How to record a video with your iPhone or iPad

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

The Camera app on the iPhone and iPad isn't just for taking still shots. With access to both the 1080p iSight camera on the back and the 720p FaceTime camera on the front, it's also great for shooting video of everything and anything, from sports to kids to pets to breaking news to moving selfies.

How to shoot up to 1080p video with your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Camera app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Swipe from left to right across the bottom to switch from Photo to Video mode. (Or just tap the word Video.)
  3. Tap the Record button to start your video.
  4. Tap the Stop button to end your video.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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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!

hashboi says:

Awesome article thanks so much. I kept taping the video button it was driving me crazy!

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?

Rex Ariel says:

Shooting video with the camera horizontal as pictured is the biggest beginner mistake. Stop the madness. If you ever watch the video on anything other than your phone, you'll thank me.