The iPhone timer and other camera tricks — 2022

Typical situation: you are with family or friends and you want to take a group photo and yet you do not want anyone to have to be left out of the snapshot because they are the one taking the photo. Fortunately, there are timers in all smartphones that allow you to place the phone in a certain place and activate a countdown that allows everyone to position themselves to look good in the photo. In this article, we will tell you how to activate the photo timer on an iPhone, as well as some related tricks.

Ways to add countdown to photos

Although natively on the iPhone there is only one way to activate the camera timer, you should know that there is also another way to comfortably take photos with a countdown thanks to another brand device such as the Apple Watch.

Through the iOS camera itself

By default in the iOS camera app, the snapshot is taken as soon as you press the capture button. However, there is the possibility of activating a countdown so that, from the moment this button is pressed, a few seconds pass until the photograph is taken. You just have to follow these simple steps:



  1. Open the camera app.
  2. Go to Photo or Portrait (depends on what type of image you want to capture).
  3. Swipe the bottom to open options.
  4. Press the timer icon (the one we point to in the image).
  5. Choose if you want to set a 3 or 10 second countdown.

iOS photo timer

Once you do this you will have already activated the timer for your photos. Remember that you must deactivate it again when you no longer need it, because at other times you may not need it and it can be inconvenient if you want to take a quick photo. To do this you have to follow the same steps as those marked to activate it, only this time you must choose the Timer deactivated option.

Using the companion Apple Watch

If you own an Apple Watch, you've probably been surprised that it has a Camera app when, in fact, it doesn't have a lens to take photos with. The fundamental reason why this app exists in watchOS is to be able to connect to the iPhone and monitor to take pictures when the iPhone camera is focusing on you and you don't see the frame it is giving.

And precisely in this application you will find the possibility of add a timer , so that you can see on the clock if the photo is square, if you come out well and, once you have it, press the timer and pose for the snapshot. Perhaps it is not the most comfortable thing in the world due to size, but in the end it is an additional element that helps you take photos without having to hold the iPhone.

Apple Watch iPhone Camera

Notably there may be problems in the use of this function and it is that in some occasions you could observe that the screen of the Apple Watch appears completely black, despite the fact that the iPhone camera is not covered. This is usually due in most cases to a poor connection with the iPhone. To do this you must make sure that the iPhone is locked and without executing any action and that when you open the app on the Watch it also opens on the iPhone.

If you continue to have problems, you will have to investigate if the link between the two is correctly established, in addition to being at a short distance that allows it not to stray too far from the connection rate. In some cases, it might be enough for you to turn both devices off and on, since there may be some process in the background that is being conflictive and when restarting it is completely eliminated and allows you to establish a correct connection between both devices.

How to make this function more comfortable

Although normally what was explained previously should be more than enough for you, you may be interested in going a step further as far as this functionality is concerned. Especially if you resort to taking photographs of this type on a regular basis. In this case, the recommendation is to get external accessories like the ones we are going to show you below.

With a remote

If you've ever bought a specialized smartphone selfie stick or tripod, it may have come with a bluetooth controller . Well, this command can be used to take a picture without even having to press the iPhone screen. Whether with the timer activated or not, this tool can be extremely useful, and even more so if you combine it with the Apple Watch trick shown above. Yes, you will have to pre-bind this accessory from Settings > Bluetooth.

If you do not have any of these controls, you have two options: buy a selfie stick that has it integrated or buy a totally independent one that will also be cheaper. These work by means of a button battery like many watches do, which has a fairly long life and more if we take into account that you will not make excessive use of the remote so that it runs out right away. Therefore, you may never even have to change it.

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With a stabilizer or Gimbal

If you are very interested in the world of photography and video, it is likely that you already have or have considered having a Image Stabilizer , also known as Gimbal. These accessories are usually very complete and, in addition to offering you a multitude of tools designed for professional video recording, they also include functions such as a button that would serve the same way as the previous one.

In this case the professional options have a higher cost which is probably not worth it if you only want to have that timer function. Now, if you plan to get the most out of this tool professionally, there is no doubt that it will be a great value. For this there are various options on the market, although DJI accessories are the most popular and have the best reviews in this regard.

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