How to Use the Self-Timer on Your iPhone's Camera

How to Use the Self-Timer on Your iPhone's Camera

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

It's easy to put yourself in the picture using the self-timer on your iPhone's native Camera app. To access your camera timer, look to the to the clock icon located prominently at the top of your screen in the Camera app. Your iPhone's photo timer lets you choose a delay of either three or ten seconds, perfect for squeezing into a group photo with friends. Let's get started learning how to use the camera timer on your iPhone! 

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  1. Open the Camera app on your iPhone.

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  2. Set up the shot you'd like to take, making sure to leave room for yourself!

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  3. Tap on the timer icon; you’ll be able to choose between a 3-second timer or a 10-second one.
  4. If you don't see a timer icon at the top of your screen, tap the arrow in the top center of your screen and the timer icon will appear above the shutter button.

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  5. Select the countdown time you prefer.

  6. Then tap the shutter release and wait for the countdown to finish (your iPhone camera's flash will blink as the timer counts down) before the photo is taken. 

  7. This should allow you time to get yourself in the picture or stabilize your phone to avoid shaky images.

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That's all it takes! Now you can take all the family photos you want without feeling left out ever again.

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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).