Take and edit photos with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Learn how to take detailed photos with the Camera on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Then make the moment look just right with the powerful editing tools built directly into your device.

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Open your Camera app

The perfect moment can happen at any moment, so it's good to know how to access your Camera fast. There are a few ways to open your Camera app.

Home screen

iPhone home screen

From your Home screen, tap the Camera app.

Control Center

Control Center on iPhone

Open Control Center, then tap the Camera button .

Lock screen

Lock screen on iPhone

Swipe to the left to access the Camera, or press the Camera button .


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Capture the moment

Get the perfect picture with the advanced pixel technology in your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. All you have to do is find something beautiful, open the Camera app, and tap the Shutter button. 

Unleash your creativity with great Camera features like Live Photos, camera filters, and Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X and later.

Sometimes you want to take more than a regular photo. Swipe the screen left or right, or tap the camera mode labels to choose time-lapse, slo-mo, video, photo, square, or pano.

Flash: The LED flash on your iPhone and iPod touch2 gives your photo extra light when you need it. Tap the flash button  to turn it on or off.

HDR: HDR takes several photos at different exposures and automatically combines them to give you a single beautifully lit photo.


Live Photos: With iPhone 6s and later,1 you can capture life as it happens — in movement and sound. Live Photos is on by default; tap the Live Photos button  to turn it off.

Timer: Tired of always taking the pictures and never being in them? Set your device somewhere sturdy, frame your shot, then tap the timer button . Choose a 3 or 10 second countdown, tap the Shutter button, then get into place and smile.

Front-facing camera: To take a selfie with your front-facing camera, tap the front-facing camera button  , find the perfect angle, then tap the Shutter button. And with your iPhone 6s and later,1 you can use the Home screen as a flash for your selfies.

Burst: Trying to capture the perfect picture but your subject matter won't stay still? Try burst mode. Just tap and hold the shutter button. Burst mode takes multiple photos at once so that you have a range of photos to choose from.


Zoom: Use the Camera app digital zoom feature to make something that's far away seem close by. Before you take the photo, pinch anywhere to make the image in the center of the screen bigger and remove the outside edges.


On your iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X and later, tap 1x for a higher-quality zoom from farther away. If you want to zoom more than 2x or finely control the image, touch and hold 1x or 2x to get a slider that lets you zoom all the way to 10x.



Photos collection on iPhone

Find your photos and videos

You can find your entire collection in both the Photos app and the Camera app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

  • Open the Photos app and tap the Photos tab at the bottom of the screen. You'll see your photos and videos organized into Moments, Collections, and Years.
  • You can also access your photos from the Albums tab. Tap All Photos, and your photos and videos appear in chronological order.
  • In the Camera app, tap the icon of the last picture you took to see it in your Photo Library. On an iPhone 6s and later,1 you can get a quick preview when you Peek and Pop into the icon with 3D Touch.

Edit your photo in seconds

You can create photo masterpieces right on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. After you take your photo, open it in the Photos app and tap Edit. Then you can adjust your photo's size, angle, light, and more. If you don’t like how your changes look, tap Cancel and you can revert back to the original.

Enhance instantly

using the Photos enhance tool on iPhone

Auto-enhance instantly improves your picture’s exposure, contrast, saturation, and other qualities. It's the fastest way to make your photo even more amazing.

Crop and straighten

using the Photos crop tool on iPhone

You can drag the corners of the grid tool to set your own crop, then move the wheel to tilt or straighten your photo.

Apply filters

using Photos filters on iPhone

Tap to experiment with your device's built-in photo filters. Give your photo a different color effect, such as Vivid or Dramatic. Or try classic black and white looks like Mono and Silvertone.


Adjust light and color

using Photos adjustment tools on iPhone

Tap Light, Color, or B&W and use the smart slider to find just the right look. To make precise adjustments, tap the detail button  or the down-facing arrow button  and use the menu of individual tools.

1. Learn how to identify your iPhone model by its model number and other details.
2. Available on iPhone and iPod touch only.

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