Using Your Mac with IPhone: Things to Know

Using Your Mac with IPhone

The user-friendly, reliable, and collaborative ecosystem is why most users stick with Apple. Once you are part of this growing family, there’s no looking back. If you have ever wondered why most users don’t stop at owning a MacBook or an iPhone, you’ll get your answer by the end of this article.

The Apple ecosystem stands out from the rest due to its seamless device integration. Using a Mac with an iPhone or vice versa means you can achieve incredible things and push the boundaries of productivity.

From effortless data sharing to using your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac computer, there’s so much you can do by harnessing the synergy between the two devices. Let’s not waste another second to explore the benefits of using your Mac with an iPhone.

Connecting iPhone to Mac: The best methods

• Using iCloud

Sign in to iCloud on your iPhone and Mac. Then, turn on sync. You must ensure that you are signed in to the same account on both devices and have the same sync settings. Once this is done, your data will be synced to iCloud. You can access the data on either iPhone or Mac whenever required.

On your iPhone, you can sign in to iCloud by clicking the Settings app > tap your name > iCloud > sign in with your Apple ID username and password.

Sign in to iCloud using the same Apple ID and password on your Mac by going to System Preferences or System Settings > iCloud.

Once you have signed in, you can sync various data, including contacts, Apple News, mail, reminders, Siri data, email, etc. Even passwords and usernames from your Keychain can be synced.

• Using Continuity

Being part of the Apple ecosystem is great because all the devices work together to create a conducive environment brimming with productivity and efficiency. Thanks to the Continuity feature, you can do things like answering phone calls using your computer or writing emails on your computer and sending them from your phone.

You must sign into the same iCloud account on your devices to use this feature. Also, both devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Then, turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone and Mac. Also, turn on Handoff.

Besides syncing, other sharing services and features included in Apple devices are:

• AirDrop: Wirelessly transfer files and photos from your iPhone to your Mac via AirDrop.

• Personal hotspot: Turn your Wi-Fi into a Wi-Fi hotspot by setting up a personal hotspot. Then, you can share your phone’s Internet connection with your MacBook.

• iMessage: It is possible to send and receive messages from your Mac if you are signed into the same iMessage account as on your iPhone.

What Tasks can be Achieved when Mac and iPhone work Together?

• Send large videos from iPhone to Mac and vice versa

The Photos application is native to both Macs and iPhones for viewing video and image files. This application is also great when it comes to transferring large video files from iPhone to Mac or Mac to iPhone.

If you are still wondering how to get large video from iPhone to Mac, the answer is in the use of the USB cable.

Simply plug your iPhone into your Mac computer via a USB cable > open Photos if it doesn’t automatically launch > click on the phone icon in the sidebar > select Import All Videos or choose the desired files and click Import Selected.

Other methods of transferring video files are AirDrop, Google Drive, or Mail Drop. However, the best method would depend on the size of your video files.

• Using your iPhone’s camera as a webcam for your Mac

Yes, MacBooks already come with webcams. But they are not as powerful as your iPhone’s camera. You can use the Continuity Camera feature to use your phone’s camera as a webcam. Thanks to this, the quality of your video calls on your Mac will improve, and you can utilize the iPhone camera’s visual effects.

• Utilize Universal Clipboard

Do you know the function of a clipboard? It copies the content on your Apple device to use later while editing or writing. So, the clipboard stores all the copied content, whether it is text or image.

If you use your iPhone and Mac interchangeably, utilizing the Universal Clipboard feature will save you the trouble of repeatedly copying the same content. The clipboard content will be synced across devices, and this is possible due to the Continuity feature.

• Answer calls on your Mac

Did you know your Mac can receive calls? This is possible using the same Apple ID on your iPhone and Mac. The feature not only works with FaceTime calls but also regular calls.

To set this up, go to the Settings app on your phone > tap Phone > select Allow Calls on Other Devices > turn on this option.


This article shows you what is possible when you use your iPhone and Mac together. There’s more to explore. Stay tuned!

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