With macOS Ventura and iOS 16, you can use Continuity Camera Webcam to turn your iPhone into a wireless camera for video calls on Mac. However, it involves multiple requirements and, as a result, may not work for some users. In this article, we’ll look at handy ways to fix Continuity Camera not working on macOS Ventura and iPhone.
Continuity Camera Not Working on macOS Ventura & iOS 16
With Continuity Camera, you can switch to your iPhone’s primary camera while on a video call on Mac via FaceTime, Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, or other video calling platforms. It requires your Mac and iPhone to be running macOS 13 Ventura and iOS 16, respectively.
If Camera Continuity does not work on your Mac, ensure you fulfill its requirements and have enabled the necessary options for its function. Follow the troubleshooting methods to check solutions in detail.
Make Sure Your iPhone Supports Continuity Camera
For starters, Camera Continuity requires macOS 13 and iOS 16. And hence, it is supported only on iPhone 8 and newer models. If you have an iPhone 7, iPhone 6, or iPhone SE 1st gen, you’ll have to upgrade your iPhone to use the feature.
Here’s the list of iPhones that support Camera Continuity:
- iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR, iPhone 8
Turn On Bluetooth and Wifi
For Camera Continuity to work, make sure your iPhone and Mac are nearby and that Bluetooth and Wifi are enabled on both the devices, as shown below.
1. Tap the Control Center icon in the top-right menu.
2. Click on Wifi and turn on the toggle.
3. Go back, tap Bluetoothand again, enable the toggle.
1. Swipe down from the top right to open Control Center (or bottom on iPhones with Touch ID).
2. Tap the Wifi icon to turn it on.
3. Similarly, tap the Bluetooth icon to enable it.
Enable Camera Continuity on iPhone
Continuity Camera Webcam is enabled by default on iOS 16. Turning it off will break the feature, and your iPhone will no longer work as a webcam for the Mac. Make sure it’s turned on, or try disabling and re-enabling to see if it solves the problem. Here’s how to do it:
1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
2. Head to General.
3. Here, click on AirPlay & Handoff.
4. On the next screen, enable the toggle for Continuity Camera Webcam.
Center Stage, Studio Light, or Desk View Not Working?
Continuity Camera lets you use video effects like Center Stage, Studio Light, and Desk View during video calls on Mac. You can use Control Center > Video Effects to enable or disable the effects. However, it may not work with some iPhones, based on the following requirements:
- Center Stage: Uses machine learning and ultra-wide lens on iPhone to pan the camera and automatically keep you in the frame. It works with iPhone 11 or newer.
- Studio Light: When enabled, it brightens your face and dims the background. It works with iPhone 12 or newer.
- Desk View: It utilizes the ultra-wide camera on your iPhone to simultaneously show your face and an overhead view of the desk. It requires iPhone 11 or newer.
iPhone Microphone Not Working in Continuity Camera?
With Continuity Camera, you can use both- Camera and Microphone on your iPhone for FaceTime calls or video conferences on apps and the web. However, to use the iPhone mic, manually select it in the video app’s audio settings.
Here’s how to use iPhone Mic in FaceTime calls using Continuity:
1. Click the Video option in the top menubar.
2. Select iPhone Camera under Camera if not already.
3. Next, switch to iPhone Microphone under Microphone.
Besides visuals, your Mac should now start using the audio from your iPhone’s microphone.
Note: Your iPhone screen must be locked while using the Continuity Camera webcam. Unlocking the iPhone will disconnect the camera.
These were troubleshooting methods to fix the Continuity Camera Webcam not working on macOS Ventura and iOS 16. I hope the above guide helps you use your iPhone as a webcam for calls on Mac without any trouble. Feel free to reach out in case of any other doubts or queries.
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