The Apple Watch has a really handy feature that allows it to serve as a remote, and a viewfinder, for your iPhone’s camera.
This feature has actually been available since 2015, but only recently has gotten a lot more attention. And why not? It’s a super handy feature!
Here’s how it works:
If you are using a newer Apple Watch with watchOS 7 and are running at least iOS 14 on your iPhone
- Launch the Camera app on your Apple Watch.
This will automatically open your iPhone Camera. Now, wait for the preview to be available on the Watch.
- Next, frame your shot and position the iPhone.
- Tap the Watch screen to change focus or exposure the same way you’d do on your iPhone.
- The Camera app on your Apple Watch should be set to a 3-second countdown timer by default. Tap the ‘three dots’ to select a different camera mode.
- You can also use the three-second timer as this gives you enough time to get ready for the picture.
On tapping the ‘three dots,’ you can also disable the countdown timer.
- If you want to shoot a video, a Time Lapse, or a Slo-mo video, then you’ll have to change modes from your iPhone camera app.
If you are using an Apple Watch with watchOS 6 and are running at iOS 13 on your iPhone
The Camera app will look a little different if you are using an Apple Watch with watchOS 6 and are running iOS 13 on your iPhone. Follow the steps below to use your Apple Watch as a shutter button for iPhone.
- After launching the Camera app on your Apple Watch, you will see a Shutter button and the 3-second countdown timer.
These are the only two options that you get on watchOS 6.
- You can tap the screen to change focus and exposure.
- Tap the shutter button to take a picture. The countdown button can be used for group shots and gives you enough time to place yourself in the shot.
- To change camera modes and specifications, you will have to use the Camera app on your iPhone.