Tip of the Day: How to Focus iPhone Photos without Tapping the Screen

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Tapping your iPhone's screen to take pictures can be awkward and cause you to take shaky photos if you tap too enthusiastically. That's why it's so handy to take photos by pushing your iPhone's volume button. But what if you want to focus the photo before snapping the picture?

To focus a picture without tapping your iPhone screen, all you have to do is briefly hold the volume button before releasing to take the picture.

Just be careful not to press and hold too long, because then you will activate Burst mode and will have to delete 50 pictures of the same thing later.

Also, if you want to change the area of focus in your image you will still have to tap on the area on which you want the camera to focus.

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Sarah Kingsbury

Sarah Kingsbury is the Editorial Directer at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time iPhone and Mac enthusiast, Sarah loves teaching people how to use their Apple devices.