macOS: How to Use Your iPhone as Your Mac's Mic Input

macOS: How to Use Your iPhone as Your Mac's Mic Input

If you have macOS 13 or later on your Mac, you can use an iPhone nearby as the microphone input for your computer. Read on to find out how it works.

With macOS Ventura, Apple gave its Continuity Camera feature a whole new look. Now, you can use the camera on your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac.

Continuity Camera works wirelessly or wiredly with FaceTime, Zoom, and other apps. It sends video directly from a user's nearby iPhone camera, which has much better quality than the built-in camera on Macs.

But another thing that Continuity Camera can do is let your Mac use a nearby iPhone as a microphone input. As long as the iPhone is running iOS 16 or later and is signed in with the same Apple ID, you can talk into it and the audio will be sent to your Mac without video as long as you are using the same Apple ID on both devices.

Here are the steps for setting it up in macOS Ventura.

  1. On your Mac, click the Apple () symbol in the menu bar and select System Settings....
  2. Click Sound in the sidebar.
  3. Under "Output & Input," click the Input tab.
  4. Select the name of your nearby ‌iPhone‌, listed as Type "Continuity Camera."




Your iPhone will make a pinging sound and show a "Connected to..." screen to let you know it's connected. You can now connect your iPhone to your Mac and use it as a microphone.




With the Pause button, you can stop the connection at any time. When you're done, just tap the red Disconnect button on the screen of your iPhone.


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