Easily Access Your Camera Roll While Taking Photos In The Camera App [iOS Tips]



The other day a friend and I were discussing the merits of the iPhone 4S camera and the new software features in iOS 5. He was grumbling about not being able to see his camera roll after taking some snapshots. His complaint was that he had to switch between apps and leave the Camera app to go to the Photos app just to see the photos he just took. I explained to him that he didn’t have to launch that app to see his photos. Today I’ll show you how.

If you are in the middle of an important photo shoot of your significant other or some other equally important subject, it might be nice to check how your photos are coming out. You can check your photos without leaving the Camera app by swiping from left to right. This will make your camera roll appear. As you continue to flip from left to right you’ll see more photos in your Camera Roll.

If you need to return to shooting photos, tap once to show the onscreen image controls, and hit the camera icon to return to that all-important photo shoot.



  • Holt Lipman

    You can even swipe all the way back into the camera app too!

  • warrengonline

    Wow!  He did not not know that?  Wow!  Does he know you can send at least 4 photos at once in an email via your iPad2 while in Camera Roll (Photos)?  While all the photos are in thumbnail, then tap the arrow (SEND) in the upper-left, then select which photos you want to send.  Then tap SHARE..  Then chose EMAIL or MESSAGE.  Ta-da….

  • Timothy Weaver

    One small (good) caveat. You cannot use the swipe to access the Camera Roll if you enter the camera through the lock screen icon. It will tell you that the iPhone is locked and refuse to display the Camera Roll.

  • Sean Smith

    Hey, I’ve been using an iPhone since the original and *I* didn’t know you could do this either! It’s definitely not something that’s “obvious” like tapping on the little image of the last photo you took in the bottom-left corner of the Camera app.