How To Enable The Hidden Panorama Camera Mode In iOS 5 Without Jailbreaking


via @chpwn

We recently told you about the hidden panorama mode in the iOS 5 Camera app that could be enabled by editing a .plist file. Since then, a jailbreak tweak called “Firebreak” has been released that automatically enables the feature on any jailbroken iOS 5 device.

Panorama mode in the iOS Camera actually works, and you can get it on your own device right now without jailbreaking.

A simple hack has surfaced that enables the hidden panorama mode on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPod touch, and iPad 2 running iOS 5. To enable the feature, you’ll need to perform a modified backup of your iOS device in iTunes. You will also need to restore from a new backup, so keep that in mind before continuing.

Step 1: Download the free trial of iBackupBot for Mac OS X or Windows. Install it on your computer.

Step 2: Backup your iOS device in iTunes. If you have a recent backup, then you can use that file. You have to manually backup instead of using iCloud.

Step 3: Once you’ve got a backup you’re ready to restore to, open iBackupBot. Navigate to Library/Preferences/ and open that file. If you’re running the trial version of iBackupBot, just click cancel after the warning message and continue.

Step 4: Add <key>EnableFirebreak</key> <true/> right below <key>DiskSpaceWasLow</key> <false/> and click the disk icon to save your edit.

Step 5: Exit out of iBackupBot and restore your iOS device in iTunes to the recent backup file you just edited.

That’s it! You should now have the iOS 5 panorama mode enabled on your iOS device — no jailbreak required. When you launch the Camera app, the panorama mode should be available in Options under Grid and HDR mode.

via @chpwn

There are plenty of other apps in the App Store that let you take panoramic pictures, but this method enables the native panorama mode that Apple has disabled by default in iOS 5. While the feature is usable, it’s obviously not ready for prime time, so don’t be surprised if you run into some bugs.

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26 responses to “How To Enable The Hidden Panorama Camera Mode In iOS 5 Without Jailbreaking”

  1. Castor2 says:

    I didn’t found the “” file ..

  2. Dieferhau says:

    this app we are using looks like a really cool hacking stuff for not developers.

  3. Dieferhau says:

    all files in the device are together in this so you must search in alfabethic order (btw is backwards so A is down and Z is at top) all togheter so search for the whole library/……

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  5. Anipz Raymond says:

    fuck this shit, just download other panorama apps on apps store…

  6. baby_Twitty says:

    Don’t wanna tinker with the OS files. Rather wait for iOS 5.1

    btw, photosynth app is cool enough for me.

  7. Noseris says:

    I still can’t find it.

  8. ? Planeta Apple ? says:

    I think the right code to insert is: <key>EnableFirebreak</key><string>YES</string>

  9. ? Planeta Apple ? says:

    Photosynth is Good enough! I didn’t know about this app. Thank you!

  10. Jimmoffettjr says:

    I did this and not only did it not work, but now I can’t restore or sync my new iPhone 4S. Every time I try it says “iTunes could not sync the iPhone “” because the iPhone disconnected”. Please does anybody have any idea how to fix this? Please?

  11. Prashant says:

    How do I get HDR enabled on 3GS?

  12. Desertman_iac says:

    i did not get it. the instructions are vague. it also did not say which particular ios devices are compatible. and please do not supply jargons cos not everybody understands them. 

  13. Paul_tortuca says:

    I keep getting an unexpected charictor r in row .. even tried copying and pasteing from above but sam again!
    Does it matter were the line is placed in the page?
    Please advise

  14. Adam Pashley says:


    you guys should really hang out on #iphone or #chronic-dev. There has been a new release from the chronic dev team. GreenPoison 2. Untetherd for everything. 4s/ipad2 supported.

    greenpois0n2 (dot) com

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