How to use the the volume up button to take a photo with your iPhone or iPad

The Camera app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad can take a picture or start a video with a simple tap of the big, round shutter button right on the screen. If you're trying to take a photo or shoot video one-handed, however, or even just depending on your position, even that big, round button can be out of reach. Luckily, Apple also lets you activate the shutter and take a picture or start recording with the volume up button.

How to use the volume button on your iPhone or iPad to take a picture or shoot a video

  1. Launch the Camera app from the Home screen.
  2. Frame the scene you want to take, just like normal
  3. Press the hardware volume up button to activate the camera shutter and take a picture.

Bonus: Use a headset as a remote!

Because many headsets now come with control modules, which include volume up buttons, they can also be used to trigger the camera shutter. Because headsets have long cords, and some are even wireless, you can use them to trigger the camera shutter over a longer distance.

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Note: Originally published June 2011. Updated June 2014.