Mac cameras have always lagged behind the cameras found on modern iPhones, but users can easily use their powerful iPhone cameras as their Mac’s webcam with Continuity Camera on macOS Ventura. Apple is known for the impressive camera technology on its smartphones, but the company has not always provided this same technology on the Mac line. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max now come with three large camera sensors capable of taking stunning high-resolution photos and videos. It remains one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, and there may be more uses for the camera besides taking photos and videos. Now it is possible to use this superb camera as a Mac webcam.
The need for excellent desktop and laptop webcams has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. As people, businesses and institutions followed mandatory and voluntary quarantines, industries were forced to adapt to virtual communication. Apps like FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams have become ubiquitous and accessible to anyone with a computer and an internet connection. Yet digital communication is still part of everyday life. People regularly take video calls or attend virtual meetings, and users may not be happy with their Mac’s built-in camera. But for Apple users, there’s a simple solution called Continuity Camera that doesn’t involve buying a separate webcam.
Continuity Camera is a macOS Ventura feature that can use an iPhone’s rear camera system as a Mac’s webcam. The feature will work automatically provided all settings are enabled and both devices are up to date. iPhones should be updated to iOS 16 and Macs should be updated to macOS Ventura. To use Continuity Camera, users must have an iPhone XR or later and a Mac compatible with macOS Ventura. For the feature to work, both devices must have WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity enabled. Both devices must be signed in to the same Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled.
Continuity Camera works like magic
To start using Continuity Camera, users must first mount their iPhone. Although Apple doesn’t sell its own Continuity Camera Mount, it does offer third-party options in the Apple Store. For example, the Belkin The iPhone Stand with MagSafe allows an iPhone to rest on the top lid of a MacBook. Next, make sure the iPhone is near the Mac the users want to connect with. The phone must be locked with the rear cameras facing the subject without obstruction. When an iPhone is in landscape mode, Mac apps can automatically detect the Continuity Camera. In portrait mode, users may need to manually select the Continuity Camera option.
When an iPhone is properly mounted and close to a Mac updated to macOS Ventura, Continuity Camera is available automatically. In any video app, Continuity Camera can be used to use an iPhone’s video stream instead of the built-in Mac webcam. Some apps will do this automatically, but others require the user to manually select the iPhone camera. The exact setting varies by app, but users can go to the video source setting and select their iPhone name to start Continuity Camera. On FaceTime, there is a ‘Video’ tab in the menu bar which allows users to select their iPhone camera as the source. Continuity Camera is a convenient way to get a higher quality webcam on a Mac, and it works automatically.
Source: Apple Support