When you can’t touch the shutter-release button on the screen in the Camera app, your iPhone has a different way of taking a picture or video – just press the Volume Up or Volume Down button. But when it comes to bursts and QuickTakes, it’s a little trickier in iOS 13 and iOS 14.
While there is a unique way in iOS 14 to take a series of photos or a QuickTake video with your hardware buttons, there were also ways to do so in iOS 13. What really matters is which iPhone model you have since Apple made some of the Volume Button shortcuts exclusively for newer models.
Click either the volume button:
Because at least iOS 7, all iPhone models can click either the Volume Up or Volume Down button to perform any of the following tasks in the Camera app.
- Time-Lapse: click once to start a time-lapse, again to stop
- Slo-mo: click once to start a slo-mo, again to stop
- Video: click once to start a video, again to stop
- Photo: click once to take a picture
- Portrait: click once to take portrait
- Cloth: click once to start a pano, again to stop
Long press either the volume key:
In iOS 13, if you have an iPhone 11 or later, you can press and hold either the Volume Up or Volume Down button to start recording any of the following types of videos, and then release the button to stop recording. In iOS 14, the same thing applies, but it also works on the iPhone XS and XR models.
- Slo-mo: press and hold to start a slo-mo, release to stop
- Video: press and hold to start a video, release to stop
- Photo: press and hold to start a QuickTake video, release to stop
- Cloth: press and hold to start a pano, release to stop
If you have an iPhone XR or older running iOS 13, or if you have an iPhone X or older running iOS 14, the push-and-hold action will not work for QuickTakes because they are not supported. Instead, you get showers.
- Photo: press and hold to start taking pictures, release to stop
However, these are the default settings. If your iPhone supports QuickTakes, it steals the burst button shortcuts for the volume key. But on iOS 14 you can get it back. Go to Settings -> Camera and then toggle on the “Use volume up for burst” switch. Then press and hold the Volume Up button to take showers and release to stop. QuickTakes now only works with the Volume Down button.
- Photo: press and hold Volume up to start taking pictures of burst images, release to stop
- Photo: press and hold Volume down to start a QuickTake video, release to stop
Hopefully, Apple lets QuickTakes work with all iPhone models so that the volume button is less confusing overall. But I guess if you have an iPhone 11 Pro, you do not care how it works on an iPhone 7, so it may not be that big.
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