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How to Disable Continuity Camera on Your iPhone and Mac/MacBook?

Updated on Wednesday, January 3, 2024

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How to Disable Continuity Camera on Your iPhone and Mac/MacBook

Summary: This post from iBoysoft gives a tutorial about how to disable Continuity Camera on Your iPhone and Mac/MacBook, including removing your iPhone from Mac/MacBook's webcam list and closing the Continuity app instead on your iPhone.

How to disable Continuity Camera on your iPhone and Mac

Continuity Camera is a great feature that Apple introduced in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, allowing you to use your iPhone as your Mac's webcam. Using the powerful camera system on your iPhone, you can do things never before possible with a webcam.

However, for those who are already sick of this feature and want to know how to disable Continuity Camera on their iPhone and Mac/MacBook, this post is for you. Keep reading to learn the complete guide.

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How does the Continuity Camera work?

Continuity Camera uses the rear camera on your iPhone as a webcam. And the most convenient part is that it can work automatically. Continuity Camera allows your Mac to detect automatically when your iPhone is near and use it as a webcam in video calls.

Owing to the Ultra-Wide camera, Continuity Camera will utilize multiple iPhone cameras, showing your face and an aerial viewing of your desk.

The feature works completely wirelessly given that both your iPhone and Mac have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled and are signed into the same Apple ID.

But since your iPhone becomes unable to use as soon as it's connected to your Mac, so it may be a headache for you even if you don't want it to. If you don't want to use your iPhone as a webcam, the whole setup can be less than ideal.

How to disable Continuity Camera?

Although great as it seems, there may be some times you want to disable Continuity Camera on your iPhone and Mac/MacBook.

Here're some steps about how to disable Continuity Camera:

  1. Go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff on your iPhone.
  2. Turn off the toggle of Continuity Camera Webcam.  
    Disable Continuity Camera on iPhone

To ensure you disable Continuity Camera on your Mac/MacBook successfully, open a new FaceTime call and click Video from the menu at the top of your Mac's screen. You'll find you have not only disabled Continuity Camera but also temporarily removed the iPhone from your Mac's webcam list.

Make sure you have successfully disabled Continuity Camera on Mac or MacBook

If you want to reopen Continuity Camera, just repeat the above steps and then turn on the toggle of Continuity Camera.

Close the Continuity App Instead

If you only want to stop using your iPhone as a webcam for the current time, you can close the continuity app from the app switcher instead.

You'll see the Continuity app on your iPhone screen says Connected to Mac's name with Disconnect under it. It won't appear on your screen unless your Mac is using your iPhone as a webcam.

Close the Continuity app instead

It will only disable your iPhone as a webcam for the current session. To use it again in the future, you have only to switch to it from the list of external webcams on your Mac.

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FAQ about disabling Continuity Camera

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Continuity Camera is Apple's umbrella term for interoperability features across its range of devices and will help Mac users make full use of their camera at their disposal, wirelessly over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

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Go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff and turn off the toggle of Continuity Camera Webcam.