Capturing Photos For Your Mac With Your iPhone Using Continuity Camera

A powerful new feature of macOS Mojave and iOS 12 is the ability to use your iPhone or iPad as a camera and capture images directly to your Mac. You can grab images right in apps like Preview, Pages, Mail and others. You can also scan multipage documents. Images skip being stored on your iPhone and go directly into the app on your Mac. However, using this feature requires the latest operating systems, recent hardware, and the right settings including two-factor authentication for your Apple ID.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Capturing Photos For Your Mac With Your iPhone Using Continuity Camera”

    Keith Flanagan
    1 year ago

    Will be interesting to see if apps like PDFPen integrate this. Would be great to scan things I can’t fit in my sheet fed scanner.

    Eric
    1 year ago

    Very interesting as always. However, the process does appear to use wi-fi. Initially a message was issued stating that my device was not on wi-fi but this transpired to be my devices being on different networks. Another issue is time-outs. I have not been able to successfully capture an image (either photo or scanned document) due to a time-out issue. Is there a way to adjust the time-out period?

    1 year ago

    Eric: It does use Wi-Fi, but not your Wi-Fi network. So you can do it without being logged into a Wi-Fi network or even having one around. Both devices need to have Wi-Fi enabled.

    Colin
    1 year ago

    Hi Gary, No problems using preview, image captured straight away. However, in mail the options under photo, Colin’s iphone, take photo & scan documents were all greyed out.
    Any ideas please?
    Thank you,
    Colin

    Eric
    1 year ago

    My time-out issue appears to have been a problem with the ‘name’ of my iPhone! That seems to have been lost during the update to IOS 12. Anyway, using iTunes to put back its name has resolved the problem and I have been able to successfully capture both phots and scanned documents.

    1 year ago

    Colin: Not sure. If one shows up, the other should too. Maybe try a restart?

    Kelly
    12 months ago

    I got it to work for Mail. Mine was greyed out too; I had to enter a valid To address and a Subject. It needed both.

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