The ability to use your iPhone as your MacBook’s webcam with Continuity Camera is a key factor in improving your image quality. Here’s how to use it.
This new feature is great for content creators too – take advantage of features like portrait mode, a studio light that illuminates your face, and a desk view that uses the ultra-wide lens to capture everything you do with your hands, too.
It takes a few simple steps to set up the walkthrough cam and some tweaking to make it perfect. Let me explain you how to do this. A quick info: You need a Mac system (desktop or laptop) with macOS Ventura installed and an iPhone XR or later with iOS 12 or later installed. Both devices must be connected to the same Apple ID.
Quick and easy walkthrough camera setup
Setting up Continuity Camera is super quick once you have your devices updated and on hand. Find a tripod or somewhere to lean your phone against so that it’s at the angle you want. A good option is the Belkin iPhone mount with MagSafe (opens in new tab).
1. First, open an app on your MacBook that uses the camera or microphone (Apple suggests something like PhotoBooth or FaceTime).
2. When you’re ready to take photos or videos, open the app’s settings and select your iPhone as the input camera.
I used PhotoBook for my test. When I went to the toolbar, I chose “Camera” and saw my iPhone as an option. Now that you’re connected, you can use the PhotoBooth app to control your iPhone’s camera to take photos or record videos.
A personal recommendation is to keep an eye on your iPhone’s battery. The walkthrough camera can be quite tiring, especially when you’re making a particularly long video. In these situations, I would urge you to connect it to your MacBook to charge it.
What else can you do with the walkthrough camera?
Now that you use the Continuity Camera option to use your iPhone as a webcam, your Mac will start to automatically recognize your iPhone as a camera input whenever you open various video recording apps like FaceTime.
But while it works in all first-party apps, third-party support is a bit patchy at the moment. Google Meets recognized this as an option and I was able to use my iPhone mics for audio, but for some reason it refused to connect to my iPhone’s camera.
I wish the kids could play nice together but at the moment they refuse. Maybe it has to do with the mom joke Tim Cook dropped when asked about RCS news.
A few walkthrough camera troubleshooting tips
If you’re having trouble using or setting up the walkthrough camera, here are some fixes, courtesy of Apple and my own experience.
Don’t rush in blindly like I did. First, make sure your devices meet the requirements and your operating system software is up to date. You can also connect your phone to your MacBook to make sure it recognizes your iPhone.
If this doesn’t fix your problem, you can check the following:
1. Go to settings and make sure both devices are connected to the same Apple ID.
2. Make sure in the settings Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and two-factor authentication are enabled.
3. Open Settings on your iPhone, go to Generalthen AirPlay and handover. Make sure here that the continuity camera switch is on.
These should fix any issues you may be facing, but if you encounter other issues, Visit us on Twitter (opens in new tab) and we will update this guide.