Use The Volume Up Button To Take Photos With Your iPhone or iPad [iOS Tips]

Use The Volume Up Button To Take Photos With Your iPhone or iPad [iOS Tips]

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This may be too basic of a tip for most of you, but there’s bound to be a few folks out there who haven’t heard this one. I ran into someone in real life (gasp!) the other day who hadn’t known that he could hold his iPhone in landscape mode, like a real point and shoot camera, and click the button now located in the upper right of the iPhone to take a photo.

It was like a light went on over his head as soon as he tried this. If you haven’t heard of this great way to take a snapshot, now’s the time to give it a try.

It’s super simple to do. Just rotate the camera clockwise to the right from a portrait orientation (Home button on the bottom). This will be easier if you’re a right-handed person, of course, but you can hold the iPhone with either hand this way, leaving your second hand to either stabilize the device, tap on the touchscreen to create a focus point, or just keep it warm in your pocket. Take the photo with the Volume up button, now the button farthest to the top right of your re-oriented iPhone.

This trick works equally well on the iPad and iPad mini, though you will look silly to everyone around you if you take too many photos with your magical tablet device.

Hopefully, I’ve been able to bring this feature to the attention of more folks than knew about it previously. If you have a tip or trick you’d like to share with us, (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address), or leave a comment below.

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  • SupaMac

    ” I ran into someone in real life (gasp!) the other day who hadn’t known that he could hold his iPhone in landscape mode…”

    Friends don’t let friends take vertical videos.

    By the way, on the iPhone5 (or maybe all of iOS6), the volume down button works also.

  • dcj001

    “I ran into someone in real life (gasp!) the other day who hadn’t known that he could hold his iPhone in landscape mode, like a real point and shoot camera, and click the button now located in the upper right of the iPhone to take a photo.”

    Guess what, Rob?

    This works in portrait mode too!

    I guess that you learn something new every day.

    You’re welcome.

  • roblef

    “I ran into someone in real life (gasp!) the other day who hadn’t known that he could hold his iPhone in landscape mode, like a real point and shoot camera, and click the button now located in the upper right of the iPhone to take a photo.”

    Guess what, Rob?

    This works in portrait mode too!

    I guess that you learn something new every day.

    You’re welcome.

    I was gasping more about the “real life” connection than this person’s knowledge about how he holds his phone. But thanks for the lesson.

  • benzaminwatson

    This is really superb! I am not aware of this till now, its so easy and really cool to use my iphone as camera(by using volume up button to take button) while taking photos.

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Games and Tips Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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