iPhone Hint: Accessing the Camera from the Lock Screen
Recently, I was watching a performance and noticed a woman in the row in front of me taking photos from time to time with her iPhone. Each time she wanted to take a picture, she:
- Pressed the on/off button to show the Lock Screen.
- “Slide to unlock”
- Typed in her 4-digit code
- Found the screen with the Camera app (as it was not in the permanent bottom row)
- Clicked the Camera app
- Took her picture.
All of this took several seconds and I could tell that often she had missed the picture she wanted to take. Some time ago, Apple recognized the benefit of quickly accessing the Camera app, so they have created a shortcut, starting from the Lock Screen:
- Press the on/off button to show the Lock Screen.
- Press and swipe up the Camera app icon in the bottom right corner. (see image)
- Take the picture.
This procedure takes only seconds because it does not require the passcode nor all those steps. This means that even someone who doesn’t know your passcode can take pictures, like at a family gathering and your phone is on the table in the kitchen but you’re outside playing and the perfect photo opportunity presents itself.
For the security minded, the iPhone will *not* let you look at the full Camera roll of the phone, only the pictures that were taking using this method, this time. This means, if you use this method and take two pictures and then the phone turns off again, when you use the method again, you will not have access to those two photos without the passcode.
Update 2018-10-28: Since I posted this article, Apple has made it even easier!
- Show Lock screen
- Swipe right-to-left
- Take picture