Continuity camera not working on Mac? You’ve updated to macOS Ventura and iOS 16.1 but FaceTime, Google Meet, QuickTime, Photo Booth and similar apps are not recognizing the iPhone’s camera? Or, camera is available but no video is streamed?
Continuity Camera Not Working?
This problem has been reported by Liam:
“Can’t get continuity camera working with iPhone. It worked with FaceTime the first time I tried but it fails to show up since. Can you help pls?”
We’ve found a similar complaint about macOS Continuity Camera not working on Reddit:
“Continuity Camera not longer working. Phone no longer shows up as a camera option for any of the supported native apps (QuickTime, FaceTime, Photo Booth).”
How To Fix Continuity Camera Not Showing Up
According to Apple, because of privacy reasons, macOS Ventura apps are able to detect iPhone camera for the Continuity feature only when the following conditions are met:
- iPhone is standing still in landscape mode.
- Screen is turned off.
- Device is locked.
Tip: Apple refers to these requirements as the ‘magic pose’ that allows third-party apps to detect the iPhone’s camera for macOS Continuity.
More: Sleep Mode should be disabled on your device. Thanks Simon.
Extra Fix For Continuity Camera Issues
Tip: If it’s already enabled, disable it, wait a couple of seconds and turn it back ON.
This troubleshooting sequence has helped Raj to use his iPhone’s camera as a wireless webcam on Mac!
Workaround For Continuity Camera Not Working On Mac
Plug-in an older USB camera or use the USB to Lightning cable with your Mac and the iPhone Camera will show up as a Video option in macOS Ventura!
Fact: This workaround isn’t ideal but it allows you to use the high quality camera of your iPhone as a webcam until Apple fixes this in an upcoming software update.
Continuity Camera Not Available For iPhone X
Unfortunately, because of hardware requirements this feature is only working with iPhone XR or later (iPhone released in 2018 or later). This means that iOS 16 compatible iPhones like X, 8 and 8 Plus aren’t getting Continuity Camera!
The good news is that every Mac compatible with macOS Ventura is supporting this feature!
According to this Apple support document:
- Center Stage feature works with iPhone 11 or later.
- Desk View is also restricted to iPhone 11 or later and excludes iPhone SE.
- Studio Light works with iPhone 12 or later.
How To Use iPhone As Continuity Camera For Mac
To perform video calls on Mac using the main camera on your iPhone you have to select the camera in the app’s video settings.
Apple informs that FaceTime is able to automatically choose iPhone camera when initiating a call, if the tips provided above are followed. However, this might not work every time. Here is how to do it manually:
- 1. Place iPhone in the magic pose using a Continuity Camera mount.
- 2. Open FaceTime app on Mac (from Dock or via Spotlight Search).
- 3. Click Video, in the top-left section of the menu bar (Next to FaceTime and Edit.)
- 4. Select iPhone Camera. It should appear below the built-in FaceTime HD camera.
Tip: Turn On Automatic Camera Selection to allow macOS Ventura to auto-switch for Continuity Camera.
Continuity Camera No Video Error
FaceTime has not received any video from the connected camera? Restarting your computer might fix this issue.
iPhone displays the ‘Connected to Mac’ screen with the Pause and Disconnect options. Which means that the devices are connected indeed but the video stream is not going through.
Continuity Camera issues might be common in these early macOS Ventura versions. To fix them restart your Mac as suggested in the error.
If that doesn’t help perform the following fixes:
1. Disconnect And Try Again
Tip: You could also restart both devices to make sure that you clear any minor glitches that might block the communication.
2. Turn Off Firewall
If macOS Ventura Firewall is enabled or you’re using any other third-party software to protect your Mac, try to temporarily turn them Off and test Continuity Camera one more time.
How To: You can disable macOS Ventura firewall in System Settings -> Network -> Firewall.
Have you managed to fix Continuity Camera not working in macOS Ventura? Do you have a better solution or other problems to report? Share your feedback in the comments.
Related: For more macOS Ventura issues and their workarounds please check our extended review available here.