How to Use Night Mode in the iPhone 11 & 11 Pro Camera

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If you're into iPhone photography and looking for ways to get the best shots in low light, you're in luck. Apple's latest iPhones, the 11 and 11 Pro, offers a new feature called Night mode. Night mode makes night photography easy, allowing users to take clear, vivid pictures in low-light situations. So, how do you use the new iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Camera in Night mode? We'll go over the ins and outs of these Camera settings below.  

Related: 15 Photography Tips to Help You Master Your iPhone's Camera

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How Do I Put My iPhone Camera on Night Mode?

One of the most convenient aspects of Night mode on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro is that it turns on automatically when the camera detects low-light settings. 

How Do I Know When Night Mode Is On?

Open the Camera app in 1x mode, and you'll see a circular icon with a crescent moon and horizontal lines at the top of your screen.

  1. When this icon is yellow, Night mode is on.
  2. When the icon is gray, Night mode is off.

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How to Use Night Mode on the iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro

When Night mode is on, you'll notice a number next to the Night mode icon. This number indicates how long it will take your iPhone's camera to capture your picture. The darker the setting, the longer your shot will take. For the best photo possible:

  1. Check the number of seconds indicated by the Night mode icon. 
  2. Press the shutter button and hold your camera still for the number of seconds required.

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If you're having a hard time holding your iPhone still for the number of seconds required, try holding your elbows by your sides and slowly exhaling; take your shot at the end of the exhale. To add more stability, place your iPhone on a solid surface, or use a phone tripod

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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

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