How to Use Volume Buttons to Take Photos on Your iPhone

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Did you know you can use your iPhone's volume buttons to snap photos? Learning how to get the best angle for a photo on an iPhone can be tricky. Using the iPhone volume buttons can make it easier to take a picture when holding the iPhone at an awkward angle. Here's a quick tip on how to take a photo with your iPhone's volume buttons.

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How to Take a Photo Using the iPhone Volume Buttons

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Select which Camera option you want to use.

  3. The volume buttons are the second (up) and third (down) buttons on the left edge of your iPhone. When you're ready to take a photo (or start one of the video options), press either the up or down button. 
  4. You can hold your phone upright (portrait, or north-south).
  5. Or you can hold your phone sideways (landscape, or west-east).

Now you can snap photos using the volume buttons! Enjoy taking selfies without any more awkward finger stretching.

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Hallei Halter

Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.