Continuity Camera: use your iPhone or iPad to scan documents or take a picture on your Mac

Use your iPhone or iPad to scan documents or take a picture of something nearby and have it appear instantly on your Mac. 

Use an app that supports Continuity Camera

Use Continuity Camera to scan or take a picture in these supported apps:

  • Finder
  • Keynote 8.2 or later
  • Mail
  • Messages
  • Notes
  • Numbers 5.2 or later
  • Pages 7.2 or later
  • TextEdit

 


Take a photo

  1. Open a supported app on your Mac.
  2. Do either of the following:
    • Control-click where you want the photo to be inserted in the app window. From the shortcut menu that appears, choose Insert from iPhone or iPad > Take Photo. You can do this in a Finder window or on the desktop.
    • From the File menu (or Insert menu, if applicable), choose Insert from iPhone or iPad > Take Photo.
  3. The Camera app will open on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the Shutter button the take picture button to take a photo, then tap Use Photo. Your photo will appear in the window on your Mac.

 


Scan documents

  1. Open a supported app on your Mac.
  2. Do either of the following:
    • Control-click where you want the photo to be inserted in the app window. From the shortcut menu that appears, choose Insert from iPhone or iPad > Scan Documents. You can do this in a Finder window or on the desktop.
    • From the File menu (or Insert menu, if applicable), choose Insert from iPhone or iPad > Scan Documents.
  3. The Camera app will open on your iPhone or iPad. Place your document in view of the camera and wait for the scan to be finished. If you need to manually capture a scan, tap the Shutter button the take picture button or one of the Volume buttons, then drag the corners to adjust the scan to fit the page, then tap Keep Scan.
  4. Add additional scans to the document or tap Save when you've finished. Your scans will appear as a PDF in the window on your Mac.

 


Use your iPhone as a webcam

You can also use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac. This feature has different system requirements.

Continuity Camera: use your iPhone as a webcam for Mac

 


Continuity Camera system requirements

When used for scanning and taking photos on your Mac, Continuity Camera works with these devices and operating systems. 

macOS Mojave or later

  • MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2012 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2012 or later
  • Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later
  • Mac Studio
      

iOS 12 or later

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iPod touch

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