Apple TV with Zoom means it’s finally time to call your moth…

Zoom on Apple TV.
Zoom on Apple TV uses your iPhone as a camera (Sweet Dog Blanket not included). Phil Nickinson/

Zoom is now available on Apple TV with Continuity Camera. This means you can use your iPhone camera as well as the camera and your TV as a screen to see the people on the other side of the call. And because Zoom is a cross-platform app, that means you now have no excuse for your Android-owning family.

All this means: It’s time to call your mom.

Well, so there are other ways to call home via video, even using your iPhone with an Apple TV. FaceTime made its way to tvOS with the Continuity camera with the rollout of tvOS 17. And that’s great. But if you’re looking to talk to someone who doesn’t have an iPhone, or who prefers a separate app for this kind of thing? Zoom is going to be a very good option.

And because we’re talking about a continuity camera, not just a stationary lens pointed in your general direction, it’ll capture the most important face (or faces, if you have family on the couch with you) and even Will also zoom in on that. Keep an eye on your ugly mug if you start to get a little carried away.

You don’t have to do much to get things moving. All it requires is zooming over to your Apple TV — which, by the way, is our pick for best streaming device — and then a few taps to get things going (you don’t even need to log in if you don’t want to). Not there) ). Then you approve of using your phone as a camera, and Bob is your uncle.

However, a strong recommendation: If you’re at all serious about this kind of thing — whether using Zoom or another video calling app with the Apple TV, and whether you’re alone or with the family — a few bucks. Spend the money and invest in a basic tripod that will hold your phone in place. Nobody wants motion sickness because you’re weaving all over the place. And being hands-free lets you focus more on what’s really important – the family on the other side of the call.






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