How to control the iPhone camera (photos and videos) from your Apple Watch: an overview of all the possibilities

Of course, current Apple Watch models do not have a camera. However, the wearable device can be used as a remote control to capture the perfect photo from your iPhone. Apple Watch has a built-in Camera app that lets you control an iPhone located at a distance, taking a picture from it.

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Interestingly, the wearable device can display the image from the iPhone camera, after choosing a good angle, taking a photo. And the official app “Camera” watchOS also has a timer function to release the shutter.

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How to use the Camera app on Apple Watch

To use your watch as a remote control, your Apple Watch must be within the normal Bluetooth range of your smartphone, that is, no more than 10 meters away. This distance allows you to be flexible in shaping the scene you want.

1. Open the Camera app on Apple Watch. You can also use Siri assistant and say the command “Take a photo” or “Open the camera“.

How to use Camera (photos and videos) on Apple Watch

2. Position your iPhone as desired using your Apple Watch as a display.

3. Tap the main location on the future photo (on the Apple Watch screen) to adjust the exposure.

4. Now all that remains is to press the shutter button and take a picture. By default, the timer is set to 3 seconds.

To change camera settings, tap the three-dot button in the lower right corner.

How to use Camera (photos and videos) on Apple Watch

There is also a list of other settings that can be changed.

5. For example, to activate Live Photo, click the item button On… in the Live Photo section.

How to enable Live Photos on Apple Watch

The photos you take can be viewed on both Apple Watch and the Photos app on your iPhone.

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How to switch to the front camera and choose shooting modes

There are some settings that can be changed on the fly when using the Camera app in Apple Watch, including the ability to switch between the front and rear cameras on your smartphone, and select a different camera mode.

How to switch to and from the front-facing iPhone camera

1. Launch the Camera app on your Apple Watch.

2. Touch the button with the three dots in the lower right corner.

3. Select Front or Backto change the camera.

How to use Camera (photos and videos) on Apple Watch

4. Press the shutter button to take the picture.

How to customize shooting modes

1. Run the application “Camera” on iPhone.

2. Use horizontal swipes to select shooting modes: Video, Portrait, Square, Slow motion or Time Lapse

How to use Camera (photos and videos) on Apple Watch

And then you can take photos or videos as usual using the Camera app on your Apple Watch or iPhone.

How to use Camera (photos and videos) on Apple Watch

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Flash and HDR control with Apple Watch

The wearable Camera app also lets you customize flash, shutter timer and HDR.

How to adjust the flash

1. Run the application “Camera” on Apple Watch.

2. Touch the button with the three dots in the lower right corner.

3. In the section “Flash” choose one of three options: Auto, Enabled or Disabled

Controlling Flash, Shutter Timer, and HDR with Apple Watch

How to use HDR

1. Run the application “Camera” on Apple Watch.

2. Touch the button with the three dots in the lower right corner.

3. In the HDR section, select one of two options: Included or Turned off

HDR control with Apple Watch

Apple explains how to use HDR:

HDR (High Dynamic Range) helps you take great pictures in high contrast environments. When shooting with HDR turned on, your iPhone takes multiple shots at once. However, each of them has its own different exposure settings. Then the program combines the photos into one. The result will have sharper detail in the bright and mid tones. Note. HDR is available for the rear camera of the iPhone and the front camera for FaceTime on iPhone 5s and later.

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How to view your snapshots on Apple Watch

The Camera app lets you view the most recent photos you’ve taken on your Apple Watch.

1. Launch the Camera app on your Apple Watch.

2. Click on the thumbnail in the lower left corner of the application.

You can use your watch to do the following:

  • View photo… Just click on the thumbnail in the lower left corner of the app.
  • See more photos… Swipe to swipe left or right across the watch screen.
  • Zoom… This is achieved using the Digital Crown.
  • Pan… Use your finger to drag over the zoomed image.
  • Show or hide the Close button and the number of shots… To do this, just touch the screen.

After finishing work with photos, press the button “Close”

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