How to use the Timer in the Camera app on iPhone and iPad

BY Gautam Prabhu

Published 16 Nov 2014

The stock Camera app in your iPhone or iPad includes a timer feature just like any point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. The timer feature was introduced in iOS 8.

So if you’ve a tripod, you can use the timer feature in the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad to delay the shutter release for a few seconds after you press the shutter button, giving you enough time to dash into the picture.

How to set the timer in the Camera app:

  • Launch the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap on the timer icon at the top

Timer feature - iPhone Camera

  • By default the timer is off. You can now choose to set the timer to either 3 or 10 seconds.

Timer feature - iPhone Camera

  • The timer icon will turn yellow to indicate that the timer is enabled, and it will also display 3 or 10 seconds next to the timer icon as you can see below.
  • Tap on the camera shutter, when you’re ready to take the photo.

Timer feature - iPhone Camera

That’s it. You should see a countdown timer on the screen, and after 3 or 10 seconds based on what you had selected, your iPhone will take photos in burst mode. You can select the best photo or photos and discard the rest.

Please note that you cannot select the number of frames you want to capture with each press of the shutter button. By default, it takes 11 frames. You also can’t configure the timer interval, you can only choose 3 or 10 seconds.

Try it out and let me know how it goes in the comments.