Have you ever been in situations where you want to click some photos with your iPhone but aren’t able to hold it? Follow along to learn a variety of ways to remotely control your iPhone’s camera.
In this article, we will show you how to remotely control iPhone camera to take photos or videos with the help of Apple Watch, Siri Shortcuts, Voice Control, and Bluetooth remote shutters.
How to remotely control your iPhone camera with Apple Watch
The Camera app on the Apple Watch has improved a lot over the years with new features and better responsiveness.
Apple Watch controls lets you take photos and videos from your iPhone camera. And there’s even support for zoom, focus, switching the camera from front to rear and vice-versa, turning the flash on or off, Live Photos, switching HDR on or off, and more.
If you own an Apple Watch, then you can use your Watch as a remote shutter for the iPhone. You can basically control your iPhone camera with the Apple Watch, and take photos of videos without laying your hands on the iPhone. You will not have access to all the features found on the Camera app of your iPhone, but you can still do a lot of things.
- On your Apple Watch, open the Camera app (this will open the Camera app on your iPhone).
- You can tap the frame on your Apple Watch to set a focal point.
- You can also use the watch’s Digital Crown to zoom.
- Tap on the three dots on the bottom left of your Apple Watch’s camera screen to get more settings like Flash, switch camera, HDR, Live Photo, Timer, etc.
- To take a photo, tap the timer button (3s) or shutter button.
- To take a video from your watch, press and hold on the shutter button and it will start recording a video, you can let go of the shutter button when you want to stop recording.
- That’s it.
How to remotely control your iPhone camera using Siri Shortcuts
Those who don’t have an Apple Watch can use Siri shortcuts to remotely take pictures or videos on your iPhone. However, it’s not as easy as just asking Siri to take a picture. If you do that and say “Hey Siri, take a picture”, the assistant will only launch the Camera app on your phone. Luckily, you can use a built-in Siri shortcut in the Shortcuts app to take pictures by using the phrase “Say Cheese“. Here’s what you need to do.
- Launch the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.
- Tap on Gallery and search for Say Cheese.
- Now, tap the Add Shortcut button.
- When you use the shortcut for the first time, you’ll need to provide Siri access to Camera and Photos.
- You can now say “Hey Siri, Say Cheese”, and it will launch the camera app and take a picture for you.
- That’s it.
How to remotely control your iPhone camera with Voice Control
You can also use the Voice Control feature on your iPhone to take photos or videos without touching the device. Generally, you can press the volume button in the Camera app to take a picture or start recording a video. Now, all you need to do is turn on Voice Control and say the command “Turn up the volume“, and the Camera app will do the rest. Here’s how to set it up:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate over to Accessibility.
- Tap on Voice Control and turn on the feature.
- You should now see a blue microphone symbol in the status bar.
- Open the Camera app, frame your shot, and then say “Turn up the volume” to trigger the Shutter button.
- That’s it.
The Camera app should now automatically take a picture. You can also use this command to start and stop recording a video by simply switching over to Video in the app.
How to remotely control your iPhone’s camera using a Bluetooth Remote
Another easy option is to use a Bluetooth remote. There are plenty of these remotes available in the market, and they work pretty well. Simply connect the remote to your iPhone over Bluetooth, open the Camera app, align your shot, and press the capture button on the Bluetooth remote.
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