Use Night mode on your iPhone

On supported iPhone models, you can use Night mode to capture photos when the camera detects a low-light environment.

You can use Night mode on: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Take low-light photos with Night mode

Night mode automatically turns on when the camera detects a low-light environment. The Night mode icon  at the top of the display turns yellow when the feature is active. Depending on how dark the scene is, your iPhone might take a Night mode photo quickly, or it might take several seconds. You can also adjust your exposure setting.

For the best results, hold your iPhone steady until the capture completes. Try placing your iPhone on a solid and secure surface, or use a tripod to increase stability and control of the exposure clarity.

With iOS 14, if your iPhone detects movement when you're trying to capture a photo, you can align the crosshairs in the frame to help you reduce motion and improve the shot. To interrupt a Night mode photo mid-capture rather than waiting for the capture to finish, just tap the stop button below the slider.

Adjust the capture time

When you take a photo in Night mode, a number appears next to the Night mode icon to indicate how long the shot will take.

To try longer Night mode photos, tap the Night mode icon. Then use the slider above the shutter button to choose Max, which extends the capture time. When you take the photo, the slider becomes a timer that counts down to the end of the capture time.

Take Night mode selfies

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Tap the front-facing camera button .
  3. Hold your iPhone in front of you.
  4. Snap your selfie.

Night mode selfies are supported on iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Capture Night mode Time-lapse videos

In low-light conditions, you can use Night mode Time-lapse with a tripod to capture videos with longer interval frames. Open the Camera app, then swipe to the far left until you see Time-lapse. Tap the Shutter button  to capture your video.

Night mode Time-lapse is available on iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Use Night mode Portrait

  1. Open the Camera app and swipe to Portrait mode.
  2. Follow the tips on your screen.
  3. Tap the Shutter button .

Night mode Portrait is available on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Turn on Live Photos and flash

When your iPhone is in Night mode, Live Photos and the flash aren't active. You can turn these features on manually. Keep in mind that turning on Live Photos or the flash deactivates Night mode.

If you have Flash set to Auto, it turns on automatically in low-light situations. To turn on Flash manually, tap the arrow  above the viewfinder. Tap the Flash button  that appears below the viewfinder, then select On.

Learn more

Learn more about the camera features on your iPhone.

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