Center Stage Not Working on iPad Pro? 12 Best Fixes!

Leveraging “Machine Learning” to the best effect, “Center Stage” smartly fine-tunes your device’s front-facing camera to help you always remain in the frame. Hence, you can enjoy video calling without bothering about whether or not you are perfectly in the frame. From what I can tell, it works like a charm. However, there are times when this video calling feature goes for a toss and doesn’t work as expected. For this very reason, I thought it would be better to talk about the best tips and tricks to fix Center Stage not working on iPad Pro, Air, and mini.

Best Tips & Tricks to Fix Center Stage Not Working on iPad Pro/Air/mini

What could be hindering Center Stage from functioning properly on your device? To me, the elephant in the room is the device compatibility. Since very few folks are aware of the compatible devices, there is plenty of confusion in this regard. That aside, bringing Center Stage into action on an iPhone and incompatible Mac requires some workaround, which further adds fuel to the fire.

1. Which iPad Models Support Center Stage? 

First and foremost, ensure that you have a compatible iPad model. Bear in mind that only the latest iPad models support Center Stage. Therefore, be sure you have the right tablet. Have a look at the supported devices:

  •  iPad Air (5th generation)
  •  iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation or later) 
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation or later)
  •  iPad (9th generation or later)
  •  iPad mini (6th generation) 

2. Can You Use Center Stage on Your Mac?

Though it’s possible to use Center Stage on any Mac, there is a catch you need to keep in mind. So long as your Mac is connected to Apple Studio Display, you can use Center Stage on your macOS device. Frustrating. But that’s the harsh reality you need to deal with.

3. Can I use the Center Stage on My Mac without the Apple Studio Display? 

Yes, you can. However, you need an iPhone to make Center Stage appear on your Mac. If you are wondering how it works, let me tell you that it’s all thanks to Continuity Camera. 

4. Right Way to Use Center Stage on iPad

Using Center Stage on an iPad is a piece of cake.

  • To begin with, open FaceTime or any other compatible video-calling app. 
  • Now, initiate a video call as usual. 
  • Next, bring up the Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen. 
  • Next up, tap on the Video Effects tile and choose Center Stage

5. Can I use Center Stage on my iPhone? 

Unfortunately, iPhones still do not support Center Stage. Nevertheless, there is a workaround through which you can get the most out of it using your device’s camera. 

Courtesy of the “Continuity Camera” feature, you can bring on the Center Stage on your supported iPhone. But before you get too excited, you should be fully aware of the fact that it requires a compatible Mac. 

  • To get it going, navigate to the Settings app on your iPhone -> General -> AirPlay & Handoff -> Now, make sure that the toggle next to Continuity Camera is enabled. 
Enable Continuity Camera on iPhone
  • After that, launch FaceTime or any other supported video calling app -> head into the Video setting -> choose iPhone Camera. 
Choose iPhone Camera in the menu
  • Next, click on the FaceTime menu and ensure that the Control Center is selected. 
Use Center Stage on any iPad and Mac

6. Which Third-Party Apps Support Center Stage? 

There are many third-party apps that support Apple’s Center Stage including: 

  • Facebook Messenger
  • Skype 
  • Slack 
  • Zoom 
  • Webex
  • Google Meet
  • Microsoft Teams 

7. Clean the Front Camera 

Another important thing that you must check off is to ensure that the front camera is not covered. Use a soft lint-free cloth to clean the front camera. Furthermore, make sure that your screen guard does not interfere with the front camera.

8. Disable/Enable Center Stage

At times, just resetting the “Center Stage” toggle can let you fix the issue.

  • On your iPadOS device, head into the Settings app -> FaceTime -> Turn off/on the toggle next to Center Stage.
Enable Center Stage on your iPad
Image credit: Apple

9. Update the Third-Party App

If it’s been a while since you updated your video-calling app, there is a high chance that the outdated version of the app could be causing the problem.

  • On your iPad, launch the App Store -> your profile -> scroll down to find the app in question and update it as usual.

10. Force Restart Your iPad 

If the Center Stage hasn’t kicked in yet, force restart your device. 

  • To do so, press and release the volume up button. After that, press and release the volume down button.
  • Then, hold down the “Top” button until the Apple logo comes up on the screen. 

11. Update Your Device

Now is the time to look for the software update as I can smell the mischievous act of a miscellaneous software bug.

  • To get rid of the bug, launch the Settings app on your iPad -> General -> Software Update -> Then, download and install the latest version of iPadOS. 
Update your iPad

12. Factory Reset Your iPad 

Should Center Stage remain dysfunctional on your iPad, go for the factory reset. Note that factory reset means wiping out all the existing settings and putting everything back in the default state.

  • Head into the Settings app on your iPad -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPad -> Reset -> Reset All Settings.
Reset all settings on iPad

There you have it! I guess Center Stage has eventually come back on track and so has your fun-loving FaceTiming. Now, it’s time to share your feedback and the tips that have resolved the problem.

Read more: 16 Ways to Fix Always On Display Not Working in iOS 17 on iPhone

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Rajesh Mishra

Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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