macOS Ventura: How to use your iPhone as a webcam with Continuity Camera

macOS Ventura: How to use your iPhone as a webcam with Continuity Camera

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with the release of macOS VenturaYour Mac is getting many new features and improvements.

You have to be able to Edit and delete iMessages in the Messages appWhile theater manager It brings a new way of multitasking to your Mac, and there’s even a new feature that lets you do it Use your iPhone as a webcam during video calls.

For those who aren’t sure if they have a Mac compatible with macOS Ventura, I’ve included a complete list of Macs that will receive the free update.

Continuity Camera is easy to use and instantly turns what would likely be a poor laptop webcam into a high-quality camera feed – if only we had that feature in the pandemic phase when Video calls were the bulk of our daily work.

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Here’s what you need to know about the Continuity Camera, including how to use it and adjust its settings, and a couple of recommendations for installations.

macOS Ventura: How to use your iPhone as a webcam with Continuity Camera

Before using the Continuity Camera, there are a few things to check. Make sure Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on on your Mac and iPhone. You will also need to connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network.

Both devices will need to be signed in to the same Apple ID account, and you’ll need to enable two-factor authentication.

Finally, on your iPhone, go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff And make sure to switch next to Continuity Camera running.

Zoom settings open to the Camera section.

Screenshots from Jason Cipriani/ZDNET

Really, it’s that simple. All you have to do is start a video call in any video calling app — Zoom, FaceTime, Meet, WebEx, you name it — when your iPhone is close to your Mac. If you don’t want to test the persistence camera on an actual video call, open the Photo Booth app.

You should hear your iPhone beep a few times and then see a video stream from your iPhone camera. If it doesn’t, you can go into the app settings and switch the camera to your iPhone.

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Alternatively, you can try to wake up your phone by pressing the side button or the volume button, which prompted it to call on several occasions while I was using it.

There are a few different settings you can tweak to get exactly the look you want. To adjust camera settings, click the Control Center icon in your Mac’s menu bar, then click Video Effects tiles.

There, you’ll see a few options you can turn on or off, including using the Center Stage to always keep you center in the shot, even if you’re moving. Portrait mode is also an option to add some noise to your background. Finally, there’s Studio Light – a feature that simulates studio lighting to make you look like you’re in a well-lit environment.

Also included in the options menu office view. When enabled, Desk View uses your iPhone’s ultra-wide camera to create a top-down view of your desk, which is a useful feature if you do demos frequently during video calls.

Continuity camera video effects.

Screenshots from Jason Cipriani/ZDNET

When using your iPhone as a webcam, you don’t have to connect your phone to your Mac, or even to a charger. However, it might be a good idea to plug it into a charger if you’re going to use the feature for a long period of time, so that you don’t end up emptying your battery later in the day.

If you get a call on your iPhone while it’s using it as your webcam, you’ll see a notification on your Mac letting you know who’s calling. It’s up to you, then, if you want to grab your phone and answer the call or let it keep ringing — which, by the way, works silently and without vibration so as not to disturb the call.

Continuity camera receiving a phone call

Screenshots from Jason Cipriani/ZDNET

5. How do I install my iPhone?

Apple and Belkin collaborated to create iPhone Mount with MagSafe for Mac Laptops, which costs $29.95 and works with all MagSafe compatible phones. It sits on the edge of your MacBook screen, holding your iPhone in place. I’ve been using a very early prototype since July and haven’t had any issues.

Alternatively, any kind of mini tripod or even a holster with kickstand will get the job done.

also: Belkin’s iPhone-as-a-Mac-webcam accessory is now available

What Macs Will Run macOS Ventura?

Here is the official list of Macs that will receive the Ventura update:

  • iMac: 2017 onwards
  • Mac Pro: 2019 and later
  • iMac Pro: 2017
  • Mac studio: 2022
  • MacBook Air: 2018 and later
  • Mac Mini: 2018 and later
  • MacBook Pro: 2017 onwards
  • MacBook: 2017

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