Use Your iPhone Camera’s Other Shutter Button

iPhone X Side View

If you use the iPhone camera app, you are no doubt familiar with the software button that lives dead center bottom of the screen.

But there is another shutter button (actually TWO additional shutter buttons) on your iPhone. That would be the volume buttons on the side of the phone. Using the iPhone volume buttons can make it easier to take a picture when holding the iPhone at an awkward angle.

The iPhone volume buttons are the second (up) and third (down) buttons on the left side of the iPhone. When ready to take a photo (or start a video), press either the up or down volume button to take a picture.

There’s a reason we prefer this method. Clicking the shutter button on the screen can cause you to shake the camera or accidentally recompose the image. The addition of the camera shake caused by pressing the software button can (and in our opinion, should) be defeated by using physical buttons.


You can use the volume buttons to make a picture or start a video and this works on almost every iPhone in both horizontal and vertical formats.

We think using the volume buttons as shutter is a best practice. It will help you keep the framing and control of your camera much better than using the software button.

BONUS TIP #1: If you use EarPods and they are plugged into the iPhone, the volume up and down buttons built into the microphone also release the shutter. 

BONUS TIP #2: You can also use a remote shutter button. We like the Bestshoot Wireless Bluetooth Remote Camera Shutter Remote Control. It uses Bluetooth to trigger your iPhone’s camera.

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Scott Bourne

Scott Bourne (ASINWP) is a professional wildlife photographer, filmmaker, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He’s been involved with photography for more than four decades and his work has appeared in more than 200 publications.

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