How to Use Continuity Camera on your Mac (Photos and Scanned Documents from iPhone to macOS)

Apple has introduced a time-saving feature for its users. Yes, we are talking about the newly added feature in macOS Mojave and in iOS 12. This amazingly good feature allows a user to open his/her device’s camera from his/her Mac, then a one can easily transfer the photo which was captured over to a document on which you are working.

how to use continuity camera on mac and iphone

Let’s suppose that you are working on a project and using document, you are in a need of adding a photo into a document and you don’t want to waste your time for it. Normally people do what, they take a picture then transfer it on their computer and then attach the picture to the respective document but now you don’t need to do that because of the magic of the Continuity Camera feature. In order to save time, you need to activate this option of Continuity Camera, click a photo with your device, then it will automatically insert in the document you are working on your Mac.

Besides this, it also helps users to scan a document from their phones and instantly transfer the document into their project. So it’s a very handy feature to use especially when you are preparing a worksheet or a making any presentation.

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Requirements

Things which you need to do first to work Continuity Camera without any problem.

  • Check if your same Apple ID is linked with your both iOS and macOS devices.
  • Make sure that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled on both the devices.
  • Check if you have already turned on Two-Factor Authentication for your Apple ID.
  • Your mac should have at least macOS Mojave installed and at least iOS 12 on your iPhone. Learn more: how to prepare for macOS Mojave.
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Supported applications

The following application supports the Continuity Camera feature of macOS Mojave.

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

How to use Continuity Camera

Here’s how to use the Continuity Camera feature on your Mac with the help of iOS devices. Before following any of the following steps, make sure you fulfill the above-mentioned requirements.

Take a photo and insert into a document

If you want to use the Continuity Camera, you need to open your existing document or you can start a new document for it. You can use the app like pages, TextEdit or keynote.

  1. Open an app like Pages, Keynote, or TextEdit. Open your existing document or start a new one.
  2. Ctrl-Click on a location where you want to add your photo in the document (Note: your photo will be added to the place wherever you end up clicking).
  3. Go to Import from iPhone or iPad.
  4. Click on Take Photo and select the IOS device you want to use to take the photo.
  5. Take a photo using your linked IOS device.
  6. Tap Use Photo. Your photo will be added in your document where had clicked earlier.

Scan a paper and convert to a document text

  1. Open an app like Pages, Keynote, or TextEdit. Open your existing document or start a new one.
  2. Ctrl-Click on a location where you want to add your photo in the document (Note: your photo will be added to the place wherever you end up clicking).
  3. Go to Import from iPhone or iPad.
  4. Click on Scan Documents and select the IOS device you want to use to take the photo
  5. Scan the document using your linked iPhone or iPad. You can repeat the action to scan multiple documents.
  6. Tap Save. Your scanned documents will appear into the document app on your Mac.
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For me, Continuity Camera feature of macOS Mojave is a huge time saver. If you also found this feature amazing please leave a comment below.

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