How to Preview a Photo Without Leaving the Camera App

3D Touch mainly utilizes two functions: Quick Actions and Peek & Pop. We’ve covered using Quick Actions to quickly take a selfie, but did you know 3D Touch allows you to preview photos as well? Instead of leaving the Camera app and entering the Photos app, you can use Peek & Pop for a quick preview.

To do this, snap a few photos with your camera. Firmly press the photo thumbnail in the bottom, left corner to ‘peek’ at it. You can scroll through multiple images during the peek by holding your finger on the screen and sliding it left and right to preview. Remove your finger to return to the camera. If you want to open the photo viewer, press harder to complete your 3D Touch and the image will ‘pop’.

This tip works with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, running iOS 9 or later.

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