How to switch to Video mode in the iOS 7 Camera app

How to switch to video mode in the iOS 7 Camera app

If you've updated to iOS 7, you have probably noticed that a lot of the native apps and the way in which they function have changed. The Camera app is no exception and the way you toggle between modes, particularly video and photo, has also changed which has left some users confused.

Don't worry, video recording hasn't disappeared, you just access it a little differently in iOS 7, here's how:

  1. Launch the Camera app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. The default mode is Photo as you can see underneath the capture area.
  3. Just to the left of that, you can see the word Video.
  4. To switch to Video mode, just swipe across the bottom menu to the right.

That's all there is to it, underneath the capture area you should now see video and the controls should have changed to video. Swiping to the left will return you to standard photo mode. You can also swipe even further to the left to access other modes such as square photos and panoramas.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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VirajS says:

Really? THIS is an article?

rbreban says:


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stephen007 says:

Heh. I see your point but honestly, there are going to be a lot of people (ordinary folks) that freak out over the changes in iOS7 and need a little help getting oriented.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Yes, it is. You aren't everyone. And lots of people that are new to iOS have trouble with basic things. It was a common question on Twitter even with beta installers. If certain articles don't interest you by all means pass over them. No need to take time out of your busy day to go out of your way and leave a comment that serves no purpose.

rdstryr says:

" You aren't everyone." WHAAAAT?! Are you telling me that the world DOESN'T revolve around VirajS? :P

ZkiZZoiD says:

Thanks for the tip Ally. The filters is cool!

Debra Scheufler says:

Thank you! I couldn't figure out the video function and I am not a moron, just not a technology genius!

Team George says:

These tips are really helpful - thanks!

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PJLips says:

Top tip: you can also just swipe across the picture to change the shooting mode

zdn1042 says:

Only 8 filters, sad. Well, better few than none, I guess.

richardknudson says:

Thank you! I kept tapping "Photo" to get out of video mode. I even asked Siri and she didn't know. Your article was just the tip I needed.

Gregory Kitchens says:

ok I've been having a pretty bad issue lately. iPod touch 5th gen 32 GB on iOS 7, I can't record video! every time I try to record the camera will freeze up after 1-13 seconds. Screen goes blurry and the video feed seems to freeze, only the time counter still works, cant stop the video or anything. I have to double tap and kill the camera app to make it stop, and it never saves my video. Any ideas?