Take a Picture or Video
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Take a Picture or Video

Learn how to take a picture or video, switch between cameras, and more.


Prenote info

For technical details about your camera, visit the Specifications tutorial.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to:


• Access Camera
• Switch between front and rear camera
• Focus the camera
• Zoom in and out
• Take a photo
• Record a video
• Capture a still image while in video mode
• View curated photos
• Search for photos


To learn more about available camera settings such as flash, timer, filters, and camera modes, visit the Camera and Video Settings tutorial. To learn more about new camera features that are available, visit the Advanced Photo & Video Features tutorial.



Access Camera

From the home screen, select the Camera app Camera app.

To access the Camera app from the Lock screen, swipe left.

Note: When you open Camera from the Lock screen, you can view (and even edit) photos and videos by selecting the thumbnail at the lower-left corner of the screen. To share photos and videos, first unlock your iPhone.



Switch between front and rear camera

Select the switch camera icon Switch Camera icon.

Note: You cannot switch the camera while you are recording a video.


Focus the camera

Touch the desired area of the photo you wish to focus on. A box will appear around the area selected.

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Zoom in and out

Drag two fingers from the middle of the screen toward the outer edges of the screen to zoom in. Pinch two fingers from the outer edges of the screen to the middle of the screen to zoom out.

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Take a photo

Select the Capture icon or press either Volume button.

Note: Live Photos is enabled by default. Live photos record what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you take a picture. To disable Live photos, from the Camera app, select the live photo icon Live Photos icon. To take a burst of photos, hold down the Capture icon or either Volume button. The camera will take a series of photos until you release your finger. To delete a picture, from the photos app Photos app select the desired photo then select the delete icon Delete icon. Select Delete Photo to confirm. If you are having trouble taking pictures or video on iPhone, click here.

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Record a video

Swipe right to VIDEO, then select the Record icon to start recording.

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To stop a recording, select the Stop icon or press either Volume button.

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Capture a still image while in video mode

While recording a video, select the Capture icon

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View curated photos

The Photos app will scan your library and offer you curated content to view, showing your best moments for every day, month, and year. From the home screen, select the Photos app Photos app then select the For You icon For You tab.



Search for photos

Spotlight universal search can be used to search for photos. Swipe down from the home screen, then select the search bar.

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Enter the desired keyword, then scroll to and select the desired photo


Note: Select Search in App to search exclusively in the Photos app. 

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