If you have macOS 13.0 or later installed on your Mac, you can use your nearby iPhone as your computer’s webcam. Read on to learn how it works.
With macOS Ventura, Apple introduced a whole new version of its Continuity Camera feature that now lets you use your iPhone camera as a webcam for your Mac.
Continuity Camera works wirelessly or wired in FaceTime, Zoom, and other apps, delivering video directly from a user’s nearby iPhone camera, which is significantly better quality than the built-in camera on Macs.
In addition, with Continuity Camera you can also use the following video effects supported by modern iPhones:
- Middle Stage (iPhone 11 and later)
- Studio Light (iPhone 12 and later)
- Portrait mode (iPhone XR and later)
- Desk view (iPhone 11 and later).
To attach your iPhone to a MacBook, you can purchase a Belkin iPhone mount that fits over the top bezel of your Mac. The mount costs $29.95 and is available from the Apple Online Store. It can be used in landscape or portrait, with portrait showing a little less of the background behind you. It’s the only official walkthrough camera mount so far, although you can find some knockoffs and other versions on Amazon.
what you will need
To use the walkthrough camera, here is an overview of what you need:
- iPhone running iOS 16.0 or later
- Mac running macOS Ventura or later
- Belkin iPhone Mount ($29.95)
- “iPhone” and Mac are signed in to the same Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled on both devices
How to use the walkthrough camera
Luckily, getting the walkthrough camera to work is easy. When your “iPhone” is connected to your Mac with the Belkin mount, open “FaceTime” and your “iPhone” camera will be activated automatically. Your nearby iPhone will ping with a tone and display a “Connected to…” screen, indicating that it has been successfully connected.
To enable any of the video effects listed above, open control center from your Mac’s menu bar, then click video effects to switch between the different modes.
middle stage keeps you in frame when you move portrait mode blurs the background studio light focuses the light on you, and desk view shows what’s on your desktop by taking advantage of the ultra wide camera.
You can pause the walkthrough camera at any time with Break button on the display of your iPhone. When you’re done, just tap the red one Separate button on the screen of your iPhone.