Apple is expanding the capability of its Continuity Camera feature with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura. Users who will upgrade to the latest operating system will be able to use their iPhones as webcams on their Macs.
While MacBooks already come with great cameras, it is still no match when compared to something like an iPhone.
Continuity Camera first arrived with macOS Mojave, allowing users to take pictures using their iPhones and iPads and have them instantly show up on their Mac. But with the new update, users can enjoy more features like the option to use their mobile device as a webcam.
This offers a big boost in terms of camera performance, particularly to older MacBooks with 720p cameras.
How Does It Work?
With the help of Continuity, Macs can now automatically recognize and use the camera on an iPhone when it is nearby. In addition, your iPhone doesn’t need to be awake, and you don’t have to manually select it for the feature to work.
You can even connect to your iPhone’s camera wirelessly for greater flexibility when working on the go.
Continuity Camera delivers innovative features to all Mac computers, which includes Portrait Mode, Center Stage, and the new Studio Light feature. For those who don’t know, Studio Light is an effect that beautifully illuminates a user’s face while dimming the background.
Users can also utilize the ultrawide camera on their iPhones to enable Desk View, which simultaneously shows your face and an overhead view of their desk.
This is great for creating DIY videos, showing off sketches, and so much more.
In this guide, we will show you how to use your iPhone as a webcam on Mac.
Enabling Continuity Camera
Before you can use your iPhone as a webcam on Mac, you’ll have to enable the Continuity Camera feature on your device.
First, ensure that you are running iOS 16 on your iPhone and macOS Ventura on your Mac or MacBook. After that, ensure that both WiFi and Bluetooth are enabled on both your Mac and iPhone.
You should also make sure that your iPhone and Mac are signed in with the same Apple ID and that 2FA is active.
Although Continuity Camera is enabled by default, you can ensure this by heading to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff > Continuity Camera Webcam on your iPhone.
Once the feature is turned on, bring your iPhone near your Mac while launching Zoom, Photo Booth, FaceTime, or any other app that can utilize your camera. Now, your Mac should automatically detect your iPhone and switch to its camera.
If it doesn’t automatically use your iPhone’s camera, click on “Video Preferences” for whatever app you are using and ensure that your iPhone is selected.
Continuity Camera Features
As we’ve mentioned earlier, there is more to just using your iPhone as a web camera. With the integration of Apple’s technology, you can take advantage of some features present on your iPhone, such as Center Stage, Studio Light, Desk View, and Portrait Mode.
To access these features, click on the “Control Center icon” in the upper right corner of your Mac’s menu bar.
From there, choose “Video Effects” and choose the feature you want to use.
It is also worth noting that Continuity Camera works as far as 40FT away from your Mac. This means that you can set up your iPhone elsewhere once it is used by your Mac.