If you have macOS 13.0 or later installed on your Mac, you can use your nearby iPhone as your computer’s webcam. Keep reading to find out how it works.
With macOS Ventura, Apple introduced a brand new version of the Continuous Camera feature, which now lets you use your iPhone camera as a webcam for your Mac.
Continuous Camera works wirelessly or wired in FaceTime, Zoom and other apps, and delivers video directly from the user’s nearby iPhone camera, with significantly better quality than the built-in camera on Macs.
In addition, Continuity Camera also allows you to use the following video effects that are supported by modern iPhones:
- Center Stage (iPhone 11 and later)
- Studio Light (iPhone 12 and newer)
- Portrait Mode (iPhone XR and newer)
- Table view (iPhone 11 and later).
To mount your iPhone to your MacBook, you can purchase a Belkin iPhone mount that fits over the top bezel of your Mac. The mount retails for $29.95 and is available at Apple’s online store. It can be used in landscape or portrait orientation, with portrait showing slightly less of the background behind you. This is the only official Continuity camera mount so far, although you can find some knockoffs and other versions on Amazon.
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To use the Continuity Camera, here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
- iPhone 16.0 or later
- Mac running macOS Ventura or later
- Belkin iPhone Mount ($29.95)
- iPhone and Mac sign in to the same Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled on both devices
How to use a continuity camera
Fortunately, getting a continuity camera up and running is easy. With your iPhone attached to your Mac using the Belkin Dock, open FaceTime and your iPhone’s camera will automatically activate. Your nearby iPhone will display a “Connecting…” screen with a ping sound, indicating that it has connected successfully.
To enable any of the above video effects, open it control center From your Mac’s menu bar, then click video effects Switch between different modes.
center stage Keeps you in frame if you move portrait mode blur the background Studio Light Focuses on you and table view Shows what’s on your desktop using the ultra-wide camera.
You can pause the Continuity Camera at any time by using pause button on your iPhone screen. When you’re done, just tap red hang up button on your iPhone screen.