How to use Continuity Camera on macOS and iOS

Gone are the days of needing dedicated cameras.

Thanks to Apple silicon and macOS Sonoma, the latest Macs offer many advanced features that many users appreciate. One of these welcome features is Continuity Camera – an Apple feature that turns your new iPhone into a wireless camera for your Mac. Below you will find a list of Continuity Camera requirements, along with the steps you need to follow to use it.

Continuity Camera Requirements

Unfortunately, not every iPhone or Mac can use Continuity Camera.

  • Your iPhone and Mac must be running iOS 16 and macOS Ventura or newer.
  • You must be using an iPhone XR or newer model to use the Continuity Camera feature.
  • To use Center Stage and Desk View, you must be using iPhone 11 or newer.
  • For Studio Lighting, you need an iPhone 12 or newer.
  • Both iPhone and Mac must be linked to the same Apple ID.
  • You need to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on on both devices, along with Continuity Camera in iOS General Settings (which is turned on by default).

How to use Continuity Camera in software

  1. Start FaceTime or the video calling app of your choice.
  2. Click on Video (pronunciation may vary depending on the application) in the Menu Bar.
  3. Click on the name of your iPhone when you’re sure it’s next to your Mac.
  4. To change Center Stage, Portrait mode, Studio Light, or Desk View, click the Camera icon on the right side of the Menu.
  5. You’ll get the option to disconnect the camera feed on your iPhone if you want to switch to using the Mac’s camera.
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How to use it on the website

  1. Upload the video streaming website you want to use.
  2. Find the settings and access the video support section.
  3. Select the name of your iPhone from the list of available cameras.

Continuity Camera is a great feature, especially for those who use a Mac Studio or Mac Mini and don’t want to get a dedicated camera for their occasional videos. I’ve used it a few times, and it works great for both audio and video. Not only does it provide visuals, but it also allows you to rely on Center Stage and Desk View. Through these options, the camera monitor can follow you around or record your desk surface in sequence. This does not include support for Portrait mode and Studio Lighting, which provide a very clear image with a blurred background. If you’re looking to scan documents on a Mac using Continuity Camera, then the process is different.

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