Continuity Camera: Use iPhone as a webcam for Mac

Use the powerful camera system of your iPhone to do things never before possible with a webcam, including Center Stage, Portrait mode, Studio Light, and Desk View.

Mount your iPhone

Continuity Camera mounts and other iPhone-compatible mounts and stands are available from many manufacturers. When mounted, your iPhone should be:

  • Near your Mac

  • Locked

  • Stable

  • Positioned with its rear cameras facing you and unobstructed

  • In landscape orientation to allow apps to choose your iPhone automatically, or in portrait orientation

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Continuity Camera works wired or wirelessly. To keep your iPhone charged while in use, plug it into your Mac or a USB charger. Your Mac will notify you if iPhone battery level gets low.

Choose your iPhone as your camera or microphone

When your iPhone is properly mounted, its camera and mic are available to apps that can use them.

Choose your iPhone camera

Open FaceTime or another app to use with your iPhone camera. If the app doesn't automatically begin using it, choose your iPhone camera from the app's video menu, camera menu, or other setting. For example, in FaceTime your iPhone camera is available from the Video menu.

Choose your iPhone microphone

You don't need to choose your iPhone mic, unless your Mac has no built-in or external mic. Your app might then choose your iPhone mic automatically. Your iPhone mic is available separately to apps that offer a mic setting, or you can choose Apple menu  > System Settings, click Sound in the sidebar, then select your iPhone mic in the Input tab.

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Use Reactions, Presenter Overlay, and other effects

macOS includes a variety of video and audio features that you can use in FaceTime and many other videoconferencing apps.

Use Reactions, Presenter Overlay, camera modes, and mic modes

Pause or disconnect

If you receive a call while using your iPhone camera or mic, your Mac shows a notification that you have an incoming call.

  • If you answer the call on your iPhone, video and audio pauses until you end the call and lock and mount your iPhone.

  • If you answer the call on your Mac, the current video and audio session pauses. When you end the call, you might need to choose your iPhone again in your app.

Other ways to pause or disconnect:

  • Use your app's controls to stop video, mute audio, or end the call. Or quit the app.

  • Unlock your iPhone. To resume, lock and mount your iPhone. You might need to stop and restart video or audio in your app as well.

  • Tap the Pause button on your iPhone screen. To resume, tap Resume and mount your iPhone.

  • Tap the Disconnect button on your iPhone screen, or move it out of Bluetooth range of your Mac. The current video and audio session pauses or switches to another camera or microphone, if available, and your iPhone is removed from camera and microphone lists on your Mac. To add it back, plug your iPhone into your Mac and mount your iPhone.

Turn off Continuity Camera

To prevent your Mac from recognizing your iPhone as a camera or microphone, even when your iPhone is plugged in and mounted, you can turn off this feature.

  1. On your iPhone, open Settings, then go to General > AirPlay & Handoff.

  2. Turn off Continuity Camera.

If you need help

If Continuity Camera isn't working as expected or your iPhone disconnects from Wi-Fi to optimize Continuity Camera, try these solutions.

If Continuity Camera isn't working as expected

  • Make sure that your iPhone and Mac meet the system requirements.

  • Make sure that your iPhone is properly mounted.

  • Install the latest macOS updates, iOS updates, and updates for your video app.

  • If you haven't unlocked your iPhone since it last restarted, unlock it, then lock it again.

  • Plug your iPhone into your Mac.

  • Restart your iPhone or Mac.

If you get a notification that iPhone Wi-Fi disconnected

While using Continuity Camera wirelessly, you might be notified that your iPhone has disconnected from Wi-Fi to optimize Continuity Camera. Your iPhone then uses its cellular data connection for background networking tasks like email and messages. To stop or prevent this rare occurrence while using Continuity Camera, plug your iPhone into your Mac or turn off cellular data on your iPhone.

System requirements

This Continuity Camera feature works with the following devices and operating systems, using one iPhone and one Mac at a time. The Continuity Camera feature for scanning documents or taking a picture has different requirements.

iOS 16 or later

iPhone XR or later (all iPhone models introduced in 2018 or later)

macOS Ventura or later

Any Mac compatible with macOS Ventura or later

Additional requirements

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