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How to use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac

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Apple announced a brand-new feature coming to Macs running macOS 13 Ventura and iPhones running iOS 16 called Continuity Camera that enables Apple users to utilize their iPhone’s powerful camera array as their webcam.

Arriving with macOS 13 Ventura and iOS 16, Continuity Camera a new feature that can utilize your iPhone’s camera array as your Mac’s webcam and take advantage of features like Center Stage,

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  1. Make sure your Mac is running macOS 13 Ventura and your iPhone is running iOS16, even the beta version prior to the official stable release
  2. Make sure both your Mac and iPhone are signed into the same Apple ID and that you are using two-factor authentication
  3. Make sure your Mac and iPhone are on the same Wi-Fi network or paired together via Bluetooth or physically connected via USB
  4. The first time you run a camera application on your Mac, the app will default to your internal webcam
  5. Then a dialog box will appear and ask you if you want to Use your iPhone as a camera for your Mac
  6. Select the Continue button in the dialog box
  7. In all camera apps going forward your iPhone will appear as an optional camera for your Mac
  8. Enjoy!

How to enable video effects with Continuity Camera

Continuity Camera enables new video effects like Center Stage, Portrait, Studio Light or Desk View. With Center Stage you can move around in front of your camera and it will keep you centered in the camera feed. Portrait mode is familiar to iPhone users and now enables you to blur your background while keeping you in focus. Studio Light mode dims the background and illuminates your face helping you look your best on camera. Desk View mode works like an overhead camera setup without the need for a complicated setup. Center Stage, Portrait and Studio Light modes can be used separately and used in any combination. If you have an Intel-powered Mac you can use Continuity Camera as long as it is supported by macOS 13 Ventura.

  • Select the Control Center icon in the top right-hand side of the menu bar on your Mac when you have a camera app open
  • Select the Video Effects menu button
  • Under the Video Effects Menu select from either Center Stage, Portrait, Studio Light or Desk View or any combo of the video effects at the same time, except Desk View
  • Enjoy!

Hope this handy how-to guide has helped you set up Continuity Camera on your Mac and iPhone combo as the feature is truly a useful albeit unsightly hardware-wise setup.

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