How to Take Panoramic Pictures with Your iPhone & iPad Camera App

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Whenever I see a breathtaking landscape, my first instinct is to pull out my iPhone and attempt to capture a picture of it. So many times I’ve snapped away with my camera, brimming with excitement, only to look into my Camera Roll and find that my pictures were disappointing at best. After all, there’s only so much you can capture in a standard shot on the iPhone. Luckily, the iPhone's native Camera app can take panoramic pictures, so you don't need a special panoramic camera app or photo joiner app to stitch pictures together. Let's get started learning how to take a panorama photo on iPhone and iPad.

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To begin:

  1. Open the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Swipe to the left through your options until Pano appears.

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  3. Make sure Pano is highlighted yellow above your shutter button. Once it is, you’ll see instructions appear on the screen.
  4. If you want to take your photo from left to right make sure the arrow is pointing to the right; if you'd rather take your photo right to left, tap the arrow and it will change directions.
  5. Tap the shutter button, then move your iPhone slowly and steadily, keeping the arrow on the yellow line. Don’t get impatient and rush through the process or your picture won’t turn out as well

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  6. Also, if you want a more encompassing shot but feel that the 240-degree photo is overkill, you can stop taking your picture at any desired point by pressing the shutter button.

Here's my completed panoramic photo!

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Top image credit: Apirak Suwan /

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Rheanne Taylor

Rheanne Taylor is the Senior Video Producer 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).