How to take a Photo or Video using Siri

Taking a picture or filming a video is easy enough as it is, simply fire up the camera app and go for it. But many users don’t know Siri can also be used as a (slightly limited) assistant in this area too.

At this point Siri can do almost everything for you except the final action of taking the photo or video (your finger is still needed at that point) - which is a shame, as being able to command Siri to take shots when the iPhone is set up on a tripod a distance away would be very useful.

So for now, it’s a feature to wish for in a future update. A few apps are currently available in the App Store which aim to tackle the problem. As always they vary in quality but may be worth a try if it’s something you really want to be able to do.

How to take a Photo with Siri

Siri will let you open the Camera app with the three available photo options.

Press and hold the Home/Side button on your iPhone to activate Siri or simply say “Hey Siri” if you’ve already set up this feature. Then say:

Take a photo
Take a square photo
Take a panoramic shot

The Camera app will launch with the setting you requested, and you can press the capture button to take the photo.

Take Photo

How to take a Selfie with Siri

Press and hold the Home/Side button on your iPhone to activate Siri or say “Hey Siri”. Then say:

Take a selfie
Take selfie

The Camera app will launch with your preferred setting. Press the capture button to take the photo.

How to take video with Siri

You can ask Siri to open the Camera app to one of the three available video options.

Press and hold the Home/Side button on your iPhone to activate Siri or simply say “Hey Siri” if you’ve already set up this feature. Then say:
Take a video
Take a slow motion video
Take a Time-Lapse video

The Camera app will open to the setting you asked for and you can start to record a video.

What you can’t do (yet)

There are a few other things that Siri isn’t yet able to do in the Camera app.

  • Trigger the flash
  • Enable Live Photos
  • Set a timer
  • Turn on HDR photos
  • Turn on Live Filters
  • Lock AutoFocus
  • Zoom in
  • Turn the viewfinder grid on or off
  • Change the video quality

So there’s still a fair way to go.

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