How To Use Your Iphone’s Camera As A Webcam For Your Mac?

Do you want to learn How To Use Your Iphone’s Camera As A Webcam For Your Mac? If you have macOS 13.0 or later on your Mac, you can use an iPhone nearby as a webcam for your computer. Read on to find out how it works.

With macOS Ventura, Apple gave its Continuity Camera feature a whole new look. Now, you can use the camera on your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac.

Continuity Camera works wirelessly or through a wired connection in FaceTime, Zoom, and other apps. It sends video directly from a user’s nearby iPhone camera, which has much better quality than the camera built into Macs.

How To Use Your Iphone's Camera As A Webcam For Your Mac
How To Use Your Iphone’s Camera As A Webcam For Your Mac

Also, Continuity Camera lets you use the following video effects that are available on newer iPhones:

  • Center Stage (starting with iPhone 11)
  • Studio Light (starting with iPhone 12)
  • Portrait mode (starting with the iPhone XR)
  • Desk View is available on iPhones 11 and up.

You can buy a Belkin iPhone mount that fits on the top bezel of your Mac so you can connect your iPhone to it. The mount can be bought from Apple’s online store for $29.95. It can be used in either landscape or portrait mode, with portrait mode showing a little less of what’s behind you. So far, this is the only official mount for the Continuity Camera, but you can find copies and other versions on Amazon.

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What You Need to Know?

Here is a list of what you’ll need to use Continuity Camera:

  • ‌iPhone‌ running iOS 16.0 or later
  • Mac running ‌macOS Ventura‌ or later
  • Belkin iPhone mount ($29.95)
  • iPhone and Mac signed in with the same Apple ID and two-factor authentication turned on. Both devices have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on.

Continuity Camera: How to Use It

The good news is that Continuity Camera is easy to set up and use. When you connect your iPhone to your Mac with the Belkin mount and open FaceTime, your iPhone’s camera will automatically turn on. Your iPhone will make a pinging sound and show a “Connected to…” screen to let you know it’s connected.

To use any of the above video effects, open Control Center from the menu bar on your Mac and click Video Effects to switch between the different modes.

Center Stage keeps you in the picture even if you move around, Portrait Mode blurs the background, Studio Light puts the light on you, and Desk View uses the Ultra Wide camera to show what’s on your desktop.

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

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