How continuity camera works in macOS Mojave and iOS 12

Continuity Camera is a new feature in macOS Mojave and iOS 12 that allows you to open your iOS device's camera from your Mac, then immediately transfer the photo that was taken over to a document that you're working on. So, for instance, if you're working on a Pages document, and you need a photo of something that's nearby, you can activate Continuity Camera, take the photo with your iPhone, then immediately see that photo pop up in the document on your Mac.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

Here's how you'll use Continuity Camera on your Mac and iOS devices with the release of macOS Mojave and iOS 12.

How to add a photo with Continuity Camera

In order to use Continuity Camera, you need to be working with an editable document.

  1. Open your document or project in an app like Pages, Keynote, or TextEdit.
  2. Control-click, right-click, or two-finger-click on a space within the document (Note: your photo will end up wherever you end up clicking).
  3. Click Take Photo under the name of the iOS device you'll use to take that photo.
  4. Take a photo using your chosen iPhone or iPad.
  5. Tap Use Photo. Your photo will now appear in your document where you clicked.

How to scan a document with Continuity Camera

  1. Open your document or project in an app like Pages, Keynote, or TextEdit.
  2. Control-click, right-click, or two-finger-click on a space within the document (Note: your photo will end up wherever you end up clicking).
  3. Click Scan Documents under the name of the iOS device you'll use to scan that document.
  4. Scan the document using your iPhone or iPad. You decide which one by picking the device up and using it. Repeat to scan multiple documents.
  5. Tap Save. Your documents will be inserted into the document on your Mac.

For more on scanning documents on iOS, check out our guide.

How to scan a document to a note in Notes

Questions?

If you have any further questions about Continuity Camera, let us know in the comments.

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