How to use your Apple Watch to take photos remotely on your iPhone

BY Gautam Prabhu

Published 4 May 2015

If you use a tripod with your iPhone to take photographs, and have just bought an Apple Watch, then you’re going to love the feature to take photos remotely using your shiny new Watch.

It is a much better way to take photographs, rather than setting a timer, and trying to run into position for the picture. I will explain how it works.

How to use your Apple Watch to take photos remotely on your iPhone

  • Launch the Camera app on your iPhone.
  • Now on your Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown to go to the home screen.
  • Tap on the Camera app to launch it. Note: If you haven’t launched the Camera app on your iPhone, you’ll see a Connecting (to) Camera message.

Apple Watch - Remote Camera app for iPhone

  • After it successfully connects to your iPhone, it will display the viewfinder, which will display what your iPhone’s camera is capturing.

Apple Watch - Remote Camera app for iPhone - viewfinder

  • Once you’re in position, either tap on the Shutter button on your Apple Watch, or press the Side button to take the photograph. I found it a lot easier to use the Side button as the Shutter button on the Apple Watch Camera app is quite small. Alternatively, you can also tap on the 3s timer button, which should give you enough time to put your hand down.

Thanks to this Apple Watch feature, you don’t have to dash to get into a picture any more. It also lets you and your family or friends to get into position for the photograph.

I ended up using the Apple Watch to take photos on my iPhone 6 Plus while taking selfies, as it can get a little inconvenient to hold the iPhone 6 Plus with one hand and also tap on the shutter button or press the Volume up button.

Have you used or plan to use the feature? Let me know your experience in the comments below.

If you want to learn more about the Apple Watch, you can view additional tutorials on our Apple Watch Tips and Tricks page and our Watch Help page. If you have an area you would like to see covered in this ongoing series of Watch tutorials or have discovered your own handy tips or tricks, please share them in the comments.