How to Take a Still Photo While Shooting Video on an iPhone

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This is a favorite tip of mine for the iPhone. You can shoot video and take a still photo while you’re recording. There have been many times when I wanted to capture a quick still shot from Video mode while already recording. Luckily, doing so on an iPhone is super easy.

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • No need to pause recording or leave Video mode to take a still photo.
  • Easily snap as many still photos as you want while still recording your video.

How to Take a Still Photo While Shooting Video

The iPhone Camera app makes it easy to quickly grab still photo shots even while recording video and here we'll show you how. If you find this helpful, you might like to know that you can also easily and quickly record video while in Photo mode as well. For other quick guides like these, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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  1. Open the Camera app.

    Home screen with the Camera app icon marked.
  2. Swipe over to Video (or tap Video in the mode menu).

    Camera app in Photo mode with the Video mode button marked and a an arrow from the left to the right of the screen.
  3. Tap the Shutter button in the bottom center to start recording video.

    Camera app in Video mode with the Record button marked.
  4. To take a still photo while you’re recording, tap the white Shutter button located in the bottom right corner of the screen. The photo will automatically save to your Photos app.

    Camera app in Video mode while video is recording with the camera shutter button marked.

That's all there is to it! There will not be any immediate indication that the photo was saved, unlike when you take the picture in Photo mode, but as soon as you stop recording the video, the photos will be available, as usual.

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.