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In macOS Mojave, Apple has extended its Continuity features so that now you can use your iPhone or iPad's camera to take a photo or scan a document, and it will be immediately available on your Mac.

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Continuity Camera works in several native Mac apps, including Pages, Keynote, and TextEdit. The following steps explain how to use it. Bear in mind that both your iOS device and your Mac need to be logged into the same Apple ID for this feature to work.

How to Add a Photo Using Continuity Camera
  1. Launch the app that you want to import a photo into.
  2. Open an existing project or document, or create a new one.
  3. Right-click (or Ctrl-click) the location where you want to insert the photo.
    continuity-camera-1-800x475.jpg
  4. In the contextual menu, click Take Photo under the name of the iOS device that you want to use.
  5. Take the photo on your iPhone or iPad.
  6. Tap Use Photo on your iOS device, and the image will appear in the open project or document on your Mac.
    continuity-camera-3-800x531.jpg
How to Scan a Document Using Continuity Camera
  1. Launch the app you want to use and open a project or document, or create a new one.
  2. Right-click (or Ctrl-click) the space where you want to insert the captured document.
  3. In the contextual menu, click Scan Document under the name of the iOS device that you want to use.
  4. Using your iPhone or iPad's camera, frame the document in the onscreen viewfinder. The document should turn yellow and scan automatically. You can repeat this step to scan several documents if desired.
  5. Tap Save on your iOS device, and your scanned documents will be inserted into the open project or document on your Mac.

Article Link: How to Use the New Continuity Camera Feature in macOS Mojave
 

BWhaler

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I’m really looking forward to Mohave. Reminds me of old school Apple, where there were new touches which ended up being remarkable useful in your workflow. And quality, the old, “ it just works”

Fingers crossed App,e has learned some good lessons this year. I’m hopeful.
 

pete2106

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Hmm, I don’t get why it can’t just create a document as pdf. It’s already annoying that I have to create a note to scan documents in iOS than move the scan to files and then delete the note...

This. I came here to type exactly this.
 

shuntva06

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Hmm, I don’t get why it can’t just create a document as pdf. It’s already annoying that I have to create a note to scan documents in iOS than move the scan to files and then delete the note...

This gets a photo directly from iOS directly into most Mac apps WITHOUT having to use AirDrop and Copy / Paste. If you need a PDF of ONLY the image ... just Open Photo on iOS device and Save it as a PDF.

Also ... if you already have an image on the Mac -- copy it to the Clipboard -- Open Preview and Save as a PDF.

Having several ways to skin a cat is a big help.
 
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bahndoos

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This was working on the desktop in Mojave beta 2. But not in beta 3. Hopefully that's just temporary.
 

Druid54

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Sep 29, 2017
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In macOS Mojave, Apple has extended its Continuity features so that now you can use your iPhone or iPad's camera to take a photo or scan a document, and it will be immediately available on your Mac.

continuity-camera-2-800x414.jpg

Continuity Camera works in several native Mac apps, including Pages, Keynote, and TextEdit. The following steps explain how to use it. Bear in mind that both your iOS device and your Mac need to be logged into the same Apple ID for this feature to work.

How to Add a Photo Using Continuity Camera
  1. Launch the app that you want to import a photo into.
  2. Open an existing project or document, or create a new one.
  3. Right-click (or Ctrl-click) the location where you want to insert the photo.
    continuity-camera-1-800x475.jpg
  4. In the contextual menu, click Take Photo under the name of the iOS device that you want to use.
  5. Take the photo on your iPhone or iPad.
  6. Tap Use Photo on your iOS device, and the image will appear in the open project or document on your Mac.
    continuity-camera-3-800x531.jpg
How to Scan a Document Using Continuity Camera
  1. Launch the app you want to use and open a project or document, or create a new one.
  2. Right-click (or Ctrl-click) the space where you want to insert the captured document.
  3. In the contextual menu, click Scan Document under the name of the iOS device that you want to use.
  4. Using your iPhone or iPad's camera, frame the document in the onscreen viewfinder. The document should turn yellow and scan automatically. You can repeat this step to scan several documents if desired.
  5. Tap Save on your iOS device, and your scanned documents will be inserted into the open project or document on your Mac.

Article Link: How to Use the New Continuity Camera Feature in macOS Mojave
[doublepost=1530967502][/doublepost]Note that the camera app must be open/active on your iOS device for it to show the 'Take a photo' and 'Scan document' contextual menu items. If Camera app is NOT open, you get the regular contextual menu without those items.
 

mattopotamus

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Hmm, I don’t get why it can’t just create a document as pdf. It’s already annoying that I have to create a note to scan documents in iOS than move the scan to files and then delete the note...

I just have a note I leave called “scanned documents”

When I drag the note from the notes app to my Mac desktop, it automatically makes it a PDF. It’s a small time saver vs. saving the scan as a pdf on the iPhone.
 

fairuz

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Nice. The iPhone can already do a better job than a consumer-grade scanner, and much more easily, but it's still a pain to have to use a third party app to do it.
 

ignatius345

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Hmm, I don’t get why it can’t just create a document as pdf. It’s already annoying that I have to create a note to scan documents in iOS than move the scan to files and then delete the note...
The document scanner should be put in the camera right next to all the other options (Time lapse, video, slow motion... etc).
 
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Darth-Kylie

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Hmm, I don’t get why it can’t just create a document as pdf. It’s already annoying that I have to create a note to scan documents in iOS than move the scan to files and then delete the note...

You can scan docs directly from your iPhone to a file on your Mac. In Finder, Ctrl-click in an empty area in the folder where you want scanned docs to be saved, then choose Import from iPhone or iPad > Scan Documents. This saves as a PDF.
 

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jezbd1997

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Handoff both on my Mac and iPhone, same Apple ID etc. It comes up as an option in the Finder or in Pages but when I click take photo it never comes up on my iPhone, and the Mac just comes up with timed out... restarted iPhone and BT on and off etc still no luck. Might give it a go after a 10.14.1 update or it could end up working by itself
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Why is mine greyed out? iPhone SE, iOS 11.
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BT on both devices? Handoff? Same Apple ID? Mine wasn't greyed out like this but I imagine that's what's going on for you
 

baryon

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Handoff both on my Mac and iPhone, same Apple ID etc. It comes up as an option in the Finder or in Pages but when I click take photo it never comes up on my iPhone, and the Mac just comes up with timed out... restarted iPhone and BT on and off etc still no luck. Might give it a go after a 10.14.1 update or it could end up working by itself
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BT on both devices? Handoff? Same Apple ID? Mine wasn't greyed out like this but I imagine that's what's going on for you
I found the issue: iPhone has to be running iOS 12! I updated since and now it works. But no one mentioned this.
 
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