How to use Camera Continuity with Google Chrome

Apple’s new iPhone camera continuity feature makes setting up video meeting shots a lot more fun, but unsurprisingly, it doesn’t work well with Google Chrome. However, I found that it works great in the beta version, Chrome Canary.

This suggests that the situation will improve soon with standard Chrome, but if you’re like me and want to get started soon, this solution is pretty straightforward. You can also try these steps on your version of Chrome, as I’ve seen reports online that it works on the stock version.

To get started, you need to make sure you have macOS Ventura and iOS 16 downloaded on your iPhone. Once those updates finish, you should be able to select your iPhone from the dropdown menu of any webcam software, as long as your phone and Mac are nearby. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work that well yet, but I expect most major apps to update to support it.

What to do in Chrome?

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Once you’ve downloaded Chrome Canary, open the app’s settings page via the three-dot menu in the top-right corner. From there, open the ‘Privacy and Security’ submenu and choose ‘Camera:’

Settings>Privacy and security>Camera

Sometimes it takes a few seconds to appear, but there should be a dropdown at the top of the page that allows you to choose your preferred camera. If your iPhone isn’t listed, try opening FaceTime and see if it’s available there.

Once FaceTime is activated, you can open the ‘Video’ option from the menu bar, and your iPhone should appear as a camera.

Does it work in other browsers?

Reports show that it works well on Brave browser and Microsoft Edge. I’ve had surprisingly little success with it on Safari.

Apple also notes on its support page that if the feature isn’t working, you can try the following troubleshooting steps;

  • Make sure your iPhone and Mac meet the system requirements.
  • Make sure your iPhone is properly mounted.
  • Install the latest macOS updates, iOS updates, and updates for your video app.
  • If you haven’t unlocked your iPhone since it was last restarted, unlock it and lock it again.
  • Connect your iPhone to your Mac.
  • Restart your iPhone or Mac.

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