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Use an Apple Watch to Control the iPhone Camera?

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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

  1. 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.
  2. Next, frame your shot and position the iPhone.
  3. Tap the Watch screen to change focus or exposure the same way you’d do on your iPhone.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. You can tap the screen to change focus and exposure.
  3. 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.
  4. To change camera modes and specifications, you will have to use the Camera app on your iPhone.
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