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Best macOS Ventura Features

From deleting duplicate photos in your Photos Library to sharing Tab Groups in Safari, the latest Mac operating system, macOS Ventura, comes with many features that will completely change the way you use your Mac, and this guide introduces you to the best of them.

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1. Manage Windows With Stage Manager

Even though macOS had Mission Control, it lacked a feature to manage opened windows properly. That changed with macOS Ventura – it introduced Stage Manager to completely change the way you multitask on Mac.

Macos Ventura Features Stage Manager

Stage Manager groups together all recently opened windows and pins them to the left side of the screen to allow you to switch between all open applications seamlessly. 

To get started with Stage Manager, open Control Center from the top-right corner of your screen and toggle “Stage Manager.”

Macos Ventura Features Toggle Stage Manager

2. Sign in to Websites With Passkeys

At WWDC 2022, Apple announced passkeys: a replacement for traditional passwords. With passkeys, you don’t have to enter a username and password to sign in to websites. Instead, you verify your identity with Face ID or Touch ID. You’ll see a passkey prompt on login pages as long as you have enabled iCloud Keychain (“System Settings -> Apple ID -> iCloud -> Password and Keychain”).

Macos Ventura Features Passkeys

Your saved passkeys are synced across all Apple devices via iCloud, meaning you can sign in to your Mac by authenticating from your iPhone.

Passkeys are a revolutionary tech, as they’re quicker, significantly more secure than traditional passwords, and more resistant to phishing attacks and data leaks, as there are no passwords involved.

3. Use Your iPhone as a Webcam With Continuity Camera

With Continuity Camera, you can use your iPhone as your webcam and FaceTime your friends with the bleeding-edge camera. You can also use your iPhone’s microphone instead of your Mac’s default microphone for audio input. What’s more, the Center Stage feature makes video calling more intuitive by having the camera follow you around as you move, so you’re always in focus.

Keep in mind that your iPhone needs to be running iOS 16 to use the Continuity Camera on your Mac. It works wirelessly and with a wired connection.

Follow the steps below to use the Continuity Camera.

  1. Make sure your Mac and iPhone are signed in with the same Apple ID and are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network with Bluetooth turned on.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Same Wifi And Bt
  1. Launch FaceTime on your Mac.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Launch Facetime
  1. Once you’re in FaceTime, click “Video” in the menu bar.
  1. From the drop-down menu, select your iPhone under the “Camera” section. To use your iPhone’s microphone, select your iPhone under the “Microphone” section. Make sure your iPhone is near your Mac.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Continuity Camera Set Up
  1. Your Mac will use your iPhone’s camera instead of its webcam.

4. Enable New Accessibility Features

macOS Ventura brings more Accessibility features to assist users in navigating their Mac. If you are hearing impaired, you can enable Live Captions from “System Settings -> Accessibility -> Live Captions” to generate transcriptions for any video, audio, or FaceTime call.

Macos Ventura Features Live Captions

macOS Ventura lets you play the calming sounds of the ocean and rain in the background to minimize distractions and avoid unwanted noise from your surroundings.

Tip: if you want a similar experience on non-Mac devices, try these top sources for calming sounds, such as white noise, and rain.

There are also a couple of updates to Voice Control. It now lets you hang up FaceTime calls by saying the command “hang up.” You can also dictate text letter by letter using spelling mode.

10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Hang Up Command

5. Undo Send and Edit Sent Messages

macOS Ventura allows you to undo or edit a sent message – a highly requested messaging feature.

Hold down the Control key and right-click the sent message, then select “Undo Send” or “Edit” from the drop-down menu. Keep in mind that you only have two minutes to unsend a message and only 15 minutes to edit a message after sending it. Also, you can only edit a message at most five times.

10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Undo Send

Note: the new messaging features in Ventura are iMessage exclusive, so they won’t work with text messages. Additionally, they will only work if the recipient is running iOS 16, iPadOS 16, or macOS Ventura.

With macOS Ventura, you can also mark a message as unread to read it later. Other than that, if you’ve accidentally deleted a message, you can recover it within 30 days after it was deleted.

10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Mark As Unread

SharePlay is also integrated with Messages. You can chat with friends while doing synchronized activities like watching a movie or playing a game.

6. Schedule and Unsend Emails

For the longest time, Mail lacked several features that other third-party mail apps provided. Not anymore.

For instance, now you can unsend an email message for up to ten seconds after sending it. Just click “Undo Send” at the bottom of the left sidebar to go back to the composition window.

10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Email Undo Send

You can also schedule an email message to be sent at just the right moment.

  1. Launch the “Mail” app and click “New Message” in the toolbar.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak New Email Message
  1. Write the email in the composition window.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Write An Email
  1. Instead of clicking the “Send Message” button, click the little arrow next to it.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Down Arrow
  1. From the drop-down menu, you can select three different times to send the message. Click “Send Later” to select the exact moment when you want to send the message.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Send Later Schedule

You can also select a time to be reminded of unread emails, which is basically a snooze option where your emails will resurface after a certain period.

  1. Click “Message” in the menu bar.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Click Message Menu Bar
  1. Head to “Remind Me.”
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Remind Me Later
  1. Select a time to receive the reminder.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Remind Me Email Schedule

7. Customize and Share Tab Groups in Safari

macOS Monterey brought Tab Groups to Safari where you could group together multiple related tabs. Now macOS Ventura shows us the true potential of Tab Groups with more features.

You can now customize the start page of a Tab Group with a dedicated background image.

  1. Click the “Settings” icon in the bottom-right corner of the tab.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Bottom Right Corner Settings
  1. Mark the “Background Image” option in the context menu.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Background Image Option
  1. Choose a background image from the available options.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Select Background Image

With macOS Ventura, you can also pin tabs within a Tab Group by right-clicking the tab you want to pin and selecting “Pin Tab.”

10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Pin Tab

Also, you can now share a Tab Group with your friends so that they can add their own tabs to the group. Everyone will see the updated Tab Group instantly.

Follow the steps below to share a Tab Group.

  1. Hover over the Tab Group you want to share in the Safari sidebar.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Hover To The Tab Group
  1. Click the ellipses icon (the one with three dots).
  1. Click “Share Tab Group” from the drop-down menu.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Click Share Tab Group
  1. Select the Messages application in the pop-up menu that appears.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Select Messages App
  1. Finally, add a recipient with whom you want to share the Tab Group, then send the message.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Finally Send Message

The updated Safari also lets you sync extensions from other Apple devices. For instance, if you have a Safari extension installed on your iPhone, it will sync to your Mac as well. Of course, you’ll have to install the extension on your Mac manually using the following steps.

  1. Click “Safari” on the menu bar.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Click Safari From Menu
  1. Click “Settings” in the drop-down menu.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Click Safari Settings
  1. Head to the “Extensions” tab.
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Head Over To Extensions
  1. Here you will find the extensions installed on your other devices in the “On Other Devices” section. To install a particular extension on your Mac, click “Get,” followed by “Install.”
10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Click Get Extension

Tip: learn all the best ways to customize Safari on Mac.

8. Start a FaceTime Call From Other Apps

macOS Ventura has integrated a Collaboration feature into FaceTime. Now when you’re collaborating on apps like Safari, Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, Reminders, the Finder, or other supported third-party apps, you can start a FaceTime call from within that app to talk about what you’re working on.

10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Facetime Create Link

The Live Captions accessibility feature also works with FaceTime calls if you enable it under “System Settings -> Accessibility -> Live Captions.” It shows you automatically-generated live transcriptions of the dialogues, making it easier to talk on group calls.

Macos Ventura Features Live Captions

Also, the Handoff feature lets you seamlessly switch your calls from device to device, meaning you can transfer your FaceTime call from iPhone or iPad to Mac and vice versa without disconnecting.

10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Switch Calls

9. Merge Duplicates in Photos

The new Duplicates folder in the sidebar in Photos rounds up all duplicate photos in your albums. From here you can “Merge Duplicates” to declutter your Photos library.

10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Photos Duplicates Folder

Also, the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums are now protected with Touch ID or login password to prevent unauthorized access. Additionally, you can edit a batch of photos by copying and pasting the edits you’ve made to a photo.

10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Photos Password Protected

Another cool new feature in the Photos app lets you copy subjects from a photo. Just right-click on the subject, click “Copy Subject,” then paste the subject into any app you want.

10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Photos Copy Subject

10. Use Quick Look and Quick Actions in Spotlight

Last but not least, macOS Ventura has improved Spotlight with several features, the handiest being the integration of Quick Look into Spotlight, which allows you to press Spacebar to preview a file before opening it.

10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Spotlight Spacebar View

Apple has also integrated Quick Actions into Spotlight, so actions like setting an alarm, starting a timer, and turning on a Focus mode can be done quickly. For instance, if you search for “timer,” you will get a “Start Timer” option.

10 Macos Ventura Features You Should Tweak Spotlight Search

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Image credit: Unsplash. All screenshots by Hashir Ibrahim.

Hashir Ibrahim
Hashir Ibrahim

With over two years of in-depth experience working in technical fields, Hashir is a master content creator who loves writing about Mac and iOS at major tech publications on the internet like MakeUseOf and MakeTechEasier. Hashir spends his free time boxing and designing his business.

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