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4 Fast Mobile Camera Tips That Help You Get the Shot


Have you ever missed capturing the perfect photo or video opportunity because you got hung up getting to your smartphone’s camera app in time? Your phone likely has several shortcuts built into its software and settings, although some may be less obvious. Here’s a quick guide to getting the speed you need so you don’t miss your moment.

Need the camera now? With most recent iPhones running iOS 14, swipe left from the lock screen to go directly to the camera app. Pressing the camera icon in the bottom-right corner of the lock screen also opens the app.


On many Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones running Android 11, you can open your default camera app by pressing the phone’s power button or Side key twice. (If not, open the Android system settings and check the Gestures options, or confirm that Samsung’s Side key settings enable the Quick Launch feature for the camera.) Check your settings if your Samsung Galaxy phone doesn’t open the camera app when you press the Side key twice. Credit…Samsung

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You can also tell your phone’s assistant to open the camera. Android’s Google Assistant will snap the shutter or start recording on command, as will the Bixby assistant on Samsung Galaxy phones. And the volume buttons on many phones also double as an additional shutter buttons.

Smartphones typically have one front-facing camera for self-portraits and at least one camera on the back. To switch between them, tap the circular arrow icon in the camera app or tell the voice assistant to “take a selfie.”

On recent Google Pixel models, hold the phone and twist your wrist twice to switch between the front and back cameras. Swipe up or down in the camera app to switch cameras on newer Samsung Galaxy phones.

Tap the screen to choose one on phones with multiple rear cameras (wide-angle, standard, and telephoto). Move the on-screen zoom slider to adjust the angle. Tap the screen to get to the controls for exposure and focus.

Want to jump right into video recording? With an iPhone XR or later, press and hold the camera’s shutter button to record a QuickTake video, or slide your finger to the right to lock the recording so you can still snap photos. On a Google Pixel and certain Samsung Galaxy phones, press and hold the shutter button to record without swiping to the Video mode.


In Samsung’s Single Take mode on newer Galaxy phones, tap the shutter button once and move the camera around. The phone will capture up to 10 seconds of photos and video of the scene from different angles.

Your phone may also have settings that let you automatically improve your self-portraits. On the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12, widen the angle of your selfie by tapping the arrows on the screen.

The Google Camera app on recent Pixel phones offers a zoom function and selfie-specific settings to illuminate your face and smooth out appearances; tap the arrow at the top of the camera screen to open those settings. Many of Samsung’s Galaxy phones also include options in the camera settings for self-portraits’ color tone and angle.

Some subjects are fast-moving, like athletes, animals, or toddlers. When you don’t incline to make a video, you can quickly capture a stream of continuous still photos in “burst” mode and then go back and select the perfect shot from the batch.

On recent iPhone models, swipe the Camera app’s shutter button to the left to start snapping photos; on the iPhone X and earlier, long-press the shutter button. After you release the button, open the thumbnail image in the camera roll, tap the Select button, and swipe through the photos in the burst, selecting the ones to keep. Similarly, many Samsung Galaxy phones take burst shots by swiping the shutter button but check your manual for specifics.

Google doesn’t have a dedicated burst mode for its Pixel phones running Android 11, but you can pull out favorite frames from a video or motion photo. Open the Google Camera app, tap the arrow at the top of the screen, and enable Motion Photos (which, like Apple’s Live Photos or Samsung’s Motion Photo, capture several frames of action when you press the shutter). Then tap the Settings icon, choose Advanced, and turn off “Social media depth features.”

After you’ve taken your image or clip, could you open it and swipe up on the screen? Select “Shots in this photo” or “Shots in this video.” Swipe through the sequence until you find your favorite, then tap the save option. Features vary based on your phone’s hardware and software, but taking a few minutes to explore your camera’s shortcuts can save time later — when you need it.


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