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

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

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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  • Open the Camera app on your iPhone.

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

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  • Tap on the camera icon; you’ll be able to choose between a 3-second timer or a 10-second one.

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  • Select the countdown time you prefer, 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. This should allow you time to get yourself in the picture or stabilize your phone to avoid shaky images.

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Rheanne Taylor is the associate editor of iPhone Life magazine. In her spare time Rheanne is an avid iPhoneographer who loves trying out the latest apps and gadgets for her iPhone camera. She recently graduated with her BA in literature and writing from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.