How to Take, View, & Save Burst Photos on iPhone (2023)

Use Burst mode on the iPhone to take flattering candid pictures, better your sports photography, and improve your action shots of fast-moving pets.

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Let's go over how to take Burst Photos on all compatible models of the iPhone, how to look at burst images, and how to choose and save the individual iPhone burst images you want to keep. I see some great pictures in your future; let's get started!

Related: What Is HDR & How to Use It on the iPhone

What is Burst Mode, and how can it help you take better photos?

Burst Mode on the iPhone is a sequence of photos taken at a rate of ten frames per second. But, how do you turn Burst mode on? There's no need to turn on Burst mode; the Apple Camera feature is always ready to go.

Burst Mode allows you to capture action shots at a moment's notice. Taking a burst photo on the iPhone is a great way to guarantee you get the motion photograph you want. If you stumble across a great candid photo opportunity or other once-in-a-lifetime shot and want to be certain you have plenty of images to choose from, Burst Mode is the way to do it. Once you take a photo in Burst Mode on the iPhone, all the pictures are shown together as one photo in the Photos app. To learn more about iPhone photography, check out our free Tip of the Day

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How to Take Burst Photos

Here's how to take a Burst photo on iPhone X and earlier, or an iPhone Xs, XR, and later iPhone models.

To take a Burst photo on the iPhone Xs, XR and later, including the iPhone 13 and 14:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Frame your shot, then touch and hold the Shutter button and slide it to the left. 

    touch and hold the shutter button and slide it to the left to take a burst photo
  3. You'll see a counter appear in place of the Shutter button, indicating how many shots you've taken in your current Burst photo.
  4. Release the Shutter button to stop taking the Burst photo. 

To use Burst mode on an iPhone XS and earlier:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Frame your shot, then tap and hold on the Shutter button at the bottom of the screen.

    touch and hold the shutter button to take burst mode on older iphone
  3. You’ll notice a counter pop up as you hold down the shutter. This indicates how many images you’ve taken so far.

How to Look at Burst Photos

If you've wondered how to save all Burst photos from the burst you just took, don't worry; your iPhone automatically saves them all. Here's how to see all those Burst photos on your iPhone. To view your Burst photos:

  1. Open the Photos app, tap the Albums tab, scroll down and tap Bursts.

    open the albums tab and tap burst to see your burst photos
  2. Tap the Burst you want to open. 
  3. Tap Select at the bottom of the screen. 

    tap select to see all images in the burst photo
  4. Here, you can swipe through and view all the burst photos you just took.
  5. The gray dot underneath certain photos indicates those with the best composition and focus.

    how to view burst photos on iphone

How to Save Burst Photos on iPhone (All or Individual)

As we covered before, your iPhone automatically saves all Burst photos. If you've been wondering, "how do you select all burst photos on an iPhone?" or "how do I view individual Burst photos?" here's how to view and save individual burst photos.

  1. Open the Photos app, tap the Albums tab, and tap the Burst photo you want to open. 
  2. Tap Select.

    tap select to see all images in the burst photo
  3. Tap each picture that you want to save from the sequence, then tap the empty circle in the lower-right corner to select it. You'll see a blue checkmark appear on each selected photo in the strip at the bottom. Tap Done when you're finished choosing the best photos.

    how to view burst photos on iphone 11
  4. Select either Keep Everything (in order to keep the burst cluster) or select Keep Only [#] Favorites (in order to save only the favorites you selected). If you keep only your favorites, your iPhone will delete the rest of the Burst photos. 

    how to save all burst photos or select some burst photos to save

If you enjoyed this tutorial, you may also want to know how to transfer photos from your iPhone to your laptop and what to do if your iPhone camera is shaking

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Rheanne Taylor

Rheanne Taylor is the Video Production Manager of iPhone Life. Before discovering her love for video production, Rheanne was the Managing Editor. In her 6+ years at the company, Rheanne has helped produce 19 issues of iPhone Life magazine, edited countless podcasts, and produced over 1,000 educational videos showing people how to get the most out of their Apple devices. She continues to be a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine, using her 10+ years of photography experience to create content primarily covering photography tips and photography gear. Rheanne is a passionate photographer both in and outside of work and loves to remind people that they don't need a fancy camera in order to capture beautiful shots—her most recent photography show featured work mainly shot on an iPhone!

Rheanne holds a bachelor's degree in Literature & Writing from Maharishi International University. When she isn't overseeing video content, she loves drinking tea, holding up traffic by taking entirely too many photos of bugs, and hanging out with her Instagram famous cat Wesley (IG: wesley_the_pirate_cat).