How to use your iPhone camera as a webcam for your Mac

If you have macOS 13.0 or later installed on your Mac, you can use your nearby iPhone as your computer’s webcam. Read on to learn how it works.

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With macOS Ventura, Apple introduced a whole new version of its Continuity Camera feature, which now lets you use the camera on your ‌‌iPhone‌‌ as a webcam for your Mac.

Continuity Camera works wirelessly or wired in FaceTime, Zoom and other apps, delivering video directly from a user’s ‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌ close-up camera, which has 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 compatible with modern iPhones:

  • Center stage (‌iPhone‌ 11 and later)
  • Studio Light (iPhone 12 and later)
  • Portrait mode (‌iPhone‌ XR and later)
  • Desktop view (‌iPhone‌ 11 and later).

To attach your ‌‌iPhone‌‌ to a MacBook, you can purchase an ‌iPhone‌ mount from Belkin, which clips onto the top frame of your Mac. The mount retails for $29.95 and is available from Apple’s online store. It can be used in landscape or portrait orientation, with the portrait showing slightly less of the background behind you. It’s the only official Continuity Camera mount so far, though you can find some knockoffs and other versions on Amazon.

what you will need

To use the Continuity Camera, here’s a rundown of what you’ll need:

  • ‌iPhone‌ with iOS 16.0 or later
  • Mac with ‌macOS Ventura‌ or later
  • Belkin iPhone Stand ($29.95)
  • ‌iPhone‌ and Mac signed in to the same Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled on both devices

How to use the Continuity Camera

Fortunately, getting Continuity Camera up and running is simple. With your ‌iPhone‌ connected to your Mac using the Belkin mount, open ‌FaceTime‌ and your ‌iPhone‌ camera will automatically turn on. Your nearby ‌‌iPhone‌‌ will beep and display a “Connected to…” screen indicating that it has successfully connected.

To enable any of the video effects listed above, open Control center from your Mac’s menu bar, then click video effects to switch between the different modes.

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center stage keeps you in the frame if you move, portrait mode blur the background, studio light focus the light on you, and desktop view Show what’s on your desktop by taking advantage of the Ultra Wide camera.

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You can pause the Continuity Camera at any time using the Pause on the screen of your ‌iPhone‌. When you’re done, just tap the red Disconnect on the screen of your ‌‌iPhone‌‌.

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