Camera on iPhone.
First, you have to enable the Continuity Camera option on your iPhone. Go through the following steps.
Step 1: Open Settings on iPhone.
Step 2: Open the General Menu.
Step 3: Select ‘AirPlay & Handoff’.
Step 4: Turn on the ‘Continuity Camera’ button.
You can now use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac when both devices are near each other.
Use iPhone as a Webcam on Mac
Now that all the conditions are met, it’s time to use your iPhone camera as a webcam on Mac. The feature is FaceTime; It even works on the web via Google Meet and third-party apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. You need a video app and you need to convert your favorite camera from Mac webcam to iPhone camera. Let’s check out Microsoft Teams as an example.
Step 1: Open Microsoft Teams on Mac.
Step 2: Select Microsoft Teams in the menu bar.
Step 3: Open preferences.
Step 4: Select Devices from the sidebar.
Step 5: Scroll down to Camera and expand the menu. Select your iPhone camera and voila!
Step 6: You can check your dramatically improved video feed in Teams.
Step 7: Your iPhone screen will display several options to pause or disconnect the video feed.
Step 8: Grab an iPhone mount and place it on the Mac screen at the appropriate height and angle.
Now you can compose or join video meetings and get compliments on the video feed quality.
Check out Continuity Camera Video Effects.
Apple called it a day without turning on the iPhone camera on the Mac. You can use the same great camera features during video calls. Continuity Camera is Center Stage; portrait Enables services such as Studio Light and Desk View. Here’s how.
- Portrait mode is available on iPhone 8 and newer models.
- Center Stage and Desk View features are available on iPhone 11 or later.
- Studio Light video effect is compatible with iPhone 12 or later models.
Here’s how you can access iPhone video effects on Mac.
Step 1: Select the Control Center icon in the menu bar.
Step 2: Click on Video Effects.
Portrait: Blur the background in the video feed. This is handy when you have a complex background during a call.
Table view: It uses the ultra-wide camera on your iPhone to capture the desktop. Your video feed is also live.
Central level: Center Stage puts you in the center frame during video calls.
Studio Light: A feature that uses your iPhone’s flash to brighten the picture during phone calls.
Once you’re done with your video calls, remove your iPhone from the Mac and click Disconnect to turn off Continuity Camera.
Get Crystal-Clear Video Feed on Mac
Apple has knocked it out of the park by implementing Continuity Camera on the Mac. We encountered a few bugs in our testing, but we’re sure Apple will iron out the bugs before the feature is released to the public later this year.