How to Use the Timer on iPhone Camera (Dec 2022)

Learn how to do a timed photo on iPhone to capture the perfect group shots.

It's easy to put yourself in the picture using the self-timer on your iPhone's native Camera app. The iPhone 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 photo timer on your iPhone! 

Related: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC or Mac

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Set up the perfect shot first, then get in it yourself thanks to the iPhone camera timer!
  • Select the perfect camera delay to give you plenty of time to get into position.

How to Set Timer on iPhone Camera

Your iPhone picture timer can be great for when you want to include yourself in a group shot without trying to smoosh everyone into a selfie, or for self-portraits, solo shots while traveling, and more. To learn more iPhone camera tips and tricks, like how to make a watermark on an iPhone, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter. Here's how to use the photo timer on iPhone in the Camera app:

  1. Open the Camera app.

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

  3. Tap the arrow at the top of your screen

  4. The menu above your shutter button will change from words to symbols.
  5. Tap on the timer icon.

  6. You’ll be able to choose between a 3-second timer or a 10-second one. Select the delay time you prefer.

  7. Then tap the shutter button, hurry into position, and wait for the countdown to finish (your iPhone camera's flash will blink as the timer counts down).

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

That's all it takes! Now you know how to use the self timer on your iPhone and can take all the family photos you want without feeling left out ever again. To take things to the next and potentially more professional level, learn how to take ProRAW photos with your iPhone 12 Pro Camera. This can be used with the iPhone photo timer and lets you enjoy more editing abilities!

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Author Details

Rheanne Taylor

Rheanne Taylor is the Video Production Manager 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).