Continuity Camera is a great feature available in the latest versions of MacOS that allow a Mac to instantly use an iPhone or iPad to scan documents or take pictures using the iOS camera camera. This allows you to use the high-resolution camera of an iPhone or iPad directly from Mac as a seamless part of your workflow, snapping the image right from a program or Finder itself with an instant import without having to use AirDrop or any other file transfer method to share the image from iOS device for Mac.
Continuity Camera System Requirements: both the Mac and iOS device must be on the same Wi-Fi network and have Bluetooth enabled, both devices must be logged in to the same Apple ID and iCloud account, and the system software must be MacOS Mojave 10.14 or later on Mac and iOS 12 or later on iPhone or iPad. Apart from that, it's just about knowing where to access the feature and how to use Continuity Camera to make it work.
How to Use Continuity Camera on Mac with iPhone or iPad
Continuity The camera works in the Finder of Mac, as well as new versions of Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Notes, Mail, Messages and TextEdit. Using Continuity The camera is slightly different depending on how you access it on your Mac, but we show you how it works in Mac apps and Finder.
Using Continuity Camera in Mac Apps
Want to immediately speak a photo and import that image into a Mac app? Maybe you want to scan a document quickly to insert it into the current active file? You can do either with Continuity Camera, so it works:
- Open a compatible app such as TextEdit or Pages, and right-click (or Control + Click) in the open document
- Select "Insert from iPhone or iPad" then select "Take Image" or "Scan Documents" from the pop-up menu, select the iOS device you want to use as a camera
- Now pick up the iPhone or iPad, use the camera as usual, and click a photo or point it to a document
- Wait a moment and the image or scan appears immediately from the iPhone or iPad in the document on Mac
When using an image, the iPhone or iPad camera is used in normal photo mode, while the scan document uses the iOS device's camera with software management to act as a quick point-and-shoot scanner.
Using Continui ty Camera from Mac Finder
Want to snap a photo or scan a document quickly with an iPhone or iPad and get the file to appear instantly on Mac? Continuity camera makes it easy:
- From the Mac desktop or in a folder, right-click (or Control + Click) anywhere and select "Import from iPhone or iPad" then select "Take Image" or "Scan Document" from the popup Menu Options
- Now retrieve iPhone or iPad and use device camera and scan document
- Image or Document Scanning appears in the Finder folder or desktop for a moment
The screenshot dumps here show Continuity Camera using an iPhone camera to get an image that is instantly displayed on the Mac, but the Scan document feature works exactly the same, except it uses iOS scan feature to process the image for optimal replication of a scanner. And even though we use an iPhone here, you can use an iPad the same way.
Continuity Camera Does Not Work In MacOS? Troubleshooting Tips
If you experience problems with the Continuity Camera does not work, it is usually pretty easy to troubleshoot. First, remember that Continuity Camera has a number of system requirements that must be met before the function works:
- iPhone or iPad must be run iOS 12 or later
- The Mac must run macOS 10.14 Mojave or later
- ] Both Mac and iOS device must have Bluetooth enabled and wi-fi turned on while connected to the same network
- Both the Mac and the iOS device must be logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID
- The devices must be in close proximity to each other  If all these requirements are met and the continuity camera still does not work, in some cases the following issues may be made:
- Turn Bluetooth on and off in iOS and on Mac  Turn Wi-Fi off and on again in iOS and Mac
- Restart your Mac
- Restart your iPhone or iPad
- Make sure your iPhone or iPad is not currently being used by another app  Usually, these simple steps will solve most Conti issues Nuity Room a when it doesn't work, especially if you get an error message on the Mac stating "Could not import from iPhone / iPad – Device expired."
<img src = "http://cdn.osxdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/continuity-camera-device-timed-out-610×302.jpg" alt = "Continuity Camera could not import from iPhone or iPad timed error  Of course, many often also use AirDrop to transfer photos and documents from iPhone to Mac (and vice versa), but Continuity Camera makes this a bit more instantaneous and seamless for a particular workflow when the camera is iOS- Devices are needed for either scanning a document or snapping an image.
Continuity Camera is just one of a number of continuity features available on Mac, iPhone and iPad, a set of features designed to make Apple's device ecosystem in harmony with each other and allow seamless transition of work from one device to another, some of the other most useful Continuity tricks include using Universal Clipboard to copy and paste between Mac, iPhone and iPad, using HandOff to they app sessions from iOS to Mac and vice versa and make iPhone calls from Mac.
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