How to use iPhone as webcam for Mac

Now you can use iPhone as a webcam for your Apple Macbooks with the help of their newest feature, the Continuity Camera. Read to know-how.

Recently Apple came out with their newest feature known as the Continuity Camera. This new feature was showcased at WWDC recently and received many positive responses. The new feature will allow you to use your iPhone’s cam as a web camera for high-quality video calling. The connection is seamless; it connects immediately when you bring your iPhone near your Macbook. So this article will guide you on how to use your iPhone as a webcam for Mac.

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

How to connect your iPhone as a webcam with the Mac

Using your iPhone as a webcam with the Mac using the Continuity Camera Feature is relatively straightforward. If you are having issues connecting, check the following –

  • Your Mac should have the latest operating system, macOS Ventura, installed. Make sure you have the iOS 16 installed on your iPhone.
  • Both of these devices should have the same Apple ID.
  • You can use your Apple Cable as well to connect. But if you are connecting wirelessly, ensure your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on.
  • Once your iPhone pairs with the Webcam, a small dialog box will pop up. The box will highlight the new Continuity Camera features. Click on Continue.
  • Once it connects, you can use the iPhone camera for Facetiming and pair up with other 3rd party video calling apps like Zoom, Google Meet, Skype etc.

The new Continuity camera will fully take advantage of the iPhone’s primary sensor, and that being said, you can expect great quality images in landscapes and portrait modes. The photos and videos that the iPhone’s camera will produce will be better than even the costliest webcams on the market.

Apple Continuity Camera Setup

Not only quality, but you will also be able to use the special exclusive video effects like Portrait Mode, Stage Light Mode and Center Stage Modes. The Portrait mode will blur your background, while the stage light completely darkens the background and focuses more on the subject in the frame. The Center Stage mode keeps the subject or the subjects in the middle of the structure and adjusts itself accordingly.

Apple Desk View Feature

Another exciting feature of the Continuity Camera is the Desk view. In this mode, you can set up an overhead camera frame without having to set up the camera above the subject. These kinds of effects will use the ultrawide camera on the iPhone, which will show both the desk and the subject’s face simultaneously. It takes the raw footage, adds some distortion correction, and then rotates the frame for the overhead effect. It can also split the feeds into two so that you can choose to share which screen to view.

Apple Desk View
Apple Desk View

When the Continuity Camera feature is used, the phone will silence all the notifications. The call notifications will show up on your Macbook. The Continuity feature will support a resolution of 1920×1440 while having 60FPS as the maximum frames per second support. When using the Desk view, the FPS will be capped at 30FPS.

It is a great technology, and we are yet to see what the developers will do with this in the future. So this was all about how to use iPhone as a Webcam by using the Continuity Camera feature. If you feel we have missed out on something, let us know in the comments below.

That’s all, folks!

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