Use Continuity Camera on your Mac

Use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to scan documents or take a picture of something nearby and it appears instantly on your Mac. Continuity Camera is supported in many apps, including Finder, Mail, Messages, and more.

Check requirements

Continuity Camera works when your devices are near each other and set up as follows:

  • Your Mac and iOS device have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on.
  • Your Mac and iOS device are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID that is using two-factor authentication.
  • Your Mac is using macOS Mojave and your iOS device is using iOS 12.

Check supported applications

You can use Continuity Camera on your Mac in these apps:

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

How to use Continuity Camera

To use Continuity Camera, Control-click in a window or document, or choose the File or Insert menu. Then, choose an option from the Import or Insert menu. If you're in Finder, click a window's Action the action menu button pop-up menu, or Control-click where you want your photo or scan to appear. Here's how it works:

Take a photo

  1. Open a supported application on your Mac.
  2. Control-click in the document or window where you want the photo to appear, or choose the File or Insert menu. Then, choose Import or Insert from iPhone or iPad > Take Photo, which opens the camera app on your iPhone or iPad.
    To use Continuity Camera in Finder, open a Finder window and click the Action the action menu button pop-up menu, or Control-click on the Desktop or window where you want your photo to appear. Then, choose Import from iPhone or iPad > Take Photo.the import from iPhone or iPad menu in a slide in Keynote
  3. On your iPhone or iPad, tap the take picture button to take a photo, then tap Use Photo. Your photo appears in the document or window on your Mac.

Scan documents

  1. Open a supported application on your Mac.
  2. Control-click in the document or window where you want your scan to appear, or choose the File or Insert menu. Then, choose Import or Insert from iPhone or iPad > Scan Documents, which opens the camera app on your iPhone or iPad.
    To use Continuity Camera in Finder, open a Finder Window and click the Action the action menu button pop-up menu, or Control-click on the Desktop or window where you want your scan to appear. Then, choose Import from iPhone or iPad > Scan Documents. the Import from iPhone or iPad menu in a Compose message window in Mail
  3. Place your document in view of the camera on your iPhone or iPad, then wait for the scan to finish. If you need to manually capture a scan, tap the take picture button or one of the Volume buttons, 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're done. Your scans appear in a PDF document in the document or window on your Mac.


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